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Parent power

School to home

ParentMail+ Play, a school-to-home communications service, is launching a mobile phone app so that schools can send parents information, enable them to pay for items and get authorisation for school trips and other events. It also connects multiple schools and clubs into one central parent account. It will be available to download from September.

www.parentmail.co.uk

Added features

Film-making

Film Street, an organisation aimed at getting young people interested in making films, has re-launched its website to include new features such as stop-frame animation, features on contemporary animators and film-makers and video-based workshops.

www.filmstreet.co.uk

Save the world

Climate science

For teachers looking to deliver a climate-change message in a different way, games developer Red Redemption has produced a global strategy game called Fate of the World. The PC game has four challenging missions with more than 40 hours of gameplay, all involving aspects of climate science.

www.fateoftheworld.net

Hard to beat

Data back-up

Plextor has launched a range of lightweight hard drives designed to help students or teachers to back up their data. They include a compact 162g portable hard disk, with a capacity of 500GB, which comes with a lightweight aluminium case. All of the drives can be instantly connected to any USB device without the need for an additional cable.

www.ingrammicro.co.uk

Snappy idea

Photo management

Software manufacturer Cyberlink is to bring out a new photo-management system that promises to offer a cheap alternative to its competitors. Photodirector allows users to organise large collections of digital images and will cost about pound;61 when it is released later this year.

www.cyberlink.com.

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