George Cole explores just why 'feral' iPads are an awkward fit for Shireland's ICT strategy
It’s not every day you hear Apple’s iPad being described as “feral,” but that was the word used by Sir Mark Grundy, executive principal of Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, at this year’s Naace conference. There was no surprise that the comment caused consternation among Apple supporters, but Sir Mark is unrepentant. “All I meant was that we have really high expectations," he says, "and that if we invest in a solution, it can actually do what it’s supposed to do.
“You shouldn’t have to compromise what you really want to do, be it learning or some form of assessment process or a financial transaction. You should get it to work naturally – you shouldn’t have to compromise with it.”