Practical help in the classroom
Practical help for ICT

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Using these resources

The resources here should work using a standard web browser. Click on the navigation bar along the top of each page to go the different sections; the Resources section has a drop-down menu of its own. To find more good materials to support English teaching, see our primers on ICT in English for both teachers and students. In time, web links and other references may become out of date, so visit the NATE website for the latest versions and for more guidance.

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  • The GIMP: an image manipulation program for photo retouching, image composition and more
  • Open Source Schools: for more information about open source (free) software in schools

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