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[MEDIA] Does your teenager have a secret burner phone? in @thetimes

I spoke to Michael Odell last week about the following story, which had been partly triggered by a story in the Wall Street Journal about the police in the USA saying ‘every kid knows someone in their school they can get a burner phone from’, and looking at this within a more British context:

You can read the whole The Times article (behind paywall), but here is my 20 minute conversation bundled together into a quote:

Academic Digital

"An iPod for each pupil … will help school to stay in touch"

“A pioneering school is staking a claim to make its pupils among the most technologically advanced in Britain.

The Times imageThe oldest students at the Essa Academy in Bolton have each been issued with an iPod Touch. Next month all 900 children and their teachers will have one of the handheld computers, worth £149 each.

A bespoke wi-fi system, with 130 access points around the school, means that children never lose connectivity. If teachers are pleased with a piece of work, they can ask a child to e-mail it to them and, using laptops and a projector, display it on a wall or screen to show the class. They can also annotate it with a handwriting function.

But more is to come. Next spring work will begin to upgrade the school. It will have a 3-D audio visual theatre, writeable glass walls instead of whiteboards and Britain’s first zero-carbon classroom, made from reclaimed materials and generating its own heat and power.”

Read full story in The Times.