Tablets give Anne Hamersley Primary School students the edge


Teacher Narelle Salomon and some of her students using their own tablets.
Teacher Narelle Salomon and some of her students using their own tablets.

STUDENTS at Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook were encouraged to bring their own tablets to school from last week, providing a handy reference tool in the classroom.

The Year 4/5 class were the first students to take part in the initiative.

Principal Rod Simeons said the students used the school’s wireless connection under strict supervision.

“The initial connectivity is a difficult exercise,” Mr Simeons said.

“But once connected, children are able to use the internet as a means of information-gathering and of course communicate with each other and their teacher.”

Mr Simeons said parents had been supportive.

“Many parents have gone out and purchased tablets to ensure that their children have this opportunity,” he said.

“Children who are unable to bring in a tablet use the school devices.

“The alternative to the scheme is for children to have a limited number of sessions in the week using the devices the school was able to purchase in its foundation year.”

The school’s vision is to have tablets as essential items children brought to school on a daily basis.

“If the current response is a measure of the support we enjoy, this day should not be far off,” Mr Simeons said.