An ambitious project to enable whole-class virtual learning at a small school in Shropshire has come true thanks to the generous donation of 36 new iPads.
Teachers and parents at Tibberton CE Elementary School, near Newport, began fundraising for the new devices earlier this quarter and with support from local businesses and other community members they have reached their goal sooner than expected.
This means that starting in September, each child in the class will have access to their own iPad and associated digital resources to support whole class learning during class.
The first batch of iPads has already arrived at school and it is hoped that the remaining devices will be in place by the start of the next school year.
Access to the new technology will also coincide with the opening of the school’s new Outdoor Innovation Class (OIC) which is currently being built on the school site with support from the Newport-based Flarewell company.
The classroom is designed to provide children with a modern learning environment, which will allow them to develop a range of technological, environmental and innovation skills.
Louise Glews of the Tibberton Parent Teacher Association (PTA), who led the recent tech project, said: âRaising funds for 36 iPads has been an extremely ambitious project for such a small village school, but we were absolutely overwhelmed. through the support and generosity we have received from local businesses, individuals and friends of the school.
“Without their support we certainly wouldn’t be near our goal, so on behalf of the PTA, the school and of course the students, we would like to say a big thank you.”
The PTA kicked off the project by funding 15 new iPads. Since then, the school has received donations from several Shropshire companies including Proactive Personnel, Abacus Associates, Reach Telecom, Be Bold Media, Barker Healey Estate Agents, Shropshire Homes, Fisheye Media, Aviramp and Ling Homes. The Nova Raiders cycling club also contributed financially to the project.
Sarah North, Principal of the School, added: âTechnology is the future of our children and it is absolutely phenomenal that every child in the classroom has digital resources at their fingertips. We are very grateful for everyone’s efforts in this project and we know the kids will enjoy using them.
“They will be a fantastic resource to support the learning of all children on a daily basis, especially in the new OIC building which is expected to focus on technology, innovation and sustainability.”
The PTA School is now working to raise Â£ 5,000 to fund additional resources and equipment to be used in the new OIC building. A new fundraising page has been set up to support the project and anyone wishing to donate can also send an email to [email protected]