Welcome back from the summer break - we hope you had a restful time and are ready for another academic year. Here are a few of the highlights of the changes for this year.
We never expected the take-up of our video sharing site to be quite so good last year, but we're pleased to announce that we've been able to move everything over to a new system over the summer called Microsoft Stream. It is basically still the same idea, but there some new tools for the people that manage channels and everything is much more slick.
If you ran a channel you should have heard from us with details of how to access and upload material. If you're a viewer, hopefully it will be simple and obvious to use - you'll find the search feature works very well. Head over to dret.tv to see more (login required). If you aren't a member of staff or student at one of our schools you can dip into a selection of material at featured.dret.tv
Tips for Teachers
Last year we have several websites and places where you could go to find teaching resources and ideas - including this blog. As the collection grew we realised we needed a place to find everything - which is our Training and Tips website (tips.dret.cloud). All the material there is open to anyone, and includes help videos and ideas.
Learning Resources Library
One of our longer term projects is to gather together all the best teaching material from all of our academies together into one place where any member of staff, or indeed student can access it. So much stuff sits on shared drives in one school, or on a teacher's laptop gathering digital dust. Collation is not as easy as making a website to put everything on of course... but a good selection of material is now available at resources.dret.cloud (again a login is required to view actual material, however as we feature materials on this blog we will make some available at featured.dret.cloud).
IT SupportThe start of term is a busy time. As a gentle reminder to staff and students at all our academies, please place requests for any kind of IT help to firstname.lastname@example.org. The system will do its best to place your issue with the right technician automagically and we will ensure it gets dealt with promptly.
- We've been working on a lot of staff development material and planning this summer which we'll be announcing over the coming weeks. If you'd like a sneak preview you can have a look at awards.dret.cloud
- Pen Drives and External hard drives will no longer be allowed on our systems from the end of the year, we've prepared support material to help those who still depend on them to make the switch.
- There's been a lot of "plumbing" happening to get our internet filtering to be less intrusive, more effective and to allow us to spot potential at risk behaviour before it becomes serious. We'll be sharing some articles highlighting how the system works.