Redden Court School rolls out Surface tablets to students

Specialist maths and computing academy is using the devices as part of an initiative to enhance teaching and learning

Amber Stokes
Amber Stokes
By Amber Stokes on 04 February 2014
Redden Court School rolls out Surface tablets to students

Announced in a recent Microsoft blog post, Redden Court School in Essex, UK is introducing Microsoft Surface devices as part of an innovative IT programme that will see the secondary school implement tablets, wireless technology and cloud computing.

Scott Carrington, head of technology faculty, Redden Court School said in the blog: “We seek to achieve the very best for all our students through the use of advanced technology and a rich variety of educational approaches. As a Specialist Academy for Mathematics and Computing, we continue to use our strengths in these areas to enhance the learning opportunities for all students and raise standards across the curriculum.”

Students are starting to make use of Surface capabilities, including the kick stand, on-screen keyboard, USB drive and the split screen, which Carrington said is particularly useful when working on a spreadsheet task within the GCSE controlled assessment.

“Teachers are also becoming more familiar with the tablets and starting to use them as a visualiser for sharing good work on the screen and as a camera,” said Carrington. “Students are enjoying using the tablets and on the whole they have been a success. We certainly see the potential in the project and once we get through some of the technical issues, we will be able to fully embrace the use of tablets to enhance teaching and learning throughout the school.”

The school also plans to extend its programme with bring your own device services to enable students to extend their learning outside of the school.

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