ipads and mobile technology

Digital Strategy – Balerno Learning Community by Lynne Smith

At Ratho Primary School, we recognise the need to present an up-to-date and adaptable curriculum for the modern world.  The rise of mobile technology has provided some excellent opportunities for motivating and relevant learning experiences.  We have worked hard to capitalize on this in our school.

As such, thanks to Empowered Learning, each of our Primary 6 and 7 pupils has the use of an iPad to aid their learning.  Teachers in these year groups use a variety of apps and websites to supplement learning and provide new contexts for lessons.  All information to do with the iPad initiative is presented to parents at our meet the teacher evening at the start of session.

We also have a limited number of other ipads distributed throughout the school. The school reserves the right to remove iPads from any pupils who use them inappropriately.

Out with the iPad initiative, pupils may bring mobile phones or SMART watches to school. Mobile Phones should be turned off at the start of the school day, handed to the teacher and may be switched back on at the end of the day once they have left school. SMART watches should be set to ‘School Mode’ to allow distraction free learning throughout the day. Pupils are not permitted to use their phones/watches without the permission of staff and are never permitted to take photographs or videos of other pupils or staff on school premises. Please be aware that the school can take no responsibility for the safety of this very expensive technology if it does come to school. The school requests cooperation from parents and carers to ensure children adhere to this guidance, we may contact you to help resolve any issues in this regard.

Please see the Mobile Phone Policy, Responsible Use Agreement and Home School Agreement below: