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Dreamcast in schools pilot

Parents in Tokyo will be using Sega Dreamcast games consoles to communicate with their children's teachers in a pilot involving 12 schools in the Japanese capital. They are also being advised by Denbigh School in Milton Keynes - deputy head Chris Woods was invited to the launch conference in Tokyo as a keynote speaker to show how Denbigh has been using FirstClass software to develop better communication and collaboration links throughout theschool and community. "Although there is significant funding for education technology in Japan," says Mr Woods, "I was genuinely surprised at the limited way computers are used within the confines of the classroom." Each school will be using 50 Dreamcasts to communicate via built-in Web browsers. The year-long pilot project is using Centrinity's FirstClass software for communications and collaborative work.

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