Partner Launch Event
Tues. 11th June 2013 - 4pm to 5.30pm
Solutions inc. education team are pleased to announce that we are now working in partnership with Specialist Apps to supply and support School eLockers. To celebrate our new partnership we would like to invite you to our launch event. We will be demonstrating this innovative collaborative sharing platform and inviting a limited number of schools to join us in a pilot scheme.
We sincerely hope you can join us,
The Education Team.
Venue: Solutions inc. The Joinery, 255 Old Shoreham Road. Hove. BN3 7ED
About School eLockers:
A mobile solution for the coming decade
Schools everywhere are looking to take advantage of the latest mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets. School eLockers is designed from the ground up to work on these modern devices.
Using a combination of HTML5 and native apps, School eLockers works on the.
It also doesn't matter if you're using mobile devices 1-1 or are you're using shared devices, School eLockers hasbuilt directly into the apps.
Distribution, collaboration and assessment
School eLockers makes it incredibly easy for teachers to share documents, images, video, web sites, and any other digital learning resource with their students. eLockers are organised into classes and groups matching those already setup in your school.
Students can also share their work with their teachers and peers.
Any shared item can have ratings, tags and comments added to it so that you can have class discussions or formative feedback. Your.
If you’re a teacher or a student then our customer setup process means when you first log in to School eLockers you can start collaborating instantly.
There’s- it’s all just there and ready to go. This means you can concentrate on the really important bit - teaching and learning.
Keep your data nearby in the private cloud
Your data is incredibly important to you, and at School eLockers we take this very seriously.
Unlike many other solutions you can choose toon your own school network. This ensures you know exactly where your data is.
If you prefer, we can also host School eLockers for you on our cloud service, and we'll make sure that the hosting facility is as local to you as we can get it.
Whichever hosting option you choose, it's aall the way. This means you don't need to worry about software updates, configurations and issues - we take care of everything.
Integration, integration, integration
If you want to make things easy for your IT staff and simple to use for your end users then you need a system that is going to integrate with the existing software and services you use.
School eLockers has several options for integration including, and .
School eLockers also integrates with a large number of creativity and productivity apps across desktop and mobile.
So easy it actually makes a difference
School eLockers is really easy to use for teachers and students alike. The web interface uses the latest HTML5 drag and drop features to make sharing completely straightforward, and our apps keep things equally as simple.
What this means for you is that you get a system that people can actually use with the- which then means you get the benefits to teaching and learning that you are looking for.
Project Torpedalo - Extreme Machine from Extreme CAD
Project Torpedalo is quite simply the most advanced pedal boat ever created and it is to be used to cross the Atlantic! Madness you say? Well two Design Engineers from Bently Motors: Mark Byass and Mike Sayer have designed and built their own pedalo and they plan to pedal 3,000 miles (naked!) in December 2011. It is important to note this is for charity (also to break the World Record), the objective is to raise £250k for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association. So what has this got to do with Computer Aided Design (aka CAD)? Well you can't take this boat on a real test drive, you can't sit and pedal for 30 days just to make sure it works. So what do you do? DIGITAL PROTOTYPING
Digital Prototyping in a Real World
Back to Project Torpedalo
Crucial CAD for a Crucial Design
Charity and the World Record
iOS 5 Education - Deployment Guide
Learn how to deploy and support iOS devices in an education environment. This guide is designed for those responsible for the deployment of iOS devices, from IT leadership to implementors. It highlights best practices and considerations relevant to deploying and supporting iOS devices in education environments. Much of the content is US-centric but still very useful: Download PDF
Getting Started with Apple iOS
A guide for using iPad, iPod touch, and iTunes for K-12 teaching and learning: Download PDF
Coding & Creating Apps
Configuration Profiles & Device Management
Wiki Server & WebDAV
Wiki Server provides an easy to use environment to empower collaboration in the classroom.
WebDAV is the technology used to save documents to your school server.
More Great Links & Blogs
The largest collection of eduational resources on the internet:
If you have information you’d like to share with this group or If you have further questions, please get in touch.
Financing the 1:1 initiative
The 1:1 initiative is a vision to provide a mobile device - iPad - for every student in school. It is becoming increasingly common for schools to investment in infrastructure to support the devices - Managed WiFi, MDM, Servers - and then offer cost effective ways for parents to contribute towards their own mobile devices.
Solutions inc. offer a range of finance plans suiatble for all types of schools. However, recent legislation dictates that state schools must only enter into a compliant operating lease. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the various options; how to engage parents in a contribution scheme, Gift Aid, warranty & insurance options, suitable protective cases, software apps, delployment and device management - the whole end to end process.
Understanding Compliant Operating Leases for Schools
Schools will lease for a number of reasons. The main two are to update equipment regularly and to assist with cashflows (for example, yearly budgets may not be sufficient to purchase equipment outright). Today, virtually anything moveable can be leased with the most common items being PCs, i-pads, Servers, storage and IT equipment.
Types of Leases
There are 2 basic types of leases:
1.) Finance Lease
This type of lease transfers the risks and rewards of the asset to the person taking out the lease. It is similar to hire purchase where at the end of the lease the asset belongs to the purchaser. This type of lease is classed as a credit arrangement, i.e. borrowing. Schools are not permitted, under the Schools Financial Regulations to enter into borrowing so cannot enter into a Finance lease.
2.) Operating Lease
This is the only type of lease a school is allowed to enter into. With this type the leasing company maintains the risks and rewards of owning the asset throughout the term of the lease. On termination, the school is given the option to either purchase or return the equipment to the leasing company or alternatively extend the lease.
Is it an Operating Lease?
From the 2010/11 financial year onwards, Local Government is to be governed by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and this has affected how leases are classified. Previously the SSAP 21 test (Statement of Standard Accounting Practice 21) could be used to determine whether a lease is an operating or finance lease; under International standards this is no longer applicable
To determine whether a lease is classified as an operating or finance lease, the following 4 questions must be answered;
Does the lease transfer ownership of the asset to the lessee by the end of the lease term?
Does the lessee have the option to purchase the asset at a price that is expected to be sufficiently lower than the fair value so as to make it reasonably certain the option will be exercised?
Is the lease term for the major part of the economic life of the asset?
Is the lease asset of such a specialised nature that only the lessee can use it without major modifications?
If most of the answers are "No" then usually the lease is classed as an operating lease rather than a finance lease.
The new test requires more judgement than the previous SSAP21 test and could be interpreted differently by various parties.
Using the above questions, Schools will be able to gauge whether they believe a lease is an operating lease or not. Schools are always advised to check with their local authority and seek additional guidance.
Regional Training Centre
About the centre
Our aim is to provide an informal environment where teachers and technicians can explore Apple technologies regardless of experience or expertise. We host regular hands-on workshops where teachers learn to use technologies to enhance creativity in the classroom, right across the curriculum. Our own staff host most sessions, but we also invite teachers and technicians with specialist skills to present and run workshops throughout the year across all of the following subjects:
• Mobile Learning
• Podcasting for Primary teachers
• Podcasting for Secondary teachers
• Stop-frame Animation
• Music technology
• Advanced Video & Music Production
Get Set for Mobile Learning
An afternoon with David Kirtlan
Wednesday 7th December
We are excited to announce our first afternoon of free hands-on workshops for teachers hosted by David Kirtlan, Apple Distinguished Educator and Director of Education at The Backstage Academy.
The afternoon is arranged in three sessions; feel free to attend as many as you can. The third session starts at 3.30 but we will welcome later arrivals up to 4.30 pm.
To reserve your place contact Anthony Jorge:
All teachers are welcome to attend.
1.30 - 2.15 pm : Learning Diaries
This practical session will explore simple content creation. Using the built-in camera, we’ll capture and edit video and add narration & music. We’ll also discuss how this can be used within the curriculum for assessment purposes.
2.30 - 3.15 pm : Storyboards & Newsletters
Using the iWork suite we will experience how to create storyboards and newsletters to help students evidence their own learning, encourage reflective thought and peer assessment.
3.30 - 5.30 pm : Mobile Learning
This session will demonstrate the key aspects of mobile learning, highlighting the benefits and issues when using such technology within a classroom. We will explore some of the best applications available, focusing on learning and providing examples of successful projects with student outcomes. We will also allow time to discuss the range of mobile devices supported, focussing on embedding them into the curriculum and schemes of work.
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