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PICK OF THE WEEK

Picking your way around the digital hinterland of the Internet is just so much "b*s", according to Sir Bob Geldof. He became so "p****d off" by the palaver of accessing information that he was moved last week to launch his own business site (deckchair.com for anyone who wants cheap flights).

Perhaps he should have waited for Webwise, the BBC's new six-week series. This campaign promises to demystify the infinitely mysterious and bring the Web's vast realm within easy reach (so no Anglo-Saxon profanities needed there then).

But the especially good thing about Webwise is that it isn't just for people who already have a computer.

As long as you've got a telephone and can ring the free helpline (0800 100 900) you can find somewhere local to nip into for an experimental surf. The BBC has teamed up with over 5,000 different organisations around the country - schools, colleges, shops, football clubs, even pubs - where you can go and have a play on the Internet, and it won't cost you a button.

Teachers no doubt know something about the Internet and its amazing properties already, but for those who may be lacking in confidence, or who are just curious for more information, the first step is on www.bbc.co.ukwebwise.

Webwise. BBC2.

Monday, April 26, 7.30-8pm, Tomorrow's World Webwise Special, BBC1, Wednesday, April 28, 7.30-8pm.

Get Webwise, BBC2, Monday to Friday, from April 26-June 4, 5-5.45am SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

First we had the Oscars, then the Baftas, now a less conspicuous media celebration has taken place in the shape of the Royal Television Society's awards for educational broadcasting.

Star turn David Blunkett reminded the exclusive audience of television programme-makers that their medium is pivotal in bringing education to a broad spectrum of society.

They probably knew that already but in case anyone else needs reminding, we are lucky to have a raft of quality programmes year in, year out, which help teachers deliver the goods.

This year the winners included the BBC for Computers Don't Bite; Music Makers; Sportsbank; Dance TV and Turning Point, while Channel 4 scored with All About Us; Stage Two Science; Smashed and The Drop Dead Show.

BEST OF THE REST

The Government is currently wrestling with the problem of how to teach citizenship in schools. Should it be part of PSHE, or could it be politics or general studies? What should it cover?

One of the indisputable aspects of citizenship is that of electing the people who govern us, whether at local or national level. The X File, a new series from Channel 4, will explore this most basic democratic exercise and will discuss Europe, the constitution, a Scottish parliament and the work of Westminster.

The X File, Channel 4, Wednesdays, 11.15-11.30am.

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