FREE enterprise level services are available in the cloud, offered by technology giants Google and Microsoft, at (little or) no cost to schools. These services are FREE for academic institutions and allow schools to take full advantage of the cloud services and use their own domain name as well. Would you like to take advantage […]
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Product: 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Media Switch Model: GS-108S Manufacturer: ZyXEL Communications Corporation We recently ran out of ports on our Draytek Wireless ADSL Broadband Router, that in all fairness had only 4 ports (3 x Megabit and 1 Gigabit port). This was due to the increasing number of hardware that required a wired connection (yes you will […]
The Kindle Paperwhite was announced in early October 2012 and started shipping on the 25 October in the UK. This latest release by Amazon is proving to be the next stage of evolution for e-book readers or e-readers, as they are sometimes known. The traditional e-book reader is based on e-ink displays. These digital ink […]
Dyslexia Action is a national charity focusing on improving lives through education and training, addressing the needs of those living and working with Dyslexia and to provide awareness to the general public. We take a look at the creative work by Xelium in sprucing up the VLE with focus on Accessibility and user friendliness.
Every so often, the media jumps on a story about gifted children. Detailing their seemingly innate gifts and abilities, debating the parental challenges and questioning seemingly complicated journeys through ‘normal’ school-life. Imagine then a school dedicated completely to the teaching and learning of children, whose average IQ stands at 150. In March 1948, Life Magazine […]
What are the differences between the iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) and the new iPad (3), not a lot to a standard user as we will soon find out. Let’s take a look at the key differences between the shortlived iPad 3 (approx. six months on the shelf) and it’s replacement, the iPad 4.
Xelium, a VLE design and services company has published some really useful articles on Google Calendar and how schools can use these to interact with students and parents via the school’s website and social media. We have highlighted this on an earlier article on why Every School Should be using Google Calendar. Now to help you […]
As a student, you will often find that Google is your best friend, especially when trying to get that last minute paper or assignment ready. Google is typically the first port of call for students doing their research on the Internet . But how do you avoid the pitfalls and get the accurate results you […]
Contrary to what Salman Khan originally thought, when he first started working on building content for the now famous Khan Academy, and trying to fund it’s survival, he has actually made it to Forbes without the profit-driven orientation, typical of most Forbes subjects and coverage. Congratulations, Mr Khan! In this very constructive and optimistic article, […]
Following on from our earlier article on the use of Google Calendars in Schools. This post describes a step-by-step approach to setting up a Google Calendar 1. Create a new Google Account If you don’t already have a Google Account, create one here (https://accounts.google.com/) Check to see if the school you work for does not […]
At approximately 3:00 am this morning the following message arrived in our mailbox. It is the 2nd of November and yes today is the launch of the iPad mini. You can now go down to Apple Retail Store and play with the device to your heart’s content or as the email suggests order the iPad […]
September – October 2012: The Biggest Months for Technology September and October of this year has quite possibly been the biggest months for Technology ever, with key events and major announcements from Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
With all the pre-launch rumours floating around about iPhone 5 and now that 12 Sept is over, what have we learnt… Here is the low down on all the key specifications of the iPhone 5 in contrast to its previous generation, the iPhone 4S and how the built-in Apps and hardware are useful for education.
Redbridge College in Essex, Greater London is a college offering extra courses for students working on their GCSEs, school leavers and full-time or part-time courses for working professionals or young adults. Located between Ilford and Romford, Redbridge claims to be in the top 15% of the colleges in the UK for vocational courses. The college […]
The use of Google Calendar as a tool within schools has the ability to transform the way Administrators, Teachers, Students and Parents, coordinate and plan term dates, work, events and even exams. Here we highlight 5 simple reasons why schools should move on to using Google Calendars (instead of Word documents or Excel spread sheets). To […]
Here at ColourMyLearning, we love good looking, straight talking, easy to use VLEs. While features are a great thing to have, this should never be at the cost of the user experience. It is a fact that there will always be pros and cons to every learning platform, be it commercial or open source, but […]
In our previous article, we learnt about Edmodo as a safe social network for schools. We also listed some of its features and highlighted the ones that support e-learning. In this article, we will take a closer look at the e-learning aspects of Edmodo to further understand how schools can benefit from using Edmodo as […]
Where schools are concerned, social networking sites are synonymous with cyber bullying, social intrusion, staff abuses, sexual predators, child pedophiles, haters, racism, time waster, distraction, every negative thing imaginable, which is why most schools simply block access to these sites from their network. Then enters, Edmodo – a social networking site for teachers and students. […]
We have heard quite a few debates on the use of Social Networks in schools that mostly resulted in bans and blocks put in place to stop students from going to sites like facebook. Then there is Edmodo, a simple, safe and secure social network designed particularly for schools, and it’s free. Want to get to […]