A growing number of schools may find using ink cartridges to produce work done on computers and other devices becomes a more important part of the learning experience.

Child and educational psychologist Teresa Bliss said the use of new innovations such as smartphones and apps to help youngsters with their development will be "inevitable".

She added gadgets could be especially useful with young children in order to teach them basic literacy skills, as there is still a "consistent minority" of pupils who leave school with inadequate reading and writing abilities, despite millions of pounds of government investment in this area.

"Children like using technology; they are excited and motivated by what they see on a screen," Ms Bliss stated, observing this may be especially true of boys, who can often be difficult to get interested.

Recently, it was reported that one school in Cornwall will spend £300,000 over the next three years to equip all of its 900 pupils with iPads.

Students using these devices may be able to take advantage of mobile printing apps or Apple's Airprint software in order to produce hard copies of their work.