iPads and tablets are increasingly being used as a bankable classroom resource to complement traditional modes of learning.
Studies have found that tablets help to foster creativity, encourage collaborative learning and promote equal learning opportunities for pupils in classrooms. However, educators also struggle with use of these devices. They are constrained by finances and lack the knowledge and awareness of how it can be used to teach.
A new initiative by Carphone Warehouse, Tablets for Schools aims to ensure all 11-year olds have access to tablets by the end of 2013. Schools across the UK could see tablets being used in everyday teaching and learning.
Tablets for Schools was started earlier this year by the corporate social responsibility wing of the mobile phone and e-tablets supplier. Brands like Acer, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft have partnered with the retailer to provide these tablets.
According to their website, they promise to take schools through the process of purchasing and implementing tablet use in schools. This includes choosing and buying a tablet, resources on tablet accessories and teaching practice, technical support and online safety for children.