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The latest version of Read & Write Gold 11 is now available to all students and staff and a copy can be obtained from the library.

This version is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.  The software is very useful for those students struggling with their reading and writing.  Apart from the new look and feel the application includes some new items; Nuance Vocalizer text-to-speech voices, support for Chrome and Firefox, support for Google Docs, and two new features – Word Cloud and Voice Note.

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Setting up the technology in your family home in a way that's appropriate for every member of the family can be anything but simple. Making sure that every device has the right settings for your children can feel like a time...

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Defraggler is a free disk defragmentation program released by Piriform with enhanced features which allow you more options to increase the ‘speed’ and productivity of your computer. Other defragging programs (such as the one that is built into Windows) only allow you to ‘defrag’ a whole disk at once (which can be laborious and time consuming).

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Have you ever thought about how much quicker working on a document would be if you did not have to click so many buttons in order to complete a simple task? If so, have you thought about using the keyboard driven commands? Many tasks that can be done with a mouse can be achieved quicker and easier with keyboard shortcuts. Download General key commands which tells you how you can speed up day-to-day running and make more efficient use of your time.

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Sidmouth College now uses an online booking system for making appointments to see your child’s teachers for parents’ evenings. To access the PEBS system, click on the link below.

Open Parents’ Evening Booking System

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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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According to a survey, a staggering one out of every two WiFi users in the UK admit to accessing and using someone else wireless internet network without permission. There is a big misapprehension that ‘borrowing’ a bit of someone else’s bandwidth is at the worst cheeky and not illegal but this is not the case. Using an electronics communications service with the intent to avoid paying is an offence under the Communications Act 2003.

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Enjoy the internet safely: Click Clever, Click Safe

The internet is a great way to see more, learn more and have lots of fun. To help you enjoy it safely, you should follow the ‘Click Clever, Click Safe Code’. It’s just three simple things to remember that can help keep you safe when you visit your favourite websites. This initiative was concieved from a group of over 150 stakeholders including the BBC, ChildNet, Disney, Facebook, Google, the Internet Watch Foundation, Microsoft, the NSPCC, Samaritans, Vodaphone and Yahoo!.

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