From BBC News Technology: I had come to the Essa Academy to prepare a radio report on the impact of technology in schools. I was here because this school has been a pioneer in giving every child a mobile device and then building its delivery of lessons around that. But as I arrived and signed in on an iPad I was in somewhat skeptical mood. Over the years there have been plenty of examples where large sums of money have been invested in technology which has soon proved to be of little practical use, with poorly trained teachers rapidly becoming disillusioned. Remember language laboratories – or more recently the drive to put electronic whiteboards in every classroom? But to meet Abdul Chohan is to have one’s cynicism swept away. This chemistry teacher, who returned to his home town after working in the pharmaceutical industry, is one of nature’s enthusiasts and the driving force behind the technology programme at Essa Academy.

 

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