Moofu screenMOOFU, which stands for More for You is a very young company that exhibited at BETT for the first time this year, writes Sally McKeown. The Plymouth based company started life just over a year ago offering bespoke media resources to schools - web applications, film production and multimedia - but quickly moved on to create tools for teachers and pupils to use to learn the skills needed to produce their own multimedia learning materials.

Stephen Heppell Awardl-r John Bishop, Stephen Heppell, Dominic SavageProfessor Stephen Heppell was given a standing ovation when he took to the stage to pick up his Outstanding Achievement award at the annual glittering BETT awards dinner held in London’s Park Lane.

Presenting him with his award, Dominic Savage, director general of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), paid tribute to Professor Heppell's enormous contribution to learning and ICT, helping to shape current government policy through his involvement in the Stevenson Report. (Our picture shows, from left to right, comedian John Bishop, Stephen Heppell and Dominic Savage.)

Sex education is always difficult to teach but it can be even more difficult when young adult learners are reliant on sign language, writes Sally McKeown. Shown for the first time at the BETT 2009 Fringe, at the Olympia Hilton Hotel, London, this year was the Signalong Sexual Awareness Resource Pack which contains cards with pictures for discussion and a signing handbook with diagrams and descriptions.

It also features British Sign Language signs and Widgit symbols to help learners to understand the text and concepts. It is a very brave attempt to address the issue in a straightforward way and the company warns that the materials contain sexually explicit drawings.

More information

Signalong Sexual Awareness Resource Pack
Price £180
www.signalong.org.uk

Derek RobertsonCharismatic: Derek Robertson

"Video games are now more popular than film, television or music. How will this affect the way people use media and expect to learn?” That’s the challenge that event organiser Graham Brown-Martin has placed at the heart of the inaugural Game Based Learning 2009 conference taking place at The Brewery, EC1 on March 19-20.

“We are just a few years from cinema-quality, thinking and speaking characters,” he adds. “And they will inhabit gaming devices less expensive than the current slew of netbooks that can barely run Windows Vista."

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.