Archives For January 2012

Below is some e-safety content which is well worth watching. Each video highlights some salient points regarding your child's online safety and may provide some opportunity for better understanding. What would Facebook actions be like in the physical world? Presentations from the Family Online Safety Institute

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Sidmouth College uses a piece of software called Read and Write 9 Gold edition to enhance the computing experience for students. The software is designed to run when your child is on the computer as a  fully comprehensive application toolbar. It provides outstanding literacy support  in almost any windows application. It is a simple to use toolbar that “floats” on top of any open application.  Assistance can then easily be called upon as you work.

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To power on your microphone, slide the power switch across to the ‘On’ position. The top display will then display the menu. To record a sound clip, press the record button. To stop recording, simply hold down the record button again for two seconds. To play back your recorded media, press the playback switch.

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Microsoft Research is a sub-division of Microsoft which is dedicated to developing computer science concepts and integrating these into future Microsoft products. Some of their programmes are currently available for download. A pick of the best releases are listed below;

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A free service called ScrubIT is a free recursive DNS server that regulates what comes into your home or business. ScrubIT “scrubs” the internet so you don’t have to be concerned about what your family members will be confronted with. DNS (Domain Name System) is a process that translates easy to remember addresses (like www.google.co.uk) to a numerical IP address used by computers (209.85.229.94). The majority of  DNS is provided to the user by your internet service provider, or a recursive DNS service such as ScrubIT. They currently profile several million websites and by default block out any pornographic, phishing and many other sites which may cause concern. If you would like to take advantage of this service and customise which sites are blocked and allowed, you can sign up for ScrubIT’s beta programme by clicking on the link BETA .

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Nearly all technology these days revolves around wireless connectivity and this includes devices that connect to your computer such as external storage or printers. Many new printers such as the HP OfficeJet 4500 come with wireless printing as standard. Most wireless printers have two ‘modes’ of wireless communication. Some will become a network attached device through a wireless router and some can connect ‘ad hoc’ to individual wireless enabled devices such as a laptop or iPad. However, should you have to upgrade your current printer just for the sake of going wireless?

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