How your IT system can help make your school secure and successful

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How your IT system can help make your school secure and successful

Anyone who has ever walked into a school – let alone works in one – would attest to the fact that schools are busy, busy places. Put aside the day-to-day demands of running a building that potentially houses hundreds or more children and educators, but the added weight of responsibility of teaching, management and organisation […]

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Google Meet Taking Schools Beyond Distance Learning

Google Meet is a video conferencing tool included with Google Workspace for Education. It works seamlessly with popular products like Classroom, Gmail, and Docs. Boost your management, security, and engagement capabilities with an upgrade that’s right for you. Connect from anywhere with easy-to-use video conferencingBring your school community together with high-quality video conferencing that’s intuitive […]

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Making good decisions about classroom tech

Who doesn’t love new technology? Certainly not students – and most teachers, too. With new devices, apps and services coming at us all the time, it’s easy to get distracted, or, worse still, fall into the new-tech trap. But it’s easy to avoid if you keep asking one simple question: will this technology lead to better […]

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Always Connected Chromebooks

Chromebooks provide the teaching and learning benefits of computers without the typical distractions that come with technology in the classroom. This means that Chromebooks can seamlessly access Google Workspace for Education productivity and collaboration tools (which are free for schools), as well as apps available in the Chromebook App Hub, Google Play Store, and content […]

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Take a Peek at What’s Next for Google Classroom

Google didn’t set out to create an LMS, Classroom is committed to meeting the evolving needs of schools. Google continues to put the people who use their products first and listen to your feedback to address your top priorities. And they always make sure Classroom retains the simplicity and ease-of-use that’s made it so helpful […]

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Selecting the right Chromebook for your school, staff, and students

Chromebooks aren’t like other laptops. They run Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. With Chromebooks, educators and students can deepen classroom connections and foster more meaningful learning experiences, from anywhere, anytime. Read more on how you can find the right device for you, your students, and staff. Basic Classroom Use Learning Anywhere Advanced […]

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How interactive learning will shape the classrooms of the future

The competition for students’ wandering attention is steeper than ever. Snapchatting has replaced note passing, and push notifications distract from even the most interesting lessons. For most students, mobile phones and electronic devices are the centre of their budding universe. But that can actually work to a teacher’s advantage. The classrooms of tomorrow embrace tech, […]

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Devices Designed for all Learners

Every student deserves a quality education, with the tools they need to explore, discover, create and achieve their full potential. Chromebooks help extend and expand the modern learning experience to more students, including those with disabilities and diverse approaches to learning. In classrooms around the world, Chromebooks are connecting students to the information they need, […]

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5-Step Data Recovery Plan for Schools

While big data continues to revolutionise the business world, schools are collecting and storing more personal data than ever before, especially when 1:1 learning enters the mix. This comes with the responsibility to protect that data in the event of a network malfunction or security breach and requires the capability to recover lost data in […]

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Data privacy training is critical

Somehow when we think about data security and privacy, we tend to look to technology solutions to minimise risks. And, while technology solutions are certainly part of the privacy equation, there’s another area of risk that must be addressed: people. Teach the teachers Staff members, instructors, students, and even parents can all be ‘weak links’ […]

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New Google Meet features

Google’s priority with Meet is to make sure meetings are safe and secure. Last year they launched a number of tools to help with this, including security controls so only intended participants are let into meetings and advanced safety locks to block anonymous users and let teachers control who can chat and present within a […]

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How to create a simple assignment in Google Classroom

Open Google Classroom via the waffle, or go to www.classroom.google.com and select your classroom 2. Click the Classwork tab 3. Click Create > Assignment 4. Upload an existing task, or create one directly within classroom 5. Choose how pupil see the assignment 6. Assign the work by clicking on Assign button 7. When Pupil logs […]

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SIMS Upgrade

The latest SIMS upgrade (which you’d have received communication about recently from HfL) has now been released for some schools.  If it has, then users may experience “incompatible database” error when logging in. To fix this, the update needs to be applied. This should happen automatically a few minutes after turning on the computer, but […]

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Office365 on iOS using OWA

Microsoft have now introduced an all-in-one app to access your Office365 mail, calendar and contacts. To install and set up on an Android iOS device: 1. Open the App Store   2. Search for “OWA”. You may see a few different versions, but we are interested in the “OWA for iPhone” or “OWA for iPad” app […]

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Office365 on Android using OWA

Microsoft have now introduced an all-in-one app to access your Office365 mail, calendar and contacts. To install and set up on an Android device: 1. Open the Play Store   2. Search for “OWA”. You may see a few different versions, but we are interested in the “Outlook Web App” app.           […]

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How to configure VPN on a Mac OSX

VPN is a system that allows a user to connect to their organisation’s network from an external location. Essentially, it’s like running a really long network cable from the school back to your house – everything is encrypted making it safe and secure for use. To configure VPN on a Mac OSX, open Network Preferences, click […]

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How to install Cisco VPN Client

NOTE: This guide is only applicable to Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.  Windows 10 instructions will be uploaded shortly. VPN is a system that allows a user to connect to their organisation’s network from an external location. Essentially, it’s like running a really long network cable from the school back to your house – […]

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Microsoft Forms for Education

So just a little over a month ago, Microsoft released it’s latest app, Forms, into it’s ever-expanding array for the ‘Office365 for Education’ platform. MS Forms was developed as a result of feedback (via a form?!) from various educators who were looking for an easy way to collect simple data, produce quizzes and be able […]

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How to setup an Office365 email on Android

NOTE: There is now an updated guide to setup Office365 using the OWA app. Click here for instructions.   1) To setup an Office365 email account on an Android device, open the “Settings” app   2) Scroll down the menu options and select “Accounts” 3) Select “Add Account”.   4) Next you will be presented with […]

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How to setup an Office365 email on iOS

NOTE: There is now an updated guide to setup Office365 using the OWA App. Click Here for instructions.   1) To setup an Office365 email account on an Apple device, open the “Settings” app   2) From the menu on the left hand side, select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”   3) Select “Add Account” from the sub […]

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Why Can’t I Access SIMS?

There are a number of reasons why SIMS may not be working. For SIMS to function, a user must have access to the S drive. If the connection is lost then the following error message is usually shown when attempting to run SIMS:   How Do I know If I Have Connection to the S […]

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Windows 7 hits a 50% share

Since its launch in 2009, the 5 year old operating system, Windows 7, has finally reached a 50% market share. Figures from Net Applications show that in the few weeks since Microsoft ended its support for XP, the share for Windows XP users has fallen by 2.42%, while Windows 7 has risen 1.29% and Windows […]

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Microsoft finally release Office on to iPads

So after many years of resistance, Microsoft has finally released some of its Office applications for use on iPads. As of yesterday morning (27th March), the Apple App Store now has Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint available for iOS7. The apps themselves look fairly well polished with the commonly used functions in the ribbon menu […]

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Support for Microsoft Windows XP Ends April 2014

8th April 2014 marks the date when Microsoft will be ending all support for their well endured, 13 year old operating system, Windows XP. Many users, including Con Ed, believe it to have been one the most robust offered by Microsoft hence its longevity. So what does this mean for the end user? Users will […]

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