ICT - News
Cash prizes for winning lessons
A new website is aiming to provide a showcase for the country's best lessons - and giving teachers the chance to win cash prizes. They are being asked to upload clips of their best lessons to O2 Learn, set up by the communications company, to make them available to teachers and pupils nationwide. Every fortnight, expert judges will award one of the featured teachers a #163;2,000 prize, plus #163;2,000 for his or her school. All the fortnightly winners will go into a grand final, with the overall winner receiving #163;50,000 and #163;100,000 for the school. For more details, go to www.o2learn.co.uk
Online plays to pupils' strengths
An online profiling tool to evaluate every child's strengths and weaknesses has been launched by education consultant Dynevor. EPace aims to focus on 11 different elements of learning to determine how individual children process, retain and recall information. The tests take about 45 minutes each and subscriptions cost from #163;395 to #163;1,695, depending on the size of school. For details, go to www.acetest.org
Two's company on new whiteboard
Smart Technologies has unveiled a new interactive whiteboard that promises to make it easier to get pupils involved in lessons. Features in the 800 series include software allowing two pupils to perform different tasks on the same board simultaneously and digital cameras that can identify hand gestures. For more information, go to www.smarttech.com.