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St Joseph's Rush, Co. Dublin students swap school books for iPads

CEIST schools are continuing to innovate and be a the forefront of hi-tech learning with St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush, Co. Dublin swapping books for iPads in a new 'digital school bag' programme.

St Joseph's will move to the 'Wriggle 1:1' system which allows students to take advantage of 'mobile learning'. It's the second year in a row that a Fingal school has joined the programme with students from Malahide Community School already using the digital school bag for a year now.

Each first year student (110 in total) starting at St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush this year will receive their new mobile device (iPads in this case) or 'digital schoolbag' which will be used in class and at home in place of traditional textbooks.

This year, Wriggle will work in partnership with 45 schools throughout Ireland in their move to a 1:1 mobile learning programme, whereby each child in a class will use a mobile device such as an iPad in the classroom/for homework instead of traditional textbooks.

The benefits of this include a lighter 'digital' schoolbag and the programme helps prepare children for the modern workplace and allows for interactive learning.

The Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme enables schools to transform their teaching and learning environments through the effective use of mobile devices and technology.

Wriggle has created a complete package to provide a school with everything they need to make the move to digital textbooks on mobile devices.

Catering for students and teachers, Wriggle provides the technology, access to digital textbooks and interactive content, professional development for teachers, comprehensive support and expert advice on ICT planning for schools.

Wriggle was developed by Typetec, an Irish IT services and solutions company. Typetec has over 20 years experience as a trusted technology partner in the education sector, working with primary schools, secondary schools and third level institutions all over Ireland.

Facing the Future Pupils in St Joseph's raise their iPads