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1st March 1996 at 00:00
* Pathways is an interactive resource for reading and language at key stages 13. It provides activities and games and uses audio, animation, graphics and text. Children can read along, clicking on individual words or sentences to hear them again. Letter and word recognition, rhymes, pre-diction, matching and alphabetical order can all be practised. For Windows, Mac and Acorn, Pounds 82.19 inc VAT. Collins Educational, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 8JB. Tel: 0181 307 4827. Stands 190, 220

* Now available in the PictureBase series is Perspectives Francaises, designed for key stages 3 and 4. Family, leisure and the physical environment are among topics covered. Composed of high quality images and recorded study texts, it permits students to progress at their own rate using the pause or repeat keys. Difficult words can be looked up in the PictureBase dictionary.PC or Acorn, Pounds 69 + VAT. AVP, School Hill Centre, Chepstow, Gwent NP6 5PH. Tel: 01291 625439. Stand IT50

* Clementine, adapted from the BBC TV language series, picks up the story, characters and locations from the programme but can also be used independently. Through an interactive adventure game it gives opportunities to practise language learning skills such as using dictionaries, using context to interpret meaning, seeking repetition and applying patterns and rules. It contains video footage and offers cross-curricular links with geography, science, food technology. Age: 13+. For multimedia PC, Pounds 88.12 inc VAT. BBC Education, White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Tel: 0181 752 4377. Stand G65

* Geodome - Landforms covers volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers and coasts for key stage 3 and above. Each is illustrated with BBC film as well as sound, photographs, text and animations. The user can walk around a five-room virtual museum, with one room for each topic. Video, audio, debates, animations, news flashes and a quiz are in each.Multimedia PC, Pounds 39.99 inc VAT.BBC Education, White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS.Tel: 0181 752 4377. Stand G65

* The Moving Eye: Transport for key stages 2 and 3 is a set of three CD-Roms interlinked with social studies, which contain a collection of video clips and associated activities. A one-week motorway traffic survey is on Disc 1. On Disc 2 there is a range of activities including a do-it-yourself speed trap. On Disc 3 a car travels through a town and the students have to identify the route and sights along it and relate these to a map. The set provides the data for various forms of observation, hypothesis, testing and analysis.Available from April for Acorn RiscOS; Pounds 59 + VAT (single user), Pounds 99 + VAT (site licence). Creative Curriculum Software, 5 Clover Hill Road,Savile Park, Halifax HX1 2YG.Tel: 01422 340524. Stand IT7

* Japan 2000, based on the BBC broadcasts which investigated the crucial geographical issues facing the country in the mid-1990s, contains a wide range of information and includes interviews, statistical data, questions, maps and aerial footage and photographs. Transport, energy, agriculture and city life are some of the themes that can be explored. Multimedia features include 200 photographs, 35 minutes of video and 190 minutes of audio.Age 13+. Mac and multimedia PC; Pounds 88.12 inc. VAT. BBC Education, White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Tel: 0171 752 4377.Stand G65

* Life Cycles, new from the Living Library series, encourages children to investigate the life stages of groups of animals and plants. A 23-minute video stimulates class discussion about living things which can then be followed up on the CD-Rom. The fully interactive multimedia program features spoken "Did you know?" questions, a stills library and spoken activities to prompt careful study of pictures and information. For key stages 1 and 2 and special needs. Mac and PC CD-Rom Pounds 38 + VAT. Video Pounds 15 + VAT; combined pack Pounds 47.50 + VAT. Living and Learning, Abbeygate House, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB.Tel: 01223 357788. Stand G51

* Castles in Context, for key stages 2 and 3, covers all the important developments in castles and defence. The timespan dates back to1000AD and shows how ideas of castles and defence sites have changed. Over 1,000 ground and aerial photographs enable the user to view every site which can be selected by location and date from any of the 20 fifty-year periods. Due out in April for Acorn RiscOS and Windows; Pounds 49 + VAT (single user), Pounds 79 + VAT (site licence).Creative Curriculum Software,5 Clover Hill Road, Savile Park, Halifax HX1 2YG.Tel: 01422 340524 Stand IT7

* Mechanisms demonstrates the link between mechanical theory and practice in technology, maths and physics for key stages 2 and 3. The program covers basic principles and important terms and has diagrammatic pictures, annotated photographs and overlays. Acorn RiscOS and Windows, Pounds 69 + VAT (single user), Pounds 99 + VAT (site licence). Creative Curriculum Software, 5 Clover Hill Road, Savile Park, Halifax HX1 2YT. Tel: 01422 340524. Stand IT7

* The Music Show, devised from the Channel 4 Schools series, contains video clips from nine of the TV programmes. Aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, it provides facts about the instruments and music featured in each and explains the musical terms. There are three composition programs to play, edit, save and print and a simple design program for students to design pictures to illustrate recorded sounds using basic tools and a colour palette.PC and Acorn platforms. Educational Television Company, 10a Great Titchfield Street,London W1P 7AA.Tel: 0171 580 8181. Stand PV270

* A Midsummer Night's Dream is a new Shakespeare title for English and drama. It offers an introduction and analysis, and aims to inspire children to interact with the plot, language and themes. It includes extracts from the BBC production, the full Alexander text and sections on Shakespeare's life and times. Age 11+. Due out in April for PC and Mac. Pounds 88.12 inc VAT. BBC Education, White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Tel: 0181 752 4377. Stand G65 Collins Educational, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road London W6 8JB. Tel: 0181 307 4827 Stands PV190, 220

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