Three important conference dates are coming up. MAPE stands for Micros and Primary Education, and its annual conferences provide an extremely user-friendly forum for everyone concerned with information technology and primary education. This year's event is being held at Bath College of Higher Education, April 7-9. It will feature presentations, "blue sky" issues like The New Literacy and nitty-gritty concerns like OFSTED inspection.
Details: Bill Urwin, 11 Lamparts Way, Broadway, near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9RY.
Telephone: 01460 57830 (evenings).
* CAL95 Learning to Succeed is the latest in the CAL (computer-assisted learning) series of biennial conferences, and is being held from April 10 to 13 at Queen's College, Cambridge. At CAL93, held in York, a call went out for hard evidence of the impact of computers in education. Learning to Succeed aims to come up with some of the answers. Key speakers include Professor Tim O'Shea, Theresa Barnett, Owen Lynch and Stephen Steadman.
Details: CAL95 Secretariat, University of Cambridge, Computing Service, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG.
Telephone: 01223 334600.
Fax: 01223 334679.
* WCCE 95 Liberating the Learner is the sixth world conference for computers in education. Regarded as the major international conference for IT in education, it is held every five years, and this year the location is Aston University, Birmingham. The six-day event (July 23-28) covers a wide range of issues, from IT as a catalyst for change to the evolution of national policies.
Information: WCCE 95, Margaret Street, Birmingham.
Telephone: 0121428 1258.
Fax: 0121-428 2246.
* The closing date for entries for the NCET's National Educational Multimedia Awards '95 (co-sponsored by the The TES) is looming. The awards were run for the first time last year to stimulate multimedia in schools. The response was strong and the quality high. This year's entries must be in by the end of March. The competition is open to all pupils and students under 19 and teachers in training.
A range of prestigious prizes is available, all from the main suppliers to education. Details from NCET, Milburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry CV4 7JJ. And don't forget The TES's own multimedia competition, being run with Radius and Radio 5 Live's Big Bytes programme, with state-of-the-art RadiusApple prizes details in next week's Computers Update.
* While the Department for Education consults schools and colleges on the "education superhighway" and the Department for Trade and Industry plans to connect all English and Welsh secondaries to the Internet, many schools are voting with their feet and getting Internet connections. And attempts are now being made to find out just how many, and put them in touch with each other.
Langley Primary School, in Solihull, is organising a mailing list for schools on the Internet. Organised by teacher Bruce Weller, it is for "teachers and others interested in the use of the Internet in UK schools and for general discussion about anything concerning international classroom connections. This includes project and penpal requests, information about World Wide Web and other mailing lists".
To subscribe, send a message to: email@example.com.
If you are a new user and have trouble connecting, you can e-mail Doug Weller at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Langley Primary School is at St Bernard's Road, Solihull B92 7DJ.
* A Surrey firm is targeting schools as customers for its multimedia computers which come with software set up ready for connection to the Internet. The machines all come with built-in CD-Rom drive and headphones instead of the usual loudspeakers. Prices start at Pounds 995. Details from Tele-School, The Niven Suite, The Mansion, Ottershaw Park, Surrey KT16 0QG.
Telephone: 01932 874067.
Fax: 01932 874068.
* An Internet in education "get together" is being held at Mill Hill School, north London, on Friday March 31. It is being promoted by Koeksuster Publications, publishers of the UK Internet Primer, and costs Pounds 8.
Information from Koeksuster Dumelameet, St Augustine's Cottage, High Street, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QY.
Telephone: 0181-959 3321. Fax: 0181-959 6674.