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London primary teacher Emily Funnell finds an illustrated internet encylopaedia that's perfect for her classroom - 'Q-files'

The Internet. It's the epitome of 21st century living. It's rare these days to go even a day without using the World Wide Web, be it for social interaction, professional emailing or even to find the answer to number 12 in the pub quiz while stealthily hiding your smartphone behind a coaster!

So, when the Internet is mentioned in the classroom, it's sometimes greeted with groans as the "27-year-old dinosaur" (yes I've been called that!) tries to educate those who are already technically literate about the possible dangers of something that dictates so much of modern life.

Blue-Bot

Blue-Bot floor robots have proved their worth in Computing for deputy head Darren Hooley

Like many schools, Ladycross Infants in Derbyshire has long used the TTS Bee-Bot floor robot as a staple resource across the curriculum. The recently introduced Blue-Bot takes all of the advantages of this classroom favourite and adds some valuable features of its own to improve on what was already a great product.

The Blue-Bot is a small floor robot which can be easily controlled using a simple keypad on it’s outer shell. Using four arrows and a Go button, children as young as four can program its movements and watch as their simple algorithm is put into action.

Clicker Boards

For those working in literacy and special needs, 'Clicker' software is a legend. John Galloway greets version 7

No one can accuse the good people of Crick Software of resting on their laurels. Clicker has been in our classrooms for nearly 30 years, largely because it is constantly reinvented. 

They don’t just tweak it and call it an upgrade, they listen to users, check technology developments and rebuild it - as now with Clicker 7

Edifier R2000DB

Need mobile audio oomph for school or home? Hugh John opts for Edifier R2000DBs

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Edifier R2000DBs: 'terrific value for money'

Chinese audio company Edifier has an enviable standing in the hi-fi community for classy innovative technology at what can seem ridiculously low – back-of-a-lorry – prices.

Its latest tranche of speakers, headphones and soundbars, demonstrated at last Digital Winter technology event further enhanced that reputation. But one product attracted special attention. Say hello to the Edifier R2000DB bookshelf speakers.

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Coding is a challenge for primaries, so teacher Germaine Furneaux opted for 2Code and Purple Mash

"I’m not good with computers!" "It’s like a foreign language!" “Why do primary schoolchildren need to know how to code?" These were just a few of the comments when the new computing curriculum came out last year. So where to start?

Using 2Simple's 2Code, part of its Purple Mash service, has made the teaching of coding at Long Meadow School in Milton Keynes not only interesting and engaging for our pupils, but also very easy for our teachers too.