Edifier R2000DB

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

Edifier R2000DB
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.

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

'Learning with Mobile...' book has won 'Teach Secondary' award. Chris Abbott's review explains why
Teach Secondary book awardLearning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies, written by John Galloway, Merlin John (owner of this site) and Maureen McTaggart, has picked up the ‘Best Book’ prize in this year’s Technology & Innovation Awards run by Teach Secondary magazine in association with Sahara.

The Award judges highlighted the fact that the authors, whose research involved visiting several schools, were sharing the stories of teachers that they felt would help “others recognise and avoid unnecessary mistakes”. They also complimented the reportage style of the book and said it “will not only make lives easier, and learning more effective, but it will also undoubtedly save schools a significant amount of money”.

2Code screen 1
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.

Students and teachers qualify for free 'Office365' – families can benefit too
Office 365At around £80 a year, Microsoft’s Office 365 service offers great value for home users for the online storage alone. The better news is that it is now free for millions of students and teachers worldwide as long as their schools are licensed for Office 365.

In the UK that's thought to be around 13 million eligible students and teachers from around 20,000 eligible institutions (more than 90 universities, 300-plus colleges 17,000 schools and academies). They just need a valid school email address to complete the sign-up. 

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