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So External Hard Drives and Pen Drives are going to be banned...

We've taken the decision to ban external hard drives and pen-drives from all Trust computers and from all of our premises with effect from 1st January 2018. From that date they just won't work when you plug them into one of our computers. This article hopefully points the way for how to continue to work successfully without that trusted friend. This could inconvenience people - people that use them and me*

Every school still has one or two people that carry everything to and from work every day on that external disc they bought four or five years ago - I know of one colleague who has more than ten year's material on there, and another that lost everything when the drive failed and they had no backup. The ban comes from a security review where these devices were identified as one of our highest risks because:

From a data protection point of view, we know people know not to put any kind of personal or confidential data onto one, but there is always the risk of human error.The…

eLearning Scrapbook of Ideas

Our eLearning Conference is coming up fast and a number of ideas and mini-projects are coming up to release for it. One of these is what we've been calling internally a 'Playbook' then a 'Scrapbook.'

The premise is simple - we have the privilege of working with a lot of very clever people around the DRET Academies and often, something to them that seems mundane or just something they thought they'd show us as an afterthought turns out to be an idea we're blown away by and need to share. Over the year this has happened during visits to other people, at staff CPD events and through the blog, but we wanted to collect them together better. We have picked up many of these snippets and are making "top tips" website for our staff that will be publicly available with help videos etc very shortly.

Sometimes though you need a "brochure" version - on paper - to get attention. So we've packaged together a sample and had it printed for delegates…

Time Saving Tips

I work on a computer everyday, I check, send and respond to emails, I update my calendar, arrange meetings and visits and I create and share resources whilst collaborating with a team of people. They are just a few of my daily activities, and if I can find a way to make any of those jobs easier or quicker then I will. The point is, there are many ways to carry out a task when working on a computer, and there are many technologies that can help you with tasks that you may never have thought about or heard of. For example, for 10 minutes of the day you may stand at the photocopier, waiting for it to become free, and then 9 times out of 10 it is usually having a meltdown. So, if you could save those 10 minutes everyday by scanning documents using an app on your phone, then you probably would.

So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Time Saving Tips - as a first installment of a series of tips and ideas that we will be releasing. If you are interested in saving some time, or workin…