After a successful year of trialling a class set of 20 iPads across the school, Hornsby House is now making a major investment in mobile technology with the purchase of 60 additional iPads, enough for four classes to use at any one time.
Information technology has a central role in the curriculum at Hornsby House and there is already an impressive range of facilities, including four classrooms with retractable computers at every desk and interactive whiteboards in all classrooms.
There is a continuous upgrade programme for the IT facilities and the major focus for this summer will be the purchase of the additional iPads, as well as the upgrade of cabling and Wi-Fi to provide faster connection and download speeds across the whole site.
The iPads are used for accessing a wide variety of apps to facilitate mobile learning, both in school and off-site, in addition to accessing the internet for research purposes.
Deputy head and head of IT, Alistair Gerry says: “Mobile technology is the fastest growing area of IT and it has opened up a wealth of new opportunities for teaching and learning.
“Our iPad trial was a great success, with both children and teachers and it quickly became clear that this year’s IT investment programme should be focused on significant expansion of our iPad resources.”