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21 January 2009

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GCSE Media Studies initial run of five podcasts went live today – total set up time by teacher – 5 mins. Students already subscribing to feed through iTunes/podcast catcher and the like. Great result and 110% from the Media Studies department – “Distributing engaging digital content to students could not be easier.” Part of the […]

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Update with Secure gateway

13 January 2009

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Secure gateway is now set up and working like a treat. We are in the process of setting up the pooled machines for student access. We are using one of our Technology suites along with a Maths ICT suite to run Secure Gateway clients in the evening for students. Reason for choosing these rooms was […]

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Secure Gateway at Costello

11 January 2009

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Secure Gateway is finally up and running. What is it? Simple – it is a service that gives all of our staff and students access to using school computers from home. Once authenticated through the learning platform students/staff can select a computer to use from a pool of remote machines. The benefits of this service […]

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Hampshire Police and FROG

9 January 2009

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Have been asked for a press release by Hampshire Police on FROG and how we are developing it’s use with our local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Looks like this will get Hampshire Wide coverage within Hampshire Police internal publications as well as an article in the local Basingstoke Gazette. I had a meeting with Lee and […]

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Initial thoughts for the New Year

9 January 2009

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It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, so, let me start by wishing you all the best for 2009. If it is anything like mine has started it’s going to be a great one! Two weeks off from school allowed for a great deal of subconcious thinking and visioning, I’ve come […]

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Safer Neighbourhoods

16 December 2008

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It has now been a week since the launch of our safer neighbourhoods area on FROG. The students have really engaged with it so far, with a number of posts being put on the forum – mainly asking about our PC/PCSO who come into school every week – who they are/why they come in… Feedback […]

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Embedding online applications into FROG

10 December 2008

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The development of web based applications are going to see some interesting developments in schools. A few weeks ago, one of my students showed me an online graphics application called Sumo Paint. This student is studying CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) and did not have photoshop/fireworks at home but wanted to continue with work. This […]

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Developing stronger Community Partnerships

8 December 2008

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Over the weekend I wrote a page to be embedded in the student portal to develop our already strong relationships with our local safer neighbourhoods team. Currently our local PCSO and PC come in to school every couple of weeks to chat to students and make themselves known, developing good relationships with students in the […]

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Community Policing meeting online community at Costello

6 December 2008

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I’ve just spent the past hour putting together an online community within our student portal for our local safer neighbourhood team – PC Lee Stanbrook and PCSO Alex Wheatland. Both officers are able to log onto the specific community policing page which will allow them to engage with our students (and vice versa) through a […]

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Securing Culture of E-Learning

1 December 2008

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Just finished the staff meeting here at Costello that has been put over to securing the vision of E-Learning at the college. In an hour and 10 minutes I’ve tried to develop staff’s understanding of E-Learning, where we are now and where we want to go – securing our vision of E-Learning in the process. […]

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