This page gives you some idea of how our IT systems work. WPS IT Blog
The school has over 400 networked computers spread across the site. These run Windows 7 (all 64 bit) and Office 2010. The school also has some Apple computers for Photography and Media Studies.
The client computers are served by a VMware based virtual server infrastucture that runs a blend of Windows Server 2008R2 and Linux virtual machines. We will shortly be introducing the use of ultra thin clients as a robust and energy efficient alternative to regular PC's.
Most of the schools data is held offsite in the 'cloud'. We have three main cloud based systems. Google Apps for Education for email and document sharing, the Learning Platform for online learning and SIMs for student data.
This website has been constucted using the Joomla opensource content management system entirely inhouse. Joomla is a very powerful and free way of constucting complex multiuser websites with little more than a browser and a text editor. The school website is best viewed in a modern web browser e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari. If you are still using Internet Explorer, I would recommend switching to Chrome or Firefox.
Google Apps for Education
This service provides the following features to all members of wheatleypark.org (all staff and students). Tips on using the service can be found on the IT Blog.
- Instant Messaging
- Online Google Documents
- Google Sites
- Google Groups
These are the core services which allow usrs to share ideas and work colaboratively with ease on any internet connected device. Have a look at the brief video below to get a feel for what you can do. Any student that does not have their user details can pop in to IT Support or see Mr Nixon.
Some user Guides or visit the Learning Centre
What is it?
A series of Microsoft acredited qualifications that are internationally recognised. They cover the full range of Office 2010 applications.
How do you get qualified?
Enrole on one or more of the courses and follow the online programme in your own time. When you feel ready for an exam, request an exam slot. You can get qualified at Specialist, Expert and Master Level. All certificated are highly valued by employers.