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  1. Global learning through ICT

    by , 1st December 2009 at 07:25 AM (Connecting classrooms through ICT - projects, sharing, networking for teachers and students)
    Well we are off; yesterday I got the news that the Buckingshire area link with St Vincent & Grenadines (SVG) is going ahead. High Wycombe has a lot of SVG families who migrated back in the 50s and 60s; these projects will reflect this community and its history and also include curriculum links to human rights - namely fair trade, slavery ('resistance and rebellion'), MFL (French and Spanish is spoken) and a host of other stuff - arts, music obviously.

    How will it be done? I'm ...
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  2. Usernames - Should they identify a pupil?

    by , 13th November 2009 at 04:24 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    In a discussion about student IDs I got a tad frustrated by the take some people have about Becta guidance and that it is given from a point of not really understanding how the real world works or giving examples ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    With all respect to DB and AT ... B*11*cks

    Becta put out the recommendation based on data protection guidance and esafety guidance from a heap of places and just collate it. Having a go at them for doing this is pretty pointless and hiding your head in
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  3. Working From Home 2

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    CAM
    , 5th November 2009 at 11:56 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Yesterday went well. Our reports for Year 8 were successfully set up on our online homebrew system after bouncing instructions back and forth over EMail and playing with the system itself through it's control panel. Between me and my line manager, we actually pushed the reporting ahead of schedule on top of other tasks sent to me. Though I did discover if I did go into work, I'd have spent most of my day sleeping at my desk given the big energy slumps I was suffering from.

    Roll on ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:00 PM by CAM

    Tags: swine flu
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  4. Working from Home

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    CAM
    , 4th November 2009 at 09:51 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Due to being unable to set foot outside of my house thanks to a knee-jerk reaction by the NHS (oh no, blanket diagnosis of swine flu!) I am being forced to work from home.

    So far so good. I'm staying in touch with my manager via EMail and able to handle jobs on our two online systems of Fronter and the homebrew reporting system. I'm still able to respond rapidly to some tickets and have pushed out at least one instant resolution this morning.

    Just in-case, I am using ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:00 PM by CAM

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    Work , SIMS
  5. JVC Everio Cameras and .MOD Files

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    CAM
    , 27th October 2009 at 09:28 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    4 months ago, I purchased a JVC Everio camcorder. I was hoping to film my trips to London but after running some test footage, I discovered it didn't work. The software was terrible and it stored files in .MOD format. Good if you have the cash to splash for Adobe Premiere, bad if your forced to use Windows Movie Maker.

    Fast forward to today. Then, I used Windows XP. Now I use Windows 7 and the Live version of Movie Maker. Not only did Windows 7 pick up my camera with no drivers required, ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:02 PM by CAM

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  6. Finished Dune

    by , 26th October 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Well, I've finally finished Dune.

    I bought the book in the Summer of 1993 (my final year of uni.)

    Finally got around to finishing it after 16 years.

    Anyway...

    A fantastically well written book, one of those genuinely exciting books, but the ending - what a disappointment! It just stops.
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  7. Cold Mornings Are Coming!

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    CAM
    , 19th October 2009 at 09:21 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    And in celebration of this an order was given from the top to not use any heating in the school for some reason. Everyone was freezing cold but we dilgently followed the order as obeyed. No heating on in our department!

    We used the air-con instead. Bliss!

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:03 PM by CAM

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  8. When Undo Fails...

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    CAM
    , 5th October 2009 at 01:20 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    ...it fails dramatically. Such as not actually being an undo button but a "Too lazy to close and re-open the Marksheet Template without saving so here is a button to do it for you" button.

    Said button is mistakenly pressed after spending over half an hour assembling columns with great patience in Assessment Manager on the pretence that it will undo only one action. Instead it rolls back to when I last saved, which was over half an hour ago. It took so long as the Marksheet ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:04 PM by CAM

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  9. ...and relax!

    by , 12th September 2009 at 09:59 AM
    So, after all the hardwork over Summer I got called into the ICT Teachers Departmental Meeting to talk about what we done over the Summer and get their feedback after the first full week back.

    Haven't posted for a while, been busy doing the following....

    1. Implemented new XenServer which is now running four virtual machines. This has enabled us to switch off two old servers that needed replacing and split the roles on to these seperate virtual machines. Performance ...
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  10. How to create a "Basic" Windows 7 Search Federation Connector

    by , 6th September 2009 at 01:05 AM
    As some of you may be aware i recently made an "Edugeek Search Federation Connector" so you can search Edugeek.net from your windows desktop enviroment.

    Some of you may be wondering how this can be done, so you can maybe use it for your own website.

    It's actually very straight forward, you can create 2 types of connectors "basic" or "advanced" the basic connector will just pull back webpages where as the advanced connector will allow ...

    Updated 6th September 2009 at 01:12 AM by EduTech

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