Word power is where it's app
Macmillan Dictionaries has launched a range of new tools to make it easier to improve word power online. The 16 new apps, suitable for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, provide definitions and help with pronunciation, as well as identifying frequently used words. Interactive features allow pupils to practise listening and writing, create personal lists of words for study, and compare vocabulary test results with other app users, while the audio feature helps with pronunciation. Cultural notes are included for those studying English as a second language. The apps are priced from #163;3.49.
Get value for money
An initiative to help schools get better value for money in choosing new ICT equipment is going ahead, despite the demise of education technology agency Becta. The Framework One system, put together by Becta, includes advice on determining ICT needs and support for buying new equipment and software, as well as lists of approved suppliers. It is expected to be available to schools from the end of October.
Put Facebook to better use
Some of the hours your pupils spend on Facebook can be put to good use with the launch of a new document function. Microsoft has updated its "Docs" application to make it compatible with the social networking site, meaning users can now create, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents via Facebook.