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Last Updated: Thursday January 29 2009 09:58 GMT

How hi-tech is your school?

Ricky uses a face scan machine
Ricky uses a face scanning machine

Face and fingerprint scanners are being used in some schools to keep track on their pupils for things like registration and library books.

More and more schools are switching on to technology in the classroom, but is your school?

Do you have things like scanners, or is it all still paper and pencils that keeps your school going?

And if there isn't much technology in your school, what would you like to see introduced to make things better?

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"Our school has Smartboards in every classroom and in our ICT suite. We each get to choose if we want a laptop or a computer to work on, however most people choose laptops."

Elakiya, 11, London, England

"Our school has a trolley of laptops per class and we have interactive whiteboards."

Jack, 10, Essex, England

"Our school is pretty good at keeping up with technology but isn't completely obsessed with it like some schools!"

Michaela, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"Our school has Smartboards in every room and six IT suites. It's ok!"

Beth, 12, Southend, England

"In my school we have interactive whiteboards but my class whiteboard is messed up - because it won't turn on!!!"

Haajarah, 10, London, England

"In my school we are kind of old-fashioned. We don't have any scanners for fingerprints - we just use the same old stuff."

Faith, 14, London, England

"Our school has old computers, that's all! It doesn't have a library system or electric whiteboards. Wooden chairs, plastic tables."

Juliet, 11, Ra'anana, Israel

"My school has not gone hi-tech. We only have Smartboards."

Declan, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"In our computer lab we have about 60-80 Apple computers. All of the teachers have Apples too. Some teachers have these things called ELMOS. They project a live image of anything the teacher puts under it."

Lucy, 14, California, USA

"My school only has interactive whiteboards."

Tayla, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"My high school is a bit hi-tech; it has four ICT rooms and an interactive whiteboard in each classroom, though sometimes they don't work!"

Lindsey, 12, Huddersfield, England

"In my high school there is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom, each department has 30 laptops, there are about eight computer suites - each with around 35 flat screen computers."

Jackie, 12, Birmingham, England

"In my school you get a laptop when you join. You have to look after it and the school can link your laptop into a network so we can learn online."

Lola-May, 13, Colorado, USA

"In my school, each of us have a photo-card which we use to buy lunch by topping it up with money on these machine things. They are also used to let us in and out of the school building when we are late and for getting out library books. We also have 30 laptops that we have to share between the year group and we have an interactive whiteboard and projector in each classroom."

Georgina, 11, London, England

"In my school we have computers/laptops in almost every department. The teachers have one on their desk and we have interactive Smartboards in every classroom. There are also televisions and even a Wii. I've never heard of having fingerprint scanners though!"

Jessica, 12, Scotland

"In my school every teacher has a laptop, every classroom has an interactive whiteboard, and we have about four different ICT suites. Plus we also have another ICT suite which has about 15 iMacs which are brilliant!"

Ellis, 12, Essex, England

"Our school has sets of 30 laptops for each department, one laptop for each teacher, more than 2,000 computers, a fingerprint scanner and a book scanner in the library. I worked out that if you grouped together all of the laptops in my school every student could have at least one, and there are about 3,000 students in my school!"

Stuart, 12, Suffolk, England

"Our school isn't really hi-tech but we have loads of computers... Does that count?"

Poppy, 13, Cardiff, Wales

"In my school we have computers, printers, photocopiers and scanners. We also have to use special cards like ID cards to get a hot dinner and to check out books in the library."

Johanna, 11, Lausanne, Switzerland

"We have small fingerprint scanners at lunch time. When we get something out of the canteen, we get our finger scanned and they take the amount of the meal from our accounts with the touch screen machine."

Leila, 11, West Sussex, England

"We have a fingerprint scanner in our school for buying food in the canteen, which means we don't have to carry large amounts of money, but I don't think the face scanner is a good idea, as people can sign in then bunk off for the rest of the day."

Cath, 13, London, England

"We have a finger scanner for getting out books."

Jamie, 11, Cheshire, England

"We have a fingerprint scanner in our school for the library."

Mona, 13, Coventry, England

"Our school has got really good, new, updated computers but I had a lesson in the computer room and they wouldn't work or load properly and it disrupted our learning. So maybe really hi-tech things are a bad idea?"

Marie, 12, Cambridge, England

"In my school we have swipe cards. To access buildings we have to swipe the card through a special machine."

Sarah, 11, Walsall, England

"Our school has nothing! It's in an old church!"

Natalie, 11, London, England

"Our school has lots of finger scanners but only 20 computers."

Victoria, 11, Kent, England

"We have lots of computers at my school and we have a laptop each."

Holly, 10, Middlesbrough, England

"My school isn't very hi-tech but I don't think it really matters."

Rory, 10, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"Our school isn't very hi-tech. We have a Smartboard in one of the language classrooms and projectors in a few. We have a computer in each classroom but they are old and never get used! We have two ICT suites."

Amy, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"We have a Smartboard in each class, a computer in each class and loads of laptops for ICT but I think face and fingerprint scanners are a bit over the top."

Sarah, 11, Scotland

"In my school, we register in the morning using a fingerprint machine, all our rolls in our classes are done by computer and we have a large plasma screen in the hallway displaying the announcements for the day."

Abbie, 13, Sheffield, England

"We have those finger scanners in my school as well. We got them last year in March in our junior library. Since then lots of people have been taking out books. I think it's excellent."

Samuel, 9, Essex, England

"Our school has many computers in each room. We have an interactive whiteboard in each classroom as well. We have to share them though."

Ami, 7, Nottingham, England

"We have two interactive whiteboards in each class room and 30 laptops to share in the whole school. We've got flat screen monitors in the ICT room and a book scanner and a finger scanner in the library."

Charlotte, 11, Staffordshire, England

"Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard, but up until last year we didn't have anything. We didn't have any computers, but then we got four put in each classroom. We also have about 32 laptops. But we have to share them with the rest of the school."

Daisy, 10, Nottingham, England

"Our school is OK but it's not that hi-tech. We have laptops and many don't work. Our projectors are OK though."

Mollie, 10, Liverpool, England

"Our school has got rubbish technology. We only have computers and about 30 of them are no good!"

Jack, 10, Essex, England

"We have got a thumb scanner in the library but recently we have had to get a thumb scanner for lunch too. They are horrible, they don't have limits on how much you spend and the bill will get sent home at the end of the week so you can get a bill of up to 25!"

Sophie, 12, Birmingham, England

"Our school has lots of finger scanners, but only 20 computers."

Victoria, 11, Kent, England

"My school has three computer suites and our library has some computers too. There is also up to two computers in each classroom. We also have interactive whiteboards in every classroom and sometimes they are never used."

Olivia, 14, England

"My school has smart boards in every classroom. Even the nursery!"

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Our school has finger scanners for break and lunchtime which holds our money safely. Plus, we have interactive whiteboards in all the classrooms."

Suzanna, 11, Surrey, England

"My school has interactive whiteboards, laptops and two computer rooms."

Harlie, 11, Birmingham, England

"All the classrooms have interactive whiteboards, the teachers all have a laptop at their desk and there are four computers in each classroom. The principal has two computers in her office and there are 10 printers in the whole school!!"

Jodie, 11, Armagh, Northern Ireland

"My school is well hi-tech. We've got about 200 computers, a MacBook each, iPod nanos, iPhones, automatic doors, glass classrooms, interactive smart boards in every class and fingerprint scanners."

Jacob, 8, Sydney, Australia

"Every student has an ID card which is like a credit card, you can put money into your account and use your card to buy lunch and borrow library books. Instead of paper, we all have a laptop to do work on. It gives us the internet to research on."

Hayley, 12, California, America

"Every morning we have to swipe-in using our swipe cards."

Artemis, 14, Meath, Ireland

"We have fob keys that we put money on for our lunch."

Ali, 12, Gwynedd, Wales

"At my school, we have lots of computers and four ICT suites."

Bella, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"We have an interactive whiteboard in each classroom and five computers in each class (plus an extra one in our class for the teacher). Apart from that, we have a weather station thingy but nothing else."

Cathy, 10, Peterborough, England

"My School isn't that hi-tech. We only have smart boards."

Declan, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"In my school, we have computers, printers, photo-copiers and scanners. We also have to use special cards, like ID cards, to get a hot dinner and to check out books from the library."

Johanna, 11, Lausanne, Switzerland

"My school has got two ICT suites and a smart board in every classroom."

Aleisha, 11, Elgin, Scotland

"We have an ICT Suite and computers in every room in the school. Also, in each classroom there is an interactive smart board!"

Ria, 11, London, England

"We have a lot of fingerprint scanners for dinner and for the library and we have computers."

Hussnain, 12, Birmingham, England

"My school has loads of computers and in the library it has a fingerprint scanner! It is really cool."

Caitilin, 11, Abu Dhabi

"I feel that my school has far too many computers, there are seven ICT suites and in every classroom there are two computers which aren't even used half the time and there are whiteboards apart from in the science and math departments and every teacher has a computer at their desks. I mean isn't that a little much?"

Maximillion, 12, Portlethen, Scotland

"My brothers and sisters and I are home-schooled so we don't have many hi-tech gadgets, but we have three computers and a TV for some of our lessons!"

Reuben, 14, Folkestone, England

"My school got a new and improved ICT suite about a year ago which has 18 new computers."

Lauren, 10, Taunton, England

"We have an interactive whiteboard in all of the classrooms and each student must bring their own MacBooks to school."

Cher, 12, Hong Kong

"My school has loads of computers and a smart board in each classroom."

Alex, 12, Surrey, England

"Our school isn't very high-tech."

Declan, 13, England

"We have five ICT suites, but that's about it."

Izzi, 12, Southend-on-Sea, England

"At my high school every class has an electronic whiteboard. For lunch we have a swipe card we put money on."

Ann, 12, London, England

"That sounds so cool, but I don't think I'll ever have it because I'm home-schooled!"

Jacob, 15, Kent, England

"My school has got lots of computers."

Stephen, 9, Lancashire, England

"Our school doesn't have any hi-tech gadgets apart from when the year seven students get a laptop to keep until they go in to year eight."

Georgia, 12, Somerset, England

"Our school has one to one laptops for each student. It's so we can use the internet at home but I think it's too much of a responsibility to take care of them."

Emmi, 11, Prague, Czech Republic