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Technology unplugged

No more huddling over the single computer in the classroom waiting to take turns for William Callard and Megan Perry, above. No more cables to trip over. At 340-pupil Llanyrafon primary school in Cwmbran, teachers can take advantage of wireless technology to give pupils laptop computers at their desks when they need them.

The 16 laptops are housed overnight on a trolley, charging their batteries, and can be used in up to four classrooms at a time. All have broadband internet access so that pupils can research subjects as they are taught.

And teachers use them for planning lessons, training and assessment.

The pound;17,000 equipment (towards which parents raised pound;5,000), is flexible and saves time, says Geoff Morton, IT co-ordinator.

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