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Interactive TV can revolutionise learning, says report

Digital television has the power to turn millions of people with poor literacy and numeracy skills onto learning, according to a new report published by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN).

The report 'Interactive digital TV for learning - the KickStartTV project' is based on the results of a pilot project to design and develop an Interactive Digital Television (iDTV) service and evaluate its potential to help people improve their literacy and numeracy skills. The service offers 'bite sized' learning 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jill Attewell, research manager of the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Centre at the Learning and Skills Network, said: "There are millions of adults in the UK whose literacy and numeracy is not as good as that expected of an average 11 year old, and many adults are reluctant to return to the classroom.

"KickStartTV offers an innovative and enjoyable way of getting people back into learning at a time, place and pace which suits their lifestyle.

"Literacy and numeracy are just the start. iDTV could be used to offer interactive learning and information on any subject, wherever PCs are not practical."

The research concluded that thousands of people could improve their literacy and numeracy skills using the KickStartTV service.

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