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Has Teams saved the day?
Possibly! Since the beginning of lockdown, we’ve seen a significant number of schools making full use of their existing Office 365 licenses by activating MS Teams as an online learning environment.
For those of you who haven’t got going with Teams yet, in this article we are going to explore and answer some of the most common questions schools have prior to activating and using Teams:
Schools ICT has developed a solution to help you stay connected during the school closure period. Microsoft has a tool called Teams which can be used for collating learning resources and directing learners. Teams also include collaboration tools such as chat and video calling which can be switched on in preparation for co-operative learning experiences from remote locations.
A full school set-up is a long-term project, but Schools ICT has developed a lighter version that can be quickly deployed to get you up and running. We are calling this Rapid Teams.
School leaders are always under pressure to make decisions, and they make these with the best interests of their students, staff and community as a priority in each one they make. We take a look at how teaching and learning can continue without the use of traditional school buildings and classroom structures.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day we’re joining Smoothwall, our digital safety partner, to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Smoothwall is offering all schools under North Yorkshire County Council, a 6-month free subscription to their e-safety training in partnership with National Online Safety.
Schools that have decided to not take up the new Sophos Anti-virus contract should by now have installed a new Anti-virus product. The current Sophos Licenses expired on the 10th June 2019.
Schools that have not bought the new Sophos contract must remove the Sophos Anti-virus from the school’s desktops, laptops and servers. Schools ICT can arrange a technician to attend, please note there is a cost associated with this. (School technicians can uninstall during normal school visits time permitting). Please get in touch for a quote.
Microsoft will end its support for the Windows 7 operating system on 14 January 2020. This means that automatic updates that protect your computer will no longer be available. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 before January 2020 to benefit from all the security and updates that are released to a fully supported operating system.