iPads for Learning
In the last few years Ilkley Grammar School has been transformed by the introduction of iPads. Our eLearning scheme has two main aims. The first is to ensure that all of our students achieve their personal best by providing the opportunities to learn independently, collaboratively and creatively in a way which engages and motivates them. The second aim is to prepare all students for life and work in the 21st Century.
The iPad scheme is about giving teachers the opportunities to produce learning experiences for every single student that will engage, support and challenge them to perform to the very best of their ability. Technology has now reached a level of development with regards to the functionality, reliability and affordability which can revolutionise learning for our students. It is not about an iPad per se, but about a device that can best meet our learning objectives. We also believe we will be doing our students a great disservice if we do not embrace modern day technologies.
In an ideal world we would provide iPads free of charge; in the current climate this is unfortunately not possible. We have, however, an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with a charitable trust, the eLearning Foundation (www.e-learningfoundation.com) whose mission is to ensure every school child has the learning technologies essential for their education.
By donating into this charitable fund you will allow us to provide students with the use of an iPad to bridge the digital divide, and enhance learning. The scheme works on the basis of voluntary parental donations of £10 per month; the eLearning Foundation will administer donations and collect Gift Aid on our behalf; this will be added to the fund, along with a significant investment from the school.
The donation fund will purchase iPads for the school with warranty and insurance over three years, a protective case and all apps that are required for school use.