Fortunately, since schools have been given more freedom to make their own decisions, school managers, bursars and head teachers have been able to invest in some affordable technology enabling them to dive headlong into the sea of digital technology with quite astonishing results. Most schools have installed some sort of interactive digital presentation device for the classroom, linked to a teacher’s laptop or to the school’s network server. This means information can be downloaded in an instant, in the classroom. Even the latest Touch Tablet PCs and laptops are becoming part of a student’s required school equipment so their knowledge and use of technology is part of everyday life.
With the advent of web-based solutions it is now possible for students to download, and complete, their homework on-line and if a child is unable to attend school, through illness, they can simply access the lesson remotely, so it’s easy to keep up with the rest of the class. What is even more encouraging is that technology for schools has greatly improved the link between the parent, student and teacher. A parent can give permission for their child to attend school trips and events and even keep up to date with their report cards and development, simply by going on-line.