Apple’s iBook won the award for best ICT Hardware (Secondary) at the BETT awards last night.
The awards, now in their second year, recognise excellence in ICT development and innovation in education across 14 categories. The winners were announced at London’s Hilton Hotel last night, in a ceremony hosted by TV presenter and comedienne Sandi Toksvig.
Last year, Apple walked away with two awards for the iMac, again in the Secondary Hardware category, and also in the Primary Hardware category.
This year, the Primary Hardware award went to NST’s DreamWriter - a low-cost handeld computer, which is reminiscent of Apple’s discontinued e-mate. The winning model is not Mac-compatible, although the company does make a more basic version that can be connected to Macs. NST used the show to carry out some market research to gauge the popularity of a planned translucent lime green DreamWriter.
Software company Crick won the Special Educational Needs Software award with Clicker 3 - an application that uses grids for writing and multimedia. At the moment, this is PC-only software, but version 4 will be available on the Mac platform in April, according to a Crick spokesman.
Other winners included BBC Schools Online, Sherston Software, Blackcat Software, LEGO and Widgit Software.
The BETT show runs at London’s Olympia until Saturday, January 15.