Don't Smile 'til Easter

There aren’t any shortcuts for establishing routines and relationships writes Tony.   Upon joining the teaching profession more than few years ago, I was given a lot of advice. Undoubtedly, this was similar as many of you fellow educators. One of the more interesting pieces of advice that was given to me was “Don’t smile ‘til Easter”....
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Commercial Realities

There’s a good chance that some people will not like me writing the following, but I genuinely feel that I have a responsibility to share some of what I have learnt moving from a senior management position in a school to the same in the commercial world.  There may be a number of things that you already know, but I was personally shocked at how much I had to learn...
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Breaking New Ground

Are you reaping the rewards of a well grounded ICT strategy? Tony Gilbert talks axes, shovels and gardening shears. If you have ever tried to dig a hole with an axe, you will know that although it is possible, it is really not that easy. The same goes with splitting firewood with a shovel. While possible, the time and risk involved warrants the use of a proper tool. When it...
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Cloud FAQs

Q: What’s the difference between public and private cloud? A: Public cloud typically consists of services like Office 365 or Google Apps, public cloud services are all hosted outside of NZ, so don’t expect to be able to upload or download large files with ease.  Private cloud services typically consist of having your servers and data hosted offsite e.g New Era's EduServe...
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Bring Your Own Device FAQs

If you'd like a good read on BYOD backed up by research, try the Alberta Government BYOD Guide for Schools. You can read it here. We have also added a few simple BYOD FAQ's below: Q: Is it best to prescribe to students the type of device or allow anything to be bought to the school? A:  This is very dependent on how the school wishes the devices to be used. If they are critical...
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Wireless FAQs

Q: What is an “Enterprise grade” wireless network and why do I need one? A: Enterprise Grade Wireless consists of well-known hardware from vendors such as Aruba, Ruckus, or Aerohive. These wireless systems have central management, control signal strength to give reliable high density wireless coverage, and deliver flexibility and multiple levels of security. Warranties range...
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