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Chromebook Questions

Here are some questions I was asked by a teacher who is looking into buying Chromebooks. I am no expert but learning loads about them at the moment so will update this article as I learn more. Are Chromebooks easy to administer? ( I worked in IT for about 10 years, and have pretty ok knowledge of Windows Active Directory) Yes and no. If you are familiar with Active Directory, you’ll understand that 🙂 The Admin of G Suite is really Read More...

Which iPad should I get?

There are a number of different types of iPads now available on the market in different sizes, different storage and even different ages! You might be offered an iPad Air with 16GB of space for the same price as an iPad 3 with 32 GB space. Every few months a new iPad comes out so it can be hard to choose the one that suits you. To complicate things a little, you can also get refurbished iPads, which make things Read More...

What types of Promethean boards are there?

Since the peak of Interactive Whiteboard usage in Ireland in 2009-10, the number of types of Interactive Whiteboard available here has decreased. There are very few companies left that directly support Irish schools and many companies have fallen by the wayside. Back in the day, Promethean and SMART were the two big brand names. Promethean used to have a direct presence in Ireland but it has since been incorporated into their UK departments. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Read More...

How do I display my Twitter feed directly to my Facebook Wall?

It can be a pain having to do things more than once – especially when it comes to putting out a message to parents from the school. In my own school, we use text messaging, email and most social media to get our messages out there. The two most popular social media platforms for schools are Facebook and Twitter. Is there a way to post a tweet and have it automatically update on the school’s Facebook Page? If This Then Read More...

Can you close down an unofficial school Facebook Page?

Lots of schools have signed up to Facebook to share their school’s news with anyone that “likes” their page. However, many schools were beaten to it by people who made “unofficial” school pages, such as Parents’ Associations, ex-alumni groups, and so on. This is not ideal because the school cannot control what goes out on the Internet on its behalf. However, can a school force an unofficial page to close down and set up their own one? What should Read More...

My cursor hangs when I plug in my Interactive Whiteboard. Help!

I received the following question from a user about his Traceboard. What is the problem when my trace board is connected to the computer system, the cursor will immediately hook (hang, stops), when disconnected it works? I will appreciate your quick response please. Thanks. This issue can happen with any Interactive Whiteboard and there could be any number of reasons as to why a cursor might hang or stop working when a device is plugged in. A Traceboard is a touch-based Read More...

Do you have any ideas of the types of questions I can expect to be asked at an interview for an AP2 post?

There was a moratorium on Posts of Responsibility for almost a decade and in 2018, they came back, albeit in a reduced form. If your school was lucky enough to get some extra posts, here are some ideas of the types of questions you might be asked. Before I list them, please be aware that all schools are very different and there is no definitive answer to these questions in reality. Assistant Principals are no longer named Posts of Responsibility Read More...

Should I set up a WhatApp group for messaging Parents?

Firstly, this question is for principals who want to send messages to parents, not for teachers! Teachers should never ever ever set up a WhatsApp group for their parents and have messages coming from their personal WhatsApp account. That is, of course, unless they wish to be contacted by parents at any time during the day or night. The reason this question was asked was twofold. Text messaging is expensive, up to 5c per text sent. In a school of Read More...

How do you scan a document to Aladdin?

One of the great things about student management information systems (MIS) is the ability to store any documents or files associated with a child. For example, a child might receive a psychological report, and rather than keep it in a physical file, it might be useful to upload it to Aladdin (or any other MIS.) In order to do this, you’re going to need some sort of machine to scan in your paper-based document and turn it into a digital Read More...

Is Google Drive ok to store documents?

I would say absolutely, yes, to this question. Given that Google don’t look like they are going anywhere, and their entire business relies on being very secure, it would seem to me that Google Drive may very well be one of the very safest places to store any documents. Google is also going to do things in line with the new GDPR regulations, so again, no issues there. For me, I think it is best to use Google Drive in Read More...

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