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Hints and Tips: Cleaning your Clevertouch

More and more schools are embracing Clevertouch screens as part of the digital classroom, and tablets are becoming an important learning tool as well as a popular home and business device. There are a lot of uses for touch screen technology, and whether you’re using it for a class of school children or not, the screen will get dirty over time. It’s important to clean the screen to make sure you’re getting the most from the investment – and can see the screen clearly!
Do you need any special equipment?
You don’t need a lot of specialist equipment to keep your screens clean. We would recommend using gloves when cleaning the screens – this is partly to protect your skin from the cleaning fluid but also because it stops you accidentally adding more marks while you’re trying to clean them away. You need to avoid acidic or corrosive cleaners as these are likely to damage the screen. Water is also a no-no; if this gets into the workings of the screen or tablet it can cause a lot of damage. Clevertouch recommend model 50 of the sprayway detergent for their screens but if you don’t have this, the best approach is to use an isopropyl cleaner which is designed for this purpose. The only other equipment you’ll need is two glass cleaning cloths, which are anti-dust, lint-free or made of microfiber.
How do I go about cleaning the Clevertouch?
These rules apply to cleaning a lot of technology, but many people forget to take some of these points into account and learn the hard way that a simple mistake or skipping a few steps to save time can cost you a lot more in the long run. That’s why we’ve put together a list of “do’s and don’ts” for cleaning a Clevertouch or any other touchscreen device.
– Don’t just put the screen in sleep mode
– Do turn the screen off and unplug the cable
– Do put on your gloves before starting
– Don’t spray directly onto the screen as there is a risk of moisture getting in at the bottom of the  screen
– Do shake the cleaner and spray on the cloth
– Do wipe side to side in the same direction
– Do wipe the screen with a dry cloth afterwards in the same way to remove any remaining marks

We’re always on hand to help people with their technology, so if you’ve got any questions or want to know more about looking after your personal or business devices or your school’s technology, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Successful Cyber Security Workshop for Schools

We had a full house at our Cyber Security Workshop for schools in Shoreham this week. The popularity of the event reflected the concerns many people have after so many cyber-attacks and data leaks made the headlines last year. Schools are under pressure to make sure their IT is secure and we decided to put on an event with the experts to help everyone understand how to set up and maintain IT security.

Our speaker was Chris White, his experience working for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit meant that he had extensive knowledge and a clear understanding of the challenges schools are facing. His presentation took in not only IT security for schools, but also some great tips for everyone on how to keep their data secure and avoid falling prey to phishing emails, identity theft and even simple but essential tools such as password management.
The event at Shoreham airport was a great success, we managed to provide some valuable information to schools across the region and we all learned from the experts who work on the front line of this challenging area. Technology changes so rapidly that we all have to keep up to date to make sure we’re staying safe and this free workshop at Shoreham airport was a great way to help our clients and make sure our solutions were in line with the aims of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.
Given the popularity of the event and the fact that the security threat is always evolving, we’re looking into running more workshops n partnership with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in the future. We’re always happy to hear from people who have suggestions for other events – if there’s something you’re stuck on or you want to discuss with your peers, our events are always informative with plenty of chances to discuss the issues with professionals from other schools to get some perspective and insight into the issue.

Free Cyber Security Workshop for Schools

After a spate of cyber attacks and data leaks made the headlines last year, the need for greater cyber security became apparent. It can be difficult to address because technology changes so rapidly and the threat is always evolving, leaving many schools unsure where to start. The best defence is to keep as up to date as possible with any potential issues and that’s why we’ve teamed up with the South East Cyber Protect Team to run a free workshop for schools. We’ll be addressing a range of cyber security issues within schools and will provide advice on how to protect your school from cyber-crime.

Cyber security is a complex area and that’s why we’re so delighted to have Chris White running this workshop. Chris works for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit which covers the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex and he is part of a number of regional units which provide cyber security support across the UK. All of his advice and expertise is delivered in line with the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.

The workshop will cover the key issues that schools and individuals are likely to encounter, including:

  • Personal and corporate security
  • Identity theft
  • Cyber frauds and scams
  • Phishing, smishing and Vishing
  • Password management
  • Social engineering tactics

If you’re worried about your school’s cyber security or want to make sure you’re on top of the latest threats, our free workshop will give you a chance to learn from the experts.

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The event takes place on Tuesday 12th June from 10.00 – 12.00 at Shoreham Airport, in the Pashley Suite.

 

Modern makeover for the JSPC Showroom

Showroom 1We were delighted to unveil the all new JSPC Showroom last month. We’re in our same location in Sompting, but we’ve completely modernised the space to reflect the cutting-edge technology available from JSPC.

Whilst we can all benefit from researching online, there really is no replacement for getting a hands-on test of any technology you might want to buy. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to help you consider your options from our new and refurbished PCs and laptops.

If you have a custom-built computer in mind, you’re also welcome to pop in and visit. You can see what is available and talk to a member of the team who will be able to understand any specifications or requirements and translate that into a PC that is designed to suit your needs.

Showroom 3

We’re delighted at the new look of the showroom but underneath the fresh coat of paint, it’s still the same dedicated, expert service and high-quality technology products, services and support that you have come to expect from JSPC.

JSPC certified as a Google for Education Partner

We are delighted to announce that JSPC is now a certified Google for Education Partner. That means we’ve been fully trained to help our schools make the most of the many exciting Google for Education tools. We pride ourselves on providing a personal service and the very best technology available for our school clients and this latest partnership ensures that we have the expertise to continue to help educators harness the value of technology in their teaching.

Making the most of technology

The possibilities for technology within the classroom can be dizzying, but our understanding of the tools available and the varying needs of schools means we can provide advice and consultancy to ensure schools make the most of the technology and embrace the many possibilities. Just like the teaching profession, we take a results-focussed approach to ensure that the tools we provide make a positive impact for teachers and pupils alike.

Maximise your technology budget

We understand that budgets remain under pressure and that’s another reason we are glad to have the training and expertise to support and deliver Google for Education, which offers an affordable solution with numerous free educational tools. The option to manage in the cloud and use shareable devices means that you can make the most of your IT investment and adapt the tools to a range of learning environments from one-on-one work to a whole class and everything in between.

Explore the benefits of Google for Education

There are a lot of benefits to Google for Education tools, but above all is the fact that they work and that’s why we’re keen to support our schools in implementing the technology. It can help with everything from engagement and personalised learning to productivity tools. We see first-hand the passion and dedication that teachers bring to their classrooms and tools such as these which are simple to set up and make an immediate impact let them concentrate on what really matters – teaching.

If you’re interested in finding out how Google for Education could transform your school, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to talk it through.

 

JSPC is now certified for Cyber Essentials

IT security has been on everyone’s minds this year – if you follow the news you can hardly have missed it. We’ve written articles which have appeared on this blog as well as in education magazines and business publications which highlighted how cyber attacks work and more importantly, how to protect against them. We were keen to share these articles because we think it’s important to keep up to date and take control of your IT security. That’s also why we decided to follow our own advice and get the company certified for Cyber Essentials.

Implement basic protection

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack. It has become a prerequisite for some companies looking to supply to public sector organisations to be certified, which shows how seriously the government is taking the various threats to IT security. It also shows that organisations – from businesses to schools and public sector providers – need to take the initiative and make sure they are protected.

Five key controls

The Cyber Essentials programme has developed a robust system of self-assessment against five key controls:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure configuration
  • User access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

Take IT security seriously

We have gained the Cyber Essentials certification not only to protect JSPC, but to ensure we have the latest knowledge and best-practice frameworks available to help our clients get informed and protected about IT security threats. The certification is an outward sign to demonstrate how seriously we take security at JSPC. Also, as an accreditation that should be renewed annually, it demonstrates we are committed to staying up to date and on top of the latest security threats.

If you’re interested in getting accredited for Cyber Essentials, you can find out more here: www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials. If you’re concerned that your skills or your equipment won’t pass the assessment, you’re welcome to give us a call and we can talk through the requirements and any additional training or investment you might need.

Expert help to ease your GDPR worries

Upcoming changes to the data protection rules mean a raft of new obligations for the storing and management of data. The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have a particular focus on data held on children and young people, which means schools are under pressure to ensure they are compliant. There are stringent fines for organisations who don’t meet the new standards; fines will be levied in accordance with the size of the organisation and the severity of the issue. Whilst schools may not be liable for fines in the hundreds of thousands of pounds like large corporate offenders, the nature of the data means that the ICO is likely to prove a tough moderator and could result in a fine and poor publicity for the school.

We’re not trying to scare anyone with this update – the rules are important and significant but from what we know of the schools we work with, very few will have any significant issues. The challenge, however, is that organisations are not only required to comply with the rules but also provide clear evidence that this is the case. At JSPC, we’re experts on technology and can provide support on how to keep your data secure, for example, or solutions for responding to data access or deletion requests, but these rules are as much about processes as technology.

This is why we’ve partnered with a specialist company, GDPR.co.uk to help schools take control and manage their own compliance. The online tool allows you to assess all aspects of current procedure and available technology and will not only highlight where action needs to be taken, but also provide confirmation of where current processes meet the required guidelines. Once you’ve identified any gaps, it’s easier to take action on the key priorities before the rules come into force in May 2018.

The new GDPR is a significant piece of legislation, brought in to reflect the changes to the way data is used and stored due to rapid technological change. We recommend the GDPR.co.uk tool because it will help you ensure compliance but also it will promote best practice across the school. Rather than seeing the new rules as a burden, it can be an opportunity to streamline processes, bolster security and provide processes which not only ensure compliance, but also support better communications with teachers, pupils and parents.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your school’s journey from GDPR uncertainty to full compliance.

JSPC shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the FSB Awards

We were delighted to have been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the upcoming Federation of Small Business (FSB) Awards. To be on the shortlist for any award is, of course, a great honour, but in this case we’re particularly pleased because it recognises our strong commitment to teamwork. Businesses need great people to achieve any success, and we believe the people at JSPC are amongst the best!

Valuing our team means that we invest in training – not only does that mean that they’re all up to date on the latest legal requirements for schools and technical solutions but also everyone is constantly learning, keeping each role new and fresh with plenty of opportunities for the future. In addition, we also have team building days to make sure everyone works well together and each individuals’ skills is valued as part of the team.

Every single member of our 25-strong team is integral to the great service we provide to schools across the region. We genuinely feel like this nomination is a reflection of just how much we value our team, and how much great work they all do for schools every day.

The awards take place on 6th March 2018 at Sandown Park Racecourse, and we’re looking forward to the event. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the final result but either way, we feel that as an employer, we definitely have a team worth celebrating.

Staying safe online this Safer Internet Day

The Internet has introduced us all to a new world of entertainment, education, communication and much more besides. Sharing information has never been easier, which has its advantages and disadvantages, particularly for young people who can be encouraged to behave in a way they never would face to face.

It is vital that young people are given the tools to avoid these situations as much as possible and be aware of the correct way to respond should they encounter anything suspicious online.

With this in mind, this Safer Internet Day, we have collated some important tips to help you and your children stay safe online.

· Never give out personal information such as your address or phone number

· Never send pictures of yourself to anyone

· Don’t open emails or attachments from people you don’t know

· Don’t become online ‘friends’ with people you don’t know

· Never arrange to meet someone in person who you’ve met online

· If anything you see or read online worries you, tell someone about it

For more information on staying safe online visit www.saferinternet.org.uk or if you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk.

Crowdfunding for technology upgrade at Camelsdale School

We always work closely with schools on getting as much as possible for their budget. Our work with Camelsdale School is a great example of a school making the most of the available funds and finding creative solutions to balance the books.

The school was looking to replace several old whiteboards that were long overdue an upgrade with the latest Clevertouch Plus interactive screens. Their first port of call was to apply for an Aviva Community Award but although they secured an impressive 20,000 votes, they missed out on the prize. They were, however, awarded £500 and that gave them enough motivation to keep going and launch a crowdfunding project. The crowdfunding, which started in February when Valentine’s Day brought out the generosity in the school’s parents and supporters, was also supported by the tireless efforts of the PTA.

The campaign gained momentum; the school raised enough for six of the seven screens, in part thanks to a single large donation from an anonymous donor inspired by the school’s efforts. The Community Partnership then secured the funds for the last screen from a local community grant.

It was inspiring to work with the school, not only for their great enthusiasm but also, they had a clear knowledge and understanding of how technology benefits the classroom.

Having worked so hard to raise the money for the new resources, we did all we could to make the transition as smooth as possible, removing the now obsolete white boards, transferring resources and installing the new Clevertouch Plus screens.

It was a great project to be a part of, we’re proud to have helped Camelsdale School. If there are any teachers out there who have been inspired and are thinking of crowdfunding, we’re always happy to help with the best value technology for schools.