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Graz primary school introduces iPad class

A primary school class in Graz, Styria, is the first Austrian school class to have lessons on the iPad.

The tablet computers are widely used amongst older school children but now children as young as six are being given the chance to learn on the iPad.

According to the school the children have taken very easily to learning on the iPad, both the use of the tablet and using the learning materials online has proved successful.

Primary school teacher Silvana Aureli, who was the initiator of the first Styrian iPad class for young school kids, said: "The kids think they are just playing. But they are learning all the time. The best way to motivate young children is through play."

The iPads are set up full of learning materials especially for their age group and do not contain games in the traditional sense.

Aureli said: "Children are confronted by technology all around them, it is only at school where it isn't really embraced. We wanted to change that."

Tablet computers make it easier to run individual lessons - this has been proven in the 1a class which has 16 children in it from nine different countries. In total 10 different mother tongues are spoken between the children.

Aureli said: "It also helps the children with their German language learning. This was one of the reasons why the iPad lessons were introduced. They can challenge the children at different levels at the same time."

Each child has an iPad in their classroom and is used in some lessons, but  not every day. The children still take part in regular lessons with traditional learning materials such as text and exercise books.

Aureli finances the iPads herself and said: "I took part in two big projects and was able to save enough money."

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