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Department of Basic Education bans JAVA in favour of Delphi, FOSS in favour of Microsoft

At least they won’t have to worry about Java Update notifications… It is a dark time in South African education. Already South African features near the bottom of any study featuring Mathematics and Science ability amongst its learners (GITR 2013, World Economic Forum Report 2012, 2011/2012 World Competitiveness Report, PIRLS 2011 to name a few) […]

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Samsung ATIV

A few months ago I attended a launch event hosted by Samsung for, amongst other things, their ATIV tablet range. I was reasonably impressed at the Windows 8 device then, but thought that it might be cumbersome to use: it is a heavy device. I have been using one as a school work device for […]

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Google Apps Deployment – the Complicated Way

Quite a while ago, I moved all of our student e-mail addresses to Google Apps for Education which was a really straightforward affair. We used a completely separate domain and so there was no complication. Their domain pointed straight at the Google servers and the staff domains pointed to the local Exchange servers. Since merging with […]

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Staff iPad Deployment

It’s been two months now since we deployed iPads to the staff. The staff have taken to the iPads enthusiastically and it is a pleasure to see them being used to fervently. Well, at least in the majority of cases! One of the first things we did was change our morning roll-call procedures so that […]

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Staff iPad Deployment – Day 4

On Tuesday afternoon, I staged a staff meeting to discuss future trends in education and what we as teachers needed to be looking at. The presentation was secondary, however, to the fact that there was a big reveal very soon into the presentation and each teacher got their own iPad. Thanks to an education special […]