Reviewed inside today's [email protected] supplement, Apple and its products attract high praise.
The Guardian's section editor Richard Doughty talks about the impact of digital video on schools. He says: "In one case, a former totally disruptive pupil went through a dramatic character change at school after working on video a project."
The supplement contains a wealth of case studies, supportive data and in-depth reports looking at particular cases. It spans different educational levels – primary to higher education – with information looking at how new technologies have been applied.
Film director Ken Russell's reaction to seeing a new Apple system gets a mention, he said: "I wanted to be a director at 12, but I was 30 before I could afford a simple film camera: Now children can do all that and more in the classroom."
The Guardian says: "iMovie 2 is credited with reawakening interest in making videos. It's the simplicity of the program that is so attractive to beginners." iMovie also wins praise for its "intuitive" nature.
QuickTime is well received as an affordable cross-platform solution that lets pupils share their work across LANs and the Internet.
In a piece, entitled Teaching an old dog..., the Guardian discusses the experience of Denbighshire LEA's ICT manager, David Baugh. He has found that encouraging pupils to engage in digital-video projects encourages "a level of self-criticism rarely seen in young people's written work".