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A Scottish independent Christian school has forsworn books, pencils, pens, and paper, and will now educate its young charges solely via Apple's iPad.

"We wanted to give each of the pupils an opportunity to use the best equipment available," IT teacher Fraser Speirs told the Daily Record

Each and every one of the 105 students at the modestly named Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock will now take all their lessons on their personal "magical and revolutionary" devices.

The students, ranging in age from five to 15, will also do their homework on the Jobsian tablet — although whether they'll each be given an Apple iPad Keyboard Dock with which to type or be forced to tap away on the onscreen keyboard wasn't noted.

"Each of the children will have their own iPad," Speirs said, "which is hooked into the school's wireless network and from there they will use the computers for learning in different subjects." The tablets will enable the young 'uns to access "pre-approved websites for lessons in English, maths, languages and history."

Well, ones that don't have Flash-based content, in any case.

From Speirs' point of view, the iPad provisioning is an educational blessing not only for the school's knowledge-hungry whippersnappers, but also for their doting faculty as well. "They will obviously be able to use the internet for research but we've found that it solves major problems for us — especially in science subjects as now they can watch experiments that would be too dangerous to do in class on YouTube."

Perhaps Speirs has a point: without YouTube, static electricity, sodium in water, and Diet Coke and Mentos experiments could make a bit of a mess. ®

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