Is Google Photos for hosting school photos GDPR compliant?

Anything that Google makes needs to be GDPR compliant for the same reason that McDonald’s has to make sure that their food is correctly labelled with calorie contents – they are the leaders in their fields and there are millions of people wanting to bring them down! To put it mildly, if Google’s services are … Read more

What do I do about GDPR if I have a teacher blog?

Lots of teachers have blogs today where they share some of their classroom practice. With the new rules around GDPR coming up shortly, like all websites, they will have to ensure that they are compliant. I am not an expert in this area so this guide is merely a starting point to get you going. … Read more

How do I add a Cookies’ Notice to my School Website?

Under GDPR rules, after May 25th, your school website will have to have a notice to say that it uses cookies. If you don’t know what cookies are, in summary, they are something that keeps a little bit of a user’s data on your website. Because it isn’t your data, under GDPR law, you will … Read more

Should I set up a WhatApp group for messaging Parents?

Firstly, this question is for principals who want to send messages to parents, not for teachers! Teachers should never ever ever set up a WhatsApp group for their parents and have messages coming from their personal WhatsApp account. That is, of course, unless they wish to be contacted by parents at any time during the … Read more

How do you scan a document to Aladdin?

One of the great things about student management information systems (MIS) is the ability to store any documents or files associated with a child. For example, a child might receive a psychological report, and rather than keep it in a physical file, it might be useful to upload it to Aladdin (or any other MIS.) … Read more

Is there a perfect AUP (Acceptable Usage Policy) for Internet?

Sadly, the short answer to this question, is “no.” However, the PDSTTiE (formerly NCTE) website has some advice, but even more helpfully, it points to one of its sister websites, WebWise, which gives some comprehensive support on creating an AUP. There are even some samples on the WebWise page here which have been recommended. Finally, my … Read more

What advice would you give to a school wanting wifi?

WiFi is now becoming a basic need in any primary school with the emergence of WiFi-enabled devices. Devices such as iPads and Chromebooks require a decent WiFi set up to get their full use. However, any device benefits from WiFi as the lack of wires mean extra portability. What should a school look for in terms … Read more

Should a school design its own website?

Having a school website is no longer an option; it’s expected of every school to have a web presence. A website is more or less a window into your school. It showcases exactly what your school is about. However, it is also an advertisement for your school and a user’s first impressions may be the … Read more

How do you use Shortcodes on Aladdin?

Aladdin is Ireland’s leading Student Management System and offers schools the ability to do almost every administrative task one can think of. I have been using it almost since it was launched at an IPPN Expo a number of years ago and can safely say that it has become part of everything we do in our school. … Read more

Ways to host online enrollments for your school

I think my school was the first to offer online enrollment forms in Ireland back in 2008. Around half of all our enrollments into our school come through our online form and the feedback we have received from parents is excellent. We use Gravity Forms for our enrollment form but there are some other options out there … Read more

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