Computer pioneer shares insights
The leader of research into proving that children can teach themselves to use computers will be giving a keynote talk at an educational forum later this month. Professor Sugata Mitra, whose "Hole in the Wall" project involved putting a computer in a kiosk in a Delhi slum, is one of the speakers at the seventh Innovative Education Forum, organised by Partners in Learning, Microsoft's education initiative. The free one-day event takes place in Manchester on November 30 and also includes workshops and seminars on best practice. For details, go to http:uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com
Safe social networking for pupils
A new range of courses aims to help teachers get the most out of internet networking sites in the classroom. The one-day sessions look at how to use social media safely, including getting pupils to create and share podcasts. The courses are run by Radiowaves, a social learning company, and take place in London on November 16 and Leeds on November 18. To book, go to http:booking.radiowaves.co.uk
Crossrail makes tracks for learning
The project to build a new rail link across London has launched a range of teaching resources. Crossrail, the scheme to create a 118km east-west route at an estimated cost of around #163;16 billion, has produced education materials including an interactive map of the route, information on careers in construction and engineering, and classroom activities. Resources are free to download and are available at www.youngcrossrail.co.uk.