|22 facts about this website
- The Educational Technology: ICT in Education website is for educators who use, teach, lead or manage educational technology, or information and communications technology (ICT).
- The website receives around 1000 visitors a day on average, including weekends. Over 80% of our visitors and subscribers are leaders and managers of educational technology, and nearly 90% of them are referred to us by a 3rd party.
- Not all of our visitors and subscribers work in schools. Many work in local education authorities, and there are also some who work for government agencies, and private companies.
- The content of the website is mainly in the form of articles. However, there are some static pages, such as the Frequently Asked Questions pages and the pages about our consultancy services. Also, there are videos, podcasts, Delicious bookmarks and other pages. Look on the left-hand side of the main website or in the yellow menu for these and other links.
- We are independent. We don't publish stuff to please advertisers, for example -- or refrain from publishing stuff for the same reason.
- Did we mention that Terry Freedman Ltd is completely independent? Although Terry advises some companies, the content published on the website is not biased towards them. In fact, all companies that approach us with ideas of sponsorship are advised that any arrangement would have to respect our independence. If you would like to advertise on the site or promote your product or service through sponsoring us, please request an advertising and sponsorship pack.
- Do we publish media releases about products and services? Only once we have looked into them in order to verify if they seem OK.
- The website is updated at least once a week, and often once a day or more.
- We are very particular about whose articles we publish on the website. We only publish work by people who know what they're talking about through experience.
- The articles published on this website cover the whole range of managing ICT, from the "big picture" stuff right down to the nuts and bolts, such as how to display children's work.
- The ICT in Education website conforms to at least 9 out of 10 of the guidelines for web design published by Jakob Nielson (see
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html in particular). (The only one which doesn't quite cut the mustard is #9, which is to do with browser compatibility: we've discovered that when viewed on a mobile (cell) phone, the order in which elements appear is different from the original design, and horizontal scrolling is required. However, we've addressed this issue by creating a mobile version of the site, here.)
- As far as possible, the website is designed to cater for visually impaired people. For example, red and green tend not to be used, and links are, for the most part, given a proper description of the destination, not merely "Click here". Also, may of the articles can be listened to rather than read if preferred.
- The content on the website may be viewed without the need to download special software.
- As far as possible, the site has been designed to minimise the time taken for pictures and text to appear on the screen.
- All sections of the website are available from any section, through sidebar links.
- Full contact details for Terry Freedman Ltd, ie phone number, fax number, Skype details, email address and snail mail address, are available on the website -- again, from anywhere on the site.
- The document Every Child Matters was downloaded around 1000 times. One person who downloaded it distributed it to 300 people. It has now appeared on several websites. An expanded version of this is now available at a very low price from here.
- The first edition of Coming of Age was downloaded around 60,000 times. It is still available from here.
- You can comment on every article on the website. If you would prefer not to go public, you can email the author privately instead. Just click on the "Email the author" link at the top of the article.
- You can also share or bookmark any article using the "Email this article" link at the top of the article, or the "Bookmark" link towards the bottom of the article page.
- You can subscribe to updates to this website via RSS. You can subscribe to the article summaries or the full articles.
- We also publish a highly-regarded newsletter, "Computers in Classrooms", which often contains more discursive articles than are usually published on the website, along with reader offers such as discounts on book purchases. (These are sometimes made available to non-subscribers, but not straight away.) To find out more about the newsletter, please look here.