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  1. pottd's Avatar
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    I've worked with some primary schools and used assessment manager for reports to parents very successfully but I think a secondary school has too many 'variables' (i.e. teachers with variable amounts of IT awareness).
  2. f2mke's Avatar
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    Some interesting comments! I could write on this subject for - well my age plus VAT ;-) Whilst I am not an educationalist, I fear that many of the views expressed here don't look beyond the technical and / or ease of management PoV.

    In summary:

    - Identifying gender and location is a real safeguarding risk. Grooming is potentially made so much easier and especially behind the 'closed' door of an Inbox.

    - Treat your password like you would your toothbrush - okay it's a cliché by now... But it is probably ridiculous to suggest that learning and safely maintaining a set of login credentials is not important for today's children (digital natives don't forget). It's an excuse to suggest that even the early key stagers can't remember. I have too many examples of out of school scenarios where they are very capable!

    - Still concerned about the above? Reduce the amount of personal data / information about an individual that a web or cloud based service needs to complete authentication. Opt for an open standard like Shibboleth to increase security and reduce memory loss. Err... Single Sign-on

    Overall..? There is a strong balance still to be sought between the implementation of safeguarding tools and processes and the old fashioned e-Safety equivalent of the Green Cross Code, or Stranger Danger campaigns from my day!
    Updated 4th February 2011 at 11:52 PM by f2mke
  3. simpsonj's Avatar
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    Just implemented the same system here (or our county have anyway). So far it has been relatively painless, once we worked out that double clicking opened a larger window anyhow, and it is an improvment on our last in house system. However, the killer for us is that you can't print a complete marksheet. You can print the page, but that rarely includes an entire class. This drives teachers crazy when they want to print off their marksheets for Parents Evenings or meetings. Generally means I have to print off the marksheets from full fat SIMS...
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    Depends. If you use coal to cook the wood you get something like 6-8 pieces of charcoal per coal burned. Havent played in a few days though, addicted to the Rift BETA, even more addictive than WoW and MC!
  5. soapyfish's Avatar
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    yeah I guess I discovered you could cook wood to coal the other day not very effcient though compared to coal its self !
  6. shadowx's Avatar
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    Who needs coal? Set up a tree farm and cook it in a furnace, infinite $$$$$ (i mean coal) you jelly?
  7. ZeroHour's Avatar
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    Contact steljes for uk sales of smart or even try dropping smart themselves an email.
  8. soapyfish's Avatar
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    wow is terrible unless you like the pointless grind ! but yeah minecraft is keyboard crack for sure
  9. CAM's Avatar
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    This is more addictive then WoW.
  10. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Good points raised. However 100% of the people who have moaned about this are admin staff who spend most of their time writing letters, the first 5-10 lines of which are an address, which doesnt need a space between each line.

    However, I will just tell them about ALT+Enter instead of messing around with ADM files and stuff.. Thanks SYNACK!
  11. vikpaw's Avatar
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    Very well put. In fact it's so intuitive, i didn't realise!
  12. hhaywood000's Avatar
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    Have you tried using the VAMT as a gui to manage KMS? Its quick and easy and a good visual guide to status
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/e...displaylang=en
  13. csmith2's Avatar
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    This is a fantastic guide. Thank you so much for posting Fatmas, really helpful!
  14. Fatmas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo
    Good advice, but shouldn't be considered a substitute for off-site backups.
    No of course not, this is something we will also maybe look at sooner rather than later.
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    Good advice, but shouldn't be considered a substitute for off-site backups.
  16. DarrenShan's Avatar
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    I'm a big fan of Tapatalk and find it very useful in accessing forums via my mobile device (Android)
  17. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    For those with more questions about Live@Edu, James Marshall (the Live@Edu evangelist for MS)will be at BETT ... for those who cannot make it and if you have any specific queries put them up as a forum post and I am sure someone will give a nudge.

    As for Google Apps for Edu ... Google have signed a Safe Harbor agreement and this has been mentioned in a number of threads previously. If you use the site search tool you can find those threads (rather than me hijacking a Live@Edu blog post) but there is no reason not to use Google. However, one of the main reasons why I am happy to deal with MS on cloud services ... is that a real person from MS will have a chat with you. Google have been rubbish at getting back to me about trying to set up a demo system to show local IT Managers all because I don't want to do it for the whole LA. No real person ... just bland emails telling me that I am not eligible.
  18. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    A really good breakdown there ... the one thing I think needs to be explained more is about making lessons engaging and ensuring that the curriculum is designed to make the most of a 1:1 device. You will publicly hear a number of reasons why such schemes fail ... the finances were wrong ... the technology was not reliable ... the support costs were too high ... the kids were being mugged ... but the one that gets brushed under the carpet is the fact that the curriculum was not making the most use of the devices, whether in school or at home.

    You can have the most advanced technology in the world, but if it isn't being used educationally then it is not a worthwhile investment.

    There are some really good examples in the UK and US of it being done right, and some of these will be highlighted during the Learning Without Frontiers conference in Jan ... any information we find (Me, DB and ZH) we will share around in our nightly reports on the conference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK
    There is a mobile application in the works for the future when VB gets around to releasing their next version including an API. This should lead to a free application that can handle both read and write and may support more platforms in the long run.

    EduGeek Mobile Dev Group - EduGeek.net
    I've heard rumors of that as well, but we all know how quick VB is about updating and/or creating new software. Just figured this would be something nice for the forums, and is free on the backend for you all. It's really a great software package for the end user and makes browsing the forum on your mobile device a breeze.
  20. SYNACK's Avatar
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    There is a mobile application in the works for the future when VB gets around to releasing their next version including an API. This should lead to a free application that can handle both read and write and may support more platforms in the long run.

    EduGeek Mobile Dev Group - EduGeek.net
    Updated 27th December 2010 at 07:37 AM by SYNACK