Marina academy at core of iPad tablet tuition plan in Brighton and Hove

Andrew Goodall

Andrew Goodall

First published in News

Pupils will get the chance  to become computer whizz kids after hundreds of iPads  were handed over.

City College Brighton and Hove has teamed up with the  Fonthill Foundation to set up two classrooms in the former  Emperor of China restaurant in  Brighton Marina devoted to
teaching children through the  use of tablets.

The foundation has donated  the iPads to the academy after  its chairman Andrew Goodall  was made aware of the new  academy school by Michael  Beard, editor of The Argus.

The new 5,000 sq ft facilities  at the marina will initially be  used by 60 pupils from City  Academy Whitehawk, who will  be the first through the doors on  Monday using transport provided by Roedean School.

It is hoped that the facilities could eventually be used by  pupils from schools all over  Brighton and Hove.

There are set to be five learning days over the next term with children aged between six and 11 being taught how to get  the most out of the gadgets.

Teachers will also get the  chance to work with e-learning  specialist trainers to help develop future hi-tech lesson plans while it is hoped that the chance to  learn about tablets will be  extended to parent workshops.

The space has been provided  by Brighton Marina owners  Land Securities with Marina  Services Ltd cleaning the site  and City College Brighton and  Hove pupils furnishing it.

Experts from the Tablet  Academy provide tuition.

The classrooms have superfast broadband and will handle up to 200 iPad users.

Planning permission is initially for temporary classrooms for a year but Fonthill Foundation chairman Andrew Goodall  is hoping to extend that for at  least another 12 months.

Mr Goodall said he used his  business contacts at the Marina  as the managing director of
Brunswick Developments to encourage firms to join the project.

He said: “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and a  lot of people have donated their
time. It’s very exciting that it  has all come together right now.

“I think these lessons will be  motivating and engaging and will also be an important learning experience as well.

“There is a lot of fear around  the use of iPads and I can understand that but they are a  chance for children to learn in a  new and exciting way.

“I thought the marina would  be a really inspiring learning  environment.”

 

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6:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

CivicMan says...

I don't exactly think iPads will turn kids into computer whizzes, they're more for fun, and I've yet to meet anyone who is afraid of using one!!
It'll be a nice day out for the pupils though!
I don't exactly think iPads will turn kids into computer whizzes, they're more for fun, and I've yet to meet anyone who is afraid of using one!! It'll be a nice day out for the pupils though! CivicMan
  • Score: 22

7:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

As a programmer myself I've yet to see anyone program or learn to on a tablet-good for apps and that's it.
As a programmer myself I've yet to see anyone program or learn to on a tablet-good for apps and that's it. rogerthefish
  • Score: 29

8:17am Fri 14 Mar 14

fredaj says...

Teaching kids to play games and use social networking sites? A disgusting waste of money.

But what is even more disgusting is the lack of understanding journalists have for science and engineering. Do they really think playing with toys turns children in to computer experts?

Unfortunately a large part of me really thinks they do.
Teaching kids to play games and use social networking sites? A disgusting waste of money. But what is even more disgusting is the lack of understanding journalists have for science and engineering. Do they really think playing with toys turns children in to computer experts? Unfortunately a large part of me really thinks they do. fredaj
  • Score: 26

8:29am Fri 14 Mar 14

Beethoven says...

Can the the rest of us come along too, please?

Speaking as a techno challenged silver surfer trying to play catch up with the younger generation. We would love to be properly taught,
Can the the rest of us come along too, please? Speaking as a techno challenged silver surfer trying to play catch up with the younger generation. We would love to be properly taught, Beethoven
  • Score: 10

8:37am Fri 14 Mar 14

VoodooGangbanger says...

why?, as a developer I can tell you I-pads aren't for doing anything creative on at all, infact these socio-economically deprived kids would further benefit from a Android device, given a developers license is only 25 dollars, instead of apples 100 dollars dev license and needing to own a mac (think the cheapest mac is a mac mini 400 quid?) Whoever has started this initiative knows nothing about, computers coding or development.

For the same price you could provide the students with a cheap levono laptop, a Android based tablet, and a Ardino or Raspberry Pi, with probably the 15 quid left over to give them a app developers license.

whoever is coming up with these schemes is extremely out of touch with technology.
why?, as a developer I can tell you I-pads aren't for doing anything creative on at all, infact these socio-economically deprived kids would further benefit from a Android device, given a developers license is only 25 dollars, instead of apples 100 dollars dev license and needing to own a mac (think the cheapest mac is a mac mini 400 quid?) Whoever has started this initiative knows nothing about, computers coding or development. For the same price you could provide the students with a cheap levono laptop, a Android based tablet, and a Ardino or Raspberry Pi, with probably the 15 quid left over to give them a app developers license. whoever is coming up with these schemes is extremely out of touch with technology. VoodooGangbanger
  • Score: 33

8:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

Jagmanmc says...

Give them a piece of chalk and a slate and teach them to write and spell properly, then teach them manners and to be good citizens.
Teach them to respect other peoples views and beliefs, and teach them OUR history and achievements, teach them engineering and science, teach them first aid and biology.
When they have learnt all this and more, teach them that an iPad is an engineered and manufactured product, then get them to design their own better version!
Give them a piece of chalk and a slate and teach them to write and spell properly, then teach them manners and to be good citizens. Teach them to respect other peoples views and beliefs, and teach them OUR history and achievements, teach them engineering and science, teach them first aid and biology. When they have learnt all this and more, teach them that an iPad is an engineered and manufactured product, then get them to design their own better version! Jagmanmc
  • Score: 22

9:21am Fri 14 Mar 14

Ashles says...

Beethoven wrote:
Can the the rest of us come along too, please? Speaking as a techno challenged silver surfer trying to play catch up with the younger generation. We would love to be properly taught,
This is a much better idea - give the opportunity to older people who haven't had exposure to this technology, rather than youngsters who are immersed in it every day (does any child actually 'fear' using an iPad?)
[quote][p][bold]Beethoven[/bold] wrote: Can the the rest of us come along too, please? Speaking as a techno challenged silver surfer trying to play catch up with the younger generation. We would love to be properly taught,[/p][/quote]This is a much better idea - give the opportunity to older people who haven't had exposure to this technology, rather than youngsters who are immersed in it every day (does any child actually 'fear' using an iPad?) Ashles
  • Score: 17

9:41am Fri 14 Mar 14

tykemison says...

This article although seemingly well-meaning,makes my blood boil.So yet more children are being lead down the Apple garden path(get em young and keep em),these contraptions are absolutely not being used for learning,its a bit like putting your kids infront of the tv and telling them to soak up all the drivel as if its knowledge.Hove park had the"ingenious" idea of having i-pads for"modern,techinica
l learning"saying Teachers can"inter-act"with pupils and they will make them computer"savvy".Well
,let me assure you,sadly,this is certainly not the case,all they are doing is becoming crack-pad addicts doing useless,non-educatio
nal functions on them,i speak from a Parental perspective and although my child is doing well with her education it is inspite of not because of,ghastly contraptions.
This article although seemingly well-meaning,makes my blood boil.So yet more children are being lead down the Apple garden path(get em young and keep em),these contraptions are absolutely not being used for learning,its a bit like putting your kids infront of the tv and telling them to soak up all the drivel as if its knowledge.Hove park had the"ingenious" idea of having i-pads for"modern,techinica l learning"saying Teachers can"inter-act"with pupils and they will make them computer"savvy".Well ,let me assure you,sadly,this is certainly not the case,all they are doing is becoming crack-pad addicts doing useless,non-educatio nal functions on them,i speak from a Parental perspective and although my child is doing well with her education it is inspite of not because of,ghastly contraptions. tykemison
  • Score: 23

10:20am Fri 14 Mar 14

whatone says...

In the past our schools were funded in full by our taxes.

Now a 'Foundation' supplies IT goodies and premises...

So why no mention of any charges that schools (or in other words the taxpayer) may have to stump up out of their existing budgets?

Other firms are being encouraged to join the 'scheme' - now why would they do that if there wasn't any benefit?

This is merely another way that our education system is slowly being privatised by stealth!
In the past our schools were funded in full by our taxes. Now a 'Foundation' supplies IT goodies and premises... So why no mention of any charges that schools (or in other words the taxpayer) may have to stump up out of their existing budgets? Other firms are being encouraged to join the 'scheme' - now why would they do that if there wasn't any benefit? This is merely another way that our education system is slowly being privatised by stealth! whatone
  • Score: 7

10:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

ABRITINUSA says...

Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves...

Would it then be such a waste?

The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s),

It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...
Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves... Would it then be such a waste? The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s), It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now... ABRITINUSA
  • Score: -10

10:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

CatoTheCat says...

"Pupils will get the chance to become computer whizz kids after hundreds of iPads were handed over. "

Nope. Tablets are for media *consumption* not creation.
If Raspberrys (http://www.raspberr
ypi.org/) were issued this would be a real story. And this is exactly what the Raspberrys were designed for.

BTW - has anyone used the term 'whizz-kid' since 1970's Blue Peter?
"Pupils will get the chance to become computer whizz kids after hundreds of iPads were handed over. " Nope. Tablets are for media *consumption* not creation. If Raspberrys (http://www.raspberr ypi.org/) were issued this would be a real story. And this is exactly what the Raspberrys were designed for. BTW - has anyone used the term 'whizz-kid' since 1970's Blue Peter? CatoTheCat
  • Score: 21

10:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

whatone says...

@CatoTheCat

"has anyone used the term 'whizz-kid' since 1970's Blue Peter?"

Only tired Argus Journalists!
@CatoTheCat "has anyone used the term 'whizz-kid' since 1970's Blue Peter?" Only tired Argus Journalists! whatone
  • Score: 10

10:52am Fri 14 Mar 14

tykemison says...

ABRITINUSA wrote:
Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves...

Would it then be such a waste?

The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s),

It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...
Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"our young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to.
[quote][p][bold]ABRITINUSA[/bold] wrote: Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves... Would it then be such a waste? The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s), It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...[/p][/quote]Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"our young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to. tykemison
  • Score: 12

11:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

ABRITINUSA says...

tykemison wrote:
ABRITINUSA wrote:
Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves...

Would it then be such a waste?

The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s),

It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...
Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"ou
r young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to.
First and foremost I did engage my brain before typing, perhaps the difference is that I open my mind wider than my eyes...

Second, you have reinforce my closing statement. It is not the school's fault that kids are engaging in the 'filth' that you indicate. Once again, a primary parental role is to teach their offspring right from wrong, good from bad, and reinforce that throughout their lives.

The 'filth' you mention has be around for decades, just delivered by different people via different mediums.

Some years back when I was studying education I read a profound and meaningful statement that has since remained in the forefront of my mind:

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ABRITINUSA[/bold] wrote: Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves... Would it then be such a waste? The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s), It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...[/p][/quote]Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"ou r young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to.[/p][/quote]First and foremost I did engage my brain before typing, perhaps the difference is that I open my mind wider than my eyes... Second, you have reinforce my closing statement. It is not the school's fault that kids are engaging in the 'filth' that you indicate. Once again, a primary parental role is to teach their offspring right from wrong, good from bad, and reinforce that throughout their lives. The 'filth' you mention has be around for decades, just delivered by different people via different mediums. Some years back when I was studying education I read a profound and meaningful statement that has since remained in the forefront of my mind: "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." ABRITINUSA
  • Score: -6

12:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

qm says...

Be better off learning how to download software into their brains.
It's by a process called reading and the source data is readily available in things called books!
Be better off learning how to download software into their brains. It's by a process called reading and the source data is readily available in things called books! qm
  • Score: 9

12:51pm Fri 14 Mar 14

tykemison says...

ABRITINUSA wrote:
tykemison wrote:
ABRITINUSA wrote:
Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves...

Would it then be such a waste?

The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s),

It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...
Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"ou

r young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to.
First and foremost I did engage my brain before typing, perhaps the difference is that I open my mind wider than my eyes...

Second, you have reinforce my closing statement. It is not the school's fault that kids are engaging in the 'filth' that you indicate. Once again, a primary parental role is to teach their offspring right from wrong, good from bad, and reinforce that throughout their lives.

The 'filth' you mention has be around for decades, just delivered by different people via different mediums.

Some years back when I was studying education I read a profound and meaningful statement that has since remained in the forefront of my mind:

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
If the Schools insist on All the pupils having i-pads then surely you can recognise that your original point about parents being to blame for bad manners is ridiculous as i expect my(and others)children to go to School to enhance their education not gawp at their i-pads all day and cause conflict at their homes when parents try to"wean"them off the ghastly devices,they are no good and are ensuring the next generation(not all)are the least equiped in a social capacity to inter-act and i totally disagree it being the parents fault,i teach my child decent manners and its an ongoing process made difficult from the distraction which is the crack-pad.Back to traditional learning and stop molly-coddling them.
[quote][p][bold]ABRITINUSA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ABRITINUSA[/bold] wrote: Imagine... imagine just for one minute that the device so many of you consider a waste of money and time would actually help someone to learn. Would perhaps break the barrier that slate and piece of chalk created and ignite a quest to advance themselves... Would it then be such a waste? The task of teaching them manners, to be good citizens, respect other peoples views and beliefs is not one of the schools. That is the fundamental role of the parent(s), It is fairly obvious where the problem lies now...[/p][/quote]Absolute codswallop,please engage your brain before typing as its quite the opposite.These Schools adopting this way of"educating"ou r young and the general ease of access to the filth and degenerate"stars"of our day contributes to a downward spiral,as all Children either own or have friends who own these contraptions they are influenced by morally corrupt media stars(miley cyruss,justin bieber)as a couple of examples which then the young impressionable think is cool and makes parenting extremely difficult as decent manners disappear not because of parents but because of the daily bombardment of useless information and idiotic role-models children are subjected to.[/p][/quote]First and foremost I did engage my brain before typing, perhaps the difference is that I open my mind wider than my eyes... Second, you have reinforce my closing statement. It is not the school's fault that kids are engaging in the 'filth' that you indicate. Once again, a primary parental role is to teach their offspring right from wrong, good from bad, and reinforce that throughout their lives. The 'filth' you mention has be around for decades, just delivered by different people via different mediums. Some years back when I was studying education I read a profound and meaningful statement that has since remained in the forefront of my mind: "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."[/p][/quote]If the Schools insist on All the pupils having i-pads then surely you can recognise that your original point about parents being to blame for bad manners is ridiculous as i expect my(and others)children to go to School to enhance their education not gawp at their i-pads all day and cause conflict at their homes when parents try to"wean"them off the ghastly devices,they are no good and are ensuring the next generation(not all)are the least equiped in a social capacity to inter-act and i totally disagree it being the parents fault,i teach my child decent manners and its an ongoing process made difficult from the distraction which is the crack-pad.Back to traditional learning and stop molly-coddling them. tykemison
  • Score: 9

2:37pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Hove Actually says...

So Whitehawk Docks wants pupils from City Academy Whitehawk (or was that Stanley Deason or any one of the rebirth names that millions were wasted on) to come along and "get their hands" on a i-pad.

The time and money spent on this would have been better spent employing teachers to raise standards so that those in East Brighton had a choice on their doorstep instead of travelling across town to the over subscribed schools here.
So Whitehawk Docks wants pupils from City Academy Whitehawk (or was that Stanley Deason or any one of the rebirth names that millions were wasted on) to come along and "get their hands" on a i-pad. The time and money spent on this would have been better spent employing teachers to raise standards so that those in East Brighton had a choice on their doorstep instead of travelling across town to the over subscribed schools here. Hove Actually
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

I don't think that I can add anything to the numerous comments made by other developers and programmers here. iPads simply don't DO that. But what are we doing as a society to train up our new generation to code on the latest machines- albeti that it will probably be out of date by the time they find a sensible job and leave Maccie D's?
I don't think that I can add anything to the numerous comments made by other developers and programmers here. iPads simply don't DO that. But what are we doing as a society to train up our new generation to code on the latest machines- albeti that it will probably be out of date by the time they find a sensible job and leave Maccie D's? Goldenwight
  • Score: 9

6:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

db_cooper says...

Goldenwight wrote:
I don't think that I can add anything to the numerous comments made by other developers and programmers here. iPads simply don't DO that. But what are we doing as a society to train up our new generation to code on the latest machines- albeti that it will probably be out of date by the time they find a sensible job and leave Maccie D's?
I learnt to code on a BBC Micro computer and now code using the latest technology. It's a transferable skill. Teaching kids how to code, whether it's using a Raspberry Pi, Java, Google or Microsoft software doesn't matter. Education, especially tertiary education, is where you learn how to learn. Kids can't be taught everything they will need to know for their future, but the more they are taught that is likely to help them in the future the better. But handing out iPads with the belief it will turn kids into "whizz kids" is crazy!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: I don't think that I can add anything to the numerous comments made by other developers and programmers here. iPads simply don't DO that. But what are we doing as a society to train up our new generation to code on the latest machines- albeti that it will probably be out of date by the time they find a sensible job and leave Maccie D's?[/p][/quote]I learnt to code on a BBC Micro computer and now code using the latest technology. It's a transferable skill. Teaching kids how to code, whether it's using a Raspberry Pi, Java, Google or Microsoft software doesn't matter. Education, especially tertiary education, is where you learn how to learn. Kids can't be taught everything they will need to know for their future, but the more they are taught that is likely to help them in the future the better. But handing out iPads with the belief it will turn kids into "whizz kids" is crazy! db_cooper
  • Score: 5

6:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

melee says...

A few years ago there was a scheme at my daughter's school to provide each child with an ipad (we had to rent it per term then pay the balance at the end) and we were persuaded that she would get behind in class if she didn't have one. Of course it's turned out to be not that much use for school work after all, for her homework she borrows her dad's desktop computer.

If there are people itching to give away ipads where they would actually be useful they could do worse than direct their generosity towards special schools. My son is non-verbal and is being taught to use the ipad to communicate. He was previously lent a very simple electronic device that could 'speak' pre-programmed words, which we were shocked to discover cost £6000 so in this case the ipad is a big improvement.
A few years ago there was a scheme at my daughter's school to provide each child with an ipad (we had to rent it per term then pay the balance at the end) and we were persuaded that she would get behind in class if she didn't have one. Of course it's turned out to be not that much use for school work after all, for her homework she borrows her dad's desktop computer. If there are people itching to give away ipads where they would actually be useful they could do worse than direct their generosity towards special schools. My son is non-verbal and is being taught to use the ipad to communicate. He was previously lent a very simple electronic device that could 'speak' pre-programmed words, which we were shocked to discover cost £6000 so in this case the ipad is a big improvement. melee
  • Score: 7

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