Oasis Academy Hobmoor provides an iPad to every student ensuring the continuity of education and enhancing learning for all
A primary school in Yardley, Birmingham has just rolled out a scheme which has provided an iPad to students and teaching staff, not only to ensure that all students have an equality of access to education due to the current COVID environment, but part of a wider strategy that involves improving the curriculum offered by the school - and closing the digital divide.
Oasis Academy Hobmoor, part of the Oasis Community Learning family of schools, has distributed 390 iPads with rugged keyboard cases to students and staff.
Over the coming months, Oasis will continue to embark on a ground-breaking rollout of 35,000 iPad devices to all 52 Oasis Academies in the largest investment in the provision of iPads in England to date, enabling students to conduct their own research delving deeper into their subject and enabling them to follow their own lines of enquiry.
Juliet Silverton, Regional Director for the Midlands at Oasis Community Learning, commented on the project saying; “Staff and students at Oasis Academy Hobmoor are delighted to be part of this exciting project that provides new opportunities for every one of our young people from Reception to Year 6.”
The devices will support every student on their learning journey regardless of their starting points, removing many of the barriers some young people face in accessing learning resources outside of school.
Darren King, Principal at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, added; “We are extremely excited to be part of the Oasis Community Learning Horizons project. Every child now has access to an exceptional device enabling them to complete research, enhance their learning and develop as learners. The project is digitally transforming Oasis Hobmoor, moving us to the cutting edge of technology and learning, enabling us to help our children prepare for the 21st century.”
Every pupil will be taught how to make the most of their device, and how to look after it. If an iPad is reported missing it can be locked remotely, and then have its location tracked.
One Year 5 student has said that they love their iPad, “it’s really helping me learn even more, both at school and at home. I can research topics we are learning at school at home. I now have the world at my fingertips!”
Parents of students from across all year groups have thanked the school for giving their children these devices, they said; “The school have been fantastic in terms of online work and communication between staff and parents/children.”