Wallace welcomes Finnish visitors

Finish visitors Ms Monica Storg�rd and Ms Anna-Lena Beckman study the use of iPads in the classroom alongside some Wallace High School pupils.
Finish visitors Ms Monica Storg�rd and Ms Anna-Lena Beckman study the use of iPads in the classroom alongside some Wallace High School pupils.

The pupils and staff of the Wallace High School were very pleased to welcome a small delegation of Finnish visitors to the school last week.

Ms Monica Storgård and Ms Anna-Lena Beckman from the Godby högstadieskola, Skolvägen on Aland Island (Finland) are participating in an Erasmus project.

This project enabled them to visit schools in other European countries to study and learn more about teaching with iPads and Wallace were honoured that they chose to visit the school in Lisburn.

While the teachers in Godby högstadieskola have used the iPad since 2010, all their Year Seven pupils were given one this year.

Having researched Wallace on-line, Monica and Anna-Lena found articles about how Wallace have been using iPads since September 2011 on a much larger scale and, recognising that they had lots to learn, they approached the school to come and study how the locals utilise the technology.

They were particularly interested in finding out the rules and guidelines the school had established, how they introduce iPads to pupils and their parents and technical support arrangements.

Monica and Anna-Lena spent a busy three days in school observing classes and meeting with teachers and were very appreciative of the hospitality they were shown. According to Monica and Anna-Lena, they enjoyed every minute of their visit and saw and learned a lot.