SCHOOL ICT NEWS BULLETIN No 143 - 24/03/2009

Published by Children’s Services


Internet content filtering

A change is being made to our Internet service to make it more friendly when you view a web page that has been filtered due to inappropriate content. The new filtered message will show the category which the page has been filtered against and a sample page can be viewed online.

Requests to block or allow web pages via the Norfolk Schools Internet should be made to the ICT Solutions Service Desk.

This change will take place over the Easter Holidays.

Author: Jay Zelos

Norfolk Schools Web Server upgrade

Some changes are being made to the Norfolk Schools web hosting service during the Easter holidays. The current service is being retired and a new one with more functionality and greater capacity will be put in place. All schools websites currently using this service will be automatically migrated.

Schools which have chosen to host their websites via external partners are not affected by this migration.

Schedule of Events

  1. 20/03/09 An email will be sent to each school with details for how to upload to the new web service.
  2. 08/04/09 A reminder email to be sent to each school for details of how to upload to the new web service.
  3. 14/04/09 Migration Starts.
  4. 14/04/09 The existing service will suspend the ability for schools to update their website.
  5. 15/04/09 School websites are migrated from the existing service to the new service. Test some migrated web sites to ensure the process has been performed correctly. Remove existing web service in favour of the new web service.
  6. 16/04/09 Enable schools to access the new web service.
  7. 16/04/09 Schools using Microsoft FrontPage components should upload a fresh copy of their website to re–activate their hit counters etc.
  8. 17/04/09 Migration complete.

Author: Jay Zelos

Fronter91 Upgrade 20th March 2009

There will be an update to Fronter91 on the 20th March 2009.

For more details please see the following two PDF documents:

Author: Sebastian Gasse

Launch of the eSafety policy guidance and the Norfolk ePyramid: ICT in Schools Conference 2009

A large thank you to all schools who attended this years ICT conference and for all of the contributions which ensured that all attendees were subject to a full and entertaining programme.

Please remember that your encryption keys are already preloaded with direct links to:

  • eSafety Policy Guidance and Toolkit
  • Norfolk ePyramid – Transformation Strategy

Revisit the conference website to find the links for presentations given by the keynote speakers.

For those schools who were not present at this years conference and would like more information on eSafety and the Norfolk ePyramid please visit the ICT Solutions home page and follow the links from the side bar on the left hand side of the website.

Author: Judy Houghton

ICT in Schools Conference 2009

Thank you to everyone who attended the ICT in Schools Conference 2009.

There is still time for you to give us your feedback, so please take the time, if you have not already done so, to complete the relevant short survey:

Thank you.

Author: Judy Houghton

Domain registration offers from 3rd parties

Please be aware that we have had a report from a school approached by a third party regarding registration of domains. The third party stated that they wanted to register domains based upon the school name in order to set up email accounts on these domains.

We would like to remind schools that they already have established domains as part of their broadband contract and to contact ICT Solutions if you require advice on setting up or using websites or email provision. Please be wary of third parties offering unnecessary chargeable services which are not NCC approved.

Author: Stewart Parvin

e1 Performance (Assessment Training) Information

The e1 project provides one half day training session for one delegate per school, on e1 performance, focusing on statutory assessment set up and data entry.

These half day training sessions have been arranged in Norwich and the west of the County in April, May and June 2009. Morning and afternoon sessions will be available.

Schools that transferred to e1 since 1st June 2008 will not be charged.

Schools that moved to e1 prior to this date and wish to re–attend will be charged half day training session rate of £90 (contract) £138 (non contract).

To book a place and for further information please go to www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk. From the home page A–Z select C for courses and Course bookings at ICT Solutions. Alternatively, from the side bar on the home page select Training Services and Book a Training Course.

Available training dates will be posted on the website on 1st March 2009. Please book at your earliest possible convenience after 1st March 2009 to secure your preferred session.

Author: Rachel Hudson

ICT Solutions Training Programme 2009/2010

The 2009/2010 training brochure has been published and copies will be in the schools post on 27th February.

Course information and the course booking system is now available on www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk select Training Services from the side bar and then select Book a Training Course or directly on www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk/training/booking/

The brochure introduces a range of courses to enhance the ICT skills, from the novice user to those who are administering and maintaining the schools ICT infrastructure. The courses also support the delivery of teaching and learning, ensuring school staff are confident and competent in using ICT platforms.

In addition we are offering a full range of refresher training courses in e1 including MS office and Internet skills courses to support e1 implementation in school.

Course: Getting the most out of MS Office
Venue: Norwich PDC & West Norfolk PDC
Date: 21st May (N) and 14th May (W)
Time: 9.30–12.30
Cost: £90.00 (contract) £138 (non contract)

Course: Internet Skills
Venue: South Green Park Mattishall
Date: 12th May, 19th May, 9th June and 18th June
Time: 9.30–12.30
Cost: £90 (contract) £138 (non contract)

Courses are delivered at Norwich PDC West Norfolk PDC and South Green Park Mattishall. Alternatively, school site training can be arranged according to requirements. Details of the venue locations and directions can be found on the following page: www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk/training/TrainingVenues.aspx

Author: Rachel Hudson

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