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Schools section plan for ICE web site

USERS OF the ICE website has now topped 100,000 a month after nearly three years on the information super highway.

The site which had just 10,000 hits in its first month, set the new record for visitors in October and new statistics show 110,000 hits in

November.

The online learning centre EDUnet, has been claimed as a hit puller. The distance learning course helps international applicants brush up on English for their professional review with hints on grammar and essay writing. Help is available from a dedicated tutor on an e-mail link and students can discuss their professional reviews with each other on the students forum page. A course on civil engineering law and contracts will be offered on EDUnet next year.

Main objective on the website for 1999 is to develop a new section on schools. The current schools zone within the Students icon has competitions and events but is not a resource, said Webmaster Joanna Phillips. The Civils is to follow the lead of the Institute of Electrical Engineers which has a dedicated schools section to help teachers class preparation.

ICE assistant director of information and communication John Bennet said: 'We will produce a resource based on Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum covering materials and structures. For example we could help teachers develop a kid's understanding of structures by providing diagrams or a model of a building showing points of weakness.'

It is hoped that the new schools zone will be working in six months, when it would be decimated to 6,400 schools via the Department For Education & Employment newsletter.

Other improvements to the site include a faster interchange of members' views in the Chambers section which has led to a tenfold increase of hits to the page. And engineers can now respond to the actions of the ICE's technical boards at the Engineering Resource Centre.

Members even have the chance to send online Christmas Cards or 'e-cards' to each other via the website.

For more information on Website contact John Bennet, tel: (0171) 665 2205. The EDUnet section can be reached on www.ice.org.uk/edunet/

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