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Jean, I value your posts, which I read with interest. Since the introduction of the National Curriculum in the UK, we have been far to prone to gaze at our own navels. Contributions from our extended "family" bring in a breath of fresh air.

I have many valuable contacts in other European countries and in Australia, Canada and the USA who work in the same area as I do (computers, language learning and teaching. There is a new research centre at Monash University, Melbourne, devoted to New Media in Language Learning. I am a member of its Advisory Board:

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/lcl/newmedia_in_langlearn/

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What the Education Forum does better is put teachers from all parts of the world in touch with each other with, IMHO, less parochialism. Perhaps we should build on that aspect - after all,  a good business looks to provide a service that does not already exist. Don't know how you'd do it, but I think it's the way to go.

Excellent point Jean. This was the original intention of the forum. You, more than almost anyone else, has worked tirelessly to make this happen. Your thread on the Ideal School is an excellent example (I plan to reply later this morning).

Another reason for starting this forum was to support our E-HELP project (Comenius 2.1). We will be started a series of debates on ICT and international co-operation. If we can get this off the ground I am sure it will liven up the forum.

I will be emailing all members (including the JFK people who are gradually participating in other aspects of the forum) about this development.

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>Jean, I value your posts, which I read with interest. Since the introduction of the National Curriculum in the UK, we have been far to prone to gaze at our own navels. Contributions from our extended "family" bring in a breath of fresh air.<

Indeed. I value Jean's mailings as well. I seek out forums which have a cosmopolitan membership because similarities and differences between UK practice and what happens overseas provide perspective and new ideas.

On the matter of the National Curriculum, I have found many Australian resources that enhance its delivery here. My website has a section where I have posted links to resources promoting literacy and numeracy in various school subjects:

http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/NC/basic/

New South Wales Department of Education has published some great materials in this area.

David Wilson

http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/

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Just logged on this morning. It's only 7:30 a.m. (GMT) and there are 14 new posts -- 13 of them JFK Conspiracy-related...

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One of the reasons why the International Education Forum was set up was to help support a Comenius 2.1 project called E-HELP. The team includes educators from several different countries: Richard Jones-Nerzic (France), John Simkin, Andy Walker, Alf Wilkinson, Terry Hadyn (UK), Anders MacGregor-Thunell and Dalibor Svoboda (Sweden), Juan Carlos Ocaña, Javier Méndez and Vicente López-Brea Fernández (Spain) and Nico Zijlstra (Netherlands).

We plan to hold our first E-HELP meeting in Toulouse (17th February – 20th February). As well as the members of the team we have also invited members of the Forum from Italy, Hungary, France, Spain, Rumania and the UK. The theme of the first meeting is the identification of current good practice and future trends in the use of ICT.

We intend to use the forum to improve the quality of our project. I have therefore started two debates on the Forum that we will be having in Toulouse. Hopefully members will be willing to help us with this project by getting involved in these debates. If these debates are successful we hope to get the material published in book form.

The two debates are as follows:

(1) What have you done (or seen done) with ICT that has improved the quality of teaching/learning, that would have been impossible/difficult to achieve without ICT?

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=2884

(2) What would you like to be able to do in future with ICT to improve the quality of teaching/learning, that is currently impossible/difficult to achieve?

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=2885

I urge everyone who is interested in ICT in education to get involved in these debates.

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