By Alan Mills
Working with learners who have English as an additional language can be challenging for teachers. But help is at hand from a group of experienced teachers and local authority advisers who have created EmasUK, a “digital vault of resources” that can be accessed the instant a child who can't speak English arrives in class.

The good news is that EmasUK is a new online service, and the better news is that its services fall within the Department for Children Schools and Families’ local authority Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) remit. So schools can pay for its services with LA specific funding. What will they get?

screent TeachtodayThe ICT industry, government agencies, education advisers, teachers and schools have worked together for the first time to create what they intend to be the definitive website to support teachers and learners with the complex issue of e-safety, online security and privacy.

The Teachtoday.eu website is backed by big hitters including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone.  And European Schoolnet, independent educational experts, the UK Government, Becta, teacher unions such as the National Association of Head Teachers and local authorities have also joined in to build on the issues raised in last year's Byron Report and the DCSF's Cyberbullying Taskforce.

John Galloway gets the message that "policy and research rarely agree"

Futurelab innovationLike all Futurelab's handbooks, Curriculum and teaching innovation: Transforming classroom practice and personalisation is well researched, and aims to push at the boundaries of educational conventions.

Here is a necessarily wide ranging examination of the issues and agendas shaping the curriculum and the opportunities for innovation. There are few answers in here, yet it raises many, many questions. The first of which is "What's a curriculum for?"

Open Schooll for LanguagesSample OSL screenThe new LingoLive web portal, created for the £5.4 million Open School for Languages (OSL) project to engage teenagers in language learning, has been previewed by Lightbox Education.

LingoLive, its working title, will exploit innovative gaming and social networking to address the problem of falling numbers of teenagers taking modern languages for GCSE (see "Primary languages missing target", BBC). Its vision is to "hook and hold". And schools using the popular Podium podcasting software - there are 2,500 of them - have more innovation to look forward to. The program will get video capability for "vodcasting" by September.

Mark HowellMark HowellWireless technology continues to disappoint. And it's not just the scarcity of free access. Schools spending big budgets on wireless for laptops and PDAs report dropped connections and poor performance that affects their hopes for anywhere, anytime learning and teaching.

But a new generation of wireless technology, from MERU, looks like reversing those experiences. Instead of individual devices "looking for" the best connections - the status quo for most wireless networks - MERU networks are intelligent. They track the users and direct them to the best access points - and video and voice are also well supported. Business is already responding, and schools look like following suit.

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