S2R reporter, Rob, describes his experiences with this groundbreaking service

Rob and Steve ParryRob interviews Steve ParryThe iconic Football Association glass building in Soho is not the kind of place where you expect to hear hear the chatter of excited teenagers. Whenever I've seen it on the TV it has been the stage for football executives reading out statements about scandals, where the England team is announced and the FA cup draw is made.

Tonight it's full, with enthusiastic teenagers, education experts and teachers and sports stars: Steve Parry, Olympic bronze medallist, TV presenter and a legendary green pepper off Ready Steady Cook, Sarah Webb, one of the tantalising 'blondes in a boat' from the Beijing Olympics, and Giles Long, the inspirational triple-gold Olympic Paralympion. They are here to support the rapidly growing Supporter To Reporter (S2R) project.

Geoff ElwoodGeoff Elwood: Google partnerWhy would any school now pay substantial costs for a school email service if they could get a better one free from either Google or Microsoft - for school and for anytime, anywhere learning - with up to 10 gigabytes of storage space?

At the BETT 2009 educational technology show in London the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) launched a free email service for 1 million schoolchildren courtesy of Microsoft’s Live@Edu collaboration suite of online services developed specifically for education. And leading learning platform supplier Studywiz announced a global partnership with Google to integrate free Googlemail into its learning platform (three local authorities are ready to sign up to the service).

BBC Jam screenThe BBC Trust consultation on the release of indigenous language content (Welsh, Irish and Gaelic) from the axed BBC Jam online service closed last week. In the absence of any major objection, it's possible that the content could go live on bbc.co.uk sites by spring 2009. However, the BBC remains silent about the release of any other materials, or a strategy to get them to learners.

China video-conferenceLambeth Academy pupil Zoe Yibowei (left) works with teacher Hongwe in a Promethean interactive classroom demonstration. London and Chinese pupils studied languages together online in a live link-up between Lambeth Academy and Houhai school, Shenzhen.

They were learning the names of shapes in both English and Mandarin in a whiteboard video-conference organised by Promethean as part of a demonstration of UK interactive technology. It marked the visit to China by John Hutton, secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform. Part of his itinerary was a visit to Houhai school.

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