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  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 3 – Switch to Low Energy PCs

    Part three of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. My next tip is to think about the energy usage of your computers in school. According to the latest research from BESA , primary schools have an average of 50 computers per school, and secondary...
  • Blog Post: How they sell a 'laptop for students' scheme Down Under

    In Australia, the New South Wales government have committed to provide 200,000 students with their own laptop – and over the next few months they’ll be rolling them out at 5,000 a week. You can read more about their approach on ZDNet . And soon every Year 9 to 12 student in NSW public schools will have...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help schools – Part Three – Giving teachers their own laptops

    Continuing my thread of half-term learning snacks, this one’s is shorter (only 7 minutes long), but talks about a feature which you may want to think about to help your teachers. Here’s a scenario that may well have happened in your school: You allocate a teacher a laptop They use it in school...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your teachers safe online

    A teaching friend spent the half-term hobbled by the fact that their computer had been infected by a worm. And as it was half-term, they’d not been able to get support from the IT team at school, so they had spent a lot of time trying to fix their laptop themselves. What is odd is that it’s a school...
  • Blog Post: The netbook Wall of Cool at BETT

    One of the things that is new on our BETT stand this year is a netbook “Wall of Cool”, with a dozen netbooks to look at and compare. Although there are loads of suppliers at BETT, all showing off their latest mini laptops, you can’t visit a stand elsewhere where they are all lined up together. So you...
  • Blog Post: Fun with statistics 2 – Schools ICT Survey

    For years I’ve eagerly looked forward to the publication of the annual “ICT in UK State Schools” report from BESA (the British Education Suppliers Association), because it provides a valuable insight into what is happening across the majority of schools. It’s natural that we can only work directly with...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – all the guidelines are out

    And, boy, do they take some reading. We’re rocketed from ‘ worry, but I can’t tell you why’ to ‘ this is what you should really worry about’ , in a mere 125 pages. How does that make you feel? For the minute, if you want all of the specifics on the Becta Data Handling guidance, you’re going to have...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – it’s not black and white

    I’m continuing to read the new Becta guidance documents on Information Security, and think about the consequences. After a few discussions with people, and comments from others here and elsewhere, I thought I’d try a to create a visual way of understanding where we are. This is by no means definitive...
  • Blog Post: Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

    I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. ( I was going to...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – more, but not yet enough, advice from Becta

    The Becta Information Security advice page for schools has been updated, and they provide a more detailed document ( Keeping data safe, secure and legal ) which goes further than their previous advice, but not yet far enough. In fact, if you take the report at face value, you’re going to lock up your...
  • Blog Post: Where will your laptops be this summer?

    According to recent research , 900-1000 laptops go missing every week at Heathrow ... that is 52,000 a year. Worldwide, 800,000 laptops are lost or stolen at airports every year. Even more incredibly, the survey also reveals that many travellers fail to take any steps to protect the information contained...
  • Blog Post: Low cost laptops for schools

    Yesterday, I wrote about the different products that are creeping out into the market, which offer the chance to change your model for ICT provision in school, and to make a rapid shift to ICT-enabled teaching and learning for all pupils. Later on, one of my colleagues came and asked me for a bit of...
  • Blog Post: Ultra-low cost laptops

    The market for ultra-low-cost laptops is continuing to move forwards. At the point when the Asus EeePC/Asus RM miniBook were released, it created a buzz in education. Basically it was easy to see how it would be possible to imagine that every student could have a device, which is cheap, light and small...
  • Blog Post: Learning2Go in Wolverhampton

    Dave Whyley, in the Wolverhampton E Services team, is well-known in the education community for his passion for projects with mobile learning. The Learning2Go team have been active in Wolverhampton since 2003, and each year they've produced an annual report on the progress. This year's report contains...
  • Blog Post: RM Asus Minibook news

    A short snippet - the Windows XP version of the RM Asus minibook (also known as the Asus eeePC) was announced at BETT 2008, with availability scheduled for April. Well the RM website is now accepting orders for them. It comes with a decent specification - 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM - meaning that...
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