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What laptop should I buy for a teacher in school?

Things have become a bit less straightforward in the world of laptops. There was a bit of a period where things had become fairly easy and you could go into any shop and buy any laptop and expect things to go pretty well. If fact, up until this year, I would have said to you that any laptop would do. Now with budget options, gamer options and all sorts of other options out there, it’s a bit of a Read More...

How can I use the latest Digital Learning Planning Guidelines to make an ICT Policy?

This article is in two parts. The first part summarises/critiques the Digital Learning Planning Guidelines and the second part offers a different solution. The Department of Education released its latest plan, the Digital Learning Planning Guidelines, a few days ago, and I thought I’d go through it to see what they possibly could have forgotten to do since the last Digital Learning Plan, which was called the Digital Learning Strategy and was released less than 2 years ago. Perhaps, it Read More...

What Apps should I download for my Android Tablet?

There are a number of Irish websites out there that recommend Apps for tablets but they generally all tend to be for iPads, which isn’t much good if you have just bought a class set of Android tablets. That isn’t to say that you’ve made a mistake buying Android over iPads. In fact, for most things, Android tablets are just as good as iPads and, overall, you’ll find that most apps available on iPads can be found in Android Read More...

Our school sends texts parents but we cannot reply. Why is this?

This question was asked, presumably, by a parent, who said she was getting texts almost daily from the principal about fundraising. Given that it costs about 5c per text to be sent, if the school has 100 pupils that’s €5 spent by the school each time so, hopefully, for their sake, they are getting more than a fiver a day back in return for these texts! Anyway, to answer the question: it’s likely that the school is using a texting Read More...

Can you recommend headsets for recording for classroom use?

This question is an interesting one as I would have had a completely different answer 10 years ago. It just goes to show how quickly technology moves on! Most computers, laptops and mobile devices have inbuilt microphones in them, which are generally quite good, particularly for classroom use. Therefore, I would suggest that if your recording is simply for recording reading, then using the device’s own inbuilt microphone will be perfect. If for some reason, your device doesn’t have an inbuilt Read More...

Server or cloud storage or both?

Should schools buy a server or use cloud storage or should they have a combination of the two? This is a very good question with no exact answers as the decision will be dependent on each school’s needs. However, I will attempt to give some ideas as to what might require a server and what might require a cloud storage. For those who don’t know what either of these terms mean, here is a very short description. A server is a Read More...

Which would you use G Suite or Aladdin?

(This question has been sent in by an Anseo.net reader.) This is a hard question to answer because G Suite and Aladdin are as different as lemons and oranges. However, like lemons and oranges share many traits, Aladdin and G Suite also have a number of things in common. G Suite for Education made by Google is a suite of apps such as a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Form Builder, Email, and so on. Aladdin is a Student Management Information System. However, Read More...

How do I set up multiple E-mail accounts in G Suite?

A school got in contact with me who have a website made with Weebly but they want to give each student an email address using G Suite. Presumably, the website has a domain address; so let’s call this school “Scoil Simon” and their website is scoilsimon.ie The school needs to set themselves up using G Suite for Education rather than setting up a single email address. To do this, you need to set yourself up on on G Suite for Read More...

I’ve lost my driver to my Interactive Whiteboard

Back in the mid-noughties, there were nearly 30 brands of Interactive Whiteboard on the market. Within a few years, most of the companies that sold these boards either went out of business or simply stopped selling these boards. When schools bought these boards, the companies usually came into the school and set them up. This including installing the board’s drivers on to whatever laptop was being used. Laptops generally die after a few years so it’s necessary to replace Read More...

My projector has broken. Should I replace my Interactive Whiteboard?

Traditionally, Interactive Whiteboards come in two main parts – the board and the projector. The board is usually something that will last a long time but the projector usually needs more maintenance. Bulbs tend to blow every 3-5 years and the filters often need cleaning. Technology, as we know, moves quickly so by the time a projector bulb goes, there’s usually a nicer model of Interactive Whiteboard on the market and the temptation is to go all out and replace the Read More...

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