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IT Trainers Newswire – Issue 9


IT Trainers Newswire - Issue 9
24 January 2001
Yell Awards 2000 - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)

Editor's Note

Once again, big announcements have been broadcast at this years BETT show in terms of ICT expenditure in education, the Learning and Technology Minister, Michael Wills announced a further commitment of 400 Million pounds for new technology in schools over the next three years. A point that certainly caused some controversy was stated by Lord Puttnam who opened the first BECTA Awards ceremony for innovations in ICT, that teachers receiving training in ICT should have the same benchmarks as those in the private sector. The existing New Opportunities Fund (NOF) ICT
training programme for teachers, basically allows each teacher in the UK to receive a days worth of training in ICT, as somewhat inappropriate. He also expressed concern and surprise at the negative reaction shown by some in education, that of making continuing professional development part of a teachers contract. This should be the ideal opportunity for IT Training professionals
to set the standards for IT training across all areas of industry and education, to really help and guide those that teach ICT, in the best practices as carried out by the industry experts.

1. TrainingZONE visited this years BETT 2001 education show that took place at the London, Olympia earlier this month, reputed as becoming the biggest ICT in education show.

2. Some healthy points have been discussed in the article,
PowerPoint Tip, Should you even use PowerPoint? What do you think?

3. Microsoft products such as MSN Explorer and Netdocs are
becoming more sophisticated with each later release. What does this mean for Internet Explorer which appears to be losing its position? What future plans do Microsoft appear to have for version 6.0?

4. Are you looking at investing in a major training administration management system? This overview looks at Registrar Express.

5. A recent survey highlights that more employers are monitoring how their staff are using the internet and e-mails without properly informing them, should this be allowed to happen?

This newsletter covers a range of stories for the IT Trainer from general training issues through to latest software/hardware releases from a variety of organisations and is intended to keep you informed of as many IT issues of relevance that can be found.

Carrol Rowe
Editor, IT Training

TrainingZones dedicated IT Training pages can be found at and editor, Carrol Rowe,
is eager to hear your news and any information you feel would benefit other trainers.

To contact Carrol, mailto:[email protected]

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Recently we added 1,600 new learning resources from the Learning Matters reference library (covering a range of topics). This week, we have added more resources of which this is a selection:
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Celia Pillay is looking for some instructional designers to help convert an externally accredited distance learning management programme into an interactive on-line program with full tutor support.

Thanks go to Jackie Clifford for her suggestion towards a keyboard skills course and Jenny Kevan for her suggestions for the best ways in tackling the task of writing training material.

To answer these and any other questions, go to and use the Comments facility at the end of each question.

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