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A Digital Revolution in the Classroom

9 January 2003

Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has revealed plans to revolutionise digital learning in the classroom. Announcing the package of measures at the BETT educational technology conference, Mr Clarke pledged substantial investment in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that will both enhance traditional teaching methods and raise standards. The new funding aims to develop further teaching skills and practices, and provide access to online digital resources for all education sectors, as well as continuing the investment in a modern ICT network. This will include:

 - an additional £280 million for e-learning credits. 
 - £92m to develop College Online
 - £8m for teacher online training in 2004
 - an additional £195m for the "Laptop for Teachers" scheme for the next three years
 - an additional investment of £287m towards providing broadband access to all schools by 2006

In a parallel development, Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell has now approved the BBC's plans for a £150m web-based Digital Curriculum - the new learning resource for teachers, pupils and independent learners. Approval for the scheme is subject to 18 conditions that include: maintaining high standards, working closely with the Department for Education and Skills' Curriculum Online Content Advisory Board, and sujecting the service to a review after two year that will include a public consultation.

Speaking at the education show, Mr Clarke said: "We have placed ICT at the heart of educational transformation because it enhances both the process and the product of education, empowering learners and helping teachers and lecturers innovate in the classroom. Today’s measures will help teachers be creative and embed best practice for all."

Read the DfeS announcement
Read the DCMS announcement

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