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Cash-strapped schools will use pupils’ mobile phones and Xboxes

Kathleen Hall

Mobile phones, iPods, and Xboxes will become part of the teaching tool-kit, according to a survey of education professionals from industry body Intellect.

More than 50% said pupils' personal devices will be incorporated into lessons over the next five years and used as much in school as at home. However, 60% said their schools had nowhere near enough technology, or could benefit from additional technology, while more than half said they needed more training in the use of technology.

Consoles like the XBox and Playstation are increasingly becoming digital media hubs at home, and are far more powerful than modern desktop PCs.

Phil Hemmings, chair of the Intellect Education Group, said, "Education professionals view ICT as a key teaching tool and an important way of communicating with pupils and parents. However, there is still much work to be done. Many professionals would like more training and the results of our sample indicate that further investment in technology is still required."

Roger Broadie, a member of the technology in education body, added that there is currently a divide between schools that are helping pupils to learn effectively with ICT and those beginning to lag behind.

Of the 277 schools polled, more than 80% said they considered technology as either "essential" or "useful" for engaging with pupils.


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