UPS/APC

Posts in this seriesIsle of Wight: Newport power cutUPS/APCWhen I had My power blips on Friday (15-01-2016) it quickly came clear that one of My UPS units wasn’t holding its charge; I’re now looking forward to its replacement to arrive...

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The best classroom experience is about to get better.

  Technology can reshape education. And iPad, with its powerful features and apps, opens up new, more engaging ways of learning. With the iOS 9.3 beta, you’ll find a preview of new features that will make it even easier for schools...

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Isle of Wight: Newport power cut

15-Jan-2016 HOMES and businesses in Newport have been hit by a power cut this afternoon (Friday).A fault occurred at around 12.10pm, affecting 1,657 properties, as well as some traffic lights, including those at Coppins Bridge. Southern Electric said engineers were...

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iPad for Teachers rollout.

Since returning in January I have been successfully issuing teachers their iPads along with the SIMS Teacher app. Some staff have expressed their positiveness and intrigue into recording pupil objectives in assessment during the lesson. Unfortunately the assessment model I am...

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64-Bit Windows rollout

My major hold up with the Windows 7 64-bit client rollout was mainly caused by 64-bit printer driver issues on an old 32-bit server. I’m very happy to report after much research that today (13-01-2016) this has been resolved. It...

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Schools told to monitor pupils web use to prevent radicalisation – BBC News

Schools in England must set online filters and monitor pupils internet use under plans to protect them from radicalisation, education secretary Nicky Morgan said. Ministers are concerned young people could be targeted by extremists, possibly via school computers. Mrs Morgan said...

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Restricted Printing for Pupils

As a PaperCut user, I’re able to check printer usage throughout the school to an individual basis. Today after reviewing My weekly reports for December, it was noted that a pupil had made their way to the top of the “Top Ten” heaviest...

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The first week back.

I think the week just gone (first week after Christmas/New Year) has been the busiest and most hectic return I’ve ever experienced after christmas. Granted each return hasn’t been a bundle of laughs, however I don’t think “hitting the ground...

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2016 – Safer Internet Centre (FEB. 9th 2016)

Join the global celebration on 9th February! Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9th February with the theme Play your part for a better internet! Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration...

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INCIDENT: HDD Failure on Horizon

After a two week break for Christmas, you’d expect to his the ground running, unfortunately I wasn’t planning on having to deal with a HDD failure first thing. 04-01-2016 08:00 – On arrival I was made aware that one of...

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2016 – It’s arrived.

So it’s finally arrived (okay, been and gone by the time you read this). I’d like to thank all My suppliers that have supported and supplied me with their goodies and knowledge over the year, it has been very much...

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SIMS Autumn 2015 Release

Posts in this seriesSOLUS 3 UpgradeSIMS Autumn 2015 ReleaseChecklist & Notes: SIMS Autumn 2015 Release Confirm Upgrade Date Completed Scheduled for 10-12-2015 16:00 Notify Staff (Email/Intranet) Completed 27-11-2015 10:50 Download Updates Completed 08-12-2015 13:20 Pre-Update Backup of VM Completed 08-12-2015...

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Teacher App – Initial Install and Test

03-12-2015 – Project estimates established. 04-12-2015 – Project given the go-ahead. Hardware specification set. iPad mini 2 (32gb Wi-Fi). Licensing costs set. Based on school size. Request for Quotes issued. via RFQs on website. 07-12-2015 – RFQs completed 3 quotes...

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SOLUS 3 Upgrade

Posts in this seriesSOLUS 3 UpgradeSIMS Autumn 2015 ReleaseI’ve upgraded my SIMS SOLUS 3 in preparation for My Autumn 2015 SIMS update. It was scheduled for 5am this morning (09/12/2015), from version 3.9.0.18 to 3.10.73.23, and can report that it...

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Costly Solutions

The saga continues with a potential replacement backup provision. Another solution provider is asking ££K for their product. (I now have eye rolling down to a fine art). There is still a common misconception that schools have this huge pot...

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SIMS HAM Assessment

Yes, you read that correctly, SIMS HAM, the HAM being short for “Hampshire”, not some dodgy sounding sandwich from Capita. I finally got My hands on the Hampshire SIMS Assessment resources to allow me to import into SIMS. The information...

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QUOTE: iPads for Teacher App

I’ve had the go-ahead to investigate and buy Capita’s Teacher App for My staff; This will allow them to more easily take Registers, apply Achievement and Behaviour points, as well as fill in assessment. A great tool for out of...

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Assessment and deployment kit – Windows 10 ADK

Thought I’d try and update my MDT to Update 1 of 2013; the upgrade went well, except that it wanted the ADK for Windows 10; So I downloaded that too. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-me/windows/hardware/dn913721%28v=vs.8.5%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10 Hits: 83...

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INCIDENT: HDD Failure on HOST: Axiom

25/11/2015 – 13:30 An alarm was triggered this afternoon (25-11-2015) on Axiom, My ESXi host. Raid degraded, hard-disk failure. I believe I’ve identified the HDD to pull, I’m just waiting to export the live vertical appliances to disk before I...

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No room on the speed dial

There’s only so much room on my KX-T7735 for quick dials to suppliers. Similar to a Facebook cull, I need to take the same approach on my desk phone. So 2 have been dropped and 2 have been added. I...

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Knocked out Oculus

I inadvertently knocked out My SAN (Oculus) today (25-11-2015); I was trying to plug in a monitor to one of My host servers because of a failed HDD, and then silence. By the time I realised – it was too late,...

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