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December 8, 2005

The Best Things In Life Are Free - Culture Online launches resources at BETT 2006

Culture Online has teamed up with some of the nation’s top cultural institutions in a bid to provide free web resources for schools.

The websites – ranging from a project that helps children to discover the joy of playground games (Key Stage 2) to an award-winning site celebrating everything to do with theatre (Key Stages 3 & 4) – support classroom and home learning.

Established in 2002, Culture Online is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The organisation was set up to improve access to the arts and culture through the innovative use of technology. The free-to-use resources have won praise from teachers and multiple awards.

Culture Online works with an array of partner organisations to develop compelling interactive resources. Partners include: the National Theatre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Channel 4, the BBC, Five, the 24 Hour Museum, the Community Channel, Mental Health Media, the Hansard Society and the Design Museum.

“Teachers and school children provide the best inspiration for developing compelling interactive resources. That’s why we do user-testing sessions in schools. It will come as no surprise to anyone who works in education, children come up with some of the best ideas. We work with partner organisations to turn ideas into reality. Our projects are designed to take pupils on a learning journey, which is both self motivating and fun,” said Jonathan Drori, Director, Culture Online.

Projects have been developed with the National Curriculum in mind and provide a range of benefits for teachers and students alike. Teacher support materials include lesson plans, competitions, workshops, suggested field trips and packs of ideas to inspire further learning.


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