Colley Lane Primary Academy, Colley Lane, Halesowen, B63 2TN
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

iPads for Learning Overview and Benefits

Why iPad and what are the benefits?

iPads are a powerful educational tool that increase student engagement and inspire creativity. They can be used for a huge range of purposes that bring the curriculum to life and provide endless learning possibilities. This maximises student learning and development both inside and outside of the classroom. 

As the requirement for digital skills continues to grow, the use of iPads in schools is becoming more commonplace. Where iPads are used in school on a  regular basis, research has shown that they improve maths, English and communication skills, and support an increase in achievement. 

Apple has a strong focus on education and providing products for learning that spark the imagination and enable students to express themselves. There are over 180,000 educational apps on the App Store and iPad seamlessly integrates with other products, such as Google Classroom. 

iPads are known for their ease of use and offer a  range of essential features such as all-day battery life, outstanding privacy and e-safety, and excellent collaboration tools. 

How are iPads used as part of teaching and learning?

iPads are fully integrated into the curriculum.

Through the curriculum, students are taught ‘threshold concepts’, or key knowledge, learning skills, vocabulary and character to unlock students academic and personal potential. The core apps and subject-specific apps on the iPads,  for example, augmented reality, are highly engaging and foster creativity and deep learning. 

The iPads are used in the classroom and at home. Students bring them into school every day and take them home every night. 

Students save their work into an app that can be accessed by teachers for marking, assessment and feedback to children. A range of educational apps are downloaded on to the iPads and homework is set weekly that can be completed on the iPad, providing an engaging learning experience for students. 

New apps are introduced throughout the school year and students have the opportunity to explore different apps to enhance their independent learning and build upon their interests. 

We continuously enhance our curriculum to make learning more impactful and to ensure that students gain the skills required in the modern world. 

The use of iPads plays a critical role in this by increasing engagement in learning, encouraging creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. iPads for Learning provides students with essential digital skills and maximises their achievement and future success. 

We launched iPads for Learning last year following significant investment in technology and extensive research that showed the impact of digital technology in education. Due to the project's success, we are now expanding it to more year groups across our schools. 

Evidence shows that where similar projects have been run at other schools, they improve maths, English and communication skills, and support an increase in achievement. As an example, at one school,  attainment increased by 20% for students who used iPads and there was a huge increase in engagement in learning.