Our apologies for the postponement of the training session, Supporting School BYOD & 1:1 initiatives. WiC, Windows Intune and the new Windows Server. This event is now programmed for Thursday 5 December 2013 at 3pm in the board room at the CDC building, 99 Cashel Street.
For those with an interest in Microsoft Office 365 and BYOD possibilities this course is a must! We are pleased to welcome Arnika Brown who will run this course. Arnika is a recently appointed Microsoft trainer who is available to support Christchurch schools with Microsoft Office 365. Please register your interest on the events calendar as soon as possible.
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Workshop to be held on 3rd December at 3:30. See the GCSN events calendar for details and to register.
Secondary Champions meeting
The final meeting of this group will be held on 5 December at the CDC board room, 99 Cashel Street between 12:30 and 2:30pm prior to the Microsoft Office 365 event. Lunch will be provided. We will contact the champions about this session in the next few days.
GCSN is continuing its work in developing plans IT learning networks in communities surrounding a number of Christchurch secondary schools.and their associated primary schools. Most of the schools that will be involved have been contacted. For further information please contact email@example.com.
Digital Innovation Hub
GCSN is continuing its work in establishing a digital innovation hub in central Christchurch to cater for the interests and needs of students and schools across the city. Progress continues to be positive. A number of agencies have been very supportive of this initiative.
GCSN is looking at a going to market for a bulk purchasing programme for Google Chromebooks Please send registrations of interest along with with estimated number of devices required and time frames, e.g. term one 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows XP Support Ends April 2014
As of 8th April 2014 Windows will end all support and updates for Windows XP. For those schools still running Windows XP on their laptops and desktops this will pose a serious security threat. We urge you to start planning to migrate those devices to Windows 7 (8.1?) NOW!
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If you’re still running a 12-year-old operating system, it's reasonable to assume that you’re not using cutting-edge hardware. In making a switch from Windows XP to a newer OS, you might face the issue of whether your hardware can keep up.
Some of the machines running Windows XP will be quite old and may not be capable of running Windows 7. The sad reality is it may be time for the tip if that is the case (or to be more ecologically correct, time to recycle them ;-)
Of course, you don’t have to use Microsoft Windows at all.
You could switch from Windows to Linux. If your budget won’t allow you to invest in new hardware right now, youcould switch to Linux. Linux generally runs smoothly on older, less powerful PCs, and you can make it look and feel a lot like Windows to diminish the learning curve.
There are a variety of flavors to choose from, but Ubuntu is one of the more popular. This also offers the benefit of exposing your students to an alternative (and FREE!) operating system.
Or, if you’re going to purchase new hardware anyway, maybe it’s time to consider a switch to Mac OS X. Apple’s OS has been gaining market share, and it has a reputation for being simple and more intuitive than Windows.
And finally, If you rely heavily on Google and cloud-based tools and services, you could also choose Chromebook PCs armed with Google’s Chrome OS.