Coming to you Zune
A new source of music and film clips will be available in the UK with the launch of an established software site. Microsoft's Zune has been running in the US since 2006, allowing users to buy music in an MP3 format and videos that can be played on a phone or PC. Now the computer giant has announced that the site will come to the UK this year. No date has been set for the launch, but users will be able to download music and videos on a pay-as-you-go basis or pay a monthly subscription of #163;8.99.
Members of Naace, the association of ICT teachers, can claim a discount on places at a conference about the curriculum in London next week. The event, Reforming the National Curriculum: Creating a Curriculum Fit for the 21st Century, takes place next Thursday, and speakers include Roy Blatchford, former HM Inspector of Schools and now director of the National Education Trust, and Martin Johnson, deputy general secretary of the ATL union. To book, call Danielle Meiners on 0207 484 5224 or email email@example.com
Technology turn-off investigated
Teachers are being invited to submit evidence, ideas and suggestions for a study into why children are being turned off ICT in schools. The Royal Society has launched the 18-month project in response to fears that the design and delivery of the ICT curriculum is proving off-putting to many pupils. For details and a list of suggested areas to cover, go to www.royalsociety.orgEducation-PolicyProjects. The deadline for submissions is November 5.