Our purchasing framework with the University of Nottingham

Our purchasing framework with the University of Nottingham

Now that the national Apple framework has expired, we’ve teamed up with the University of Nottingham to create a new purchasing framework for universities.

We provide centralised ordering, delivery and repair for the university’s Apple devices. We’re now the sole supplier for their national purchasing framework, which is a comprehensive and compliant alternative to the NWUPC HE Framework… and we can do this for your university too!

What we can offer

As the UK’s largest business to business Apple provider, we can provide excellent pricing on Apple kit, storage, networks and peripherals. We also have a services team and in-house support desk dedicated to delivering the best possible Apple experience – and we want to make this high standard of service available to universities across the UK.

We offer:

– Faster Apple repairs. Our typical turnaround time is no more than four business days, including nationwide collection and return. We also offer next day loans when necessary.

– Expert accredited team. We have a 97% customer satisfaction rating for Apple repairs, independently verified by Apple.

– Longer usable lifetimes for devices. We offer four year warranties instead of the usual three, and offer upgrade and refurbishment services.

– Open, honest and competitive Apple pricing. For all our desktops, notebooks, iOS devices and underlying infrastructure.

– Dedicated account management. We provide management information to allow efficient, pan- university understanding of purchases and assets.

– Purchasing portal integration. We can provide a backend ordering system integrated with SciQuest, and restrict the stock list to approved models.

– Greener IT provision. We partner with local environmental company Go4Greener to ensure we meet environmental standards, including using recycled packaging from local suppliers.

If you’re thinking of refreshing your devices or infrastructure, we can run through your requirements and see how the framework could benefit you.

If you’d like to know more about our HE framework, get in touch on 03332 409 333 or at HEframework@Jigsaw24.com, or download the PDF here.

Video: Why do you need Apple School Manager?

Video: Why do you need Apple School Manager?

In this tutorial, Regional Education Manager Rob Williams runs us through why you need to manage your school’s devices and how to implement these effectively in your school with Apple School Manager.

For more information on device management, get in touch with the team on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Transforming teaching with Apple at Nether Alderley Primary School

Transforming teaching with Apple at Nether Alderley Primary School

Nether Alderley are using iPad to engage parents and improve results by personalising learning. They weigh in on their favourite classroom apps, the benefits of Macs, and how to get parents on board with 1:1 schemes.

Nether Alderley were looking to develop the use of Apple devices in the classroom, and found the support they needed in our e7 Pilot programme. After the pilot, they rolled out iPad across Year 5 and 6, opted for a mobile Mac suite instead of a PC lab, and have opened a new staff development suite. Here’s the story of their conversion to Apple devices…

 

If you want to know more about iPad in education, give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Increasing accessibility with iPad in the classroom

Increasing accessibility with iPad in the classroom

iPad has become the technology of choice in UK classrooms, providing tools to support learning but also addressing the diverse range of challenges some learners face – without introducing the stigma that other technologies can often create in the classroom.

Check out our video to find out how iPad provides a toolkit to support learning for all students, regardless of their unique abilities.

 

If you want to know more about iPad in education, give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

The Jigsaw24 Edu Store: An easier way to procure Apple IT for the classroom

The Jigsaw24 Edu Store: An easier way to procure Apple IT for the classroom

When it comes to procuring equipment for schools, you want a provider to be able to offer easy, convenient purchasing, with everything in one place – not to mention great prices! – so we’ve developed our new Edu Store to do just that!

Check out our short video guide to find out how our Edu Store will make purchasing a breeze.

 

If you want to know more about iPad in education, give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Our infrastructure and device management services for education

Our infrastructure and device management services for education

We know that a successful deployment is more than just getting devices in hands. Our solutions help both students and teachers get the most out of their devices they use in their work every day.

In this video, we lay out everything we can do to help your school on its way towards a successful technology deployment, in particular establishing a robust wireless infrastructure including network and WiFi surveys, installation services, structured cabling and switches.

If you want to know more about our services for education, give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Testing digital leaders’ film making skills at Langley Grammar School

Testing digital leaders’ film making skills at Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School’s Digital Leaders play a vital role in making sure that the school’s IT and iPad provision supports and engages students, and that there’s always a clear line of communication from the staff making IT policies to the students working under them.

When we heard that the school had just added some new Digital Leaders to the team, we thought it only right that they be put through their paces – it’s a very important role, after all. With that in mind, we set them a challenge: make a video explaining how iPad is benefiting your education, using only that same iPad.

Using their trusty iPads, students had to script, shoot and edit a three minute video showing how the school was encouraging creative, independent learning, and trying to make lessons more fun.

We’re not completely cruel, so we made sure one of our Apple Education Trainers (and former teacher) Mike Watkinson was on hand to answer any questions about apps the students hadn’t used before, but otherwise they were on their own. Over to Mike…

“Myself and Langley’s Specialist Leader for Education, Dan Mace, briefed the digital leaders on the project – this was the first time they had been asked to carry out a task like this with the knowledge that what they were producing would represent the school, so quite intimidating for them I think!

“They had also not worked on a larger scale video project, so we discussed ideas around planning and storyboarding. The students were asked how would they like to represent ways that iPad is used in the school, and what the practicalities of capturing that information would be.

“They then assigned roles to members of the team, including scriptwriters, camera operators, presenters, editors, musicians and so on, and set to work.”

The students were only using a small amount of pre-recorded footage, such as that taken from existing projects, so needed no capture and edit their contributions very quickly, as they only had a day to script, shoot and cut the video.

Mike explained: “The idea was to review each contribution as a group then compile the contributions to make the final film, adding titles and music as appropriate. iMovie was the main tool used for this process, but music was composed by members of the team using GarageBand.

“The students planned the content and structure of the final piece and captured and/or created all the materials, with guidance from Dan and myself only being around how such projects can be organised and delivered, and a little help with timekeeping! Considering they were new to the role and the process I think the results do them and the school great credit!”

If you want to know more about iPad in education, give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Enriching the student experience with iPad and Langley Grammar School

Enriching the student experience with iPad and Langley Grammar School

Why are iPads so valuable to the student experience? We put our heads together to figure it out, and in the end we decided… we should probably just ask the kids at Langley Grammar school, who are into their fourth year of using iPads in the classroom.

We asked pupils to tell us how iPad has affected their learning, and they replied with this video, shot and edited entirely on their iPads. Students say that iPads enable “fun, independent and creative” learning, which prepares them for the future of technology.

Independent, versatile learning

iPad enables independent learning, opening up the learning process by allowing students to personalise their work based on their own preferred learning style, helping them to stay engaged and grasp concepts better. Students at Langley Grammar say that the “best part about iPad is having the ability to control the way in which we learn”, as they can go through each lesson at their own pace and to make their learning more effective. Students say that they “now have a full system built on independent learning”. They’re even able to test themselves at home, accessing class materials with a link to the school’s server system. And with iPad’s built-in features that make it accessible to students of all ages and abilities, the benefits can be felt by all pupils.

Encouraging creativity in a fun learning environment

As iPad becomes a core part of learning, students are able to be more creative by utilising the wealth of tools available to them. Pupils can take advantage of multiple ways of producing and presenting work to their peers and teachers, which were not available to them before iPads were introduced, giving students more freedom in their learning. Langley Grammar pupils tell us that they’re able to be more creative with iPad, as it opens up “new opportunities that couldn’t be done without iPads”, allowing them to “rethink learning”.

Because iPad allows for more fun learning, students say they are “more engaged and remember more” from their lessons. Creative activities with the iPad (such as shooting and editing videos such as this one) allow them to develop their technology skills in an enjoyable, competitive way. Pupils are eager to work with the iPads, looking forward to lessons that involve the device.

“Rolling out iPad in schools has had a huge impact on student learning and the effectiveness of using technology in the classroom,” says Paul Ford, our head of education. “As a result of creating a more engaging, more collaborative learning environment, we’ve seen schools smash their targets in terms of both grades and student satisfaction.”

If you’re looking to boost creativity and independent learning in your school, we’ve got everything you need to get up and running – from the iPads themselves and their protective cases and charging carts, to mobile device management (MDM) software and training. We also offer extended warranties and repairs, onsite support, helpdesk, training for first line technicians, IT health checks and more, so you’re covered from end to end.

To find out more about iPad in education, drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

Video: Help students achieve the best exam results with Revision Plan

Video: Help students achieve the best exam results with Revision Plan

In this video, Jigsaw24 Head of Education Paul Ford discusses Revision Plan, a piece of software and app that helps students achieve the best exam results. It allows you to schedule revision activities to ensure that all students revise effectively, and they have the best chance of success in their exams, through the creation of personalised revision plans for each student.

Want to find out more about the services we provide for education? Call us on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com.You can also follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook for the latest education news.

We’re one of just 14 Apple Solution Experts for Education!

We’re one of just 14 Apple Solution Experts for Education!

Jigsaw24 are now one of just 14 Apple Solution Experts for Education (ASE), due to recent changes in their channel approach in education.

According to the CRN website: “Apple has overhauled its channel approach in education, leaving just 14 UK resellers on the books for the competitive vertical. CRN understands that the vendor giant between 24 and 26 Apple Solution Experts – Education (ASE) previously, with Softcat, Insight and Misco all apparently missing out. The 14 remaining ASEs in education are: Academia, MCC, GBM, Trams, Albion, KRCS, Western Computer, Toucan, Jigsaw24, XMA, BT Direct Business, JTRS and for Ireland Wiggle and Compu b.”

Read the full article here.

Want to find out more about the services we provide for education? Call us on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com.You can also follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook for the latest education news.