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Biz/ed is one of the best web sites

Press release issued: 2 May 2002

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Biz/ed is one of the best web sites

A Bristol-based web site which allows people to see what impact the Chancellor of the Exchequer's April budget has on their lives has been shortlisted for a prestigious education award.

The Biz/ed web site is one of 10 sites to be shortlisted for the NGfL category of the Becta/The Guardian UK Education Web Site Awards 2002. The awards seek to recognise excellence in educational web sites.

The category is only open to sites that have already passed a series of quality tests that show they contain material suitable for educational use, and have been included on the NGfL portal.

The National Grid for Learning (NGfL) is the gateway to educational resources on the Internet. It provides a network of selected links to web sites that offer high quality content and information. The portal was launched in November 1998 and is is funded by the Department for Education and Skills and managed by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta).

Visitors to Biz/ed, which is run by Bristol University's Institute for Learning and Research Technology, can step into the Chancellor's shoes through one of the site's virtual worlds.

The web site also allows people to turn their hand to solving London's transport problems by using the software used by strategists battling with the problem for real.

And people who want to understand the economics behind football, or the argument over whether the pound should be scrapped, can also visit the site.

Biz/ed has thousands of pages of information for business studies and economics students and teachers to provide them with real life examples that can help teach economic theory.

The site has been selected alongside web sites from major museums such as the Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum.

Biz/ed Research and Development Officer, Andy Beharrell, said: "The aim is to bring economic theory to life for anyone who is interested in finding out about it.

"We have a lot of topical features that explain economic theory to students, and there are resources there that can help teachers prepare lessons.

"We are well known in the business and economics community, but being nominated for this award will help bring the material we offer to a wider audience."

Owen Lynch, Chief Executive, Becta, said: "I am proud of the extensive range of educational content now available through the NGfL. On-line resources, when properly used, can enrich teaching and learning."

The winner of the award will be announced in June.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Thursday, 02-May-2002 15:51:47 BST

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