A multi-million pound IT contract that Glasgow City Council says will benefit almost 70,000 children has begun the roll out of pupil iPads.
This project – in conjunction with CGI – and the biggest Apple education project in Europe, will see all pupils from P6 – S6 receive their own iPad as part of the council’s connected learning and digital strategy and a shared iPad between five children in our nurseries and pupils in P1 to P5.
By 2021 every Glasgow primary and secondary teacher and their pupils will have access to their equipment, which includes a provision of a core suite of best-in-class education apps. This, the Council says, will transform learning in the classroom and help raise attainment and achievement across the city.
CGI is also working to bring in improved networks into schools, including faster broadband speeds, a home wireless network TV and WiFi in every classroom.
So far, eight school learning communities have seen their teachers – more than 2,000 – benefit and the first pupils (S2/3) at St Thomas Aquinas Secondary have been getting to grips with their devices since before the summer and now back after the summer holidays, the roll out across all year groups will begin and the full impact of the digital strategy can filter through the school.
Then a planned roll out schedule will begin in earnest across the remaining 29 Glasgow learning communities.
Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “This is a really exciting time for our schools and an amazing opportunity to digitally enhance the learning and teaching opportunities in our classrooms.
“We’ve had really positive feedback from the teachers who already have their devices with some brilliant examples of good practice and shared learning across the city.
“We want our children and young people to be equipped with the skills that will make them shine as digital citizens both now and later in their working lives.
“We are aware that 90% of jobs in Scotland involve digital work and so our pupils will be well equipped for the workplace.
“I know that this project will result in raising attainment and achievement in every one of our schools and nurseries.
“This is the biggest Apple education initiative in Europe and I’m delighted that Glasgow is once again leading the way in innovative practices.”
All parents and carers will be invited to attend information and engagement sessions at their child’s schools prior to roll out – and a chance to find out more about the many benefits of the scheme, but also to be made aware of the home school agreement.
This is a set of guidelines to help keep young people safe online and about the need to look after the new equipment.