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National Union of Teachers urge members to learn IT

Teachers across UK are finding it harder to keep up with children and students when it comes to the latest technology.

The Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Christine Blower, said that the entity has been running basic and intermediate training courses for several years and they have been "packed out".

She added: "The fact that we've used government money called the Union Learning Fund money and we've received about £1.5 million over the last four or five years to train our members, shows that there's a real need."

NUT also underline the importance of introducing and familiarising children to technology as early as possible but without getting confining this only to video games and social networking activities.

A recent Ofcom research showed that children are much more savvy when it comes to technology than their parents and that nearly half of children aged between 8 and 13 have an online profile on a social networking website.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.