PUPILS from King’s Ely Junior visited the Apple Store in Cambridge this week to learn more about using iPads when leading presentations in the classroom.

The Year 6 children, who all belong to the school’s Computer Club, were given a lesson on how they could use an iPad as part of their computing work at school.

Each pupil was provided with an iPad Mini for the workshop and, after an excellent demonstration by Apple staff, set to work on designing a poster. Apple gave each pupil a t-shirt, a certificate and a USB drive wrist band to record their visit to the store.

Richard Whymark, Head of King’s Ely Junior, said: “Working with these devices in the classroom is a regular feature of lessons at King’s Ely Junior and this workshop allowed members of the Computer Club a deeper insight into how they might make even more use of the school’s Bring Your Own Device Wi-Fi network and a range of tablets as they learn.”

Nigel Ovens, Head of ICT and Computing, added: “The children were tremendously enthusiastic and quickly set to work on their posters. They then each had an opportunity to explain their designs to everyone using the large display in the store. This helped them to focus on the essential aspects of the topic they were presenting.”

King’s Ely, which recently won the ICT Facility Award at the national Education Business Awards 2015, is gaining a reputation as one of the leading exponents of using modern technology in teaching and learning.

“We have invested a great deal in ICT over the past three years,” commented Sue Freestone, Principal of King’s Ely, adding: “The team has done a fine job of planning and developing it imaginatively to produce an environment that enables our students to make the most of 21st century technology as a learning tool.”

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