School ICT News Bulletin No. 173 - 17/12/2010

Published by Children’s Services


Advance notice of the launch date for the new ICT Solutions website

The ICT Solutions website has been refreshed; the date for the launch of the new site will be the 4th January 2011.

The site contains all of the information, help sheets and course bookings the same as the previous site, in addition to new areas including an events and innovation zone.

To visit the new site from the 4th January go to www.ictsolutions.norfolk.gov.uk (saving the link to your favourites for future use). From this date the current website address www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk will redirect you to the new ICT Solutions site.

To assist you in using the refreshed site, we have created a short help video which is available to you from the top of the website, entitled Site user guide. When visiting for the first time we would encourage you to watch this short help video which contains practical examples of methods for using the new site.

Finance content that is currently accessed via www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk and www.efs.norfolk.gov.uk will now be accessed from www.efs.norfolk.gov.uk. Please use the A–Z or search function to access this content. No finance content will be hosted on the new website www.ictsolutions.norfolk.gov.uk. There is a link to www.efs.norfolk.gov.uk on the homepage of the new website. Any existing links/favourites/bookmarks that you have for financial content will continue to work as they currently do.

Requests for assistance and self service access is available via the Request Assistance link located at the top of the website.

We hope you enjoy using the new website and welcome your comments and feedback via the Contact Us option which you can find at the bottom of the website.

Author: Judy Houghton

ICT SERVICES FOR SCHOOLS PROJECT Invitation to School Workshops No 2.

Introduction

Thank you to all schools’ staff who attended the School Workshops held in November to discuss the ICT requirements specific to Norfolk’s schools – a summary of key messages from attendees at these workshops can be found at: http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/page_87.cfm

Thank you too for your responses to the School ICT Requirements’ Questionnaire. We were pleased to receive a total of 945 questionnaire responses from over 200 schools – a summary of those responses will be available at the above website from early January 2011.

We have arranged a second series of School Workshops to take place in January 2011 to obtain your views on the draft ICT Service Design for Schools. This document will be based on the detailed feedback you gave at the November workshops and in the Questionnaire. Please attend one of the workshops (each workshop will cover the same topics) and take the opportunity to walk through and comment on the proposed service design.

As before, the workshops are suitable for:

  • Head Teachers
  • Staff involved in leadership and management of ICT
  • Teaching and non-teaching staff

The dates/venues are:

  • 26th January 2011 at West Norfolk Professional Development Centre, Kilhams Way, Kings Lynn, PE30 2HU
  • 27th January 2011 at South Green Park Enterprise Centre, Mattishall, Dereham, NR20 3JY
  • 28th January 2011 at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich

Lunch will be provided from 1.00pm and the workshops will start at 2.00pm and finish at 4.00pm. To book a place on a workshop please e-mail ICT Business Support with your preferred date and any dietary requirements.

  1. Background – Brief Recap

Members wish to see the integrated ICT Service in place by April 2011.  The rationale for this was outlined in the Fair Funding Consultationdocument.

We want to establish world class ICT for Norfolk Learners and we need robust and secure ICT services and support to enable the highest possible learning outcomes.   It remains our ambition to achieve the aims agreed in the e-learning strategy and to continue to work with schools in line with the principles set out in that document

For further information on the Project, please visit http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/page_87.cfm

 

 

Karen O’Kane                                        Paul Fisher                                                             John Leigh

Head of ICT Services                           Assistant Director,                                                 ICT Business Partner

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Author: Jo North

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