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Teachers across the UK are responding to a new national scheme run by the Scottish Council for Educational Technology (SCET) to help them buy home computers. SCET is running the scheme with Xemplar (the newly formed Apple Mac and Acorn company), Acer and Habitech, the supplier of PCs for the home.

Teachers can buy an Apple Mac, Acorn or an Acer multimedia PC. Each comes with a CD-Rom, modem, various CDs, home support (plus a year's on-site maintenance) and educational advice via a helpline. The Mac and Acorn deals include printers, but a printer is optional with the Acer Multimedia PC. Payments are interest free - Pounds 200 down with the remainder paid in 30 monthly instalments. All the packages are just under Pounds 2,000.

A similar scheme was run in Scotland last year offering just Apple Macs, and its success led to this expanded offer being applied nationally. Teachers recognised the value of possessing their own computer at home. SCET expected to sell a few hundred computers, but were surprised when they sold 1,700. The PC offer ends next Friday: the AppleAcorn at the end of august.

SCET, 74 Victoria Crescent Road, Glasgow G12 9JN. Tel: 0141 337 5000. Fax: 0141 337 5050.

Eleven hundred teachers from 569 selected schools in England will soon receive multimedia portable computers equipped with software and CD-Rom for the curriculum along with access to the Internet.

Set up by the National Council for Educational Technology (NCET), it is the first national scheme of its kind, and is funded by the Department for Education and Employment. It is also the largest assessment of Internet provision. Evaluation will start in the autumn term. The computers being used are Apple Macs and IBM-compatibles.

NCET, Milburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry CV4 7JJ. Tel: 01203 416994. Fax: 01203 411418.

Mike Matson, whose software has delighted primary pupils and teachers since the days of Granny's Garden on old BBC computers, is to release his first program with Sherston Software since he parted company with 4mation. Rusty Dreamer, an educational multimedia program which uses video and animation to help improve literacy is aimed at nine to 13-year-olds. It will be available in mid-September on a triple-format CD-Rom (for Acorn, Apple Mac and Windows Multimedia PC) at Pounds 49.95 ex vat.

Sherston Software, Angel House, Sherston, Malmesbury, Wilts SN16 0LH. Tel: 01666 840433. Fax: 01666 840048.

Citizen Europe has produced a version of what it describes as "the world's smallest and lightest printer", the PN60, for use with Acorn's Pocket Book palmtop computer. Citizen has produced two new connectivity kits for the printer so it can be used for activities such as field trips. The PN60 costs Pounds 289 (ex VAT) and is available from high street shops.

Citizen: 01753 584 111.

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