Let’s Go Virtual!

In June of this year Kieran Kelly blogged about bringing new life back into his school’s 34 Windows XP computers by going down the road of a clean re-install. This batch of PC’s were rejuvenated and Kieran was looking forward to the new academic year and a whole lot less hassle from IT related issues. However a recent announcement about XP has probably cast a shadow over Kieran’s hopes and…

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The slowing computer and what to do?

Throughout this year I have spent many hours and days being told by teachers that their computer is slowing down and that the computer wouldn’t play CDs or DVDs and a hundred other things. As a full time teacher all of these IT problems eat away into my lunch breaks, early mornings and after school hours. Just as I was thinking that my summer months were going to be eaten…

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Quick and Easy Screencasts with Screenr

Screenr (http://www.screenr.com) is a free web-based tool for creating short (limited to 5 minutes in length) screencasts (video recording of a computer screen that can be accompanied by audio narration). There is no software to install on your computer (you may be asked to allow a Java applet to run however) which means it can run on both PC and Mac and can also be accessed from any computer with…

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Pushing Twitter further with Tweetdeck

The power of Twitter for educators has been well illustrated by others in previous posts on this blog. For most of us, when we first set up our Twitter account, we tend to use the Twitter website as the place we go to read and post tweets. This is how I started also; however as I began to realise the increasing usefulness of Twitter, I also felt the need for…

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Dropbox. A Great App For Teachers

​It’s becoming increasingly common for computer users  to have important files living on multiple PCs. The challenge is keeping these files synced across various systems—without the need to e-mail anything to yourself or carry a USB drive. That’s where Dropbox comes in. This cloud-based service’s cross-platform compatibility, file versioning, and a free iPhone app make it one of the most well-rounded syncing solutions available. Dropbox offers users an online backup…

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Get into the MESH!

​Trying to keep files synched between home and work PCs is a difficult task at the best of times which usually involves a plethora of memory sticks that are all too easily lost and is dependant on remembering to update, If the process above rings bells for you personally maybe its time to tap into the synching possibilities of cloud computing. For nearly a year now I’ve been using the…

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Five for Fighting: Firefox Add-ons for Education

This week, Mozilla Firefox celebrates its fifth birthday (http://www.spreadfirefox.com/5years/en-US/). Firefox logo As a long time fan and user of Firefox (I’m using it for a good three and a half years of those five) I’m often surprised by how many people have not tried it (the most common reason cited is that Internet Explorer is already on their PC, so why change?). While I could give a long list of…

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