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  1. ICT Tip #47 - Switching Windows with Win+Tab

    by , 18th June 2013 at 02:11 PM
    One of those quick little tips that makes life much easier - albeit I opted to show the shiny version to people first, because some people are forever impressed by a little bit of 3D gimmickry. It's like Alt+Tab but less useful, it's... ICT Tip 047 - Switching Windows with Win+Tab.doc!

    I don't know why I bother trying to build up suspense when I name the tip in the title of every post
  2. ICT Tip #46 - Screenshots in Word

    by , 12th June 2013 at 01:59 PM
    Continuing a theme from last week's Snipping Tool, if you're working in Word 2010 you can directly insert screen captures into a document - something else I had to have pointed out to me (by my wife, in this instance). Short and sweet and oh so useful: ICT Tip 046 - Insert Screenshot in Word.doc

  3. Next Gen Consoles, Corporations and Consumerism

    by , 11th June 2013 at 07:53 PM
    Firstly, I should make it clear that this isn't a "pro PC" "anti Console" or other sort of platform bias. I've been doing a fair bit of investigation and prodding around with information from before and during E3 whilst I help look after someone's PR for it.

    What does someone want in a console?
    Get home from school/work/the pub and you want to relax.
    Feet up on the sofa.
    Controller in hand.
    Unwind with game of choice.
    That game ...
  4. ICT Tip #45 - Snipping Tool

    by , 7th June 2013 at 02:31 PM
    Late again. Sorry!

    This one was new to me when a teacher pointed it out, and is actually fantastically useful - particularly if you're trying to train your users in how to report an issue (good luck, if so).

    ICT Tip 045 - Snipping Tool.doc is an easy way of screencapping areas of a screen. It is actually quicker than Print Screen -> Open Irfanview -> Paste -> Crop -> Copy -> Paste, so may well be useful to you as well as your end users.

    May all ...
  5. Learner Category Summary with show/hide buttons

    by , 6th June 2013 at 09:00 AM (The Progresso Geek)
    I wanted to have an attempt at using the expand (show/hide) feature in SSRS so I wrote this little widget to summaries the total learners by category (Free School Meal, Gifted and Talented, Looked After Children and Pupil Premium).

    It consists of 3 tables, the 2nd and 3rd being a summary by gender. By clicking on the + you can expand or shrink each table.
  6. ICT Tip #44 - Adding Work Email to a Smartphone

    by , 22nd May 2013 at 03:05 PM
    ICT Tip 044 - Work Email on Smartphones.doc

    Y'all will have to do a bit of the work yourselves this week - I've stripped out all the settings specific to my domain and replaced with them [placeholders in squarebrackets]. Go through and fill out the details as appropriate to your network. We use Exchange here, so it may not be appropriate for your network, though I'd have thought most email services were capable of supporting smartphone email.

    iPhone, Android and Windows Phone instructions ...
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  7. Can anyone recommend a SIMS Assessment Manager consultant?

    by , 17th May 2013 at 07:31 PM

    Our school has recently updated our old CMIS system to SIMS which is due to go live in September we are currently dual running both systems. My job between now and then is to re-develop the entire way in which the school collects and processes its assessment data, however I have no prior experience of using SIMS and only took up this position June last year!

    Although I and other senior members of staff have had the basic assessment training through CAPITA we ...
  8. Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Conclusion

    by , 15th May 2013 at 12:36 PM
    So, At the end of my last blog entry I asked which agent is better: The Microsoft or the Parallels one? This isn't really very clear cut but lets try to answer the question.

    So in the blue corner, we have the Microsoft native client. Its advantages are:

    1. Native Solution
    2. On the whole, easier to create and add applications to the ConfigMgr console
    3. A Client side GUI

    Disadvantages are:
    1. Treats the Macs as mobile clients so therefore requires

    Updated 15th May 2013 at 12:41 PM by Norphy

  9. Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Part 2

    by , 14th May 2013 at 06:19 PM
    I actually started writing this just after I finished my last blog entry. However, a nasty bout of the flu and other things have got in my way since then and I just hadn't gotten around to finishing this post. Well, no more!

    In Part One of this blog, I talked about the new Mac client for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (God, that's a mouthful!). I talked about my impressions of it and how well it's been working so far. I also mentioned that ...
  10. ICT Tip #18 - Avoiding Scam Emails

    by , 14th May 2013 at 02:12 PM
    Back in time for an older tip, not that it matters to anyone but me. There's a chunk of school-specific tips from 42-44 so in an attempt to maintain my buffer, I've gone back and pulled out an ever-relevant tip I wrote when we changed email provider and started to suffer an onslaught of spam.

    ICT Tip 018 - Avoiding Scam E-mails.doc

    It's a bit longer at 4 pages, but some people require a comprehensive dismantling of their naÔvety.
    Tags: 419, email, scam, tip
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