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…

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…

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….

New Staff!!

Calling all new Bryanston staff! This post contains (hopefully!) all the information you’ll need to negotiate the first few weeks of the term as a technological aficionado…more or less! You will hopefully have all attended the IT Induction and will have had a brief introduction to the Bryanston IT systems. However, there is a lot…

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…

Syncing your Laptop

To make sure that the desktop and documents folders on your laptop are backed up, you need to sync your laptop. This is very easy to do, and will ensure that you don’t ‘lose’ any of your important work! When you are logged in on your laptop, the FileSync icon  will be visible in the…

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…

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…