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CD ROM helps pupils read between the lines

Cracking Comprehension Jack IllustrationA four CD ROM reading aid that uses innovative ways of teaching reading comprehension skills to KS2 pupils is to be launched in September.

Cracking Comprehension is the second programme Vivid are producing with Rising Stars, following the success of Scientific Enquiry.

The aim is to build comprehension skills by viewing different types of text in a variety of ways. Pupils can also listen to the text to develop listening comprehension. More »

CMS transplant

Vivid has recently completed a project for the London based charity, Trinity Hospice.

We were approached with a simple brief:

“Keep the front end and content the same – just completely replace the CMS with something intuitive that actually works.”

A bit like the magic tablecloth trick, only with the entire back end of a website. More »

DIY Wiimote interactive whiteboard


One of the greatest recent innovations in the digital world has been the Nintendo Wii. This device has transformed the landscape and introduced the world of digital interaction to a wide audience outside the traditional gaming user group of 18-30 year old males.

This has introduced the spectre of whole families participating in interactive games: middle aged mothers hooked on the technology, grandads taking on their grand children. More »

Moving forward with ActionScript 3

icon_flash_lg.pngMany people who’ve heard of Adobe Flash (previously Macromedia Flash) have experienced it as irritating splash screens or banner ads on web sites, or as a way to make a web site beautiful to the eye but often completely unusable. This is by no means the whole story – some companies have seen the potential of Flash to deliver a user experience not possible using ordinary web technology, and we have seen web sites that allow you to decorate a room using colours from a particular paint range, or construct and order your own custom baseball shoes. More »

Nelson Handwriting shortlisted for a BETT award

Nelson Handwriting, produced by Vivid Interactive for Nelson Thornes Publishers, has been shortlisted in the ‘Digital Content Primary – Core subjects’ category for the BETT 2008 awards.

The programme, aimed at primary school pupils, contains animations and audio of letter formations, facilities for copying and tracing letters and words on an interactive whiteboard, bespoke video materials for warm up exercises, and games designed to enhance pattern recognition and practice letter formation.