Sherborne Girls in Dorset was recently the host of a fascinating series of lectures and workshops by chief executive of the iPad Academy and formerly Microsoft Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies, Professor Steve Molyneux.

As part of the annual Joint Schools’ training programme, teachers across Sherborne’s secondary schools and Sherborne Prep School explored the adoption of iPads in schools and the implications for effective roll-out.

The day finished with a thought-provoking talk by Professor Molyneux to an audience of more than 350 Sherborne-based teachers entitled ‘The Four Ages of Education’, in which he reflected upon the rapid shift towards these devices in the classroom. He also gave some fascinating examples of how iPads are already being used in learning – from interactive lessons to study aids – and how teachers’ attitudes need to evolve to embrace these changes.

Sherborne Girls headmistress Jenny Dwyer said, “This inset day provided a great opportunity for colleagues from across schools in the area to come together and exchange ideas and information and also to find out more about the wider implications for the educational landscape. As a school we have always embraced new and innovative technology so this has been a really constructive exercise.”

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