Henry Tyndale School, which caters for pupils with special educational needs (SEN), has rolled out touchscreen devices for its 120 students.
The school has implemented a range of Dell technology, including multi-touchscreens, laptops and servers. The technology enables children to learn in a far more engaging and independent manner than otherwise possible.
Multi-touchscreens teach pupils the idea of cause and effect and about their impact on the world, said head teacher Rob Thompson. Children with sensory and learning disabilities tend to "switch off" when learning, but the touchscreen technology allows teachers to engage the children, he said.
“If have a child’s understanding is low, we want them to understand cause and effect, which they can easily do with a touchscreen. But if the technology doesn’t work that’s the worst message we can give them and makes it incredibly difficult. It is very easy for kids to disengage and not make the link,” Thompson said.
Initially the school entered the Dell competition to make a video, winning £10,000 worth of equipment.
“We were already looking to upgrade our equipment,” Thompson said.