Choosing Tablets for your school – the do’s and don’ts

By Simon Lewis

Tablets have been lurking around the education sector for a number of years. While the uptake has been greater in second level, primary schools are beginning to investigate their potential. There are three main types: the iPad, Android and Surface.

The iPad was the first tablet on the market to capture the imagination when it was released in 2010. Many secondary schools have adopted 1:1 iPad programmes, where all of the students’ books have been digitally copied onto the devices. Students use these iPads similarly to their own books but with enhancements such as the ability to annotate their texts. Students can also complement their learning with Apps from the AppStore. At primary level, teachers make use of different apps to help children learn. Many of these are games designed to drill and practice facts such as times tables but there are some apps, most notably Book 

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