Have a chat to Airhead at Bett 2016

Happy New Year to our customers, partners, friends and colleagues!

2015 was a bumper year for Airhead, thanks in no small part to our partners. It started brilliantly when we won the Bett Innovation in ICT award. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of working with partners such as Think IT, E2BN, SWGfL, Groupcall and BT. It therefore seems only right that our Bett stand should also be a joint effort with another of our trusted partners, Microsoft.

Partner_CollageAirhead will be an inaugural member of the The Microsoft Partner Village, a new and exciting addition to the Bett Show. It brings key Microsoft partners together in one location to give Bett visitors a focused experience of the amazing things partners are doing with Microsoft. Come and have a chat with Airhead on stand C300 and find out what all the fuss is about.

As well as presenting in the Microsoft Village Theatre, we’ll also be presenting on Think IT’s stand (D100) every day at 3pm. Think IT is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your schools’ ICT needs. It’s a DfE recommended procurement framework with over 30 leading educational suppliers and Airhead is proud to be one of those partners.

We’re really looking forward to kicking off 2016 with a cracking Bett. If you’re not coming to Bett and you want to find out a bit more about Airhead, check out this flightdeck or visit our website and create a free personal account. Otherwise, we looking forward to seeing you 20 – 23rd January at the world’s leading education technology show!

Airhead is getting better… again!

Since winning the Innovation in ICT award at Bett 2015, we’ve had a really exciting year. As well as signing up lots of new customers, we’ve been busy preparing to unveil some major updates to Airhead as a direct result of your feedback. We’re now delighted to announce the release of Airhead Version 2! As well as lots of ‘under the bonnet’ improvements, we’ve made Airhead even easier to use. Here are some of the main updates…

  • New user tour – a quick tour of Airhead for new users
  • Hover menu – get to your flightdecks and launchpads more quickly
  • Finder – manage access to your flightdecks and launchpads
  • Noticeboard – an easy way to share information with everyone
  • Website – turn your internal noticeboard into a public website!
  • Branding – customised design to reflect your unique branding

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New user tour – The first time you log on after this update or as a new user, you’ll be taken on a tour of key Airhead features. If you want to see the tour again, just click on your user icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select the ‘Take the tour’ option.

Hover menu – We’ve replaced the sidebar with a really easy new way to access your flightdecks and launchpads. Just hover over menu items in the top bar and they will pop up. You can either select the item you want or create a new one by pressing the ‘Create’ button. If you have lots of flightdecks and launchpads, you may notice that the pop-up menu doesn’t include all your items. Don’t panic! They’re still there. Just read on…

Finder – We’ve implemented ‘Finder’ as a new way to manage your flightdecks and launchpads so that you can quickly and easily get to the ones you use most. To open Finder, either click on ‘All launchpads / flightdecks’ in the pop-up menu or simply click the magnifying glass in the top bar. The new ‘Finder’ screen has toggle controls to filter launchpads and flightdecks as well as ‘starred’ items or different categories, e.g. personal or shared. If you ‘star’ an item, it will be prioritised in the pop-up menu so you can get to it quickly. Have a play and we think you’ll get the hang of it really quickly.

Noticeboard – Airhead has a powerful sharing capability and lots of customers have been asking us for a noticeboard feature to target all school users with specific news and information. This new feature means an administrator can configure and share a noticeboard in the top navigation bar and this will be the first place a user is taken when they log in. This means you can be sure your users will see the latest school news and information whenever they login to Airhead. The noticeboard is a flightdeck which means you can configure ‘live’ content such as social media, videos and news feeds. It’s easy and quick to configure and update so that anyone can do it – you don’t need to be a technology guru.

Website – While the noticeboard is for private viewing by your school users, we realise some schools would love to use this same feature to manage their website! Well, we’re happy to oblige so now you can make your noticeboard publicly available via a friendly URL (e.g. www.yourschool.airhead.io) or redirect it to your school domain (e.g. www.yourschool.com) to make it your very own website. This is a really inexpensive and easy way to manage your school website. It means that you can update your website in a few seconds and again, you don’t need to be a web master! Not only that, but the website feature is designed to work on any device and will reconfigure for tablets and mobile devices. We think it will transform your public communications via the Web.

Branding – We’ve had lots of requests from local authorities, multi-academy trusts and federations for a more comprehensive branding package. We’ve listened and we’re really excited to offer a package of branding features including custom URLs (yourschool.airhead.io), custom login pages designed to reflect your branding, custom logos to replace the Airhead one and finally, custom backgrounds to reinforce your own branding. Together they mean that Airhead will reflect your unique branding.

As ever, you can try Airhead for free by going to airhead.io and logging in with a personal account. If you want a school trial, email us and we’ll talk to you about how easy it is to integrate Airhead with Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365 or your Management Information System. We’ve really enjoyed creating these new features and improvements for you and we hope you love them too.

It’s good to share

We at Airhead are passionate about curating and sharing educational resources. With this in mind, we recently introduced the ability to share LaunchPads with anyone. Now, we are delighted to announce that we have done the same with FlightDecks! From today, you can share your flightdeck via a publicly accessible web address. It is very simple to do:

1. Click the arrow at the top right of the flightdeck and click share:

Flightdeck options

2. Choose the ‘Anyone’ tab and choose to ‘share this flightdeck with anyone’. The web address will be displayed when you save:

Share your flightdeck

That’s it! You can distribute the web address via email or however else you wish. Or you can use the social buttons at the top right of the public flightdeck to post the link to Twitter or Facebook. Once someone clicks ‘Add to Airhead’, they will be subscribed to the flightdeck. Why not add this NASA flightdeck that we have made? Happy sharing!

LaunchPads for Revision

It’s that time of year again. Students are spending an inordinate amount of time creating revision timetables in order to put off revising. Well here’s something to help them on their way.

One of the many things that Airhead is really useful for is sharing revision resources. Whether it’s a document, web site or an interactive online resource, LaunchPads will help you can bring them together and share them with students and colleagues.

If you find another resource, just add it to the launchpad and update it for everyone at the click of a button. It’s an incredibly simple but powerful way of organising and curating resources for students to access any time, anywhere on any device, including their smart phones.

By way of example, we’ve included a French A-level revision launchpad below. You also can find the same launchpad in AirBase, our database of literally thousands of curated educational resources. If you want to subscribe to the free version of Airhead and add this launchpad, just click here.

Happy revising!