It’s Chrissssssstmaaaaaasssss!!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and also an excellent opportunity to do a little bit of cheeky laptop maintenance before the new year diets and back-to-school times begin. Over the Christmas holidays, please can you: Restart your laptop! This will keep it much happier Make sure that your OneDrive is syncing. Click onto the…

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…

What are these messages on my laptop?

    Do you ever see messages like these appearing on your laptop screen? Do you ignore them? Well stop it!! These updates are sent through from the IT Department to keep your laptop updated and running smoothly, so when you see them please don’t ignore them…

Office 365

Office 365 is the name for the online features of Office. There is a web-based version of the Office programs – Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and also cloud-based storage for your files, so you can access them from anywhere with an internet connection. Office 365 also gives you ability to share documents with others, and…

Backing up your iPad

iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device information daily over Wi-Fi when your device is turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup, then make sure iCloud Backup is turned on. To force a backup, tap on Back Up Now.  If you need more iCloud storage to back up, a message…

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…

Coming soon…

So what can you expect to see on here in the coming weeks? Well, a focus on collaborative learning tools such as Socrative, Quizlet and Padlet, and how they are being used in various areas of the school. There will be some information about new technologies and services that the school is using, and how…

Help! The internet is broken!!

Well, possibly not the whole internet… Some people are having problems when opening a browser, and the homepage doesn’t load. The most common reason for this is that your browser is set to the wrong address for the Intranet home page. To fix the problem: Open Safari and then click on the word ‘Safari’ in…

My email looks different…

There’s been some email jiggery pokery going on over the Easter holidays, and you’ll find that when you log in to the WebMail, it looks a little different. However, unless you were using the old version of the WebMail, this is the only change that you should see – hurrah! If you were still using the…

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…