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28th June 1996 at 01:00
* Micros And Primary Education,the charity dedicated to the effective use of information technology in the primary curriculum, has a number of events and special offers for schools. These include an art competition inviting pupils to produce a cartoon, illustrate oneof two poems, or create a picture, plus cut-price CD titles for key stages 1 (Pounds 15) and 2 (Pounds 49). But hurry, there are only 50sets of CDs available.Details of these and otheroffers from MAPE,Technology Centre, Newman College,Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3NT.

* Deverill Business Sytems is offering a free copy of its Arts and Letters Draw program to 500 schools. A copy of the award-winning drawing package, which normally retails at Pounds 44.95, is available to the first 500 schools to complete and send in the coupon that appears on page 38 of this issue, together with a Pounds 5 cheque to cover postage. A spokeswoman for Deverill says: "There is no catch - it's a genuine offer and the CD-Roms are in the office waiting to be posted".Details from Deverill Business Systems, 1 Victoria Road, Parkstone, Poole, DorsetBH12 3BA. Tel: 01202 722554.

* A collaborative project between Guildford College, Microsoft, Edex, Mast Learning Systems and AST Computers has linked 30 schools in London and the South East to the Internet. They say the aim of Intranet Project is to encourage teachers and students to use the medium in day-to-day classroom work. Details from Gill Anslow, Principal, Guildford College, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey GUl lEZ.Tel: 01483 448501.

* The Microsoft Online Instituteor MOLI, can now be foundon the World Wide Web at http:moli.microsoft.com. The interactive on-line training resource is Microsoft's first commercial service on the Web, and provides browsers with the choice of six on-line training courses.Debbie Walsh, Microsoft'smarketing manager, says: "People who want to increase theirprofessional qualifications, butare not able to attend a training centre for three or four days, can now learn at their own convenience from their desktop".Microsoft Limited is at Microsoft Place, Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5TP.Tel: 01734 270001.

* Pico, the "pre-computer" from Sega, has acquired a new family to join the other nine storyware titles, such as Winnie the Pooh, Ecco the Dolphin and Pocahontas, that have helped Sega sell more than one million computer toys worldwide. Aimed at 3-5 year-olds, Pico's latest addition, the Berenstain Bears, invites children to join them for a busy day at school. Berenstain Bears' A School Day retails at Pounds 29.99 from toy shops. Pico costs Pounds 129.99, which includes Disney's A Year at Pooh Corner storyware. Additional titles cost between Pounds 24.99 and Pounds 34.99.

Sega Europe Ltd, 266-270 Gunnersbury Avenue, London W4 5QB. Tel: 0181 995 3399.

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