3Schools are connecting to the National Grid for Learning and teachers are being trained, but what software, materials and support will be out there for them? George Cole investigates the role of good content for the cyberschool generation, followed by a subject-by-subject stock-check
When Rosemary Rivett's religious education students at South Bromsgrove High School come into lessons they don't just sit around waiting for things to start. Instead they log on to the school's intranet and find a self-checking multiple choice test.
Rivett's Year 11 religious studies classes have one of their three periods a week in the IT centre. Central to their work there is the RE website that Rivett has created on the school's intranet. It has sample essays, past exam papers, factual material - about religious festivals for example. There are also links to the web.
Naturally religion has a strong presence on the Web, and it's not easy to sort the wheat from the chaff. "I put up a link when I find one that's valid and good." says Rivett. "It's not always the home page, it might go direct to the one that's useful."
As well as using the web, and e-mail links, the department encourages pupils in activities such as creating virtual celebration cards - "When we'd done Christian baptism, I got them to design a virtual baptism card." What ICT is doing, she says, is giving students practice in what she calls "handling information in a controlled and purposeful way, with the teacher managing the process."
The Professional Council for Religious Education
The Religious Education Exchange
The religious education site
Religious education at the Virtual Teachers' Centre
Teaching resources and materials
The Bible Gateway
GCSE RE revision on the Net
The Sikhism home page
Welcome to Virtual Jerusalem
The Hindu Universe
A Right to Die? Routledge CD-Rom, KS4, pound;40 + pound;10 for teacher's guide, Tel: 0171 842 2218
Aspects of Religions, KS34, pound;80 from Granada Learning. Tel: 01264 342 992 www.granada-learning.com
Exploring World Religions, KS23, pound;59 from Granada Learning, (details as above)
ICT Activities for RE, KS34, CD-Rom and book by G and H Windsor, pound;58.75 from Heinemann. Tel: 01865 888080
Investigating Christianity by G Windsor, KS34, pound;58.75 from Heinemann (details as above)
Lest We Forget: A History of the Holocaust, Key Stages S34, pound;40 from News Multimedia. Tel: 01525 852813 www.newsmultimedia
Living Religions: (All six major religions), Key Stages 34, pound;39 from I SEEK. Tel: 0800 0520900
Religions of the World, interactive philosophy fantasy, pound;25 from SEMERC. Tel: 0161 627 4469
Sophie's World, KS34, pound;40 by Macmillan, from REM. Tel: 01865 747 550
World Religions: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia, pound;40 from Sparrowhawk and Heald. Tel: 01223 576 241 www.s-and-h.co.uk
(CD-Roms and websites list provided by Paul Hopkins of REfIT (the Religious Education from Information Technology project set up by the The Professional Council for Religious Education)