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Life after memory sticks FAQ

It's only been a few weeks since we said goodbye to memory sticks at the Trust, and it's great to see how many have adapted to a new way of working. However, we appreciate that there maybe some occasions whereby a USB or hard disk drive is necessary, for example, when a visitor comes to your school or when you have to send student work off externally. On those occasions you will need to get approval for either a one-off or permanent exception by emailing ITSupport@dret.co.uk.

For other questions or queries, we have put together a 'Life after memory sticks FAQ' document, which we hope will answer any other questions you have or point you in the right direction to speak to someone that can help you and your teams.


For any questions or queries that you can't find an answer to in the document, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the eLearning Team:
Ben Thompson (BThompson@dret.co.uk) Yasmin Tuck (YTuck@dret.co.uk)

Life After Pen Drives

From 1st January 2018 external hard discs and pen drives (essentially any storage connected to a computer by USB) are no longer permitted on David Ross Education Trust IT systems.
Survival Guide We've shared a number of articles and videos about good alternatives to USB storage, there really is no reason to carry on using them.

Using Google Drive instead of a pen driveHow to use FileStream - adding Google Drive as a G: drive to your PCAn online course in using Cloud StorageBook Training for you, your team or indeed your school.
But What If? The "ban" is a change to the terms of use of IT systems across the Trust. Initially at least, there is no technical block - if you plug in a USB drive tomorrow it will work (but don't, you'll be in breach of our terms of use and your account will be suspended).

If you have a legitimate special case (eg an exam board requirement) contact itsupport@dret.co.uk and a written authorisation will be given to cover that situation (and …

Two Stars and a Wish from 2017

Looking forward to 2018, here are three of my favourite posts from 2017. Thank you to everyone, both colleagues at DRET and from the wider education community that have shared ideas with us and given us feedback on the materials shared here. Remember some of the very best material is collated at http://tips.dret.cloud

Moderation Using Digital Tools was a really popular post by Ben in March. It arose from groups of colleagues asking for ways to do something important and useful in a less time consuming and more effective way. Technology often promises to make lives easier and work better but doesn't always deliver: this approach building on two tools that have become mainstream for us in 2017 - collaboration on a document online and video conferencing lived up to the bill.

One from Yasmin that I think marked an important step forward this year concerned DRET.TV - introducing DRET.TV 2.0 - Office 365 Video surprised us by the speed it was adopted in the second half of 2016-17 with te…