NEW technologies such as iPads, blogging and digital cameras are being used to engage students in the classroom at Durrington High School.
The school, in The Boulevard, is the proud owner of three new iPads, donated by CILS International, Travel Places and Sussex Farmhouse Meals.
They will be used by students during focus groups, business and IT lessons, and across the curriculum to support their learning.
Business and ICT teacher Chloe Gardner said: “I am very excited about this project as it forms part of our drive to use different innovative technologies during lessons to engage students. I would like to thank the businesses who have made donations.”
A variety of apps will be available on the iPads for students to access to help them gain a better understanding of the subject they are studying, including practice exam questions, revision ideas, homework projects and progress checkers.
A team of students, starting with members of the student leadership team, will also be writing regular blogs about their studies, and digital cameras will be taken into classes so they can take photographs of their work for the blogs and classroom displays. It is also hoped a future development might see Durrington High “share blogging” between other schools in this country and across the world.
Nick Warren, from Travel Places, said: “As a local business, it’s very important we support the local community.
“It seems more and more that schoolchildren need to be engaged within new and inventive ways to allow them to reach their potential.
“This seemed like a positive way to encourage them to learn and give them the opportunity to work with the latest gadgets.”
Ollie Stockton, managing director of CILS International, added: “Some children find it hard to engage with learning, but if modern technology can be used to stimulate enthusiasm then academic interest will, hopefully, follow.
“We are glad that we could contribute to this project and are encouraged by the immediate impact”.
Mrs Gardner is keen to build upon the school’s links with local businesses and would be keen to hear from any interested in helping further develop the school’s work with innovative technology. Any schools interested in “share blogging” should contact her on 01903 244957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org