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New@BETT 2012 sponsored, text notes and images. Although applicable to a range of education activities, it is particularly useful for SEN students who struggle with text. Assistive Solutions (SN13) will introduce WordQ and SpeakQ, literacy software that comes to the UK with a 12-year track record in North America. WordQ works with standard writing software to provide unobtrusive help with composition, word selection and spelling with spoken feedback. SpeakQ works with WordQ to let users switch between typing and dictating text, as well as getting appropriate help from the built in dictionary and thesaurus modules. FaceMouse is a new technology from Claro Software (stand SN36) that lets anyone have full mouse control of a Windows PC using just a standard webcam and the FaceMouse software. The system is fully configurable so that any movement of the head or face, including raising the eyebrows or opening the mouth, can be set to control any mouse action from cursor positioning to single- or double-clicking. Sensitivity can also be adjusted so that the system responds only to very deliberate actions, or to the slightest movement, according to the needs of the individual.Gordon Morris (stand SN55) will showcase the Comfort DigiSystem, a wireless assistive listening device that uses the latest in digital and wireless technology to provide high quality audio for students with hearing difficulties. The system can be used as a personal or multi-user solution, and is compatible with all types of hearing aids, cochlear implants and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA).Editure (stand G121) will introduce a variation on its successful primary school learning platform, designed especially for SEN pupils and schools. Featuring a new theme to provide easy navigation, the VLE incorporates a visual timetable that allows all pupils to manage their day, regardless of age or ability. It also boasts a symbol-based login feature, and integration with the popular Widgit symbols for improved accessibility.Oxford University Press (stand F110) will launch Project X CODE, a new phonics-based reading programme for SEN and struggling learners. With a digital practise and assessment element, it allows schools to track pupil progress across key skills such as phonics and comprehension.Skoogmusic (stand SN81) will introduce the latest enhancements to the Skoog range, based on the interactive musical device of the same name. Chief among them is Skoog töo, a new software platform that uses interactive whiteboards and touchscreens to turn the Skoog into a whole-class inclusive experience.Hearing aid: Comfort DigiSystem from Gorden MorrisAutology (stand P4) will launch the Autology App, bringing the company's learning content and search tecnology to tablets and smartphones. Unlike normal search engines, Autology understands the concepts that students are searching for, and selects information from a pool of learning content from providers such as Heinemann, Letts, Lonsdale and World Book, as well as more than 50,000 vetted websites with curriculum content. The results are also tailored to the user, so that a KS2 student will see different content than a GCSE student.SHORTS

50New@BETT 2012 sponsored Close Eye on ICT in the ClassroomHitachi Solutions Europe (stand G30) will highlight its StarBoard Link EZ, which combines projector technology with interactive whiteboard solutions to transform any flat surface into an IWB. The size of the interactive area can be as large as 90 inches on a wall, and all control is done by fingers, eliminating the need for special pens or other electronic devices. The system also works with any existing whiteboard and projector.Schools looking to expand the use of their VLE, and to incorporate ICT skills into the VLE environment, should visit Smart Learning (stand K68). A recent survey shows that only a third of responding schools use their VLE frequently while 22 percent admit to using it less than once a month. The company's new ICT Skills packs are designed to solve both problems, providing ready-to-use ICT lessons and helping teachers to integrate VLE into everyday teaching.Functional Skills ICT is a new series of resources from CIA Training (stand SW14) covering levels 1 and 2 of the new curriculum and intended for use as a standalone qualification or as part of GCSE, apprenticeship and diploma programmes. Bromcom Computers (stand E20) will demonstrate a new Cloud-based management information system for schools that promises to be 50 times cheaper than a Microsoft Windows desktop equivalent, and also reduces energy requirements. It incorporates Teachers Webfolder, which lets teachers access and monitor critical pupil information including grades, behaviour and attendance.ConnectED Education (stand N54) will demonstrate a range of educational technologies and multimedia content. Highlights include the range of products for Sony PlayStation in education, the Sony Virtuoso language lab software, and a new consultancy and training service for Games-Based Learning.As 3D technology becomes increasingly common in the cinema and on TV, XPAND Cinema (stand K12) is bringing it to the classroom. The XPAND 3D Educational Kit includes 30 pairs of 3D glasses, cables, 3D plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint and access to the company's Educational Content Library of 3D movies, pictures and presentations. The system makes it simple for teachers and students to create their own 3D content and embed them within PowerPoint presentations. New from Crestron UK (stand J15) are the DigitalMedia 8G+ digital AV network and the DigitalMedia Presentation System, designed to make the implementation of a Doyouthinkysaurus? Learning in the third dimension from XPAND 3DContinued on page 52t