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.

 

 

 

E-Safety Live Conference: Edinburgh, March 22nd

Are you interested in educating your staff and pupils to stay safe on-line?  Sign up now for the E-Safety Live conference on March 22nd at Heriot Watt University Conference Centre.

E-Safety Live poster

E-Safety Live workshops

The events this year include 12 workshop sessions on a wide range of topics on games-based learning, bullying, parental engagement and support as well as resources to use in the classroom. The sessions will deliver useful, current advice and information regarding the safe and proactive use of online technologies in learning and education.

For enquiries, please email esafetylive@saferinternet.org.uk

Having problems using I Can Animate files with Windows Movie Maker?

Ivan Marah, a 4th year Dunbar Grammar pupil, on work placement this week with the Education ICT team has been doing some problem solving with I Can Animate files and has worked out how the files can be saved using the appropriate codecs which will then allow the file to be imported successfully into Windows Movie Maker. 

He has also created a step by step guide on how to do it ….Preparing I Can Animate Files for Windows Movie Maker

Great work, many thanks Ivan!

 

 

Using Word Talk with Office 2010

Are you having problems using Word Talk with your upgraded Office 2010? There has been an identified incompatibility with Windows XP machines and a fix is currently being sought.  Apologies for this inconvenience – am hopeful this will be resolved very soon.

This error will not occur on Windows 7 machines.

Four Nations Maths Challenge

Inspired by  the Six Nations rugby, schools and students in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are invited to participate in the exciting, online, Four Nations Maths Challenge!   Site opens for Warm up Monday 7th November. Competition days are 17th and 18th November 2011.  Register here now!