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Create a great-looking, easy to use Blog for your school

If you are interested in starting a Blog, why not try Primary Blogger?

Primary Blogger is a free tool that gives staff and pupils the power to create a Blog designed specifically for your class or school.

For the uninitiated, a Blog is a website and much more. It allows you to keep the outside world updated with your latest news. Anyone with an internet connection can view your Blog ‘posts’ and leave comments of their own. Blogs are really well suited to schools because they are so interactive. Pupils can post about their work and parents view the Blog to see for themselves. This is a great way to engage pupils and parents alike with the use of IT.

Primary Blogger is based on the industry-leading Blogging software, WordPress. Millions of people and companies use WordPress to host their Blogs, everyone from Katy Perry to Adobe. We even use WordPress here at Coretek, so you know it must be good!

The difference with Primary Blogger is the technical stuff has been simplified, so users of any age will have no problem creating Blog posts quickly and simply. It also has a strong Spam filter designed especially for Primary Schools, so you know its totally safe.

Check out the Blog from one of our schools – Copythorne Infant School, which is a great example of what can be achieved:

http://swallowscopythorne.primaryblogger.co.uk/

If you are interested in setting up a Blog for your school, get in touch or head over to the Primary Blogger site.

http://primaryblogger.co.uk/

If you are looking for a full school website with blogging included, why not get in touch with Coretek? We offer a web design service especially for schools based on the industry leading WordPress platform.

OneDrive – Microsoft’s DropBox Killer

If you have never come across OneDrive, or similar competitors in the Cloud Storage arena such as DropBox or Google Drive, the concept is simple. Microsoft are offering you a 15GB slice of the Cloud where you can save photos, documents, anything you like. All for free.

There are a number of advantages to saving work to the Cloud, rather than saving everything on your computer:

Access your files from anywhere: Any files saved to OneDrive will be accessible from anywhere. All you need is a machine with internet connectivity. This also leads on to the next big advantage…

Access on almost any device: You are no longer limited to the confines of your laptop or desktop. You can access all your OneDrive files straight from your smartphone. A free app is available for all of the main providers: Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

Easily share files: You can choose to keep your OneDrive folders private or share them with whoever you like.

In addition to the above, with the OneDrive desktop app, you can designate a folder on your PC to automatically sync with OneDrive. No need to log in and enter your credentials. This can also double up as a home backup solution for those holiday snaps that you just can’t afford to lose.

New Website

New Coretek Group Website is LIVE!!!

So after many months of hard work, a lot of discussion, and a few late nights, the new shiny Coretek Group website has gone live!

It has been redesigned to reflect our company ethos and updated branding, which is clear, concise and transparent.

Company MD Garry Miller said of our new website:

I see our company website as an important window for our clients. We have a great team of people with innovative, technical and design skills. I wanted to show these skills and what better than with a new website!

We invite you to have a look around at each area of the site, and see what our Group encompasses. Maybe you’ll find out that we could offer a service you didn’t know we did? Maybe you know someone who could benefit from our services?

What ever your situation the team at Coretek are here to help, so get in touch today to see if we can help you and your business!

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Hardware Leasing for Schools

As Educational IT budgets are tighter than ever, it can be difficult to raise capital. One option to consider is leasing hardware and spreading the cost over monthly payments.

Coretek can arrange hardware leasing on behalf of our clients from market leading lenders such as Investec and Dell. If you are interested, please contact the office and ask for our finance department.

Why OneNote is the best program you’ve never heard of

Microsoft Office is one of Microsoft’s flagship titles. It’s been around for over 20 years and is used throughout the world by everyone from primary school children to company directors.

Most users have heard of the more established applications in the office suite such as: Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. But what about the lesser known titles? Today, I am going to focus on OneNote which is a superb note-taking and planning piece of software.

So what exactly is OneNote? In a nutshell, it is a central place to organise your notes and keep a variety of documents all grouped together. It can be used for a number of different tasks: from project management, brainstorming to planning your day.

If you would like to see One Note in action, here is a useful video on how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYQS-b-xFFU

To really get to grips with OneNote, the best way is to dive in and start using it for yourself. The General tab in OneNote has a brief summary on the different features available.

If you are not convinced yet, here are 5 reasons why you should give OneNote a try:

1. Access your Notes from anywhere – OneNote is not only available on your PC but also on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Mobile. Access your Notebooks from any PC via your Windows Live or Hotmail account. If you are out of the office and need to take a quick note, now you can.

2. Auto-save – Your Notebooks are being constantly saved so there is no risk of closing OneNote and losing any data.

3. Collaborate with colleagues at the same time, on the same Notebook – You and your colleagues can work on a notebook simultaneously, with each user’s initials next to their contribution. Ideal for situations when a team of people are working together on a project. Try doing that in Word.

4. Take pictures with your smartphone straight into your Notebook – Using the OneNote app, you can take a photo with your smartphone and this will go straight into your Notebook.

5. Integrate with Office – OneNote integrates seamlessly with the other Office products. You can assign Outlook tasks, insert Word or Excel documents directly into your Notebook or print directly into OneNote from the print menu.

Thanks to OneNote, I have managed to rid myself of all ‘to-do’ lists and my desk is a post-it free zone! Plus, this is only a small selection of the features it has to offer. It’s is an invaluable part of my daily workflow and couldn’t be without it. I strongly recommend giving it a try.

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