LUCKY pupils from Arnold School will have the world at the tips of their fingers thanks to a groundbreaking new teaching method.
The independent school in Lytham Road, South Shore, has announced all Year 7 pupils will be given an Apple iPad when they join the school from September.
The state-of-the-art tablet computers will be dished out not only for pupils to use in school and for homework, they will actually become the property of the child.
The new initiative means all children will be able to type up school work and browse the internet regardless of whether or not they have a computer at home.
Headteacher Jim Keefe said: “This is a really exciting educational initiative and we can’t wait to get them in school.
“The iPad signals the opportunity for a transformation in how technology is used in education.
“Possibilities will become endless when the children have access to this kind of technology at their fingertips, it also means they can brush up on invaluable IT skills.”
iPads are produced by computer giant Apple and boast a slim, light-weight design.
Users can download a wide variety of applications, known as apps, which can do a variety of things from allowing people to manipulate photographs and translate text into different languages.
Teachers are being prepared for the new technology ahead of the new school year.
They will learn how to link them to the school’s interactive whiteboards and are also receiving training about some of the apps on offer.
Mr Keefe added: “It’s already clear tablet-style devices will be central to how people learn in years to come.
“There are many excellent educational apps and we feel the tablets will offer many other exciting opportunities.
“We hope they will improve the quality of teaching and learning.
“The iPad will help close the divide between school and home, allowing pupils to access online resources including interactive material from our Virtual Learning Environment, regardless of where they are.
“I am most proud once again, Arnold is at the cutting edge when it comes to educational provision.
“I believe the iPads will give our pupils a unique advantage in preparing them for the rapidly changing world of work.”