We have heard quite a few stories recently about the iPad being used in schools in the United States. It now appears that a similar roll out is starting to happen overseas too, with the UK leading the way.

According to The Telegraph, Longfield Academy in Kent will start to use iPads from the start of the new school year; which starts next month. The scheme was announced to parents earlier in the year with the school informing them that young people enjoy learning through technology.

The school said that the weight of the iPad and its battery life made it ideal for children to use for learning at home as well as through the school day. In return for a donation from parents, children will have access to an iPad 2 with a protective case, a range of apps plus insurance and technical support.

Another school in Northern Ireland has announced a similar system. For a cost of £170 ($277) a year, parents can provide their children with an iPad. More than 500 children are eligible for the scheme. The Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland has also already started its own scheme last year.

The reason the iPad has been chosen is down to the range of applications available, battery life, life expectancy of the hardware and the size and weight of the device.

[The Telegraph]