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Marina academy at core of iPad tablet tuition plan in Brighton and Hove
5:30am Friday 14th March 2014 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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