2Do It YourselfEvery year, educational software suppliers 2Simple surprise and delight classroom teachers and advisers at the BETT educational technology show with classic programs for the classroom and beyond. BETT 2009 is no exception as teachers welcome the newest hit from the 2Simple creative hothouse - 2D It Yourself.

It does what it says on the tin - supports teachers and pupils in creating engaging classroom materials at the simple click of a mouse. Anything from simple "dress Teddy" activities to animated computer games. The 2Simple team has worked hard to migrate all its products to the web. So whether a teacher needs software stored on a hard disc or the network, or that works in a browser, 2Simple can provide. As schools start to adopt vitural learning environments (VLEs), which favour software that works through a browser, this is a major achievement.

Steve ParryOlympic bronze swimmer Steve Parry's impression of Queen Elizabeth II's own impression of swimming the butterfly was an hilarious highlight of the BETT 2009 launch of Supporter2Reporter.

The perfect host, Steve Parry was joined by other Olympic athletes to lead learner activities at this innovative celebration of the achievements of this ambitious pilot project, staged at the FA offices in Soho, London. And the real stars of course were the students and their work.

The S2R pilot has already supported 140 students to create and broadcast multimedia coverage of sports events to broadcast on the internet with the Radiowaves online service. All kinds of athletes have been interviewed - from Rio Ferdinand to racing dogs! S2R will now be rolled out to more schools.

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by Maureen McTaggart

Visitors to BETT 2009 in Olympia, London, this week will get a daily opportunity for a world tour of learning with the video-conferencing sessions being run by not-for-profit Web 2.0 service Rafi.ki (Stand F70).

With more than 900 school members in 94 countries collaborating on cross-curricular projects, Rafi.ki has become a spine of secure communication in the global online learning world. Run by UK-based educational charity Gemin-i.org, which has more than 10 years of experience developing ICT tools for schools around the world, Rafi-ki offers a range of communication and collaboration tools including email, chat rooms and forums, as well as audio and video-conferencing.

When teachers connect a visualiser to a projector they can share virtually any document or artefact with their learners - even across a video-conference, explains Dave Smith

Four years ago, while working as an ICT consultant at Engayne Primary School in Havering, I visited a Barking and Dagenham ICT test bed (enrichment) school with Engayne's headteacher, Suzanne Ship, to look at visualisers in action. The transformation in teaching and learning we witnessed resulted in a decision to install visualisers in every classroom at Engayne.

In the same way as most music sequencing software is for people who can already play music, most word processors are for those who can already read and write.

And while UK education has already produced a generation of worthy word processors, Write Online (£500 for a primary school first-year subscription), from Crick Software, has emerged as a world class word processor for learning. As the title suggests, you can use it online, like Google Docs, or even offline too. And the range of tools, for those learning to write for example, or who have difficulty with writing - like word prediction, Wordbar and speech - are simply unrivalled.