Off line

16th September 2005 at 01:00
"After 18 years with leading schools ICT supplier RM, Ray Fleming travelled the world for a year with his family, writing a regular column on how to use ICT to educate your offspring for TES Online and a much-visited blog. Sadly, for him, Ray has returned to the grim reality of the education workplace. After years of persuading us of the excellence of RM, he is now head of education marketing with Capita. Ironic, because with the release of Becta's highly critical report of school management information systems (of which Capita has 80 per cent of the market) Ray is now firmly in the hot seat. The joys of travelling must seem even more distant.

The renaissance of ICT creativity sparked by Apple has had some key educational software writers leaping out of Windows (XP that is) - and creating some ground-breaking Mac software for schools. Kudlian Soft has already turned heads with its curriculum expansion packs for iLife. Now technical director Gary Atkinson, fresh from completing I Can Animate for Mac, has come up with an ingenious way for schools to exploit the trend for podcasting (publishing audio material for iPods). His new Podcaster even allows schools to save their iMovie work as "enhanced" podcasts which can include still images along with the sound. You can download a working beta version from

When evangelists come calling it's usually time to draw the curtains and pretend you are not at home. ICT evangelists, however, are welcome, with most people so bored by techies that anyone who can introduce high spirits with their ICT are a huge relief. Russell Prue is one of the best known of these in the UK. He has worked for RM, and the DfES, and now helps schools to kickstart their ICT. Russell shares his tricks his new book, Science of Evangelism in an effort to encourage a new generation of evangelists. Anderton Tiger (ISBN 0-9550381-0-3), at pound;34.99. Evangelism clearly doesn't come cheap!

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