Video's potential for brainpower

21st September 2001 at 01:00
ifty schools that want to use technology to develop pupils' thinking skills are needed to take part in a research study run by British Educational Communications and Technology Agency.

BECTA's Helen Walker said: "The aim of this project is to measure the potential of ICT to inspire pupil creativity skills through the use of digital video editing. We recognise the enormous potential for this emerging technology to impact on the development of higher-order thinking skills. Through creating video pupils will be planning and thinking strategically; they will be learning to learn and, importantly, they will be working as part of a team." BECTA is seeking a range of schools across Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. It wants to hear from those still terrified of ICT as well as from confident users.

Computer firm Apple is supporting the study by providing participating schools with an iMac G3, software, and a day's training for two. Film Education, a charity funded by the UK film industry, will give copyright-free resources for initial inspiration. Schools will receive a digital video camera and can keep the equipment after the project.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 12. Some of the results will be showcased at the Education Show in Birmingham next March. For details, e-mail:dvpilot@becta.org.uk.

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