Wonder webs show whatyou can do

20th October 1995 at 01:00
Primary schools can win a Multimedia Window Box in the TESRM topic web competition to stimulate imaginative use of IT across the primary curriculum.

In association with The TES, RM, the largest supplier of information technology to UK schools, is offering primary teachers the chance to win an RM Junior or Infant Multimedia Window Box by entering our topic web competition.

The competition is designed to find how primary schools are using IT to meet the requirements of the national curriculum across all subjects. Creative use of available technology is a key factor: while all schools probably have access to personal PCs, some will be better equipped. All schools, regardless of size or resources, have an equal chance to compete.

To take part, schools need to enter a class project involving IT. The project must be sent to RM with a topic web or grid showing how IT resources will be used to cover as many curriculum areas as possible. It should describe each element of the topic, including details of work pupils have done or will be doing, subject content and IT coverage.

Project worksheets should also be submitted together with up to two pages of explanatory notes and sample activity files. These can be on paper or on 3.5-inch floppy disc. Entries will be accepted from any software application, type of software or hardware.

The winning projects will be chosen by a panel of professional educational advisers. Entries will be judged on their curriculum coverage, imaginative use of IT and the best demonstration of pupil interest and involvement.

All entries must be from primary schools and must use IT as an integral part of the project. Each project must include the age group of the children and two contact names.

The overall winner will receive a RM Multimedia Window Box (a primary pupil-friendly PC with a range of installed software and graded levels of access). The five runner-ups will be given a Psion Series 3 palmtop computer. The class teacher and headteacher of the winning school will be invited to RM in Abingdon to see where and how primary resources are developed. All entrants will receive a collection of sample projects compiled from the six winning entries and RM will publish a selection of the topic webs to accompany purchases of the Window Box range.

Entries must reach RM by December 24, 1995 and winners will be notified in writing within 14 days of the end of January 1996. RM regrets that it will be unable to return projects.

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