Gateway to the world

3rd January 1997 at 00:00
With the first edition of the new year comes the launch of a new service from The TES. From today, the newspaper will be available on the Internet, providing a selection of news stories, reviews and analysis from each week's edition. A second section, TES Network, includes an archive of back issues, a database of reviews and thousands of pages of specialist information, providing support material for subject teachers, further education, governors, administrators and researchers.

As well as using new technology to serve readers in this country, this electronic edition will bring The TES within easy reach of people all around the world, making connections with the international education community. Whether you're in Melbourne or Montreal, you'll be able to dip into The TES at the same time as it reaches the newsagents' shelves in Britain.

Many readers will not so far have explored the mysteries of the Internet, perhaps put off by the zeal of the technophiles. But despite the hype (the "information superhighway" has had the unusual distinction of becoming a cliche before it even exists), there is much to be gained for education from the Internet.

As the name suggests, it is an interactive network, giving schools and colleges direct access to information and resources - whether it's a picture from the Louvre, a curriculum document from the Department for Education and Employment or an exchange of ideas with a neighbouring school.

In launching its own Internet site, The TES hopes to provide a gateway to this mass of information, presented in a way that is straightforward for the first-time user.

You can see it in action at next week's BETT Show at London's Olympia, or find out more in the Computers Update with this week's issue.

Or you can simply try it for yourself, using The TES's Internet address

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