Chris Drage encounters affordable network storage for schools, the Buffalo TeraStation ES

Buffalo TeraStation ESBuffalo TeraStation ESNetwork Attached Storage (NAS) provides a central place to store all data. Most educational institutions store this on central servers with automatic back-up capabilities.

However, I've often heard network administrators complain: “Such-and-such department always exceeds its storage space on the server and must delete unused or old archived files and material if they want more for their students.” I have even seen heated arguments. What's needed are extra nimble storage devices.

Tony Parkin explores a new model for curriculum development
Switched on ICT logoTake a group of passionate, Twittering primary educators seeking ways of improving a tired curriculum, a local authority ICT school improvement team and schools they support, and add in a commercial educational publisher and an exciting new model for curriculum development can emerge.

Teachers will soon be able to check out the product of this collaboration between educators in the London Borough of Havering and publisher Rising Stars with the publication, in March, of Switched On ICT.

Entrepreneur Alun Baker believes social networking is crucial for careers advice
WYGU logoFigures just published show that graduates are twice as likely to be jobless as other sectors of the populations. Graduate unemployment has doubled in the recession to its highest level for more than a decade and, given the spending review cuts, is unlikely to improve.

Also, 200,000 young people with the right grades failed to get into university this year. How will they make the right choices about what to do next? And how do school pupils get the best advice on their next steps?

By Daniel McKeown
Learners who find themselves all at sea with digital information in today’s high-tech world could be thrown a line thanks to two new competitions for technology developers launched by JISC Techdis, the UK’s leading advisory service on technology and inclusion.

The first, titled "Plain Sailing", focuses on enabling users to produce and access navigable and personalisable digital information independently. The second, "Making Waves", aims to develop technologies enabling learners with communication difficulties to function effectively and independently across the range of learning and living situations.

Sally McKeown checks out the new Youth Motivational Map service
Youth Motivational Map logo“Spooky!” said Anna, a Year 9 pupil at  Avonbourne School for Girls in Bournemouth when she saw her profile results. She had just tried the Youth Motivational Map, a new product from Smart Development Solutions, and found it uncannily accurate.

The 'Map' is an online self-perception inventory which asks lots of questions and then analyses what drives the individual. It is similar in style to Belbin’s Team Role Profile, a well-known management tool which helps companies improve performance by getting the right combination of skills in a group.