School axes textbooks as pupils download homework onto their mobile phones
A school is getting rid of textbooks and encouraging pupils to download homework onto their mobile phones instead.
The new Hackney City Academy wants to eliminate the need for heavy rucksacks and is introducing curriculum texts that pupils can access through their mobile phone SIM cards and home computers.
New age of learning: Headteacher Mark Emmerson said his school will get rid of textbooks and replace them with downloadable files
Academy headteacher Mark Emmerson is pioneering the E-books in his school, which is due to open next September.
Researchers at the University of Aberystwyth’s computer department and text book publishers are developing the online editions and expect them to be up and running in time for the school to open its doors.
Mr Emmerson said: ‘It will be as simple as downloading a ringtone to their SIM card, something practically all teenagers will now know how to do.
‘The majority of pupils have their own mobile phones and access to internet at home.
‘Instead of pupils taking home a copy they simply go to a site and download the relevant information.’
Mr Emmerson said that traditional paper copies would still be available for pupils without mobiles and home computers.
Textbooks will still be used by teachers and will be in school, but they will be very much as reference books not standard issue to pupils.
‘We will still have some textbooks, but providing copies to every pupil is too expensive’, Mr Emmerson said.
lockers which line the corridors of every school are often seen as a security hazard.
Textbooks will be put on the schools internal internet site and pupils will access this online either on their laptop or phone.