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Looking for ways to meet those targets for cross-curricular ICT? It’s all very well adding new software to create content and make learning more engaging and productive for students, but the danger is, where do you find the time to train staff on how to get the most out of it? How do you stop the time teaching students how to use software cutting into their actual learning time? The solution: simpler software…
Software isn’t all about creating great-looking documents, audio and video though – it’s also about making students and staff as productive as possible. Whether you’re running off some word-processed handouts or creating engaging presentations, or need a solution that will make organising your documents and files a whole lot easier, here are our top productivity software picks from Apple, Microsoft and Extensis…
Apple provide their own suite of productivity software (similar to Microsoft Office) which comes free on the latest Mac and iPad models. This includes word processing app Pages, spreadsheet app Numbers and Keynote, which lets you create amazing presentations. Now, they’ve made the whole lot available in your browser too, so you can access documents on the web, and up to 100 students can collaborate on documents at once, making it ideal for large class sets!
You’ll already be familiar with Microsoft Office, but you might not know about Office 365. This subscription model includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and lets staff and students access the files and documents they need from any device via cloud services – so they always have access to email and schoolwork, whatever happens. They can also save documents to the cloud, get their own mailbox and get more collaborative by sharing and working on the same documents at once.
Digital asset management (DAM) software organises your files so you don’t waste time looking for files, or even having to recreate them from scratch because you can’t find what you’re looking for, and makes sure everything has a standardised, easily-searchable file name, and is in a format that can be opened. The DAM solution we suggest is Extensis Portfolio, which manages all your digital media, including images, videos and more. And as we work closely with industry leader Extensis, we can offer you great prices and service.
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In 2010, Burnage Media Arts College asked us to design, install and support a complete AV solution that would let staff communicate with students and the wider community. Initially, they needed a projection system for their main hall, but soon asked us back to help them install a four-screen video wall in their reception area.
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Creative Edu Autumn/Winter 2016 issue