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No More Pencils, No More Books: Welcome To The School That’s Embarking On A Learning Revolution
January 8, 2013
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You know the children's rhyme - the one that goes "no more pencils, no more books"...
Well, a school in Britain is making that idea a reality.

It's called Bolton's Essa Academy and every student there - all 800 or so - has their own IPad, and so do all of the teachers.

Basically, everything they do in class they do with their IPads. You hardly ever see a pen, pencil, or a notebook. Technology is shaping how the students learn.

Teachers can create mini-textbooks for their subjects. They can give the students a quiz and see their answers instantly, then mark it and give feedback as soon as the test is done.

School administrators say it's all just a natural evolution of learning.

"Technology is not separate to teaching," the school's principal Showk Badat told the BBC. "In fact, I would argue that the best teachers, the greatest teachers would use technology to make their lessons even better."

Check out the BBC's story on the school below.

School officials from around the UK and some from overseas have paid Essa Academy a visit to see what they can learn from it.

Many of the students who go to Essa are from disadvantaged communities, with many different nationalities, languages and cultures. At one time, the school had a bad reputation and was considered a failure.

But now, it's turned things around with its new approach to learning and marks are up. In fact, in 2011, every student achieved five A to C's, compared with 40 per cent before.

One of the brains behind it all is Abdul Chohan, a chemistry teacher who is now one of four directors at Essa.

Chohan told The Independent that young people need 21st-century skills when they try to find work. He also says too much emphasis is put on exams instead of developing life skills.

Students use their IPads to do homework, and they can email their teachers with questions whenever they like. Some teachers answer within a few minutes. Others set aside a specific time when they respond.

"If there's something they want to know, why should they have to wait until the school gates open at 9am in the morning?" Chohan says.

And principal Badat points out that the school's internet is filtered and monitored, so kids can't go on inappropriate websites or play games when they should be studying.

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