The London Grid For Learning will launch free video conferencing for all of London's schools at BETT 2005.
BETT 2005 runs January 12-15 next year. As well as being a key date for anyone involved in using technology to enhance UK education, the show has traditionally emerged as one of the first chances for Mac users to take a look at new products announced by Apple at Macworld Expo, San Francisco. The company usually has a good presence at the event.
The new service, dubbed Click2Meet 4, will be made available to all of London's schools and Local Education Authorities for free, though it is PC-based.
London Grid For Learning chief executive, Brian Durrant, described the move as a, "very significant step forward".
"This will broaden the learning opportunities for pupils by allowing them to partake fully in lessons being taught in other schools across London," he explained.
These benefits are particularly relevant for post-GCSE education. The average London school only offers 19 of the available 90 A/S level courses, so video conferencing "opens a new door to allow students access to their chosen subjects", he said.
The London Grid For Learning will also present its new ADSL broadband Internet service, [email protected] [email protected] filters, at no extra cost, the broadband service before it reaches the home. This means that unless it is unlocked by a parent, children are less likely to find the adult side of the Web. [email protected] lets schools offer free connections to staff and benfit from a cashback facility, based on the number of accounts associated with that school.