Apple is continuing to push its video solutions to UK schools.
The company has donated CD-RW iMacs with iMovie 2 to 50 UK schools. The initiative is designed to explore how much the use of digital video in schools can encourage children in the creative use of computers.
For Web and cross-platform compatibility, the iMacs have ten QuickTime Pro software licenses. Apple has also included QuickTime Pro for Windows in the package, so PC-only schools can find a way to integrate the iMacs into their set-up.
Support and training The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTa) is to monitor how schools incorporate these resources into their teaching during the year. Apple has also donated educational resources and curriculum projects to the schools, and is providing training for two teachers from each school at Apple's Local Education Authority's ICT Support Centre.
Canon has donated digital-video cameras to the project. Channel 4 editors and directors are acting as advisors for the project - the best work will be showcased on the channel's Web site.
Helen Walker, head of practice at BECTa, said: "Through creating video they will be planning and thinking strategically – learning to learn, and working as part of a team."
The move is reportedly one of a number of initiatives by Apple and other partners to explore the potential of DV in numerous situations. The company continues to leverage its leading position as a solutions provider for affordable DV solutions, as it explores the possibilities of the "digital hub" concept.