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  1. NAACE ICT Impact Awards

    by , 11th February 2013 at 05:25 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
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    It felt very strange on Thursday whilst down at BETT ... I was nervous, excited, pensive and lots of other things which generally mean I was not too sure how to feel.

    I had been put forward for an award and was waiting to hear about being shortlisted.

    Naace has no doubt about the impact that ICT can have on learning and teaching when used well by skilled and creative professionals. ICT makes a real difference to learner’s achievement
  2. A Data Protection Interlude - Apple

    by , 8th May 2012 at 01:05 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    Originally posted on Grumbledook Thinks

    And so I take a quick interlude from my look at the recent Apple Workshops to think about a few queries some schools have raised in the last few weeks about Apple and Data Protection.

    When it comes to their OS X devices (desktops and laptops) Apple have had some built in encryption for some time. FileVault was introduced in Mac OS X 10.3 and used to just encrypt user files. Not a perfect solution but the introduction of FileVault ...

    Updated 8th May 2012 at 02:41 PM by GrumbleDook

  3. BETT Show - The Summary

    by , 18th January 2012 at 11:23 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    It may seem a little strange to write a summary without having written the other posts … but best to keep things short and sweet.

    There will be more posts, but rather than the initial splurge of activity post-BETT I thought I would share ideas, opinions, what I saw, conversations I had, etc … but over a longer period … and it also means that I have the benefit of looking at blog posts from others too … and this year there are a plethora of posts!

    I am pretty sure I ...
  4. How do you plan at your school?

    by , 8th August 2011 at 02:28 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    Lifecycle Management

    Developing a process

    Whether you are using ITIL, FITS or other ideology / tools to help you develop a support service, you will find that you will borrow, adapt, use, tweak, refine and make wholesale use of a plethora of pre-existing examples of procedures. It is a simple fact of life that sharing and comparing procedures is more efficient than re-inventing the wheel in isolation.

    However, you will find that there will be occasions ...
  5. Can you ever have too much of a good thing?

    by , 20th June 2011 at 04:44 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I’ve recently been tracking down a number of web 2.0 tools to ensure I register / protect my online identity. I am known as Tony Sheppard and as GrumbleDook with such equality online that it is hard to separate the two. However, since there is a rather good Jazz musician called Tony Sheppard I have opted to protect my identity as GrumbleDook.
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    Most people recognise my avatar or variations of it and I am always looking for ways to tweak it a little, make ...
  6. The Perils & Pitfalls of Mobile Tech in Schools

    by , 23rd May 2011 at 07:10 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I do have the occasional rant about things. Most of the time it is down to having passion about things I believe in or it is intend to grab the attention of others to make them think. At TeachMeet Midlands 2011 it was a bit of both.

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  7. The Open Source Threat

    by , 23rd September 2010 at 01:14 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I commend Gary Clawson from the North West Grid for Learning for his recent report about how, in these stringent times, the use of Open Source and Open Content can saves schools and LAs significant amounts of money.
    There are a number of good summaries and articles on the report already on the Tinterweb, most of which have many additional constructive comments so rather than re-hash the collective back patting which us going on I will instead talk about a series of points I raised about the ...

    Updated 14th March 2012 at 09:07 AM by GrumbleDook

  8. The Perils and Pitfalls of being ‘The Block’ to learning & teaching

    by , 13th September 2010 at 11:37 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    Once again I fall into the role of the fervent defender of the blighted IT Support teams in schools. As much as I enjoyed a good argument (oh no you don’t!) there are times when I feel that the word compromise is missing from the vocabulary of some people.

    In a short break from the course I am on at the moment I picked up a tweet to a blog post from our friend Spannerman2.
    It makes for good reading and raises an important points about IT and ICT & Computing as subjects, ...
  9. The Calm Before The Storm

    by , 26th August 2010 at 05:36 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I can’t believe that the summer is drawing to a close already. Exam results have come down and been issued out (congratulations to all who did well and commiserations to those who tried but didn’t quite get what they wanted , needed or deserved), some teachers are off on their second holiday and others are back into planning mode.

    Many IT Technicians and Network Managers are now playing summer catch-up. That list of jobs that they had to do at the beginning of the holidays still seems ...
  10. Do you *really* know what your school spends with ICT?

    by , 20th June 2010 at 10:25 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    A short post today, partly in preparation for a longer review of the courses from the FITS Foundation, but mainly in response to Ray Fleming’s latest blog post.

    One of the areas we covered on the FITS : Advanced course (also known as the FITS : Manager course) was about financial management … but, as with all of the areas covered, it was not dealt in isolation. For all of us on the course it was a good chance to look at all financial aspects which impact on IT / ICT in schools. ...
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