The project was demonstrated to the distributed-systems research community at a conference at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.
The bespoke CMS allows an editorial team, spread across Europe, to contribute to the site and manage local translations to ensure that the site remains permanently up-to-date.
This product has been a commercial and critical success – with thousands of core licences now being used. PCPlus tested it and gave it their Editor’s Choice award. Customers appreciate the way the rental model helps them run a professional business from day one without a large initial outlay. The model also allows them to keep things simple at first, but leaves them the option to move to more sophisticated versions of software when required.
Over various releases the suite has included the following:
The results of the initial proof of concept have been well received, with the overall feedback suggesting that this approach would be effective at providing more flexibility for the student and more support for the teachers. The various literacy, numeracy and maths applications have been tested across the whole of the National Curriculum and age groups and the project is currently undergoing government review.