Honours even at the BETT awards

9th February 2001 at 00:00
The big three shared the gongs at BETT's 2001 awards, but small companies showed well too, says Yolanda Brooks.

BT didn't win any gongs at the 2001 BETT Awards, but Jim Moore, general manager of BT Education, certainly won the prize for getting the largest intake of breath with his comments about the problems of kilt-wearers getting dandruff on their shoes.

Yes, it's that time of year between the Macworld Expo and the Oscars, when the UK's finest educational ICT bods put down their Palm Pilots, throw off the Gap gear, and dig out the glitter and bow tie, before heading for the BETT Awards ceremony at the Hilton in Park Lane.

There was no need for recounts to find out the winners and losers for this year's awards. The three big winner for 2001 were: Apple - which was nominated for five awards and walked off with two; Tag Learning - with a higher hit rate notching up two awards from three nominations; and BETT regulars SEMERC with the best record of all, winning the two categories it was nominated for.

Judging by the intensity of cheering, Apple was the most popular winner of the evening. The company was given the Judges Award for innovation for the iBook laptop computer and the Airport (for wireless networking). The Airport also won the ICT Hardware - Secondary category.

Despite being one of several firms to distribute Intel Play's QX3 Computer Microscope, Tag Learning were the ones invited to the winner's podium to collect the award for ICT Hardware - Primary. The Kent-based company was given recognition for the fact that it produces a teachers guide with the microscope to ensure that the education market can get the most out of the popular resource. TAG also picked up the award for Special Educational Needs - Hardware for JAMC@M 3.0 and JAMSTUDIO.

SEMERC's Out and About won awards for Interactive Multimedia Content and the other for Special Educational Needs - Software.

Granada Learning's other acquisiion, Blackcat, also came up with the goods with Numbers, Words and Pictures in the Software Tools - Primary category.

The biggest surprise winner of the evening was undoubtedly CSE. They seemed as surprised as everyone else when their name was announced for Software Tools - Secondary for Workspace Explorer, and could only muster a hushed triumphant cheer before dashing up to the winners' podium. Another small company, Skills Factory, were more on the ball when Numeracy Complete and Literacy Complete were named winners of School Management Solution award. They may be a small company - with only five full-time members - but those Scots sure know how to make a noise. Maybe the fact that they weren't wearing kilts helped them throw off any inhibitions!

See the full list of winners below:

* Online Learning Resource - Free www.mathsyear2000.org - Maths Year 2000

* Online Learning Resource - Subscription www.atschool.co.uk - Pedagog

* Educational Software in Primary Schools ReviseWise Series - BBC Educational Publishing

* Educational Software in Secondary Schools Force and Motion - Fable Multimedia

* Software Tools in Primary Schools Numbers, Words and Pictures - Blackcat Educational Software

* Software Tools in Secondary Schools Workspace Explorer - CSE

* Interactive Multimedia Content Out and About - SEMERC

* ICT Hardware in Primary Schools Intel Play QX3 Computer Microscope - Tag Learning

* ICT Hardware in Secondary Schools Airport - Apple

* Support Service Bolton The Learning Network - Bolton Curriculum ICT Centre

* Special Educational Needs - Software Out and About - SEMERC

* Special Educational Needs - Hardware JAMC@M 3.0 and JAMSTUDIO - Tag Learning

* Top 20 Crick Software

* Innovation iBook and Airport - Apple

* School Management Solution Numeracy Complete and Literacy Complete - Skills Factory

Yolanda Brookes is resources editor of TES


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