Backing up your files to OneDrive

As of September, your school laptop will no longer be backed up to our servers. Therefore, you need to make sure that your work documents are all stored somewhere safely. We are recommending that your store everything in your OneDrive – this is part of your Office 365 account, which is provided through the school,…

Plickers

Plickers is an assessment tool for the classroom that lets teachers ask questions and poll their class using a collection of visual code cards. So, how does it work? Well, each student is given a card with a unique visual code on it. There are four sides to the code, labelled A, B, C and…

Finding SEN Information

The SEN information for your students is all on iSAMS. The video below will show you how to easily find which students in your sets have a SEN status, and then how to find the SEN notes and exam concession information. If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Support Department.

Keeping your Laptop Happy!

Everyone’s laptop can have a bit of a funny five minutes, and the easiest way to fix this is with a simple restart. Yes, the classic IT response of “turn it off and turn it on again” actually does work! As an IT Department, we send round lots of updates to your laptops, and mostly…

All about iSAMS

Lots of people ask me about iSAMS, and how they can use it. iSAMS is a really useful tool for finding sets, photos of students, information about students, emailing whole teaching sets, finding student timetables etc…however, it can look rather daunting when you first log into it. There is a series of videos in the…

The iSAMS Teacher App

The lovely chaps at iSAMS have just released their teacher app – it has the essential functions of iSAMS, but conveniently packaged up in an iPad-sized app. Hurrah! The video below shows you how to use the app to email your teaching sets, find pupil information, and access internal exam results. As always, if you…

Quizlet – What is it?

A lot of staff are using Quizlet at the moment, so what is it? Quizlet is a website that teachers and students can use to create study sets – these are excellent for personal revision. Once you have added terms and definitions, you can use Quizlet to create flashcards, tests and games to help learning….

Keeping School Data Safe

Personal data is anything that can identify a living person, so as teachers we have, and produce, a great deal of this. The policy that is produced by the school is there to give you guidance in a Bryanston context, but please remember that data protection is a matter of law and breaches carry very…

iOS Updates

When did you last update your iPad? Honestly?? Apple issues iOS updates every few months, and it is important to keep your iPad up to date, to make sure you’re getting the latest bug fixes, and that apps work the way they are supposed to.  iOS updates are really easy to do. Here’s how… Plug…

Office 2016 – what’s new?

Over Easter, the new version of Office has been put onto all the school desktop computers, so you might notice that things look a bit different. Panic not, however, as the biggest difference is exactly that – it looks a bit different. The functionality is essentially the same, and although there are some rather nifty…

Upgrading to Office 2016 on your laptop

If you use a Bryanston laptop, you’ll need to upgrade your version of Office to 2016 using Self Service. It is really important that you quit all the Office applications before you start. The video below will show you how to do it – the whole process takes about 20 minutes, and is simple to do…

So what’s it all about?

Well, this is a blog for un-techy teachers (and a resource for slightly more techy ones too!). Technology should be a useful tool and not a hinderance, so I’m hoping that this blog will provide support and guidance for those in need of a bit of technological help. It will cover the basics of how…