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iPads move in on paper and pens at a Blackburn college

Lancashire Telegraph: NEW AGE IT Manager Paul Holmes with pupils Athalia Willis, left, and Kathryn Fleming NEW AGE IT Manager Paul Holmes with pupils Athalia Willis, left, and Kathryn Fleming

PEN and paper is making way for computers at St Mary’s College after they launched a new iLearn lab.

The Blackburn college has bought 20 iPads and has wifi access so pupils can bring their own devices in to use for lessons.

Classes have been using the new area and taking advantage of the technology to find innovative ways of using iPads to help improve their learning and find lessons more fun.

The area also includes eight PCs, a selection of laptops and handheld video cameras to enhance their learning.

It follows the move of some schools nationally which have started to phase out the use of writing materials in favour of computer learning. IT manager Paul Holmes said: “It’s smaller than an A4 folders, and can hold more information than everything in the college library.

“Five years ago teachers would be telling students to put away their mobiles and music players, and now we are encouraging them to take them out and teach us what they know.

“Roles are almost being reversed. We are being taught how to use them to the best of their ability by the students, and then we apply that use to lessons.

“We have done it because we have seen an increase in students bringing iPads into college. There’s so many apps out there which means we can allow the students to learn in an innovative way.

“We would like to expand the number of iPads over the next few years, and eventually we would like every students to have their own.”

Currently, staff are able to book the room for classes.

Since Christmas the college has seen the number of iPads on the school’s ‘moodle’ website and server increase to more than 100 because students received them as gifts.

The technology has been used in sports lessons. Students have filmed themselves and uploaded the footage to the app where they study technique.

Fashion students have used templates to design dresses and other items.

Mr Holmes said: “In the real world students will be expected to use technology like this and this initiative gives them the confidence to think outside the box.

“The college promotes handwriting skills as it is still a vital life skill, especially when applying for jobs. Some employees analyse handwriting as the first step in checking suitablility for a post and this is often done from the application form or a test.

“We have seen students using iPads alongside their pens and paper, making notes from web sources.”

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1:11pm Tue 15 Jan 13

paperboy70 says...

PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work!
PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work! paperboy70
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1:58pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Progressive Penguin says...

paperboy70 wrote:
PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work!
The real world of work - where no one in an office environment writes anything important down with a pen and paper and where tablets and laptops are the norm. I suggest you need to get a better idea of what the "real world of work" is actually like. Even Airline pilots use iPads for their pre-flight paperwork these days
[quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work![/p][/quote]The real world of work - where no one in an office environment writes anything important down with a pen and paper and where tablets and laptops are the norm. I suggest you need to get a better idea of what the "real world of work" is actually like. Even Airline pilots use iPads for their pre-flight paperwork these days Progressive Penguin
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2:34pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jimpy0 says...

No papertrail = no accountability
No papertrail = no accountability jimpy0
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3:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

burner says...

P P , you are dead right. This IS the real world of work.
P P , you are dead right. This IS the real world of work. burner
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4:07pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Izanears says...

I cannot totally agree with PP. Offices I have worked in always seem to generate a lot of paper.
My worry is that just like the school down South which issued Ipads etc, within a few months over half were broken, lost or stolen. Remember its is taxpayers money that it is paying for these.
I cannot totally agree with PP. Offices I have worked in always seem to generate a lot of paper. My worry is that just like the school down South which issued Ipads etc, within a few months over half were broken, lost or stolen. Remember its is taxpayers money that it is paying for these. Izanears
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5:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

paperboy70 says...

Progressive Penguin wrote:
paperboy70 wrote:
PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work!
The real world of work - where no one in an office environment writes anything important down with a pen and paper and where tablets and laptops are the norm. I suggest you need to get a better idea of what the "real world of work" is actually like. Even Airline pilots use iPads for their pre-flight paperwork these days
Actually Progressive Penguin I have a very real idea about what it's like to work in an office environment as I work in the media. Yes I agree the use of tablets is becoming more popular within offices but being able to read, write, spell and communicate verbally is far more important to me as an employer than someone who can work their way around an ipad.
[quote][p][bold]Progressive Penguin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: PR stunt... what a ridiculous story! They should be training the students about how to communicate verbally, improve their English skills and prepare them for life in the real world of work![/p][/quote]The real world of work - where no one in an office environment writes anything important down with a pen and paper and where tablets and laptops are the norm. I suggest you need to get a better idea of what the "real world of work" is actually like. Even Airline pilots use iPads for their pre-flight paperwork these days[/p][/quote]Actually Progressive Penguin I have a very real idea about what it's like to work in an office environment as I work in the media. Yes I agree the use of tablets is becoming more popular within offices but being able to read, write, spell and communicate verbally is far more important to me as an employer than someone who can work their way around an ipad. paperboy70
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11:28pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Good call says...

We as a society are becoming totally dependent on technology.
We as a society are becoming totally dependent on technology. Good call
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8:25am Wed 16 Jan 13

Dave_P says...

we will control all that you see and hear.. and track your whereabouts too for good measure
we will control all that you see and hear.. and track your whereabouts too for good measure Dave_P
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1:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jillybeanx says...

Love your comments paperboy and could not agree more
Love your comments paperboy and could not agree more jillybeanx
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