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Pesky classroom management
14/09/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Author: Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist

One of the biggest barriers to the successful use of technology in education is the issue of teacher confidence. There are so many ways in which the modern classroom can make best use of technology however many teachers vote with their feet and choose not to use technology.

If Ofsted were to call and say they were going to inspect the school tomorrow would you as a classroom teacher be less or more likely to use the technology you had planned to?
 
There are lots of reasons why teachers may lack ....Read more

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Drumroll, please… New DNA version 4.5 is here!
08/09/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Everyone loves opening a surprise parcel – and the new version of DNA has a host of goodies inside for you to discover!

Those of you already using NetSupport DNA know just how jam-packed this product is already with tools to help you not only safeguard your students but manage your IT assets in a way that saves time and money. This latest update offers schools even more options on both sides to make sure that your school technology really works for you in every way possible.....Read more

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Getting out of hot water: peer pressure and online challenges
01/09/2017
NetSupport DNA 

With so much emphasis on internet safety being on protecting young people from unsuitable content and cyberbullying, it’s easy to forget that there’s a big offline threat that also drives their behaviour online: peer pressure.

The growing number of dangerous online games involving self-harm means that it’s important for parents and guardians to talk to their children regularly about their activity when they’re online – and whether they’re feeling pressured to take part in things that they ....Read more

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Helping young people stay safe and find a voice through apps
25/08/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Technology has changed people’s lives, especially how they communicate. It’s given people a chance to speak to others who they wouldn’t normally have encountered and make connections that have changed their lives for the better – like finding a social life and meeting people with the same interests, and so on.

And just as technology has enabled these things to happen, it provides a voice for those who, for whatever reason, feel powerless to speak out about issues that are troubling them. So, for instance, in the same way that NetSupport School’s chat feature provides exceptionally shy students with a way to contribute and share their ideas without the ordeal of having to speak out loud in front of the class, technology can play its part in helping people to reach out, despite feeling compromised.

So what if young people need help in situations away from the protected environment of school?....Read more

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Minding the achievement gap
18/08/2017
NetSupport DNA 

In a report released earlier this month, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) looked at the progress being made in closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their more advantaged classmates. The report analyses students’ attainment across England over the last 10 years.

The “Closing the Gap? Trends in Educational Attainment and Disadvantage” report finds that, since 2007, the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their more advantaged fellow pupils has got bigger – by 0.3 months. This finding comes despite significant investment and targeted initiatives put in place by the Government, such as ....Read more

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How do you prepare for the new academic year? The Higher Education Edition
11/08/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

After a few years spent working in academia, you inevitably begin to conceive of time in termly blocks, with the new year commencing not in January but sometime around September. This seems a fitting point in the year, then, to think about professional resolutions for the new year ahead and ways of making more of our most precious resource: time.

Establishing expectations
Whether you’re a new or established academic, it’s helpful to consider your expectations from students and how ....Read more

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“Safeguarding and radicalisation” report released
08/08/2017
NetSupport DNA 

We’ve all heard about it on the news: the radicalisation of young people is a growing area of concern in our schools across the country. But tracking, monitoring and dealing with the issue is far from simple, as there is no one set route that young people take in order to become radicalised.

Background
The Department for Education has just released a research report conducted with 10 local authorities (between 7th March and 1st April 2016) that was undertaken to develop a better ....Read more

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How do you prepare for the new academic year? The Secondary Edition
04/08/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

You’ve crossed the last lesson off your planner, thrown a riotous goodbye party for your favourite year nines and consumed no less than six cups of coffee to get you through INSET. Leavers’ prom passed uneventfully, long-time colleagues made retirement speeches and you even tidied your desk. It’s the end of another academic year. Now where’s the champagne?

While some teachers leave behind all thoughts of ....Read more

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How do you prepare for the new academic year? – The Primary Edition
28/07/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

And exhale. It’s the end of term and another year over. You’ve left the school building with twelve new ‘World’s Best Teacher’ mugs to add to your collection and a sleep debt of approximately three months. Sports days and summer trips are over, INSETs and final assemblies have been and gone.

But soon after you return home from end-of-term drinks with colleagues and stop catch to your breath, your thoughts will ....Read more

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Filtering and monitoring: how NetSupport DNA helps schools
21/07/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Filtering and monitoring. In a school setting, these are two things that go together like, well, G&T (no, not that one - the education one). As Ofsted requires schools to not only show that they have strategies in place to carry out these functions, but to demonstrate a full understanding of them, we thought it worth doing a little refresher here…

What is filtering?
In a nutshell, filtering means blocking access to selected websites or preventing certain applications from being used on the school network. It’s not a blanket blocking of everything; that would be unproductive and wouldn’t help students to learn. It’s a structured, ....Read more

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