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    The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    OK, so I went off and found the current offerings from the 10 approved suppliers:

    Azzurri Communications Ltd - TALMOS
    Etech Group - studywiz
    Fronter - Fronter VLE
    Netmedia Education - MyGrid4Learning
    Pearson Education Ltd - KnowledgeBox or PowerSchool??
    Ramesys - Assimilate
    Research Machines plc - Kaleidos
    Serco Ltd - Facility VLE
    UniServity - UniServity
    Viglen Limited - Viglen ClassLink Learning Environment or it's learning

    Not 100% sure the offerings from Pearson or Viglen, both have more than 1 product. Anyone able to clear this up?

    I'm due to help our LA look into these , so hopefully over the next 6-12 months I'll try and review the ones I look at.

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    We use TALMOS, so if you need help with that one let me know.

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    One of my schools uses Knowledgebox and they are very happy with it.

    They did have a problem owing to the local tech support not putting it on a UPS that resulted in the hard drive getting corrupted but support from the Kbox support team was excellent to the extent that we got a replacement before the original went back.

    As to performance, not entirely sure how it compares to anything else but it can be a tad slow.

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    I guess this list puts the openschools alliance campaign into perspective, despite Becta's denial

    http://www.openschoolsalliance.org/

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Just saw this last night we are currently just writing a news article on the story...

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Got to admit, with the government nothing surprises me. *further comments deleted in fear of the police state*

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Links to previous thread on Becta's procurement problems:

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...ewtopic&t=5249

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Jake be careful please saying it with out proof could get you into trouble being that people from becta do read here..

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    @russdev - I assume Jake's comments were with respect to the article.
    I've certainly been told by at least one small firm that Becta does require backhanders to get on their recommended lists - sadly they didn't give me any proof either, the register article is simply pointing out that this may be the case.

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Interesting that Pearsons website advertising its Knowledge Box is using Frog Teacher, a competitors VLE

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    It used to be called greasing the wheels of industry until industry got wise, education needs to get it's finger into the 21st century instead of being stuck in the proverbial place.

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    I was referring to the article

    Interesting point you bring up though, I wonder what recourse Becta would have for me expressing my opinions on a privately owned forum. Thats definately worth my investigating, not purely for becta of course, but I am curious to know if there are any legalities that can be brought against someones personal forums...for instance, I run a WoW forum for a guild, now if I decide to slag Blizzard off on my forums, I wonder what legal powers Blizzard could use to force me to shut up.

    Curious. Thats the great thing about forums and the ability to freely express opinions, it brings up all sorts of interesting sidelines like this which extend our knowledge

    *off to search the net for legal standpoints on expression of views on privately owned websites*

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Bah...turns out that there has been many successful libel and slander cases in the last 6 months against blog sites and forums. The end of freedom of expression on the internet?

    Damn..now I cant slag off microsoft, RM, Labour governments, George Bush or Man Utd anymore on the internet. Well, thats going to seriously hamper how much I can post on the net hehe...oh well. I will duly cave in to those who have power and amend my words.

    (LOL, amazingly, having read further, one person had to pay £12,500 in damages just for calling someone a "nonce" and a "lard brain"....hahah, can you imagine that. "Tell you...that Steve Mclaren is a right nonce for playing Lampard on the wing last weekend, what a twat !" ...right sonny...thats £12000 please !)

    Legal Disclaimer : *Steve Mclaren reference and wording as example, no intent or belief was aimed in associating his name with the terms nonce and twat*

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    Re: The 10 Becta Approved Suppliers

    Its funny how we've just had this ho-ha about the Weapons sales to the saudi's

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