Yet more evidence has emerged indicating that using popular technologies such as iPods and MacBooks boosts learning and attainment in schools.

An Australian research project has found that teachers and pupils all drew benefit from use of these technologies in the classroom.

Research on the part of the Victorian Department of Education was conducted across six months at Heathmont College, using Apple solutions and the Studywiz managed learning environment.

According to teachers, half the students reported that they learned better by doing things and liked to be active learners.

“I’m more of a hands-on person – I liked listening to podcasts and watching as well,” one pupil said, according to a presentation explaining the results.

Among other improvements, the use of engaging technologies and switched-on learning resources is alleged to have improved pupil performance, test scores, had helped pupils remain focused on learning and had also boosted attainment among those who were socially isolated or suffered literacy problems.

According to the Victoria Department of Education, the scheme led to: "Improvements in all curriculum areas and also in behaviour, motivation and responsibility by the end of the project.”

Maths teacher Sally Bodo at Heathmont College was part of the iPod pilot project, and said that she believes it's essential teaching methods move with technology in order to keep children interested in learning.