By Jack Kenny

Screen editsenseEditsense: no camera neededAny one who has worked with products for what passes for media education in some schools will know how vital Editsense is. Many schools are starting courses on making moviesm, and  new GCSE specifications mean that there will be more. One essential lesson will be that making movies is not just about using a camera. Editing is the focus.

As the Editsense creators explain: "However many times you explain the importance of changing shot size and camera position, and dividing a film up into shots, the theory tends to go out of the window as soon as young film-makers get hold of the cameras. Because a lot of our film projects are very short and intensive, we needed a quicker way of getting the participants up to speed."

By Jack Kenny

Cover New ToolsNew Tools: now an ebookI always turn to the end of a review to read the conclusion first. I will save you the trouble: this book is very good and is well worth acquiring. Now I'll tell you why.

ICT has been around in our schools for a quarter of a century; in the outside world it has changed our lives.  Every child now in school has only known an ICT-rich world. How strange to them many schools where ICT is peripheral must seem. A task for everyone is to make the world of school seem less strange to children and, consequently,  a better place for learning.

Lee WidraLee Widra: 'the learning space is what matters'Designing learning spaces is one of the fastest moving areas in education. From the realisation that it's the learning spaces that effect learners' experiences and achievements rather than the shells of the building, through companies like RM repositioning furniture, fittings, resources and ICT to  model learning spaces, schools can now model their own virtual learning spaces – in 3D and to perfect scale.

Partnerships for Schools' "Future Learning Spaces" area at the BETT 2010 educational technology show, featured a small stand with big implications for anyone involved in capital build projects like Building Schools for the Future. ‘Design Your School’ is web-based software to involve stakeholders in any BSF, new-build or refurbishment project, in creating, modelling and signing off their learning spaces.

By Dave Smith
Teach-It screenTeach-It: inspirational supportAs more teachers discover free Web 2.0 tools like blogging, podcasting and Google Earth and want to use them in the classroom, advice and support becomes invaluable. And an innovative Scottish company, Do Be Ltd ("Do It - Be It"), has come up with Teach-It, a new service that is accelerating the acceptance of these technologies by teachers.

Within minutes of meeting Louise McDonough and Stephen Reid from parent company Do Be – which already has 700 schools on its books – and seeing their support materials I was thinking: “These are great. They have got real potential. When can we start?”

By Alan Mills
John FoxwellEMAS UK's John Foxwell: delightedLike their colleagues across the UK, South Wales teachers need to communicate and support new students when they first arrive in the UK. The new arrivals often have very limited or no English language skills. This often leaves local authorities and schools having to use the translation services that can cost as much as £20 an hour, for a minimum of three hours.

However, because Cardiff schools have signed up with the Talking Tutor online translation service from EMAS UK, staff can communicate with almost any new student and their family as soon as they step through the door. They can type in questions in English and the on-screen avatar asks them in any of the 24 languages supported. Teachers can talk to learners, learners to their friends, and it's moving to mobile phones too.

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