These developments are consistent with Hove Park School’s motto of ‘Putting Achievement First’, as well as highlighting how the school entered the Department for Education’s top 1% of ‘Most Improved’ secondary schools. The 1:1 iPad Learning Transformation Project was launched in April of last year, and school staff are now putting all standardised tests and assessments into an iTunes U course, so that they can be closely monitored by parents and teachers alike.
"iPads have revolutionised the way we teach and the way students learn,” said Niel McLeod, Hove Park deputy headteacher and business manager. “There's a real sense nowadays that unless education environments move with the pace of change of technology, they will fall behind. Our device of choice is the iPad. With it, we have been able to dramatically increase the ability to access information, increase the range of tools and applications available and increase the amount of student collaboration with one another and with others beyond the walls of the school. We've effectively democratised the classroom!"
Hove Park chose Meru Network’s MEG technology because their grounds require high performing wireless, as the school buildings are located 1.5 miles apart. This follows the neighbouring Hampshire education authority awarding the company a 60-secondary-school Wi-Fi contract.
"We did a lot of research into the different providers;” said McLeod, “their strengths and weaknesses, and Meru came out on top as a reliable, easy to maintain, easy to install system - one that could cope with the density of usage that you get with classroom-based use. We were able to visit schools in our area and across the country that had developed one-to-one schemes or that were working with a high number of laptops and Meru was a very popular choice. We were confident that it was the right system and that's proved to be the case."
Like a growing numbers of schools in the UK, Hove Park features Apple TV in each classroom and learning space. By using Meru Bonjour Service Control, school staff can easily and securely managed what gets streamed to each device on a per-classroom basis.
"There's a real buzz about Hove Park at the moment,” said Mark Howell, area director for UK and Ireland at Meru. “We're delighted to be part of the school's transition to a personalised learning environment where every pupil has access to an iPad. The school's decision to empower students to take responsibility for their learning and encourage more independent and creative learning is a great example of how a school can improve performance and raise standards through technology."
For more information on Meru technology, visit www.merunetworks.com. To learn more about Hove Park’s 1:1 project, visit ipadteachers.org.
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