By John Galloway
Trafalgar Origins screenTrafalgar Origins: gunnery and navigationBloody Foreigners is a series of four education television programmes to be broadcast on Channel 4 this June that demonstrate how crucial points in British history might have had different outcomes were it not for the roles that people from other countries played, in a very positive way. To help get the point across, and to raise broader interest, two specially commissioned computer games are being released.

The first of these, Trafalgar Origins, ( invites players to try their hand at captaining a warship in the early 19th Century when many of the crew were mercenaries, seeking their fortunes in the British Navy.

Jack Kenny reviews The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book by Terry Freedman

Amazing Web 2.0 Projects BookTerry Freedman, who has compiled and edited this ebook is a very special person and his book is very important. I understand that his previous free Web 2.0 book, Coming of Age, was downloaded 60,000 times! Amazing! And his new one has already had 7,000 downloads, so nothing that I say in this review will make any difference will it?

The book is free and there is a tendency to treat free material less critically than if it was priced at £20. The “after all you got it for nothing” syndrome creeps in. There is no reason why it should be treated any differently. Terry produced some great material on Every Child Matters when everyone was sitting on their hands. Terry sees gaps and fills them.

Gerald Haigh asks what is virtualisation, how does it work, and why are so many network managers talking about it?

Taking the ‘what’ question first, it’s a way of drastically reducing the number of network servers that are needed to run a Microsoft-based school network. So a big school might have a couple of dozen servers, each doing a different job. Virtualisation will make it possible to replace them with perhaps nine, or even fewer. How? By replacing many of the physical servers with virtual servers – that is to say they exist as software rather than as big metal boxes. The virtual servers are collected together into clusters and each cluster lives in a powerful physical server.

And why are so many organisations – not just schools – going down that road? For two main reasons.

By Daniel McKeown

Dame Evelyn Glennie gave two thumbs up yesterday as a group of schoolchildren (left) showcased a physical interpretation of her chosen word for creativity: ambidextrous.

The performance was at The Place, London, during an open afternoon for creative learning organisation Artis and “living dictionary”’s fortnight-long virtual festival of creativity.

Media training gives NEETs a voiceMedia training gives NEETs a voice

By Maureen McTaggart
Rose, Lia and Charleigh – an early school leaver, an ex-young offender and an expectant teenage mum – used to think a career in the media wasn’t for the likes of them until they joined a group of seven other young unemployed teenagers to learn broadcasting skills with award-winning film production and education company Chocolate Films.

The project is based at south London’s Stephen Lawrence Centre and their first production, ‘Live From Stephen Lawrence’, has the head of the Metropolitan Police’s Status Dog Unit, Sergeant Ian McParland, in the hot seat discussing the current teenage status symbol – dangerous dogs.