I was working with teachers in Belfast and showed them a program they thought looked very useful. However, they felt that the difficulties of getting it on to their networks meant that it was unlikely to be taken up.
Also, why would schools pay money for items which had been provided free by the state? Think of the equivalent scenario in printed material. How happy would we be to see all reading books prescribed and supplied by the Government? This "Big Brother knows best" approach is worrying.
Dr Trevor Millum
Communications and development director
National Association for the Teaching of English
50 Broadfield Road, Sheffield