'Green screen' video production techniques have been a massive hit in schools. Chris Drage finds a program that brings them to all learners, even the very young

I Can Present 2'Children can create and film their own presentations'Hot on the heels of its acclaimed I Can Animate software (now also available for iPhone/iPod from the iTunes Store) comes Kudlian's I Can Present, a new application designed to bring learners’ presentations to life.

Using I Can Present, children can create and film their own presentations – news or weather reports for example – and produce a 'movie' that looks similar to what they see on TV.

Lake Vyrnwy, North WalesLake Vyrnwy, North Wales, 'au naturelle'Lake Vyrnwy, Agfa shiftLake Vyrnwy with Agfa cast, courtesy of 'Exposure'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh John uses Alien Skin to develop his 'darkroom' techniques
The recent release of updated versions of Exposure and Bokeh consolidates Alien Skin's position as one of, if not the, third party filter provider for Adobe's digital imaging programs.

Exposure, now in its third iteration, is a product that creeps up on you unawares. If you take advantage of Alien Skin's trial offer for example, you'll be seriously tempted to buy the full version.

Chris Drage starts a new exercise regime with NumberGym
NumberGym screen 1Now and again I stumble upon an ICT resource that really gets me buzzing. Like The Number Gym Suite when I first saw the software on NumberGym’s stand at this autumn’s TES Education Show.

After 15 minutes I knew that The NumberGym Suite was on a par with any of the best mathematics software I have seen over the past decade.

Schools only pay Stream2School for software when they plan to use it. George Cole finds out how it works
Ian SkeelsIan SkeelsIan Skeels, managing director of Stream2School, a revolutionary software rental service, explains why schools should rent rather than purchase much of their education software.

Agent4Change.net: Can you give us a little background about Stream2School?

Ian Skeels: I’m an ex-RM employee and was the company’s Window Box manager in the 1990s. It occurred to me that schools wanted more flexibility in their ICT and that software distribution via CD-Rom was not working well. Schools had problems with installation; there were conflicts and ICT technicians were spending a lot of their time resolving them.

SSD hard drives are here. Hugh John tries out a useful add-on drive from Kingston

Kingston SSDKingston believes its SSD (Solid State Disk) options for PC and laptop – previewed at David Fanning's Digital Winter PR event – are the single most cost effective way to improve performance and life expectancy.

The SSDNOW 128 GB upgrade, part hardware and part software, requires replacing the existing hard drive with the SSD.  Fit the original drive into the supplied caddy and then transfer the operating system and key applications using the bundled cloning software.