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  • Clive Francis 29 May 2018 3:12pm () in BYOD Charging and Safety

    Hi Mike

    In my role with the Connected Learning Advisory | Te Ara Whītiki, I typically find that schools have clear expectations that devices come to school fully charged so charging tends not to be an issue. Similarly, storage tends to be as simple as keeping it in a school bag with the usual security measures that would ordinarily be in place such as keeping changing rooms locked or security cameras trained on bag storage areas outside the library for example. I often come across expensive storage lockers with built-in chargers and the like that aren't getting used. However, I welcome others to disagree with me and let me know they made good investments in lockers and charging solutions!

    You might be interested in our BYOD checklist which lists other considerations and feel free to get in touch if you'd like free support from your local advisor.

    Ngā mihi,



  • Clive Francis 11 Apr 2017 11:40am () in G Suite Admin Console

    Thanks for sharing - there's some useful info in those sites.

    The Connected Learning Advisory has developed a couple of resources that might be of interest here:

    Introduction to managing Google’s G Suite and working in the cloud

    Planning and Managing a Chromebook Deployment

    If there's anything specific that you are finding daunting or would like help with then please contact us.

  • Clive Francis 13 Mar 2017 11:32am () in Shared Chromebook Screen SIze

    Hi Everyone

    A school I'm working with is looking to purchase 8 or so Chromebooks per class. The price difference is significant between a larger screen size such as 14" vs the 11" options.

    My question is, has anybody regretted purchasing 11" screens because they are too small for students to work around together? Or, in practice do the smaller screen sizes work ok in pairs and groups?

    Thanks in advance...

  • Clive Francis 21 Jul 2016 2:37pm () in Children on Facebook


    https://digi-parenting.co.nz/ is a site specifically for parents around the use of digital technologies that you could point them to, particularly the page about social networking.

    To find what other schools in NZ have written in newsletters about Facebook you could do a Google search along the lines of "facebook students safety site:.school.nz". This gives some examples such as http://newmarket.school.nz/DataStore/Pages/PAGE_79/Docs/Documents/5%20August%2013.pdf




  • Clive Francis 17 Nov 2015 3:43pm () in How can i set things up so that I have access to my students shared google sites, without using Hapara?

    You could just use a spreadsheet of names with links to the portfolios? You can create the spreadsheet, share it with the students and they could add their own links? CTRL-K or CMD-K is a very useful shortcut to do this.

    This will mean that each student can also gain access to each other's portfolios of course (unless they have permissioned them so that only you and they can view them)

  • Clive Francis 16 Nov 2015 1:46pm () in Enabling e-Learning FORUM: Mobile digital devices: What's working, what's not?

    Hi Linda

    You clearly have some decisions to make which will likely have big impacts on a large number of people. So, you need to ensure you follow a robust process to identify requirements, evaluate the options and reach a consensus about which way to go to ensure a good decision is made.

    I quite like some of the ideas expressed in this article which speaks to big business but has some good general tips and links to other information about the ‘science’ behind decision-making.


    One tool that you could use to help with your decision-making is called a Pugh Matrix. You can download a Pugh Matrix template here. It’s really just about giving particular criteria a weighting and coming up with a ‘best-fit’. You could list the relevant affordances of the devices you are comparing and give each a score to determine which comes out on top for you.

    I think you are right that determining the ‘why’ is indeed most important. If your decision about the tool turns out not to be the best one for whatever reason then having a sound ‘why’ will offset the effects of that decision - I’d rather have the ‘wrong’ tool in the ‘right’ learning environment than the ‘right’ tool in the ‘wrong’ learning environment. Obviously, you’ve got a good opportunity to get both ‘rights’ in place!

    If you’d like any further specific help here please don’t hesitate to contact the Connected Learning Advisory.


  • Clive Francis 27 Oct 2015 11:55am () in Chromebook management question.

    Hi Miriam

    Yes, your teachers and students can still use the Chromebooks without you needing to purchase the separate licenses.

    However, there are advantages to having the licenses. Among other things, the Chrome Management Licence allows an administrator to:

    • Track the usage of the Chromebook (eg time spent in use, who last used it)

    • Manage who can log-in to a Chromebook (eg guest, school accounts only)

    • Configure wireless, printing and other technical settings

    • Track the serial numbers of the Chromebooks for asset management


    For a list of all the settings that the Chrome Management License enables, visit the Manage Device Settings Google Support page.


    Without the license, the Admin Console still enables the management of the users' experience such as:

    • Automatically loading Apps and Extensions

    • Adding Bookmarks for users

    • Specifying the homepage or tabs to load at start-up

    • Specifying the Chromebook desktop wallpaper

    • Enabling or disabling Chrome Browser features, such as “incognito mode”, guest login, etc.



  • Clive Francis 23 Oct 2015 12:21pm () in Enabling e-Learning event | What will we see in technology and e-learning now and in the future?

    Great question, Tessa.

    I'm no Trekkie but certainly did avidly watch every episode at 6pm on BBC2 during the 70's! There are many examples of technologies that were back then thought of as surely impossible in the future yet have come to pass as commonplace. This blog post from 2009 lists the top ten:

    1. Communicator (Cellphone)

    2. Large View Screen (Display Wall)

    3. Tricorder (Smartphone)

    4. Sliding Doors (swoosh!)

    5. Remote Location Finding (Find my Phone)

    6. Wireless Earpiece (Bluetooth)

    7. Biometrics (Fingerprint or Retina scanning)

    8. Portable Memory (USB stick)

    9. Tablet 

    10. Personal Computer

    My favourite though is the Translator device which could take an alien language and translate it into English. Having had some students visit from China recently I have been amazed at the capabilities of the Google Translate app! It really helped to break down communication barriers. Not sure it can handle the Klingon language, though...



  • Clive Francis 19 Aug 2015 10:22am () in The trouble with parents is...

    It would indeed be good to hear of some practical things schools are doing.

    This collection of infographics about parent engagement may be of interest - http://engagingparentsinschool.edublogs.org/2013/08/20/the-best-infographics-about-parent-involvement/

    According to a talk by Abdul Chohan from UK's ESSA Academy, providing really good food and plenty of opportunity for guided conversation and discussion is a good way to get parents turning up and engaged!

    As a parent, I'm really happy when my child's teacher emails me - just a quick touch point gives me a sense that we are working together to help my child on an individual, personal level.

  • Clive Francis 12 Aug 2015 12:11pm () in App to record movies and easily upload to each child's google drive

    Hi Nix - have you got a good solution here yet?