BitLocker Windows Security Feature

What is BitLocker? BitLocker is a Microsoft official encryption program for Windows operating systems, it is used to protect the data on your storage devices (e.g. Hard Drives and USB Sticks). BitLocker will be able to detect if the drive has been tampered with, e.g. physically connected to a different machine, or an unauthorised change […]

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RM Unify – SSL Connect Guide for Macs

This how-to guide explains the process of connecting to RM Unify’s VPN, SSL Connect, which allows users to access their school network from any external location.   Before you start Before proceeding, there is an important prerequisite that needs to be checked. Prior to using the SSL connect, if you are using a school Ma, […]

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RM Unify – SSL Connect Guide for Windows

This how-to guide explains the process of connecting to RM Unify’s VPN, SSL Connect, which allows users to access their school network from any external location. Before you start Before proceeding, there are two important prerequisites that need to be checked. The first being the uninstallation of the redundant Cisco VPN software, which was previously […]

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Installing/Upgrading Target Tracker Sims Report Template

Download the template Browse to the website www.eesforschools.org/targettracker/downloads and click on “SIMS.net Data Extraction”. Click on the current “SIMS.net template for Target Tracker” link to download the template as highlighted in the picture below After downloading the file will need to be unzipped. Do this by double clicking the zipped folder and then clicking Extract […]

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Updating Target tracker pupils details

Check the current template version online Browse to the website www.eesforschools.org/targettracker/downloads and click on “SIMS.net Data Extraction”. Make a note of the version of the template as highlighted in the picture below. In the pictured example the version would be 15.   To generate the report From the Main Screen of Sims select Reports – Run […]

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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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Why I’m voting to remain.

By Martin Weatherilt There is no easy single liner that gives the answer. This is pretty good as an analysis by a Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics at the LSE. It has an economic bias, but is pretty broad. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/05/27/dear-friends-this-is-why-i-will-vote-remain-in-the-referendum/ Another really good source of reasonable balanced views is the BBC. I’m not a […]

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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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Guide to Common iPad Tasks and Problems

  Button Layout:   Multi-Tasking: Placing four fingers on the screen and pushing up will bring up the multi-tasking menu. (Can also be accessed by double tapping the home button). From here you can see all apps that are currently running in the background. To close one of these apps, simply swipe it up off […]

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Introduction to Google Sketch Up

What is Google Sketch Up? Google Sketch Up is a 3D modelling computer program for applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design. A freeware version, Sketch Up Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, Sketch Up Pro, is available. How Do I Use Sketch Up? There are a lot of […]

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Introduction to Scratch Jr!

What is Scratch Jr? Scratch Jr is an iPad app that a gives young children an introduction to programming. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively using the iPad. How do I get […]

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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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