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As a result of a new Becta-funded initiative, UK schools can gain access to eleven resources including the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive, the Times Digital Archive, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Education Image Gallery for a fraction of the original cost. 
For more information click here

National Sign-Up Day – 1 February 2009
The National Sign-up Day on 1st February 2009 is an excellent time to subscribe to JISC Collections for Schools resources as it will enable you to benefit from extra savings by joining with other schools subscribing to the same resource(s) in your area.
To request a FREE 30-day trial to the resources visit

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For further information contact WMnet (info@wmnet.org.uk).



Audio Network and WMnet are providing schools and partner LEAs and Colleges with free access to thousands of production music files over the national education networks. Files can be used creatively for curriculum work.

Guidance is available on a one-step process to get copyright permissions to use work in the public domain . 

Click here to go to Audionet.
Click here to view guides to using Audionet


Interactive whiteboard resources
WMnet have brought together a range of interactive whiteboard teaching materials to support and promote the creation and sharing of teaching resources to increase effective use of interactive whiteboards.



Climate Change Portal
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WMnet have created a one-stop climate change portal with everything you need to learn about and teach climate change including:

- learning resources from age 5 to adult
- games, polls and quizzes
- a chance to ask climate change experts about climate change
- a variety of ways for young people to have their say about climate change


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Gigajam is a computer-based tuition program for drums, bass, guitar and keyboard. It uses worksheets, video clips and software to play along with the band and assess performance, presented in musical notation and as a  percentage score.

The WMnet licence with Gigajam gives every WMnet educational user free online access to the first five lessons for each instrument. Schools or individuals can buy any additional lessons for all or any instrument by contacting Gigajam.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only access gigajam from a West Midlands Educational Institution. Click here to go to Gigajam.

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Foundation and KS1 modelling activities based around a ‘big day out’. http://bdo.nen.gov.uk They are ideal as whole class activities on an interactive whiteboard. More activities are planned for all around the country. WMnet worked with i-Board to produce 15 activities which will highlight the best of the West Midlands region especially in terms of industrial heritage.

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A series of focused cross-curricular interactive activities for teacher-led whiteboard teaching and for guided pupil use. Each year group contains a range of topics and activities which will support cross-curricular use of ICT. This resource is only accessible from West Midlands schools and other authorised West Midlands Local Authority computers.


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All the resources you need to run a successful Crossover II, collaborative D&T project. One school designs and builds a bridge and another school a buggy to cross the bridge. All this is supported with videos and worksheets.

To be successful it is vital that both schools are in close communication. This is where ICT comes in! Schools use e-mail and video conferencing to ensure that the bridge will take the buggy.


Software for schools

Software Resources for West Midlands' Schools available on special deals arranged by WMnet.

Curriculum resources
Browse through the resources available on the WMnet portal or search for specific items.

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