Page last updated at 17:48 GMT, Tuesday, 8 December 2009

iPhones given to schoolchildren

Children given iPhones for class

Pupils at a school in west London have been given iPhones to use in the classroom in a trial aimed at finding out if they can aid learning.

Gumley House Convent School in Isleworth is trialling the use of the Apple phones as a teaching aid.

Thirty of the phones have been lent to pupils who will only have to pay for their calls in the scheme funded by Brentford City Learning Centre.

But critics have said the technology will be detrimental to learning.

"Mobile phones have quite rightly been banned from many classrooms as they prove to be a distraction," said Katie Ivens from the Campaign for Real Education.

"The case for learning by computer has not been proved at all."

Teachers hope that applications available on the device, such as the periodic table and works by Shakespeare, will assist children in the classroom.

"I think it will be a real benefit for school, we have to embrace this kind of technology," said Stephen Byrne, an assistant head teacher at the school.

"If we knock it away we're not preparing these kids for their futures at all."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Live UK football for iPhone users
10 Nov 09 |  Business
Tech Know: How to hack a handset
30 Oct 09 |  Technology
Battle of the smartphones begins
15 Oct 09 |  Technology
iPhone app for fresher students
18 Sep 09 |  Education
Spotify launches on mobile phones
07 Sep 09 |  Technology
Apps 'to be as big as internet'
20 Jul 09 |  Technology

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific