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ICT Systems

Turing House students use ICT applications in many lessons and often for homework. Some systems are also used by parents. Our network support staff can help to resolve issues with school systems, and they can be contacted via the school office. It may help them to understand the problem if you can describe exactly what steps you took before the issue occurred, and take a screenshot of any error messages.

Logging in to School Computers

All students have a school Microsoft account. They log in to computers on the school network with their username and password.

Students' usernames follow a standard format. For example, Joe Bloggs who started Year 7 in September 2016 would have a username of 16bloggs.j.

Network passwords are set in the first ICT lesson in Year 7 and students can reset them at anytime from a school PC by pressing the Ctrl-Alt-Del keys all at the same time and following the instructions that appear.

Choosing and Managing Passwords

We encourage students to choose secure passwords and never to share them with each other. Please do not re-use school network passwords when creating passwords for other systems.

A good resource for choosing a password is Dinopass (select the strong password option).

You are likely to have a lot of passwords for various applications so unless you have a very good memory you will need a secure way to manage them. Please do not write them down. You may want to use a password manager, such as the one in Google Chrome. 

Microsoft Office 365

MS Office 365 is a suite of applications which includes MS Teams, MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint.

All students can log into MS Office 365 using an email address in the format: Username@turinghouseschool.org.uk.

For example, Joe Bloggs who started Year 7 in September 2016 would use 16bloggs.j@turinghouseschool.org.uk as the username to log into their MS 365 account.

The password should be synchronised with the school network password. However, if the network password has recently been changed, the accounts may not have synchronised, so try the old password too. Students should speak to a member of staff if they can no longer access their account.

Microsoft Office 365 at home

Students can also log into their MS 365 account on their own devices at home. As well as using the applications via a web browser, their accounts entitle them to install desktop versions of the MS 365 applications (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) for school use.

To download the software they should log into their Office 365 account online and click "Install Office" which should be in the top right hand corner of the landing page. Then follow the instructions to download and install the software.

Microsoft Teams

Once students have logged into MS 365 (see above) they will be able to access Teams. Teachers often use this to communicate with students. They will tell your child if they have set up a Team for their class.

Student communications via MS Teams are monitored and moderated. Conversations should not be considered private and any inappropriate usage should be reported to school staff.

Bromcom Student Portal and MyChildAtSchool (MCAS) parent portal

Bromcom is a Management Information System used to manage many aspects of school administration. Students are encouraged to check the BromCom Student Portal regularly to keep up to date with their homework and check their timetable. We also use Bromcom to report on student behaviour. The parent version of the portal is called MyChildAtSchool (MCAS) and it includes all messages sent to parents by the school.

Creating an account: To log into the Bromcom portal for the first time, students need their unique Invitation Code, which is given to them in the form of a printed letter. Please keep this code safe and contact the school office if you have lost it. 

Parents need their own login credentials for MyChildAtSchool. The school sends parents their MCAS invitation code by email, with instructions on how to create an account.  Again, if you have lost the email, please contact the school office.

Important: When creating a password for the account, you will be asked to enter an email address (you will need to confirm the address is valid by clicking a link in a verification email, so make sure it is an email account that you can access). However, if you use a password manager to store login credentials, be careful not to store your email address as the username - Bromcom login screens require the unique username provided by the school, rather than your email address. 

Logging In: Once the student or parent account has been created, for subsequent logins you will only need your unique username and password. Please keep these safe.  

Bromcom mobile apps: As well as the web versions of these portals there are handy apps that you can install on your phone - available from the usual app stores. Installing these will help to ensure you never miss a communication.

If using the apps then you will be prompted to set up a PIN or use your fingerprint to log in.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The school has a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students may sometimes need to use it to access work that has been set for them.  If so, they should use their school username (e.g. 16bloggs.j) and their current network password.

ParentPay

We use ParentPay for collecting payments from parents, including for school meals and trips. In order to set up your account for the first time you will need to refer to the activation email sent to you by the school. If you have lost this, please contact the school office.

StudyBugs

We encourage parents to use StudyBugs to report a student's absence from school, as it is more efficient than emailing or telephoning. You can set up and manage your own account for this, and there is a handy app available for your phone too (just search for Study Bugs in your usual app store).

Dr Frost Maths

All students have Dr Frost Maths accounts to help support their study of Maths. Often teachers will set homework using this platform. Students should  log in here using their school email address, which is in the format 21bloggs.j@turinghouseschool.org.uk. The first time they log in they will use the default password given to them by their maths teacher in the homework instructions - please watch the video linked below if you are unsure. They will then be prompted to set up their own password, which they will need to remember (or store in their password manager if they have one).

Please watch this support video from Mr Winstanley. As well as showing how to log in for the first time, he explains how to link your Dr Frost account to your school Microsoft account. This will give you an alternative means of logging in which some people may find easier.

Beware: If you enter the login details incorrectly a message appears which asks you to click on a link in a verification email. Please ignore this. The school has already created the students' accounts and verified the credentials. It may mean that you entered the email address incorrectly so that it wasn't recognised. Try logging in again, making sure your school email address and password are entered correctly (the instructions and video above should help). Make sure you are not using capital letters.  If you still cannot get in, please contact your maths teacher for further help.

Educake

In science, we use the Educake platform for setting homework for Y7-11.

To log in, students need to click the 'student log in' button in the top right corner, and then type in their username and password. If students forget their log in details, they can get them from their science teacher.

Active Learn

Some departments, e.g. Spanish, use Active Learn for homework. The username format for this is 16bloggs.j, and students set up their own passwords.

Seneca

All students have free access to Seneca - a revision
and homework platform. The website covers exam-board specific courses, condensing what students need to know and helping to identify gaps in
learning. For instance, when you get a question wrong, the platform will repeat the topic in different formats.

Students can log into Seneca using their school email address and the password that they created when they first set up the Seneca account in class. If the password has been forgotten it can be re-set following the on-screen instructions (the re-set link will be sent to the student's school email address).

Individual teachers may give students a class code, to attach to their Seneca accounts, so they can monitor learning e.g. the History Key Stage 3 code is mNdZ-o9kp and the History KS4 code is jqn_NVNTV.

Doddle

Doddle is used by the science department, particularly in sixth form. 

Teachers can set flipped learning, homework or revision tasks using this platform.

Student usernames for this are of the form JoeBloggs16 (with the number representing the year the student's cohort joined Year 7 - in this case 2016).  All accounts log in using the same password, which is 'turing'.

Some teachers set homework or provide revision resources using Doddle. Student usernames for this are of the form JoeBloggs16 (with the number representing the year the student's cohort joined Year 7 - in this case 2016).  All accounts log in using the same password, which is 'turing'.

GCSE Pod

GCSE Pod is an online learning platform with various, short, engaging 'pods' on a range of topics, linked to exam specifications. It is used by several subjects, in class and for homework. On first use, students create their own username and password. Form tutors and teachers are able to help students if they forget their login details.

GCSE Pod also offers a page of Parent Resources. Here you can discover parent user guides and quick start guides, and you can explore how to support your child.

They also offer free motivational webinars for students. Click on the links to find out more.

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