Supporting the update to Primary

The SIMs Primary adoption is currently via a growing pilot program; and is a process of learning – for both Capita and customers. As a result, there is an ongoing process looking at how documentation is provided and updated. One of the key parts of the program is suitability checking – not everyone is suitable to enter yet. Key in this process are Support Units, who can help to identify and engage with potential early adopters – and arrange their update with Capita. Continue reading

Say hello to SIMS Activities

Fairly quietly at Bett 2016, Capita launched a new product to the SIMS family – SIMS Activities. Activities has been designed as a web based portal to allow schools to efficiently and effectively manage extracurricular activities and school trips. According to research, some schools are running as many as 50 extracurricular activities throughout the year, from music lessons to sports clubs to trips away, the administration can be extremely time consuming. SIMS Activities can save hours of daily administration time, gathering disparate bits of information from those running extracurricular activities.

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BETT 2016 Roundup – Microsoft Class Notebook and OneNote in Education

thI’ve always loved OneNote – in fact all my blog notes; and day to day work notes are all kept in OneNote Notebooks. I’ve got at least 6 different Notebooks syncing for different things – and that’s even before I consider the personal ones too. The reason why…its so simple; and flexible – you can store anything in them; and when you combine them with the power of mobile and inking (via tablets such as the Surface, or even non Microsoft ones with a pen) – they come into their own. Text, images, tables, links, images, videos…the full works. Oh, and yes, formatting is in there too. Some of you who saw me at BETT may have noticed that myself and a colleague were both sporting rather fetching purple “OneNote Avenger” capes…! Continue reading