Teacher Knows Best: How to Get the Most from Post-Pandemic Tech

When COVID-19 hit, schools and teachers worked tirelessly to create a whole new way of providing an educational model that would engage and inspire students, and fill parents with confidence. At the cornerstone of it all was technology. Via devices, platforms, apps and programs, teachers were able to bring the schoolroom into the home, and […]

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Mindfulness Tech, Tools and Benefits for the Entire School

Mindfulness is having a major moment in schools. This positive state of being is achieved by simply paying non-judgemental attention to our feelings, thoughts and sensations in the body as they change from moment to moment. In the classroom and beyond, it’s been shown to increase focus on learning, improve overall well-being and reduce stress […]

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Selecting the Right Chromebook for Your School, Staff and Students

Finding the Right Chromebook In 2020 the pandemic changed the way schools use Chromebooks. To meet the existing, and new needs of schools, Google developed a wayfinding guide to help you find the right Chromebook for your use case. Finding the Right Chromebook In 2020 the pandemic changed the way schools use Chromebooks. To meet the existing, […]

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Why so Many Schools are Shifting to Zero Trust Security

The term “zero trust” doesn’t necessarily invoke a positive connotation. However, rephrased as “always verify,” the same principle takes on an entirely different sentiment. Semantics aside, it’s a serious security solution that schools can’t afford to ignore. Don’t want to join the millions of institutions who had their network breached from within last year? Perimeter […]

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Performing a Full System Scan

If you think you may be the victim of computer malware or a virus, please perform a full system scan as soon as possible. This could be because you have stumbled across a nasty site that automatically downloads software to your computer or more likely, have received an email that looks legitimate, but isn’t. If […]

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Transform Your School with Chromebooks

Chromebooks allow teachers to educate students even when they aren’t in the same room together. Chromebooks include accessibility right out of the box, unlocking learning experiences for students with diverse needs, abilities, and learning styles. This means that Chromebooks can seamlessly access Google Workspace for Education’s productivity and collaboration tools, as well as apps available […]

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Why data privacy is so important for your school

Above all else, schools should be happy, inclusive places that have a truly open, collaborative and community feel. But, it would be irresponsible not to recognise the importance of keeping school data private. Data privacy is a growing issue for schools, as education and research organisations are handling a greater amount of information, while at […]

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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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Three Optimistic STEM Education Trends

 By Talia Milgrom-Elcott | Forbes This week the organisation 100Kin10 released its annual Trends Report, looking back at what has changed in the past year and looking ahead to better understand what changes might be coming. Read on to see what trajectory education might be taking. In 2021, they expect to see increased focus, funding, and […]

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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 schools can stop buying stuff that sits on the shelf

 By Frederick Hess | Forbes When assessing government funding for schools, the focus is usually “How much?” – with too little attention given to how effectively funds are being used. It’s time for a second look at how, when, and why schools buy what they do. The question of how, when, and why schools buy stuff usually […]

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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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Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts help us to save significant amounts of time while we are working at our computers. Whether we use them to cut and paste, or to undo mistakes, most people have their favourite. The list of key combinations goes deeper than many people realise, so I’ve put together my 10 favourite shortcuts that you […]

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Google’s New Improvements to Accessibility

Recently, Google have made some improvements to their accessibility features. These updates are designed to help people with disabilities to use Google features more easily. More colours for cursors on Chromebooks Six new colours have been added to the list of available cursor colours for Chromebook users. With additional new option to change cursor size, […]

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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an online platform which can be used to facilitate communication (including video conferencing) within your school. If your school uses Google’s G-Suite, please see our guide on Google Meet. On this platform, you can work directly with other people, or organise your school into teams. A team might be a class, a […]

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Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing tool which will enable you to host online meetings between your colleagues, parents and pupils. If your school uses Office365, please see our post on Microsoft Teams. When you sign into Google Meet with your Google For Education account, you will see this screen: From here, you can either […]

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Remote Desktop For Mac

Note: If you remain connected but not active, the session will disconnect after 1 hour. Your account will then be logged out after 3 hours. Please Save, close and logout when you are finished with the remote session. Leaving your session connected will take up unnecessary resources on the server. For connecting via a Windows […]

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Remote Desktop Guide

Note: If you remain connected but not active, the session will disconnect after 1 hour. Your account will then be logged out after 3 hours. Please save, close and logout when you are finished with the remote session. Leaving your session connected will take up unnecessary resources on the server. This is what your Remote […]

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Self Password Reset

There are 2 parts to this article, please refer to part 2 if you have forgotten your password. This will only work if part 1 has been completed. Part 1. Update Your Information This service allows users to reset their own password for their school E-mail account. This service is not enabled by default. If […]

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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 If you are using a school device from home, prior to using the SSL connect, the proxy settings on the laptop must be turned off. There […]

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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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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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