Government asks arts and media for help

12th May 2000 at 01:00
Animators, film-makers, multimedia designers and games producers have all been called upon by Michael Wills, the learning and technology minister, to help raise school standards. A pilot project to start this summer will test the effectiveness of games, animation, video and other interactive media in raising pupil interest in learning.

Mr Wills said the aim was to foster new partnerships between industry, education, museums, galleries, television archives and libraries. "The best of their research and development talents will then be piloted in real classrooms and used to support school and community links," he said. Prospective participants should send an email with their details to Speaking at the Department for Education and Employment's first digital learning esources conference last month, the government minister for learning and technology also announced that the Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia (TEEM) project would be extended to incorporate online materials together with CD-Roms.

Meanwhile, a new education and training ICT export strategy group has also been set up to help Britain become a world leader in the development of digital resources. Mr Wills will chair the group, whose members include: Paul Kelley, head of Monkseaton Community High School, Whitley Bay; Chris Abbott, King's College London academic and Online contributor; Peter Kindersley of Dorling Kindersley; Nigel Ward of Granada Learning; RM's Phil Hemmings; Peter Stibbons of Anglia Multimedia; and Mike Aston of Computers in Education.

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