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  1. First geek post...

    , 29th January 2013 at 04:27 PM
    Well, my first post on my Edugeek blog!! I have had the account since January 2010 and never even knew there was a Blogging platform, built in to the site!

    I have loved Edugeek and its forums / blogs since I went to BETT in January 2010 (hence joining then!), and I am currently mega-excited (yes, I know, a little sad!) about BETT this year, as I am going up on Thursday.

    What makes it better this year, is that I am taking a group of Year 13 BTEC students with me!
    Tags: bett, btec, geek
  2. When will it stop

    by , 28th January 2013 at 01:26 PM
    I woke up this morning and thougt to myself when will it end. Working as a ICT Tech in a school is great but it looks like I may have do do more Outgoings (food fuel gas electric mortgage)- doing nice things = still cant afford to live.
    Gas prices keep going up petrol keeps going up cost of living keeps going up wages stay the same.
    My parter told me to sell myself I told her none would buy a body like this lol.

    Never mind off to earn some more penny's.
  3. Intranet and Extranet SSO and Usability Project - Part 2

    by , 27th January 2013 at 06:07 PM
    This post is a continuation of my battle to compelte a cohesive intranet; and some more ramblings about Sharepoint. Its turned into a monster of a project this one. The external single sign on (SSO) was a breeze - thanks to Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) - but this presented an issue - internal or external, you would be faced with a logon screen. Not ideal - internally we wanted a double SSO which would use your Active Directory logon session to SSO with the TMG HTTP session.
  4. Learn Dash - Moodle Alternative?

    by , 24th January 2013 at 06:18 AM
    I am really looking forward to the launch of the new LMS for wordpress users - Learn Dash.
    It will work with ANY wordpress theme so you can just plug straight in and start building the courses and assigning/registering users.
    Personally, I find WP more user friendly to setup and maintain than Moodle, so this will suit me.

    For those interested WordPress LMS | Learning Management System Built on WP

    All the best.

    Updated 24th January 2013 at 06:23 AM by cschmid

  5. Kiss of death to USB thumb drives

    by , 23rd January 2013 at 11:29 PM
    OK Maybe it is just my school but does anyone else have staff who can trash thumb drives at will?

    I am now the proud owner of a number of returned sticks because they are no longer being recognised by our PC's or laptops. Have a Verbatim Store N Go drive sitting in my home machine (Win 7 64) now and it is just flashing away. Explorer etc. can see it and allocate a drive letter but you can't access it. Got an XP machine at school to eventually bring it up in Disk Manager and it said ...
  6. - read-only access to staff Contract details

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 01:34 PM
    Just leaving this here in case anybody comes up against the same problem in future....

    I wanted to give a member of staff read-only access to Staff Contracts in (Autumn 2012 release, 7.148)

    None of the built-in groups in System Manager seemed to offer the level of access I wanted, so I created my own.

    I granted the group read-only access to staff details (by selecting "Staff" from the permissions list and clicking "Set View"). ...
  7. ICT Tip #28 - Pinning Items to the Windows 7 Start Menu

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 12:43 PM
    This being a new blog series I figured I was meant to update on time and stick to my promises for at least another three weeks

    So, following on from last week's introduction and tip on searching the Windows 7 Start Menu, this week is about pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu for quick access: ICT Tip 028 - Pin to Start Menu.doc

    It's quick, it's easy, it's worth showing people. As ever you are free to steal, borrow, adapt and re-use, without attribution, so long as you make no ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  8. Intranet and Extranet SSO and Usability Project - Part 1

    by , 20th January 2013 at 10:02 PM
    Its been a long time since I last wrote about Sharepoint - the platform for our Intranet; but now with the rest of the ongoing projects nearing completion - I've been able to return to this monster of a project.

    So, lets go back to the start and show what the end goal was.

    1. Intranet Portal - containing Departmental, Staff and Student Areas. Department areas would have staff and student storage as well as news, events, discussions, blogs and all ...
  9. ICT Tips - WinXP & Office2003 round-up

    by , 16th January 2013 at 04:18 PM
    Well that didn't take long. Someone's asked for the XP & 2003 tips before I'd even gotten into work this morning, so here you go:

    Included in this little zip file are:
    • Locking Your Computer
    • Changing Your Password
    • Zooming
    • Changing Keyboard Layout
    • Internet Explorer Tabs
    • Resizing Pictures in Office (for smaller file sizes)
    • Folders in Outlook

    As before, feel free to steal, remix, adapt & share, so long as you don't start ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  10. ICT Tips - an introduction & first of many free resources

    by , 15th January 2013 at 03:37 PM
    For the past couple of years, barring a hiatus when I was too damned busy getting 2008R2 set up on a Hyper-V cluster with System Center, I've been writing up brief weekly tips and emailing them round to all our staff. Less than a page of A4 (usually), pointing out one small but useful tip for using a computer. It's a friendly way of reminding people we're here and slowly training staff without them realising I'm on a secret campaign to make them all more IT-literate.

    It suddenly struck ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta (link to XP/2003 tips)

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