Using Windows 7 Direct Access to connect teachers to your school network securely

Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of schools who have implemented Direct Access. Direct Access allows you to setup your staff laptops so that teachers can always have secure access to your school network wherever they are, but without forcing them to use…


Top 10 reasons Office 2010 is good for schools

I’ve been using Office 2010 for a few months now, and over time I’ve realised that there is a lot of clever stuff hidden inside this new version. When I say “hidden”, I mean that in a positive way. One of the big things with Office 2010 is that there are a huge number of…


Kristen and Stuart get an EduBlog nomination for Teaching Ideas and Resources blog

Talk about hiding your light under a bush. I’ve just found out, through reading the pages of EduBlog awards site, that our Teaching Ideas and Resources blog, written by Kristen and Stuart, has been shortlisted in the “Best elearning/corporate education blog 2009” category. If you’re not sending staff in your school to their blog, then…


Are teachers really losing confidence with ICT?

Earlier in the year, BESA reported that teachers confidence with using ICT had fallen by 10%. Which sounds dramatic, and was described by some writers as ‘alarming’. But is it? Well, here’s the data for the last 11 years – from research done by the old DfES until 2004, and data from BESA from 2002….