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Device Encryption

Device Encryption

What is encryption? In computing, encryption is where data is converted from a readable form to an encoded version that can only be opened or read if it’s been decoded by a decryption key. How it works? Data, whether a single file or all your files, is encrypted using an algorithm and an encryption key. This process then codes your files into an unreadable state of random characters. The process of decrypting your files is to simply reverse the encryption,…

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I’ve become a Microsoft Innovative Expert and Trainer

I’ve become a Microsoft Innovative Expert and Trainer

As the new school year approaches, I am happy to announce that I have been accepted to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) for the 2017-18 academic year. This will be my 3rd year of being a MIEE and it is still a great honour to be apart of this exclusive program.   For those of you that don’t know how to become a MIEE, you have to apply directly to Microsoft stating why you want to become an…

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The Surface Book

The Surface Book

After the success of the Surface Pro series, Microsoft have developed their first ever laptop, the Surface Book. When I received the email from Microsoft asking me to review a Surface Book, the excitement was a bit like the one of a child on Christmas eve! Since the Surface Book was released I had been eager to get my hands on one. When agreeing to trial a Surface Book I was given the opportunity to trial one for 4 weeks;…

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Deploying Minecraft Education Edition at Lings Primary School, Northampton

Deploying Minecraft Education Edition at Lings Primary School, Northampton

The following blog post was written by Andrew Robertson of Microsoft UK. I work very closely with Leigh Wolmarans, and when Microsoft heard about the great things Leigh is doing with Minecraft they wanted to find out more. Andrew contacted myself and Leigh and arranged a telephone interview to find out about how Lings Primary are using Minecraft, and what was involved during the setup process. Below is the final outcome.   Act I: Starting from nothing – Lings Primary…

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Stuck in a continuous login loop with Office 365?

Stuck in a continuous login loop with Office 365?

Recently I have been faced with an issue where a user will log into Office 365 and when they click on an app within O365 they are automatically logged out, the user will then get stuck in a continuous loop of trying to log in and their browser automatically logging them out. This is a very random and strange issue that doesn’t seem to be a user, tenancy, browser or machine specific. The solution to fix this issue is a…

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To bring your own device or not?

To bring your own device or not?

As featured by Academy Today magazine – This can be found here So, you’ve heard the term bring your own device (BYOD), and you’re thinking about the possibility of introducing it at your school and having students bring in their devices from home. But what does this mean for your school and it’s network? If you spoke to anyone who is supporting your school in a technical way and mention wanting to set-up a BYOD policy in school, they would probably…

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The HP ProBook x360 11 Education Edition

The HP ProBook x360 11 Education Edition

When your school spends a lot of money on mobile technology in the classroom what is your worse fear?  The device breaking from either a student dropping it or it being knocked off a desk. As a teacher you are always worried about students taking care when using a device; when a student suddenly stands up and walks around the classroom with one, you find yourself nervously telling the student to sit down with it. I often visit schools and…

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Redefine Learn 2017

Redefine Learn 2017

Back on the 18th May, I had the privilege of being a guest speaker at a Microsoft Redefine Learn event that was hosted by Simon de Senlis Primary. These Redefine Learn events give a chance for educators to showcase how they are redefining learning within their schools. The event included keynote sessions from Ian Fordham, Tom Rees, The Royal Shakespear Company, Leigh Wolmarans, Tom Prosser and myself.      

HP X210 vs Viglen Duo Tab vs Surface Pro 4

HP X210 vs Viglen Duo Tab vs Surface Pro 4

When working in schools I’m always asked the question “We want to buy some new devices for our students but what should we get?” Before I even consider answering that question I ask how much they would like to spend and what they want that device to do. Going back a few years, this would have been a major problem because schools didn’t have many options as to what they purchased in the way of hardware.   They could either buy…

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Was 2016 a successful year for technology in education?

Was 2016 a successful year for technology in education?

This article was recently featured in Education Technology magazine, which can be found here.       As 2016 draws to an end and we look back on the year, can we say that it has been a successful year for technology in education? Towards the end of 2015 there was talk about whether technology in schools was actually working to help improve pupil attainment. This encouraged schools to look at how they were using technology and if they were using…

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