The new LingoLive web portal, created for the £5.4 million Open School for Languages (OSL) project to engage teenagers in language learning, has been previewed by Lightbox Education.
LingoLive, its working title, will exploit innovative gaming and social networking to address the problem of falling numbers of teenagers taking modern languages for GCSE (see "Primary languages missing target", BBC). Its vision is to "hook and hold". And schools using the popular Podium podcasting software - there are 2,500 of them - have more innovation to look forward to. The program will get video capability for "vodcasting" by September.
Wireless technology continues to disappoint. And it's not just the scarcity of free access. Schools spending big budgets on wireless for laptops and PDAs report dropped connections and poor performance that affects their hopes for anywhere, anytime learning and teaching.
But a new generation of wireless technology, from MERU, looks like reversing those experiences. Instead of individual devices "looking for" the best connections - the status quo for most wireless networks - MERU networks are intelligent. They track the users and direct them to the best access points - and video and voice are also well supported. Business is already responding, and schools look like following suit.
John Galloway gets the message that "policy and research rarely agree"
Like all Futurelab's handbooks, Curriculum and teaching innovation: Transforming classroom practice and personalisation is well researched, and aims to push at the boundaries of educational conventions.
Here is a necessarily wide ranging examination of the issues and agendas shaping the curriculum and the opportunities for innovation. There are few answers in here, yet it raises many, many questions. The first of which is "What's a curriculum for?"
World Info Zone (WIZ) was a school project designed to explore the UK’s history and its links to other cultures. Now, with its international perspective for education, it is an invaluable, interactive resource schools and colleges can use to show students how, for worse or better, all the world is connected.Twelve years ago
World Info Zone was a finalist in the lifelong and informal learning category of the 2008 Stockholm Challenge Award for the best European ICT projects for social and economical development, and is the brainchild of former London ICT teacher Teresa Read. "The WIZ information emphasises the value of cultural diversity," she says. "Knowing about our own history and culture, and how it links with other countries and groups within countries, is more and more essential as our world shrinks with the use of modern transport and communications".