Epsom Primary School has 190 students and is situated on the outskirts of Bendigo in a semi rural area. The suburban sprawl of Bendigo is reaching out to Epsom and new subdivisions are opening every week.
In the intital iPad Trial there were 24 children in the grade 5/6 classroom.(2010-2011) This year the iPads will be used with the grade 3/4 children on a 1:1 self management system. There are over 50 students in this cohort.
Epsom Primary School have long had a reputation for taking on new ICT initiatives with wireless networking and laptops in 2000, iPods & Nike Sensors (ICT Chase)in 2007 and iPod Touches in 2008-10 (iPod Touch Project)
The iPad Trial ran from August 2010 and to Dec 2011. In 2012 the cohort to use the iPads have had three years of ipod use in their classrooms. We will be watching with interest as these students take on the use of the iPads to enhance their learning.