Ask the audience

3rd January 2003 at 00:00
Dorothy Walker questions primary and secondary pupils to find out which educational sites and software get their vote.

Allan Doyle,14 Moffat Academy, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.

Favourite software at school

Autodesk Inventor because it enables me to use my imagination to produce 3D models involving solids and surfaces. The user interface is simple and easy to use. (Autodesk Inventor, from pound;115, Autodesk. Tel: 01252 456600; www.autodesk.co.uk)

Favourite website at school

The MSN homepage at www.msn.co.uk because you can access a huge amount of information - from search engines to news reports - relatively simply.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.shockwave.com has a large variety of games which are fun and challenging.

Claire Fitzsimons,16 St Louise's comprehensive college, Belfast.

Favourite software at school

Microsoft PowerPoint because I enjoy putting together slide shows and adding sound effects and animations. You don't realise how much you are learning each time you use it.

Favourite website at school

www.uk.yahoo.com - I have tried other sites, but Yahoo is the best for finding information.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.uk.yahoo.com has a wide range of email and messenger services and games. I enjoy talking to my friends online and getting the chance to play new games as they are released.

George Artley, 15 Derby Grammar School for Boys. Favourite software at school

Latin Vocab Drill, which I use to revise vocabulary for my Latin GCSE. It makes learning vocabulary a lot easier and makes the learning process hassle-free and fun. (Latin Vocab Drill, pound;60, by Centaur Systems from J-PROGS. www.j-progs.com)

Favourite website at school

www.debatabase.org, which I use to do research for debates against other schools. It covers a wide range of topics and is easy to use.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

The BBC's Bitesize revision at www.bbc.co.ukschoolsrevision, which I use to prepare for unit tests throughout the year.

Joanna Krzyzynska, 15 Royal Docks community school, London.

Favourite software at school

Raising Achievement At 11-14 helps me with my revision, improves my English (I arrived in the UK from Poland a year ago) and is great fun to use. (Raising Achievement At 11-14, from pound;116, Robert Powell Publications. Tel: 01785 664600; www.rpowellpub.co.uk) Favourite website at school

www.bbc.co.ukschoolsrevision helps me with my GCSE revision.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.interia.pl, a Polish language site, which I use in school at lunchtimes to get the news from Poland and keep in touch with my old friends.

Gareth Lee, 17 St Cenydd school, Caerphilly.

Favourite software at school

Microsoft PowerPoint because it is easy and fun to use and very effective.

Favourite website at school

www.firstworldwar.com because it contains lots of information about different countries (even the neutral ones) and really makes the events in the trenches come to life.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

The Sims game on CD-Rom - it makes you feel in control of what's happening! (The Sims, from pound;15, Electronic Arts. www.thesims.ea.com)

Kay Ranson, 14 Stirling high school.

Favourite software at school

Microsoft PowerPoint for making shows. It is very colourful, with graphics and animation and PowerPoint will be a useful skill to have in the future.

Favourite website at school

www.think.com because it makes it easy to make my own website and it provides a safe way to email.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.lissaexplains.com, which teaches you how to use javascript to improve your think.com website.

Josh Gleeson, 15 Bishop's Stortford high school.

Favourite software at school

Microsoft Excel, which is like a calculator for manipulating information and facts. It enables me to produce spreadsheets and present information in an interesting way.

Favourite website at school

www.bbc.co.ukeducation is really helpful with revision and has interesting information.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.elsenhamcricket.org.uk, our cricket club's new site, is full of information and local club news. My job is to update and report on all the junior section matches.

Kristian Inglis, 14 Kilmarnock Academy.

Favourite software at school

I use AutoCAD 2000 in my technical class. It is so cool to be able to make 3D models, move them around the screen and render them with different textures and finishes. (AutoCAD 2002, pound;3,448.50, Autodesk. Tel: 01252 456600; www.autodesk.co.uk) Favourite website at school

Mini Clips at www.miniclips.com. I like the games you can play.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

Again, Mini Clips is best because of the games.

Jessica Smith, 8 St Mary's C of E primary, Folkestone.

Favourite software at school

Talking First Word, because I can add text and pictures and my work is displayed on the wall. (Talking First Word, pound;69, RM. Tel: 08709 200200; www.rm.com) Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com, because it has lots of games.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

The Barbie website at www.barbie.com is fun because I get to learn and do lots of different things there.

Jonathon McCreadie, 11 Houston primary school, Houston, Renfrewshire.

Favourite software at school

Appleworks 6 because I like to paint, draw and write, and it helps with school work. (Appleworks 6, pound;65, Apple. Tel: 0800 039 1010; www.apple.comuk)

Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com - every week our class has mapping homework and GridClub helps me with this.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

The Sims game because I like to make my own friends and family. (The Sims, from pound;15, Electronic Arts. www.thesims.ea.com)

Jethro Crocker, 11 Papa Westray community school, Orkney.

Favourite software at school

The problem-solving software Yoiks! because it is challenging and fun. (Yoiks!, pound;29.99, Learning and Teaching Scotland. Tel: 08700 100297; www.ltscotland.com)

Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com because I can make new friends and hear the top music and TV gossip.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

my favourite web page is eBay at www.ebay.co.uk because you can buy things there dirt cheap.

Kirsty Robertson, 10 Inverbrothock primary school, Arbroath.

Favourite software at school

Maths Blaster because I thought it was easy on the first two levels and hard on the third. There is a mixture of different games and it is great fun. (Maths Blaster, ages 9-12, pound;9.99, Focus Multimedia. Tel: 01889 579977; www.focusmultimedia.co.uk) Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com - it's really good fun - I like doing Mission of the Day.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

I use www.think.com at home because it is great fun making your own website and I love sending stickies.

Samuel Bingham, 11 St Mary's C of E primary, Folkestone.

Favourite software at school

Microsoft PowerPoint is brilliant to make your own slideshow.

Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com because it has lots of games and things to do on it.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

DK Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia, because you can look at exciting subjects like dinosaurs. (DK Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia, pound;19.99, from GSP Fax: 01480 460206; www.gsp.cc)

Stephen McFadden, 10 Vere Foster primary school, Belfast.

Favourite software at school

Make A Million (part of the GridClub website, www.gridclub.com) because it encourages me to learn more maths.

Favourite website at school

www.gridclub.com because it has lots of games and you have a lot of fun there. It also helps me with my revision.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

Mental Maths because I learn my multiplication tables and learn about division. (KS2 Mental Maths Practice Tests, pound;5 each, Caves. Tel: 01438 832695; www.cavesmaths.co.uk)

Warren Christopher Moore, 10 Sandilands junior school, Wythenshawe.

Favourite software at school

Dazzle (a drawing and painting package) because it is fun and easy to do. (Dazzle, Silica Software, pound;49 from Granada Learning. Tel: 0161 827 2927; www.granadalearning.co.uk) Favourite website at school

www.think.com is full of things to do that you can enjoy.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.think.com - I use this at home and it is the best site I have ever been on.

Fiona McKillop, 11 Houston primary school, Houston, Renfrewshire.

Favourite software at school

Table Aliens because it keeps me up to scratch on my tables and is fun. (Table Aliens, pound;35, Sherston Software. Tel: 01666 843200; www.sherston.com)

Favourite website at school

www.google.com because it teaches me new things and I like the images.

Favourite softwarewebsite at school and home

www.think.com is brilliant because I can meet new people and design fun new pages.

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