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    Cultural Cosmic Voyage CD Rom wins BECTA Award 2005    




By the divine grace of Shriji Maharaj and the inspiration of Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the 'Cultural Cosmic Voyage' CD-ROM project along with all of its team members has truly made an epic voyage from its humble beginnings in 2002 to the bright lights of success in 2005. The CD-ROM, designed and produced by volunteers of the BAPS Bal Mandal, UK, has been awarded the “highly commended status” (joint-first) by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) as part of their ICT in Practice Awards for 2005 in the ‘Innovation and Change' category.

This is a truly remarkable and noteworthy achievement since it was selected from an initial entry of over 400 applicants in the ‘Innovative ICT solutions for Spiritual and Cultural Learning’ category. It was short listed as one of the several semi-finalists and then down to the last 2 finalists in this particular category. The ‘highly commended status’ means that the judges were not able to decide on an outright winner for the award and ended up giving a joint-first position status to both of the finalists - Swaminarayan Hindu Mission and Essex County Council.

What exactly is this Award?
The ICT in Practice Awards, now entering their sixth year, aim to identify models of excellent practice and use in developing and promoting effective practice in the use of ICT in teaching, learning, and leadership. The Awards enable this information to be shared with the wider teaching community while rewarding individuals and teams who demonstrate exemplary practice in ICT.

This new CD-Rom contains lots of things for anyone and everyone to enjoy, understand and learn. Below is a list of what can be found in each section:

8 interactive cultural games
Library 11 thoughtful poems, 100+ inspirational quotations, music tutorials for keyboard and tabla, web links to E-Knowledge, Hinduism, Gujarati and BAPS kids website
Activity World 6 paintable pictures, 15 word searches, 9 scrambled shlokas, virtual Lakshmi pujan, virtual fireworks of Diwali, Murti Majani, 4 word quest subjects and more web links
Brainteasers 16 matchstick puzzles, mind reading zone, 27 catchphrases & 10 tangrams
Multimedia 3 fantastic screensavers, 15 melodious bhajans, 5 inspiring videos, 11 motivational presentations, 4 cultural themes in the gallery and 2 web links
Stories 4 interactive stories with quizzes & web-links to picture stories on the BAPS web
Jokes 10 humorous jokes

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