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By Bob Harrison

Pupils’ expectations of how they will use digital technologies to learn are putting additional pressure on colleges and universities to keep up with the “Google Generation” according to a new report, Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World.

It was launched last night by Professor David Melville, chair of the committee of inquiry set up in 2008 to conduct an independent probe into the strategic and policy implications for higher education of the experience and expectations of learners of increasing uses of the latest technologies.

By Maureen McTaggart

'Oh nothing much' report'Oh nothing much' reportNow that a visit to a school website and the mere click of a mouse are capable of providing parents with timely and meaningful information about their children’s progress, little Bart and Lisa shouldn’t have to wait until the annual parents’ evening to be praised for their brilliant stories or homework.

But according to Becta’s new Oh Nothing Much report, that is exactly what is NOT happening, and parents say they still feel excluded by schools. Now the Government’s technology agency is calling for more online resources so that parents can become more involved in their children’s learning.

'Inspiring Maths' coverThe University of Chichester report"Inspiring Maths in the classroom" is a report from the University of Chichester's Alison Clark-Wilson and Adrian Oldknow into ICT for mathematics. It's based on work with Texas Instruments calculators and software in seven English secondary schools as part of the  TI-Nspire Research Evaluation Project which started in 2007.

Although the work involved the use of TI-Nspire devices, the classroom findings and insights that pack the report are relevant and useful for school users of other brands, says TI's Spencer Williams, who also points to the extensive free TI CPD available for schools whatever technology they use (they can also use class sets of TI-Nspires free of charge for up to a month).

Dominic SavageDominic SavageResearch by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has revealed that recessionary caution is stalking the education resources market. Schools are becoming masters of thrift, sitting on £222 million of unspent resources budget.

Based on responses and feedback from headteachers and other BESA members, the research looked at quarterly spending figures for January to March 2009. It suggests that in early years there is still £5 million of a possible £31 million left to be spent, while the primary school "market" (worth some £618 million annually) has an underspend of around £129 million. The figure for secondary is put at £88 million of the available £554 million.

Emerging TechnologiesGovernment ICT agency Becta is sharing its news and research about new technologies on a new website designed to build on its TechNews service.

The new website, launched this week, features: articles from Becta's Emerging Technologies for Learning series with a new article monthly;  TechNews, with fresh content weekly; updates on technology trends and research into technology and learning (from Becta and other sources). There will also be discussion forums and a diary of events related to emerging technologies and learning.