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Videos to support literacy

Crick Software, which supplies word-processing tools with in-built literacy support, has launched a series of online training videos to help teachers get to grips with its WriteOnline program. The 90-second videos provide step-by-step instructions so teachers can customise the software for pupils' needs. To access the videos, visit http:bit.lyiwUqMY

Communication on the move

Groupcall, which specialises in parental and pupil communication, has now integrated its contact system, Messenger, with its mobile application, Emerge. This means schools can take registration from mobile devices while in the gym or on the playing field, communicate with parents while on a school trip, or send an emergency message in case of evacuation.

Internet safety for iPads

Cloud computing company Westcoastcloud has launched a new security product to protect pupils' safety while using Apple iPads. Teachers or administrators will be able to block harmful or inappropriate content centrally. The new Netintelligence product was unveiled at the UK Council for Child Internet Safety last month.

Group-buying creates buzz

Online education network bee-it has launched a group-buying service for schools. The Hive gives schools the chance to join together to buy hardware and software at discounted prices. All deals will be available for three weeks, giving schools time to assess the product. Visit

Naace annual conference

Naace, the association for ICT teachers, is holding next year's annual conference from 8-10 March. The venue and details are yet to be announced, but to sign up for the priority list for booking and updates, go to www.surveymonkey.comsconference2012.

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