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Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark Premium – Available Free for Schools Offer

Adobe are the undisputed kings of creative software and their Adobe Creative Cloud CC is the industry-leading suite of applications for graphic design, web development, video production and more.

One of the titles included in the suite is Adobe Spark, which allows for quick and easy creation of graphics (e.g. posters), websites (e.g. online presentations), and videos (e.g. presentations).

Spark has been developed to make producing great work as fast and intuitive as possible, focusing on creativity rather than a steep technical learning curve.

All of which makes Adobe Spark a fantastic fit for education.

What’s even better is that Adobe are now offering Adobe Spark Premium completely free for schools! This usually costs £9.99 per user, per month so is well worth looking into.

If you would like to find out more about the offer and are interested in getting Adobe Spark for your school, here you can find out more information here: Adobe Spark Home

In terms of getting started with Adobe Spark here are some useful tutorials and resources, which walk through how to use the program and a couple of example projects.

Learn Adobe Spark course.

Design a stunning web page in minutes with Adobe Spark.

Create and share an animated video in minutes with Adobe Spark.

Is your school using Adobe Spark or any other Creative Cloud programs? Let us know, we would love to hear from you.

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Coretek are now ISO 9001:2015 accredited!

We have some exciting news – Coretek are now ISO 9001:2015 accredited!

Our company are fully committed to providing our clients with a continually high quality and dependable service. To ensure our service levels remain high, we are externally audited every year by BSI.

This audit consists of going through our company and processes with a fine-tooth comb to make sure that we continue to adhere to the latest standards.

What this means for our clients and potential clients is that you don’t need to take our word that we provide a great service – we have an independent company checking for you.

About ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is widely regarded across the world as the leading standard for quality management. It has been proven that companies that follow the standard offer considerably improved products and services and in addition, make fewer mistakes.*

Furthermore, ISO 9001:2015 is the very latest iteration of the standard so you can be confident that we are measured against the very latest principles.

The regular assessment is put in place to ensure that quality management is inherent and continually improved, rather than a one-off qualification that is achieved and then quickly forgotten.

How to find out more

If you have any questions about the ISO 9001 qualification, please give us a call and we will be happy to share our experience and help however we can.

*Source: BSI Benefits survey – BSI clients were asked which benefits they obtained from ISO 9001:2008

New Client Spotlight Lydlynch Preschool

New Client Spotlight: Lydlynch Pre-School

We would like to give a big Coretek welcome to one of our latest clients – Lydlynch Preschool!

Lydlynch are a friendly and highly experienced pre-school based in Totton, Hampshire. The pre-school provides young learners with a caring and stimulating environment where they can grow and learn.

Here are some words from pre-school manager Claire Thompson about what makes their pre-school unique:

“​​At Lydlynch Pre-School we provide a welcoming, friendly, safe and secure environment that helps children develop social skills, independence and a positive self-image.

We use a ‘key carer’ approach, which means staff members support the learning and development of those identified as their ‘key children’. This approach is implemented through detailed planning and observations of individual children.

All planning reflects the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to ensure that age and stage-appropriate activities and experiences are always available.”

Find out more over at the Lydlynch Pre-School Website

In terms of IT, our first project was to implement Office 365. This provided access to the Office suite of programs, as well as cloud storage with OneDrive and Exchange Online for easy and reliable email access. Watch the blog for a full case study in future.

We look forward to working closely with Claire and the team over the next few months and beyond.

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What’s new from SecureInternet?

For those who are wondering how progress is going with our fast and secure internet solution, SecureInternet, this blog post is for you!

As we first announced  at the end of 2017, we are going to be launching an internet package that will provide lightning-fast speeds with comprehensive security included as standard.

The solution is currently being put through its paces by one of our school clients. One of the important factors is to ensure that all hosted services still work through the new line. This is particularly important for educational clients, as access to hosted services such as SIMS is vital as these are the key tools that admin staff and teachers use on a daily basis.

In addition to this, we have been carrying out line speed tests to determine that our lines provide the rapid upload and download speeds that our clients have been asking for. Finally, we have been carrying out comprehensive security tests so we can guarantee a safe web browsing experience for all users.

Testing of the solution has gone extremely well so far and we are now in the final stages. Based on testing so far, we are working towards a launch date around May 2018.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can register your interest by calling us on 0800 304 7444 or email us at enquiries@coretek.co.uk and we will make sure to notify you as soon as SecureInternet goes live!

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Romsey Primary School upgraded to Promethean Interactive Flat Panels – here’s how it went…

We recently installed 3 Promethean Interactive Flat Panels into one of our schools, Romsey Primary School. They wanted to upgrade their projectors and whiteboards for something that they could use “all in one”.

To use the whiteboards they are able to connect their laptop or PC via HDMI to the Interactive Flat Panel. It will then essentially work like a giant touch screen computer!

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Interactive Flat Panels are a great way to get the teachers and students involved with the lesson. The ‘crisp image and brilliant colours’ in the Promethean Flat Panels make it easier to read. Also with Promethean, you get free next-generation interactive lesson software which is trusted by teachers worldwide.

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World-Book-Day

Coretek celebrate World Book Day

For those who do not know, today is World Book Day! So what is World Book Day? Its is a day of celebration for authors, illustrator, books and reading. World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world and this is the 21st year that there has been a World Book Day.

The main aim of today is to get children of all ages to come together to celebrate reading. This is done by children dressing up as their favourite character from a book and by each student receiving a book token that has been kindly donated by National Book Tokens Ltd., which they can use to get £1 off a book.

We decided to celebrate World Book Day by celebrating one of our team members’ contributions to the literature industry.

Our Senior Systems Engineer Consultant David Green has contributed to multiple books as a technical reviewer. One of his proudest contributions was for the book Getting Started with PowerShell by Michael Shepard. This book provides a really good grounding in the basics of PowerShell and how to get started. Also included in this book are advanced concepts in PowerShell such as an introduction to functions and modules. This was the second book that David reviewed and the one that he contributed the most to. You can see a little bit about David and who he is (or was in 2015!) at the front of the book. But it is throughout the book that you will see his technical contributions.

Also recommend by David himself is a video course, rather than a book called PowerShell 3 Jump Start which is one of the most entertaining and informative video courses David has seen.

So, what are you doing to celebrate World Book Day?

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Case Study – How we nearly doubled Wellow School’s IT suite capacity without building work or breaking the bank

We recently completed a project for Wellow Primary School who are a Primary School based in Wellow.

They gave us the task of increasing the current suite of 17 machines to 30 which would allow each pupil to have a machine of their own. This all had to be completed within a fixed budget and a strict time scale. This needed to be ready for pupils to use in their new term beginning September 2017.

Here you can see what the It Suite looked like before the install.

For the solution we chose modern Dell Latitude All-In-One desktops. They offer the smallest desk footprint possible and due to having to fit almost double the amount of desktops into the same space, these were the best fit. They also have minimum cables and look very modern but also have the performance to handle the most demanding educational software. We also installed an oval shaped table which made best use of the available space in the IT Suite. Then the last thing we did was change the large chairs to smaller stools. In order to deliver this project in the most cost effective manner, we rebuilt the existing machines with Windows 10. This was delivered on time and within budget.

Once the project was completed, the school got an array of benefits from our solutions. Firstly, the use of the All-In-One desktops allowed for more space which enables the desks to look tidier and clear. An up-to-date and modern classroom means that the students can work seamlessly without any unnecessary distractions. By using an oval table and smaller stools we managed to maximise the empty space in the room which allowed for the extra machines to put without the room looking overcrowded. By updating the older machines, this meant that we did not need to purchase a whole suite of All-In-One desktops which therefore meant that we could keep this project as cost-effective as possible.

Here you can see the IT Suite after the install.

This is what the client had to say about our work within this project –

“Thank you so much for updating our IT suite – it’s looking fantastic!”

Beth Larcombe, Headteacher.

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On the 10th Day of Christmas Coretek offered you… 1 month FREE SecureSuite Archive!

In conjunction with the 12 Days of Christmas and the launch of our new SecureArchive service, we have a fantastic offer for you.

Anyone who signs up to SecureArchive in the next week will receive one month completely free of charge.

SecureArchive is our new email archiving service backed by technology from industry leading Barracuda networks.

Email archiving is a highly beneficial service which can benefit every business.  Email archiving is when email is stored in a secondary location to ensure that emails are safely stored and are available over a long period of time. Think of it as a backup for your email.

Imagine if someone in your organisation accidentally deleted an important email. How would you get this back? If you had email archiving, you could simply search the archive and restore the email. Without an email archive, this email may be lost for good.

SecureArchive starts at only a few pounds per user per month so if you are interested in safeguarding your email, get in touch today and claim your offer. The offer begins now and will end at 5pm on Cyber Monday the 27th.

You can contact us by calling on 0800 304 7444 or by email at enquiries@coretek.co.uk or by our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Our great Christmas Card Competition designed by year 1 pupils!

This Christmas we asked our schools to get involved with a really exciting competition! We wanted the year 1 Pupils at our schools to design us our 2017 Christmas Card!

The only requirement was that the card needed to be A5 and that was it! We received some excellent entries and wanted to show you them all.

Our winner comes from Awbridge Primary School with a lovely message in her design. Please see the design below –

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Poppy from Awbridge School

We are now going to take a look at all of the school’s entries.

Awbridge Primary School

Copythorne Infants School

Netley Marsh Infants School

Romsey Primary School

 

We have had some really great entries and we are very pleased with them all! Thank you to our schools for taking part.

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On the 4th day of Christmas Coretek offered you…

Buy 50 CSC’s and Receive a FREE Amazon Echo Dot!

A ‘CSC’ is a Coretek Service Credit, which is an hour of our engineering time. Contact us for more information.

To redeem, contact us with the code: 4thDayOfChristmas

Voucher codes are redeemable until the end of January. Purchase does not have to be made on point of redemption.

Please contact us via social media, call or email us today to redeem this prize – 08003047444 or enquries@coretek.co.uk.