03/09
2021
Does your ‘Google school’ enjoy integration with your phone system?
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 03/09 at 10:00 AM Education, Telephone systems, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Unified communications,
Google school phone system

Since the pandemic began, conversations about communications and IT have changed. Our business development teams opening question is often: “Are you a Google or Microsoft school?” as this will influence the direction of the rest of the conversation with IT and school business...

27/08
2021
Why is education the new playground for ransomware?
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 27/08 at 10:00 AM Education, Security, Web filtering,
Ransomware threat to education sector

The year 2020 saw the pandemic affect schools, colleges and universities in a way no one would have thought possible. As lockdown kicked in, students and teachers were sent home and told to set up for remote working. While teachers were trying to meet the curriculum needs,...

20/10
2020
Remote teaching and contact with self-isolating students
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 20/10 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Unified communications,
Remote teaching via video

With almost one in five schools sending pupils home, teachers are having to find alternative ways to deliver lessons. The BBC reported last week that 21% of secondary schools are not fully open. This is up from 18% from the previous week while 7% of primary schools have had to...

09/10
2020
What IT and communications tools are schools budgeting for post lockdown?
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 09/10 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi,
Classroom social distancing

The business development team at swcomms is in constant contact with schools and, indeed, we remained in contact throughout lockdown. At first, this was to see if schools needed technology that would help them roll out online teaching and learning or to ensure they remained accessible...

18/09
2020
Using technology to support the fluid nature of teaching through a pandemic
Posted by Caroline Moore on 18/09 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi,
Using technology to support the fluid nature of teaching through a pandemic

Since schools re-opened in September, there have already been multiple reports of whole year groups being sent home after students tested positive for COVID-19. Just as businesses have had to adopt a hybrid working model with some staff working from the office and others working...

17/07
2020
Schools need to prepare for remote learning even in September
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 17/07 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Remote working, Wi-Fi,
Schools need to prepare for remote learning even in September

With many English state schools breaking up today, management and teaching staff will also be concentrating on what their premises and classes will look like in September 2020. While trade unions have serious doubts about the viability of Government plans for all-class returns,...

10/07
2020
Microsoft Teams: Enriched classroom features to make learning accessible from home
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 10/07 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud-hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Cloud hosted telephone systems,
Microsoft Teams: Enriched classroom features to make learning accessible from home

With the announcement that all schools will be going back in September, teachers are gearing themselves up for a big change in classroom sizes and structure. Students and staff who are unwell will be encouraged to stay away from school. Desks will be front-facing and contact between...

23/06
2020
Ensuring your school Wi-Fi can cope with on-site socially distanced learning
Posted by Caroline Moore on 23/06 at 10:00 AM Education, Wi-Fi,
Ensuring your school Wi-Fi can cope with on-site socially distanced learning

This week sees my eldest daughter return to school as she is in year 12 and will take her A-levels next year. She has three mornings of face-to-face classes scheduled until the end of this term. My younger daughter is hoping she may get back to school in September, but as yet no-one...

16/06
2020
Bringing school phone systems up to date to suit the end user
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 16/06 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Telephone systems, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise,
School phone systems - hadnset on desk

Schools have got enough on their plates right now without having to worry about potential technical issues surrounding hardware upgrades. The IT department may be chomping at the bit to introduce new technology but they have to give consideration to the people who will be using it on...

29/04
2020
Webinar: How Microsoft Teams can support schools
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 29/04 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud-hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Remote working,

With schools closed due to the lockdown, online teaching has become essential to deliver the curriculum to children of all ages. How does a school, college or university take advantage of the tools within Microsoft Teams? My recent webinar focused on the education sector....

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