Our Education Secretary made a speech today about computers in education, and said, among many other things:
I am also announcing that Teachers' TV will be launching on 8 February. Teachers' TV is a digital TV channel that will transmit free of charge on Sky, ntl, Telewest, Homechoice and overnight on Freeview. A 'Get Teachers' TV' scheme will launch alongside the channel which will give schools, and teachers, discounted access to these digital TV platforms. The channel will be funded by, but be editorially independent of the Department for Education and Skills. It will carry professional development materials for teachers, classroom resources, education-related news and information. The channel will be supported by a website and broadband facility that will allow viewers to download original programmes from the channel free of charge for use at their convenience.
So what wonderful new programmes shall we stay up all night to watch? I shall be very interested to see. And I wonder if there will be a good proportion of Classical programmes. It could be the right time for Classics teachers to make their needs known to the people in charge of Teachers' TV. The channel may have been a long time in preparation, or it may be a rush job – in which case those in charge will welcome ideas.