BETT '99 Award Winners
Winner: Textease Multimedia
Nominated:Hyperstudio (TAG Developments),Number Magic (RM), Storymaker (Spa), Talking First Word (RM)
Word processor with desktop publishing features, provision for using video and audio clips and easy conversion into Web pages. Judges liked the motivation it gives pupils and its ease of use
Softease Ltd. 01322 204 911. www.softease.co.uk
* PRIMARY EQUIPMENT
Nominated:Matrix NC (Xemplar), RMWindow Box 7 (RM)
Programmable robot that can be used to teach maths, geometry and control technology but also music and art and design. Judges unanimously agreed that all primary schools should have one.
Valiant Technology. 0181 673 2233. www.valiant-technology.com
* SECONDARY SOFTWARE
Nominated:Firstclass Collaborative Classroom (Softarc); The Chemistry Set(New Media); Encarta WorldAtlas '98 (Microsoft)
Multimedia encyclopedia that includes a dictionary and links to the World Wide Web. The work gone into revising Encarta for the British market impressed the judges.
Microsoft. http:encarta.msn.com. 0345 002 000. pound;49.99 standard edition pound;79.99 deluxe edition pound;99.99 reference suite
* SECONDARY EQUIPMENT
Nominated:Lego RCX (Lego Dacta UK), Matrix NC (Xemplar)
Powerful multimediacomputer that provides easy Internet access and can be networked. The judges liked its "plug and play" convenience and appealing design.
Apple Computer. www.apple.comuk. www.xemplar.co.uk. 01223 724 200. pound;679 (Bondi Blue)
pound;779 (new colours)
* TEACHING AND ADMIN
Winner:RMConnect Network Management System
Nominated:Assessment Manager (Capita-SIMS), Firstclass Collaborative Classroom (Softarc); W-Net (Bromcom)
Networking solution that allows secondaries to use ICT resources around the school. RM's impressivecustomer support won the votes of many teachers.
RM plc. 01235 826 868. www.rm.comproductsnetworksconnect
pound;20,000 per classroom (approx)
* SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
Nominated:Fuzz Buzz Level 1 (GranadaSemerc), Lifeskills - Time + Money (SCET),textHELP! '98 (Lorien Systems),Wellington Square Level 2 (Granada)
Software package that allows struggling writers to write with pictures and as words. It can also read back work aloud. The judges praised Crick for constantly improving the program.
Crick Software. 01604 671 1691. www.cricksoft.com
pound;80 for single user
* EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE
Winner:Tesco Schoolnet 2000
Nominated:www.argosphere.net, www.bized.ac.uk, www.yearofreading.org.uk
Millennium project that gets pupils to investigate life in Britain today andyesterday and publishes their work on the Web. Step-by-step approach that allows non-experts to use the site won it many votes.
TescoXemplarUltralabIntuitive Media. www.tesco.schoolnet2000.com
* IT SUPPORT PUBLICATION
Winner:IT in Primary Literacy
Nominated:Broderbund School Editions (TAG), Creative Computing (Folens), Implementing IT (BECTANAACE), IT in Primary Science (IT in Science)
A4 pack offering practical solutions to delivering both the Literacy Hour and the national curriculum for information technology.It provides schemes of work so that pupils can attain targets.
Bolton Curriculum ICT Centre. www.tfict.org.ukpri. 01204 366 497. pound;10 for paper version, or available on the Web.
* TRAINING PROVIDER
Winner:Bolton Curriculum ICT Centre
Nominated:Helen Logan IT Training, Lifeline (Lexicon), Anglia Multimedia Professional Development IT Learning Exchange
Provides quality, straightforward, teacher-friendly training that addressesthe day-to-day issues in teaching ICT. Satisfiedcustomers helped the centre to pick up this award.
Bolton Curriculum ICT Centre. www.tfict.org.ukpri. 01204 366 497
* SUPPORT SERVICE AWARD
Winner:IT Learning Exchange
Nominated:CENMAC Service, Denford Educational Support Service
Part of the University of North London's school of education, it offers schools a range of support services for using ICT. Knows its market and delivers appropriate services well.
The IT Learning Exchange. 0171 753 5092. www.unl.ac.ukitle