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Published: 16th Sep 2001, 13:57:00 | Permalink | Printable

Heralded as 'an important step in ensuring a good future for RISC OS systems in UK education', Melotech looks to developers and teachers

In a press release sent to drobe.co.uk, RISC OS company Melotech today announced its ambitious initiative to pinpoint exactly what RISC OS can do and what RISC OS needs to do for education in the UK. Melotech believes this initiative is "an important step in ensuring a good future for RISC OS systems in UK Education."

"Melotech is carrying out research relating to the use of RISC OS systems in schools in the United Kingdom", writes Michael Stubbs of Melotech. Specifically, the following areas of the RISC OS scene are being investigated:

  1. What software is available for Education
  2. Which parts of the National Curriculum it covers
  3. Whether the software is in development any more
  4. Whether the software house is commited to future RISC OS development
  5. Whether the software house would develop in the future should RISC OS sales in schools rise appropriately or Government policy changed.

Melotech asks for any software developers and teachers to get in touch and answer as many of the above issues as possible via email to sales@melotech.co.uk. "Please include contact details. It would be useful to attach company logos to the email (pref. vector format) for use in the resulting literature documenting the results", Melotech requests in their note to drobe.co.uk. "Melotech extends grateful thanks to those who participate in this

Melotech: www.melotech.co.uk

Chris Williams

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If done well, this could be a very important first step in educating large numbers of teachers to the "state" of the market. I teach in Cambridge, and have teacher friends all over the UK, many of whom have just started. Many bemoan the fact that their classrooms are full of "useless" Acorns. In many cases, the hardware is fine (RiscPCs) but the schools have bought no software!

Harmsy (who cannot log in, as Oregano considers me to be a guest!)

 is a RISC OS User on 16/9/01 4:16PM
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I find it deeply annoying to have to 'log in'. It's one of the many reasons I don't go near myriscos.co.uk. Iconbar have got this nearly right... what you need, is to be able to state your name without having to login, but if you do login, a mark appears to say it really was you... purely for convienance.

 is a RISC OS User on 17/9/01 9:17AM
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Melotech have reported to us that the immediate response to their research has been good. As for Oregano, we haven't a clue why it isn't working. Browse, WXL and Lynx are fine. Mondo bizaaro. -- chris@drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/9/01 10:05AM
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I didn't have to log in before your exams; My Drobe Launchpad was a link in ANT Hotlist, and I clicked on it.

On thread; our sales of RISC OS boxes to schools are now close to bog all. Primaries that were buying had heads who wanted to. They move, new head is PC-oriented, old head's new school already has PC systems.

I keep banging the drum, though.

Mike Gilbert

 is a RISC OS User on 17/9/01 10:47PM
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FYI you can still put a link to your Drobe homepage in your hotlist. The format is as follows:


...replace xxxx and peprice obviously.


 is a RISC OS Userpeprice on 18/9/01 10:46AM
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Mike; I am sorry to hear that. I know my local primary school produce much of their special needs work cards and documents using OvationPro. Long may it continue. I really don't know what to do about RISC OS sales in education. Lower the price? Extend the software range? Take my cat to the moon? -- chris@drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/9/01 12:41PM
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It would appear that the software range covers the whole curriculum, according to respondents so far.

 is a RISC OS User on 18/9/01 1:33PM
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peter: I don't always carry my hotlists 'round with me, where it's too inconvienant to log in.

 is a RISC OS User on 18/9/01 2:06PM
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What is needed is advertising. The whole of the IT curriculum can be taught with RISC OS machines. It is much easier to argue that the curriculum cannot be taght with Windows machines. Sales are down because there is a view that the government supports MicroSoft. In a veru real way this is true. It is normal for schools to compare 10 year old RISC OS machines with brand new PCs and buy accordingly. In one school a sales demonstration for PCs was suruptitiously arranged for heads of department whilst a RISC OS supplier was told to sling their hook when they asked permission to demonstrate. It's certain that PCs aren't there because they were found to be best in a fair comparison.

 is a RISC OS User on 18/9/01 10:27PM
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We're still running about eighty Acorns, the big problem being (as it has been for a long time) our inability to keep up with browser developments. cchd@felsted.essex.sch.uk

 is a RISC OS User on 20/9/01 7:43PM
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