The summer holidays are here and all of us at Turn IT On hope you have a chance to relax over the break!
Throughout the summer our technical and MIS helpdesks will be open if you have any IT issues in your school or need support with SIMS and Integris.
Our summer installations agenda is now full, the installation team will be installing Alpha Panels, Ruckus Wireless and Hall AV systems whilst our consultants will be installing Turn IT On Discover Networks. The school holidays are the best time for installations as there is access to all classrooms and any downtime needed to make changes and improvements have little impact. If you have installations you would like to schedule for October Half Term speak with your consultant or School Development manager when you get back in September.
We look forward to seeing you in September for an exciting new school year!
Thursday 13th July was the 8th National Venus Awards, where regional winners, sponsors and guests all came together to celebrate women in business and award the National Winners.
Over fifty regional winners competed across 19 categories for a coveted National Venus Award trophy. The bringing together of the Venus family of inspirational and influential women from across several counties and regions made for a remarkable and celebratory afternoon.
Here at Turn IT On we were very happy to hear that our Head of HR, Sally Bannister was awarded National HR Manager of the Year!
Sally attended the event on Thursday with her 4-year-old daughter Evie (a prime example of Sally’s busy family and work schedule!) and both had a lovely time with the event which offers great networking opportunities with influential women across the country.
Of the Venus Awards process Sally said:
“Thank you so much. It has reminded me that you are never too old to keep learning and developing. It has been brilliant, I have had so much fun on the journey. My sponsor, Marcus Cauchi, is now my mentor and I can’t thank you enough for introducing us!”
We are very proud of Sally for winning this award and for all the hard work she has always put in since joining Turn IT On in 2014.
On Thursday 6th July Sally and Becky represented Turn IT On at the Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards and we were over the moon to find out we won The Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award!
The awards afternoon was held at Vinters’ Hall in London, Working Families Chief Executive Sarah Jackson OBE, opened the afternoon followed by Inga Beal DBE, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London. The awards were presented and a celebratory afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.
Here at Turn IT On we actively recruit staff to work flexibly and innovate ways to support those who work in non-traditional ways. A number of our managers work reduced hours and/or from home on a regular basis. Our managers are role models in their use of flexible working options and flexible working is actively promoted. All flexible workers are valued and recognised for their efforts across the company. You can find out more about our flexible working in our case study here on page 5, you can also read the case studies of the other winners there.
Thank you to Working Families for a great awards afternoon and thank you to Direct Line Group for sponsoring our category. We will continue to develop our flexible working offerings and ensuring that all our staffs needs are catered for.
This term Pablo Joyce, one of our London consultants, has been planning a High Altitude Balloon Flight at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School and the launch is scheduled for tomorrow morning!
Weather permitting the class will be launching a high altitude balloon into the stratosphere at 11 am with a Raspberry Pi attached to a Pi the Sky board and a LORA board – this will record the flight telemetry as the balloon drifts with the wind and beam a balloon’s eye view of the world. There will also be 3 Raspberry Pi Zeros on-board, each with a camera attached, taking a mix of stills and videos but not sending any data back so these will be seen when the payload is found. Once launched a car chase will begin to follow the balloon from launch site to landing site – which could be anywhere from a muddy ditch, up a tree or somewhere in the North Sea! The flight time is expected to be around 2 and half hours and altitude of over 30,000m is planned.
If you would like to follow the balloon’s journey the school will be tweeting @StPaulHAB, #stpaulshab #skycademy. You can track the flight here and the transmitters on the balloon will have the details of altitude, ascent/descent rate and other telemetry information here and here there will be two transmitters, STP1 and STP2 on the balloon. You will also be able to see the progress of the car chase “the_O_mobile_:-)_chase” on the map. The balloon eye view of the world will be beamed here.
The hourly prediction of where the balloon should land if set-off at 11am can be seen here. (The exact time of the launch will depend on the weather so be sure to check twitter for updates!)
This is one of the most ambitious projects a Turn IT On consultant has taken on and we are all excited to see the results. Fingers crossed for the perfect weather!
Last week the popular app Snapchat introduced a new feature called Snap Maps.
This new feature allows users to see the real-time location of the ‘friends’ in their Snapchat Friend List.
The map can be seen by opening Snapchat and pinching out on the camera screen, the map shows your friends current location, marking them with their Bitmoji character allowing you to zoom into their exact location, to find out more about the update visit Snapchats information here.
Since the upgrade has been released safety concerns have been raised as the feature is automatically set to share your location unless you actively change the settings.
To change the settings click on the Settings icon (cog) and click “see my location” to choose the setting which suits you
The BBC have now released a clear and simple step-by-step guide on how to update these settings click here to find out how to access SnapMaps and change the settings.
There are three choices of how your location is shared:
Ghost Mode: which means you are the only person who can see your location but you can still see the locations of your friends that are sharing theirs.
My Friends: in this mode all of your Snapchat contacts can see your location. If a user selects this option it is important to check your friend list to ensure that you know everyone in person and never accept contacts you do not know personally.
Select Friends: this mode allows users to look through their friend list and decide which of their friends will be able to view their location.
The precise pinpoint on a map that this feature provides can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time. Turn IT On recommends that users do not share their location with anyone they do not know in person.
Since this update has been released The UK Safer Internet Centre have provided their top tips with sharing your location:
- Only share your location with people you know in person. Never share your location with strangers.
- Don’t add contacts to Snapchat if you don’t know them in person.
- Regularly review your settings and take an active decision about whether you want people to know your location. Remember you can switch this off at any time. Think about where you’re sharing your location. Location services such as Snap Maps can lead people to your house. Think about what times you’re on the app and whether these are locations you want to share – if not, then turn this off within your settings.
CEOP have released a parents and carers guide to Snapchat which includes information about SnapMaps.
Ruckus Wireless installation at St Ignatius Catholic Primary
St Ignatius Catholic Primary School is a popular primary school based in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. The school had a recent requirement for a new wireless system to provide site-wide coverage for any student, teacher and guest devices. The specification also included a separate guest network facility and required the system to be robust and future proof.
Using a site map provided by the school, Turn IT On were able to complete a detailed site survey which included the number and location of Access Points required, plus a detailed heat map that indicated the theoretical coverage the school would benefit from with the new system. During the survey it was also noted that the school would require new gigabit switches in order to fully optimise the new wireless system.
After the survey was completed, Turn IT On supplied and installed 9 Ruckus R500 Unleashed Access Points in various locations across the school to ensure blanket coverage was provided.
Turn IT On & Ruckus
Turn IT On have worked with Ruckus Wireless for 6 years. Ruckus is a perfect fit solution for the education environment, where a wireless network can be severely tested with a number of mobile devices logging on at the same time. Ruckus is the only wireless provider Turn IT On supply due to its track record of future proofing Turn IT On schools.
Ruckus recently launched a new product called Unleashed. Ruckus Unleashed is a controller-less system that delivers the full functionality of a robust wireless network without the added cost of a controller or associated license. Turn IT On supply Ruckus Unleashed in 90% of wireless installs. It has proven to be very cost efficient for schools.
Unleashed is also very flexible. For example, if further Access Points are required for future buildings or coverage in new areas, they can be deployed without the need for any additional configuration. The new access point is patched into the school network and configures itself according to the existing system.
If you would like more information regarding Ruckus and are considering upgrading your wireless network this summer,
please contact Tom Watson: email@example.com
Congratulations to our Head of HR, Sally Bannister who was awarded the Thames Valley HR Manager of the Year Venus Award on Friday night!
As a dedicated HR professional, Sally strives to ensure that employees feel supported and developed. Since joining Turn IT On in 2014 Sally has made a real difference to the company working to ensure that flexibility, work life balance and an inclusive and open culture are all priorities in the business.
Special thanks to Marcus Cauchi from Sandler Training who sponsored the HR Manager of the year category and has been a great inspiration throughout the process.
The Venus Awards, known as the Working Women’s Oscars, are a fantastic set of awards that recognise and support hardworking women in business. Now in their eighth year with a constantly growing number of regions, the Venus Awards offer women in business an opportunity to let the world know what they do, how they do it, and the challenges they face. You can find out more about the Venus Awards here.
We are very proud of Sally for achieving this award and we wish her all the best towards the National HR Manager of the Year award next month!
Looking out the window at the grey clouds and the heavy rain you might think we have just come back from the Christmas holidays rather than the May Half Term but it really is June!
As we all cross our fingers that the Sun will come back out again Boots have launched the 2017 Soltan Sun Ready campaign. This fun, free and curriculum-linked learning programme offers resources for primary and secondary school children and activities for parents.
Flexible and easy to use resources include videos and worksheets that can be used across Science, Language and Literacy, PSHE, English, Health and Wellbeing and Geography to help your pupils foster healthy and lasting sun care habits to ensure they have an active and sun-safe summer.
This year the campaign includes the Sun Ready Challenge – simply download the app from Google Play or the App Store and print the five ‘sun ready symbols’ before putting them up. The children then scan the ‘sun ready symbols’ with their device, bringing to life a 3D character that teaches them how to stay safe in the sun and sets special challenges and activities. A perfect challenge for use both in school or at home to raise children’s awareness and understanding of sun safety.
If you would like to register your school for free you can do that here. Schools that download the app and accompanying recourses can also win one of 30 free Soltan packs!
Share your activities on social media via #SoltanSunReady
We are excited to announce that Turn IT On are a finalist in the Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards!
Turn IT On have been shortlisted for “The Direct Line Group best for embedded flexible working award” and we are very proud to have been made finalists.
The annual Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards have 11 categories across a range of work-life practices, including flexible working initiatives. Now in their 8th year the Special Awards showcase and celebrate employers’ work-life and flexible working policies and practices. Making the shortlist for a Special Award recognises best practice, innovation and sustainability and marks out winners as leaders in the field.
Here at Turn IT On we fully support flexible working across the company and options to work flexibly are actively promoted, with a focus on helping mothers and fathers take sufficient leave. Many of our staff are part-time and others work remotely to reduce the need for unnecessary travel and allow time for other responsibilities in the lives of our staff.
We are very proud to have been nominated for this award, good luck to all the other finalists. We look forward to the results night on July 6th!
Here at Turn IT On our Curriculum team run a number of curriculum training events throughout the school year, these cover a range of topics and can be tailored to suit the needs of your school.
Recently our Curriculum Lead Martin Long held an iPad training event for several schools within a trust. The session, iPads in the Classroom, gave the schools an overview of a variety of apps that can be used in the classroom and examples of how they can be embedded across the curriculum.
After the session, many of the attendees left their feedback which clearly showed that they found the session to be of a very high standard.
“I am very keen…to get a set of iPads in my school, so I will be going back with lots of fab infromation and reasons of why we should get them”
“More confidence to teach using iPads”
“A lot of new ideas to take back and try in the classroom”
“Hopefully empower the teachers at school to feel more confident to use iPads in lots of different ways”
“This course will definately increase my usage of iPads in my classroom”
“Now have a greater understanding and knowledge to use the iPads apps within lessons more often, feeling more confident”
We always value feedback from our customers and also use the feedback to constantly improve the sessions to ensure schools get the most from the curriculum training sessions.
If you would be interested in a curriculum training session for teachers at your school or your trust of schools, contact the Turn IT On team with your requirements for more information.