Malcolm Bruce and Cate CalderMalcolm Bruce MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness, launched Phoneme Machine 6 at BETT 2009, writes Sally McKeown. The software is part of the suite of programs developed by THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills), a very popular synthetic phonics system used by many schools.
The project is a joint scheme between THRASS (as part of its corporate social responsibility programme) and SMART Technologies.

The program will be free and can be downloaded from the THRASS website.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=w_WqnSNKoAQ

Welcome to the Green Velvet Club. It’s a rum place, as you’ll see when you click on the play button, and it was created by students at Wandle Valley School in Carshalton.

The school features in Becta’s fascinating research report, “Digital creativity and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties”. And headteacher Doug Bone was so impressed by the effectiveness of using digital creativity with his learners that he went out and bought more of the Apple Macs his students had used in the project.