ICT diary

Yolanda Brooks

More than 200 free worksheets that support numeracy and money management teaching are available at the Children's Money World website. The worksheets, which have been written by teachers, are aimed at reception and key stage 1 pupils. They use the Moneykins cartoon characters to help children develop basic numeracy and improve coin recognition.

As well as the downloadable worksheets, the site features games, stories and competitions.

But be warned: a raft of Moneykins books will soon be unleashed on the market, and awakening an interest in the Moneykins in the classroom could lead to an increase in pester power at the till. Visit the site at www.childrensmoneyworld.com or www.moneykins.com

Voting for the BETT awards takes almost as long as a presidential election campaign, but the final round is now upon us. Judges have whittled down the nominations to a short list of more than 40 educational ICT products in 14 different categories.

Categories include interactive multimedia content, support service and online resources. Two categories - the top 20 award and innovation awards - are given at the judges' discretion.

For a full list of the nominees, visit the BETT show site at www.education-net.co.ukbett_awards.asp . Anyone involved in education is invited to vote and everyone who pre-registers for BETT will receive a voting form. The poll closes on December 15, and the winners will be announced at the BETT awards ceremony on January 10.

If BETT is too big or too far away, the ECamp;T Resource Conference and Exhibition provides a smaller-scale event for teachers in the north and the Midlands. The show, at Doncaster racecourse next Thursday (9am-5pm), features the latest in ICT for primary, secondary and special needs schools.

As well as dozens of exhibitors, Resource has a wide range of seminars and workshops covering, among other subjects, inclusion in primaries, ICT for science, setting up a school cyber caf, e-books technology and using advanced learning technologies for storytelling.

Speakers include Sir Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats; Steve Molyneux, Microsoft professor of advanced learning and technology at the University of Wolverhampton; and science writer Roger Frost.

Entry is free but tickets to seminars and workshops cost pound;7 or pound;15 for three. Tickets are available on the door or by calling 020 7958 4931. Fax: 020 7958 4970. Email: emma.warne@hobsons.co.uk

RM has enhanced its online curriculum service - Living Library - with video clips of some of the most significant events of the past century.

The clips from BBC Worldwide and British Path include the first Moon landing, the funeral of Queen Victoria and the Battle of the Somme. All the clips include commentary from John Humphrys of Radio 4's Today programme. The video clips are free to Living Library subscribers. Visit the site at www.livinglibrary.co.uk for more details of the service.

In our review of the Museum of London's online exhibition Remembering the Blitz (October 20), we printed an incorrect website address. The right one is: www.museumoflondon.org.uk


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