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Keyboarding practice has little to do with music and more to do with learning how to type – fast. Even as I am writing this article, my eyes are flitting between the computer keys and the screen. It’s not a practice that’s recommended for hitting the accelerator if you want to speed up your typing.
Universities and colleges need to procure ICT systems to run every aspect of their business. Rapidly changing demands require systems to be flexible and adaptable; today’s severe budget constraints demand they are the very best value for money. Efficient ICT systems create high performing institutions which are well-placed to compete nationally and internationally for students and staff. Balancing the continual pressure to upgrade systems with the need for economy is a challenge. We’re supporting institutions to meet this challenge by developing best practice for ICT systems procurement, working with suppliers to increase system flexibility, and promoting the development and use of open standards to enable different systems to work together.
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(Cross-posted on Gmail , Green and Enterprise blogs) Cloud computing is secure , simple , keeps you productive and saves you money. But the cloud can also save energy. A recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Verdantix estimates that cloud computing has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by millions of metric tons.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across ICT Teaching & Learning Framework 2011, which was written by Matt Lovegrove and included contributions from Steve Greenfield, David Sheppard & Claire Waite. Here is the Framework which can be found on his blog . The beauty of this work was that it was licensed for sharing, remixing and adapting. This is exactly the type of thing we should all be doing in my opinion and I must sincerely thank those who wrote it for saving me a tremendous amount of time by not having to write my own. What I did do, however, was to create a self-assessment booklet that can be used in conjunction with the framework. I hate assessment, but this book allows the children to assess their learning at the end of the week.
Takeaway: The rise of consumerisation and on-demand services means business relationship managers need to foster IT innovation, not stifle it. The realisation that enterprise IT had to manage relationships actively with the business - a hateful term - was one of the main IT organisational consensus points of the past decade. CIOs everywhere rushed to created CIO Mini-Me’s - business relationship managers acting as the interface between business units and IT. I know - I was one for several years. In effect, these business relationship managers had three main functions. First, as good cop: using their strong business relationships to understand current and future demand, ensuring central IT could deliver against it and shepherding projects through to successful delivery.
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail. - Everything is a Remix Part I: The Song Remains the Same - Everything is a Remix Part II: Remix Inc. - Everything is a Remix Part III: The Elements of Creativity
December 1, 2011 Jin Concepts , Teaching&Learning Resources e-learning I came across the book chapter “ Origins and concepts of digital literacy ” written by David Bawden. I was thinking to make this concept even more visible. Here are 10 graphic forms of digital literacy.
The Internet has expanded so quickly in just a couple of decades. This growth has also accompanied a tremendous uptick in technological advancement allowing Internet speeds to increase while server costs have dramatically fallen. I’m sure by now most of you have heard about hosting your files “within the cloud”. More advanced hosting companies have begun to offer cloud hosting solutions. But what does this really mean? (Image source: Fotolia )
This is a strategic-level cloud and data centre conference for education and research institutions considering a move to the cloud @JANET_Cloud #JanetCC Date: Thursday 9 February 2012 Time: 10:00 - 16:00 Venue: CCT Venues Smithfield City: London
Hopwood Hall College has made estimated cost savings of £500,000 with a virtual desktop deployment and managed print services solution from IT services firm Ricoh. The college, which employs 650 staff and serves 4,000 students, identified a need to replace its antiquated IT estate, including 10 year-old desktops, which in some cases took up to 30 minutes to process student log-ins. Simon Evans, director of technology and innovation at the college, drew up a plan to provide fast and simple access to all the information, applications and communication services that students needed to support their studies.
Cut Costs not Corners: Improving Business Efficiency. Cloud computing introduces changes that necessitate a re-assessment of the legal risks. Doing things right first time and working together can save your organisation time and money. JISC RSC UK in conjunction with JISC Advance Services, bring you a short series of online events addressing the key theme of Cost Efficiencies. The session will help you to make confident, informed decisions about implementing cloud computing solutions at your institution. It will consider
You should actually do this every year. Even more often if you spend a lot of time on the computer. I was shocked to see how well this works, and how far off mine was!
23 December 2011 Last updated at 07:29 ET Many developers are keen to get their hands on the bare bones Raspberry Pi computer. The eagerly anticipated Raspberry Pi home computer is about to go into production. The $25 (£16) machine is being created in the hope that it will inspire a new generation of technology whizz kids. The Pi uses an Arm chip similar to that found in mobile phones and is intended to run a version of the Linux open source operating system. Test versions of finished devices are being checked and if all is well volume production will start in January.
December 19, 2011, 7:46 AM PST Takeaway: Excel isn’t your only option if you need to evaluate values and your primary need is word processing. Use Word’s formula feature to perform simple calculations. If you’re not an Excel fan, but you need a few basic calculations, you can use Word. Its calculating feature is rudimentary and it certainly can’t replace Excel. On the other hand, this feature is helpful when your primary need is word processing and not number crunching.