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Becta leads the national drive to inspire and lead the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning.


New host for ICT Research Network

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) in partnership with Naace will be hosting ICT Research Network (ICTRN) before Becta closes in March 2011.

Supported by the eLearning Network (ELN), the Mirandanet Fellowship and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), this partnership will ensure that the ICT in education research community continues to be supported.

The ICT Research Network has always been a free, independent and accessible resource set up to stimulate the exchange of information, debate and sharing of best practice. Becta is confident that this legacy will continue under the new hosting arrangements.

We will work with ALT over the coming weeks to ensure that ICTRN is effectively and successfully transferred and with minimum disruption by end of December 2010.

Existing and new members should register for the service on the ALT website

Notes for editors

About ALT and Naace
Founded in 1993, ALT – is a UK based independent educational charity and professional and scholarly association, with over 700 individual members and over 200 organisational and sponsoring members.

ALT’s charitable object is "to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of learning technology for the benefit of the general public". By 'learning technology' we mean the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment; and by 'learning technologist' we mean people who are actively involved in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology.

ALT’s six aims are to:

  • represent and support our members, and provide services for them
  • facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers
  • spread good practice in the use of learning technology
  • raise the profile of research in learning technology
  • support the professionalisation of learning technologists
  • contribute to the development of policy.

Naace – is the ICT subject association for the UK schools sector. It is a community of educators, technologists and policy makers who share a vision for the role of technology in advancing education. Its members include teachers, school leaders, advisors and consultants working within and across all phases of UK education.

As a professional association, it represents the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting members across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. It plays a key role in both members’ professional development and the development of the profession as a whole, through the sharing of innovation and expertise.


  • provides practical information, resources, support and guidance to Members, Sponsoring Partners and UK government departments on current issues relating to ICT in education
  • supports networking opportunities for Members from schools, Local Authorities, the IT industry and UK government agencies
  • engages in consultation at local, regional, national and international levels
  • provides professional development opportunities

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