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Primary School Server upgrades

This summer, the wide-area network (WAN) that connects East Lothian’s schools together is being upgraded. As part of this work, the primary schools’ servers will need to be completely re-configured. This is a major piece of work, and means that:

No primary school computers or network resources (e.g. internet access, shared files, printing) will be available for the first two weeks of the holidays (2nd – 13th July).

** Email will still be available from home.

Primary School PC/Laptop changes:
Following this work, every PC and laptop in every primary school will need to have some work done on them to make them work with the new setup. This means all laptops must be left in the school over the holidays so they can be updated.

All files currently stored on any primary school computer will be PERMANENTLY DELETED
This includes documents, digital photos etc that are stored on your desktop or in the My Documents folder.

All files that you want to keep must be moved to your server before the holidays – either to your S: drive or your Z: drive.
If you have large amounts of digital video or photos to store, it may be more suitable to store them on an external USB hard disk – your ICT Co-ordinator will be able to advise you. If you are unsure of what this means for you, please phone the IT Service Desk on 01620 827205 for advice and support.

 

 

 

3D Modelling software on offer until June 30

Save 25% on 3DMadeEasy.com Online Training for Design Academy 2012 from LT Scotland

LT Scotland is offering schools the chance to save 25% off 3DMadeEasy.com titles when purchased with *Design Academy 2012. 3DMadeEasy.com provides online training that supports and encourages the use of 3D modelling for students and teachers. Each of the 3DMadeEasy.com training titles is split into five different areas

Introductory Series – Working from a starting point of showing you how to start the software, the videos on this page will walk you through a carefully structured series of exercises which will give you an excellent grounding in the basics.

Spotlight on Skills – The exercises in this section are slightly longer and will introduce new tools, skills and concepts with each new task undertaken. You can either work through them in the given order, go straight to the one that looks like it can solve a specific problem or simply just catches your interest. Each exercise is supported by a video tutorial which will illustrate the task and walk you through its completion.

3 Minute Hot Tips – Every sketching tool and every modelling tool has a bit of hidden functionality or some hidden feature which would typically take you a long time to find. View these short videos to pick up some new information about each tool

Some Neat Tricks – There are a variety of skills and short cuts here which will allow you to work quicker and more effectively.

FAQ Video Vault – subscribers to the site are invited to ask for advice in solving various problems they have up against in their modelling. Feel free to watch any video responses which are much more conversational in tone to see if you can pick up on anything useful. Why not ask a question via email if you have an issue that is not covered here. CAUTION – given the nature of these videos, these videos go into a lot of detail, and, as a result can be lengthy. Plenty of gems of information can be picked up here.

To try out one of the sample tutorials click here.

New maths tool available…..

Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with maths and science studies.

It provides a set of mathematical tools that help pupils get school work done quickly and easily. Microsoft Mathematics is designed to work just like a handheld calculator., students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

If you are interested in trying this out email ithelpdesk@eastlothian.gov.uk to request installation.