Tactics Trends .98

16th October 1998 at 01:00
The fourth Tactics Trends show at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on November 4-5, blends a learning technology exhibition and two-day conference that is important for all those involved in evaluating the impact of information technology on the learning process.

The Dawn of the Learning Age conference will provide a comprehensive forum for decision makers and practitioners to influence the future of learning, focusing on current issues and highlighting practical solutions and future developments for effective study.

The Lifelong Learning Exhibition will feature more than 50 companies who are key contributors to technology in education. They will provide the opportunity for everyone to see and experience developments in education, training and technology. Plus there will be exhibitor seminars, a discovery zone and a cyber cafe providing free Internet access.

This is a great opportunity to see what impact ICT is having and could have on all our learning futures.

3Com (UK). Stand 418. Pacific House, Third Avenue, Globe Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire S17 1YL Tel 01628 897000. As one of the world's pre-eminent suppliers of data, voice and video communications technology, 3Com has delivered networking solutions to more than 200 million customers worldwide. The company provides comprehensive, innovative information access products and system solutions for building intelligent, high performance local and wide-area networks.

www.3Com.com ABLAC Learning Works. Stand 118. South Devon House, Station Road, Newton Abbott, Devon TQ12 2BP. TelFax 01626 332233331464. ABLAC Learning Works, now in its 21st anniversary year, has pioneered the use of PCs for education and training purposes in the UK and at this exhibition is launching three aids addressing areas of lifelong learning. Keyboard Wizard aims to develop essential keyboard typing skills, a prerequisite for accessing the world of learning. Skills Bank are systems for greater literacy and numeracy development for all ability levels. Cyber Patrol is an Internet filtering and management tool available for educational establishments.

Brighter Vision Education. Stand 515. Eton House, 18-24 Paradise Rd, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1SR. TelFax 0181 288 28902899. Brighter Vision Education introduces a range of interactive group software (IGS), which is designed to motivate students to interact with each other. It comes from Brighter Vision's award-winning sister company Tom Snyder Productions. The titles, encompass all levels through the curriculum for ages 5-14 and include topics on environmental, planetary and general science, botony, history and maths. Ten per cent discount on orders placed at the show.

British Telecom. Stand 312. Westside, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 9YF. Tel 01908 569859. BT will be demonstrating its continuing commitment to education through Online for Education, which provides schools with a one stop ICT solution for computing, communications and content. BT can help to deliver the potential of the National Grid for Learning.

www.bteducation.com CBS. Stand 526. 17 Barclay Road, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 3QP. TelFax 01467 621472. CBS specialises in software products for the education and recreation sectors. The popular LETSexpress lettings management system provides a simple, easy to use solution to streamlining booking and billing processes associated with the hire of facilities across schools, colleges, community centres, town halls and sports centres. Course-express is a courseevent management system supporting marketing, enrolment, payment and performance tracking activities. Other software products and services cover education statistics analysis, special education needs and Internet publishing.

CD Live. Stand 530. 15 Bernard Gardens, London SW19 7BE. Tel 0181 286 3567. Fax 0181 287 3929. CIA Training. Stand 503. Suite J, Business Innovation Centre, Sunderland Enterprise Park, Riverside, Sunderland SR5 2TA. TelFax 0191 549 50029005. CIA Training produces a series of open learning guides and course notes for major software applications, aimed at all stages.

Each guide is a complete, self-contained course, consisting of an A4 manual with structured exercises on a data disk. They are half price at the show.

Course notes are a new range of training reference materials designed for tutor-led computer software training courses.

Cisco Systems. Stand 320. 3 The Square, Stockley Park, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB11 1BN. TelFax 0181 756 80008099. Cisco Systems is the world leader in networking for the Internet, providing academic institutions and businesses with networking solutions which connect students, staff, computing devices and computer networks. The company is committed to supporting educational programmes which promote the benefits and understanding of information technology and is a founding partner of the UK NetYear initiative. Cisco has also worked in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, helping to build the educationwork interface and implement innovative, technology-based solutions for lifelong learning and the required support infrastructure.

Compaq Computer. Stand 420. Hotham House, 1 Heron Square, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1EJ. Tel 0181 332 3000. The Compaq stand will provide visitors with the first opportunity to meet members of Compaq's education unit and to discuss their ICT infrastructural and teaching requirements. A range of Compaq hardware will be on show, featuring solutions developed for British education curriculum requirements. Come along to discuss ICT infrastructure design consultancy, managed services or other projects.

Computalynx. Stand 505. Mobbs Miller House, Christchurch Road, Northampton NN1 5LL. TelFax 01604 231437231462. Cproxy, Cmail and SCM software were designed by Computalynx to allow multi-user Internet access and desktop e-mail to unlimited users from one Internet connection. It is confident that its software tackles the issues of safe and controlled browsing and can be used with all the major educational platforms, complementary to ICT development plans.

Educational Computing Technology. Stand 521. Hobsons Publishing, 159-173 St John Street, London EC1V 4RP. Tel 0171 336 6633. Fax 0171 608 1034. Educational Computing Technology delivers practical advice and information on all key aspects of ICT education. It is published five times a year (March, May, July, September and December) and circulated to named head teachers and ICT co-ordinators in both primary and secondary schools.

Educational Institute of Scotland. Stand 430. 46 Moray Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BH. Tel 0131 225 6244. Facility SystemsStand 522. Technology Wing, Lenton Business Centre, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2BY. TelFax 0115 978 65560160. Facility Systems (its parent company is CCM Software) is a software engineering company that designs MIS systems for schools, colleges and universities. It will be exhibiting Facility Timetabler for Windows, Facility Options for Windows and Facility Cover for Windows. Facility CMIS, also featured, is an integrated resource management system.

ICL Education Systems. Stand 304. ICL House, 143 Redcliffe Street, Bristol BS1 6NS. TelFax 0117 984 20182006. With more than 25 years of experience in education, ICL has helped to form the Government's thinking on the National Grid for Learning and is playing a major role in setting up and implementing infrastructure for supporting schools connecting to it. ICL is a founder member of UK NetYear, designed to encourage partnerships between schools, education authorities, communities and local businesses, to develop ICT in schools.

Jiig-Cal Progressions. Stand 511. Sutton House, Wayside Park, Catteshill Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1XG. TelFax 01483 413200413201. Specialists in careers information and guidance software programs for young people and adults. The programs are suitable across the ability range and provide fast and easy access to up-to-date information on occupations, entry requirements, including Scottish qualifications, training routes, useful addresses and alternative ideas. Many of the programs also offer a comprehensive psychometric assessment that helps users to assess their skills, interests and abilities. These tools can match the user's profile to a well-researched job bank, which is updated annually.

KeyBytes for Windows. Stand 509. Summerfield Publishing, PO Box 16, Evesham, Worcs WR11 6WN. TelFax 01386 854972854973. KeyBytes is an interactive hands-on course in ICT for use in secondary schools and colleges. Supported by a student textbook and photocopiable worksheets, it progressively builds knowledge and skills, with frequent checkpoints and tests. The two levels of KeyBytes (Standard and Plus) plus flexible set-up options, en-able the course to be used with a wide age and ability range.

KeyBytes is now joined by Gary Glow-worm and his LightBytes, which also teaches basic skills in ICT but is suited best to those whose reading ability or level of concentration is insufficient to work with KeyBytes.

Logotron - Longman. Stand 409. Logotron, 124 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 4ZS. TelFax 01223 425558425349. Logotron is an innovative software publisher for the education, business and home markets.It works with BBC Education to publish software linked to the BBC's schools TV programmes. And it recently announced a partnership with Longman and Jostens Learning, a leading developer of educational software and support services, to bring the award-winning Tomorrow's Promise multimedia curriculum to schools. Its products include the Logo programming language, PenDown word processing, PinPoint data handling, Insight data logging and the Longman Inside Track to GCSE Success.

Microsoft. Stand 204. Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire RG6 1WG. Tel 0870 601 0100. Fax 0870 602 0100. Microsoft's vision for the role of technology is a simple, yet powerful educational concept. The Connected Learning Community, an initiative demonstrating that learning isn't limited by barriers of time, distance, convenience and access, is currently being piloted in schools across Edinburgh. Microsoft is working with the city's education department to ensure equal opportunities of access to e-mail and Internet for pupils and teachers.

Visit the stand to find out more about Microsoft's initiatives.

Mitsubishi Electric. Stand 212. 3500 Parkside, Birmingham Busi-ness Park, Birmingham B37 7YS. TelFax 0121 717 36747799. Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world's leading ICT product and services suppliers. Under the banner of "Computing for a Connected World", it manufactures a range of mobile computers, PCs and servers, operates as an Internet access and service provider and offers a portfolio of software solutions addressing the education, public sector, local government, and corporate and small business markets.

NTL. Stand 512. 60 Maxwell Road, Glasgow G41 1PR. TelFax 0141 564 04480200. NTL will be demonstrating multiple access mechanisms to educational resources; for wide area networks of schools and councils; for classroom; for independent study within school and at home; via Internet access from dial-up modem to broadband via computers, Internet access via television, and educational resources on the Web and Tele-school Online teacher resource site.

NTS Computer Systems UK Stand 518. Unit F11 Business Innovation, Aston Science Park, Love Lane, Birmingham B7 4BJ. TelFax 0121 687 87678763. NTS Computer Systems is committed to providing schools with low cost, portable ICT solutions. The DreamWriter portable computer is able to give more children access to ICT at a realistic cost to schools. When combined with the Rol-A-Lab mobile recharging cabinet, the Dream-Writer provides schools with a flexible, mobile computer lab.

NTS has also launched the DreamWriter IT with Microsoft Windows CE. This Internet-ready machine, with full colour screen and network connectivity, will provide students with a flexible, powerful computer for most school activities.

Oracle. Stand 218. Oracle Parkway, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berks RG6 1RA. Tel 0118 924 0000. Fax 0118 923 000. The learning landscape has changed because of Oracle's Web-enabled Network Comput-ing Architecture. The cost and complexity of information processing can be shifted to the network, making it possible for every student to have access to learning resources through inexpensive computers. Parents, stu-dents, teachers, and administrators can now be connected in an interactive learning environment.

Promethean. Stand 120. TDS House, Lower Philips Road, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 5TH. TelFax 01254 676921581574. Promethean develops and supplies equipment for the interactive classroom. Its products include the Interactive Whiteboard and PandA (Presentations and Annotations) software. By clicking on the Promethean whiteboard, the teacher can access resources on the connected PC from the front of the class, while a projector throws the PC image on to the Whiteboard for the whole class to see. The technology gives the teacher access to and use of digital resources for the benefit of the whole class and supports the role of the teacher in guiding and monitoring.

Ransom Publishing. Stand 519. Ransom House, 2 High Street, Wallington, Oxfordshire OX9 5PS. TelFax 01491 613711613733. Riteon Educational Consultancy. Stand 332. 20 The Crescent, Woodthorpe, Nottingham NG5 4FX. TelFax 0115 967 6040. Riteon specialises in educational solutions in ICT. At this exhibition, Riteon will be presenting its key skills software, particularly the interactive, multimedia CD on communication at intermediate level. It is suitable for education and industry, contains 31 units, covering the entire communication curriculum for this level, whether NVQ or GNVQ (or their Scottish equivalents). Participants log on as individuals, they click and type through tutorials and activities and the software tracks how they are doing, gi ving printouts of progress. It contains nearly 110,000 spoken words; videos, 1,046 tutorial, activity and summary screens and more than 800 graphics.

RM. Stand 220. New Mill House, 183 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4SE. TelFax 01235 826000826999. RM is the leading supplier of ICT to UK schools, colleges and universities. On the RM stand there will be ICT solutions for all age ranges from primary to secondary schools. Its product range covers standalone, complete primary classroom solutions, networks, intranets, Internets, Internet content, managed services, learning systems, educational software, video conferencing and school management software. RM's consultants will be on hand to help and advise on what ICT solutions are most appropriate for delivering the curriculum in your school. New for the show is an ILS for teaching numeracy in primary schools, RM School Share, which allows primary schools to link up standalone to share printing and Internet facilities, and PIC (personal information connect), which enables remote access to RM Connect.

SCET. Stand 318. 74 Victoria Crescent Road, Glasgow G12 9JN. TelFax 0141 337 50005050. In the past year SCET has developed a wide range of software products for education, including the popular Lets Go titles, essential lifeskills software and subject-specific SCETNet Series for a host of subject areas. Visit the stand to explore some of the products and services. As well as being a developer, SCET distributes third party software.

Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN). Stand 520. Abden House, 1Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HW. TelFax 0131 662 12111511. Scottish Enterprise. Stand 620, Discovery Zone. 120 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JP. Tel 0141 248 2700. Scottish Enterprise is the leading economic development agency in Scotland, working to deliver jobs and prosperity to the people of Scotland. It works to strengthen the business base, encourage entrepreneurs, sharpen export efforts, win inward investment, build a better business environment, get people back to work and maximise people's potential.

Scottish Enterprise works with partners in industry, government and academia to make Scotland a better place in which to live, work and invest. It is committed to creating competitive advantage through developing the skills and knowledge of people.

Sherston Software. Stand 507. Angel House, Sherston, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0LH. TelFax 01666 840433840048. Sherston Software, one of the leading UK publishers of educational software, will be demonstrating its latest collection of new releases at the show. Oxford Reading Tree Rhyme Analogy Activity Software is a new collection of delightful talking and animated activities supporting children's phonetic learning. 123 CD has 10 captivating activities carefully designed to help young children get to grips with important early number skills. Science Fair is the first of two infant science CD-Roms covering electricity, forces and motion, light and sound and the earth, sun and moon in different fairground attractions.

Softease. Stand 230. The Old Courthouse, St Peter's Churchyard, Derby DE1 1NN. TelFax 01332 204911609224. Softease will be demonstrating the award-winning Textease range of products. Textease is a word processor, desk-top publisher and multimedia authoring package that is very easy to use. Textease treats the computer screen like a sheet of paper: just click anywhere and start to type. Graphics may be dragged on to the page and rotated, moved or sized at the touch of the mouse. Work may be printed, or saved as HTML for a web site.

Time Education. Stand 308. Granville House, Blackburn Road, Simonstone, Burnley, Lancashire BB12 7GT. TelFax 01282 770044770607. Time Education will be displaying a wealth of tailored systems to meet the needs of schools, including the latest Primary PC, which is specifically designed to enhance pupils' education across the whole of the curriculum.

The Discovery PC, a popular choice among slightly older children, boasts a huge hard disk, allowing the installation of a range of applications to suit the needs of pupils and teachers. For those interested in networking, a server will be on display. Talk to Time Education's constancy team for advice on your present or future needs.

TRO Learning (UK). Stand 504. Brook House, Riverside Park, Poyle Road, Colnbrook, Berkshire SL3 0AA. TelFax 01753 799111799199. The PLATO integrated learning system (ILS) is specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners. The PLATO curriculum covers mathematics, English, reading and communication, the sciences and, most recently, work skills. The courseware has been designed to incorporates skill development in real-life applications to help students establish a solid foundation of skills. The PLATO integrated learning system can be delivered via stand-alone machines, local wide-area networks, the Internet and intranets.

www.plato.com. Understanding Electricity. Stand 410. 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4RD. TelFax 0171 963 57685880. Scottish Power, in collaboration with Understanding Electricity, has produced an innovative catalogue of educational resources linked to the Scottish curriculum for primary and secondary schools. The resources span topics such as power sources, safety, environmental studies, technology, science and social subjects. Many of the material are free.

Xemplar Education. Stand 404. The Quorum, Barnwell Road, Cambridge CB5 8RE. TelFax 01223 724724724324. Xemplar Education is dedicated to helping schools prepare for the next millennium by giving them the tools they need to access the National Grid for Learning. Xemplar works in partnership with other leading ICT providers to deliver the most appropriate solutions and technologies. From network computers to personal computers (Apple, Acorn and Wintel PC) to portables, Xemplar offers the widest range of ICT equipment to meet teaching needs and improve the way children learn.

3 COM UK Ltd, 418 (SPONSOR)

ABLACThe Learning Company, 118















NTL, 512







SCET, 318











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