Administering School ICT infrastructure: developing your knowledge and skills

From November 2016 until January 2017, European Schoolnet (EUN) is running the school ICT Administrator MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course brings ICT administrators together in order to hear about current practices and new developments, to learn from each other and to reflect on their work through a mix of over 20 specially-commissioned video case studies produced by practitioners, live webinars with expert input, and stimulating, enjoyable and relevant activities and discussions.

The course aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence in six key topic areas:

  • Optimising the school network.
  • Wireless networking and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
  • Cloud models and services.
  • Securing networks and digital safety.
  • New tools and services (including technology for special needs).
  • Professional skills and tips, including producing a school ICT development plan.

With the start of the new year, on 9 January 2017 the fourth module of the MOOC on security and safety started, which will introduce participants, among others, to the eSafety Label project*. Over the upcoming weeks, participants will learn how they can build an eSafety friendly infrastructure in their school. In more detail, participants will hear about the appropriate usage of mobile phones in the classroom; how to protect sensitive data in school; how to protect devices against malware and how to develop an acceptable use policy (AUP) for their school.

Further information about the ICT Administrator MOOC can be found on the European Schoolnet Academy website. You can also follow the debate on social media using #ICTadminMOOC on Twitter.

For more general information about the EUN Academy, please visit:

*The eSafety Label is a European-wide accreditation and support service for schools, and includes:

  • Accreditation: Schools can review their own eSafety practices against internationally-agreed standards. When they put forward evidence of their practice, they can be accredited as an eSafety-certified school. On completion of the self-assessment process, they will receive a personalised action plan to enable them to develop further their level of eSafety practice. They can also see where their school stands compared to other schools in their own country and abroad.
  • Resources: The portal provides schools with an ever-growing set of resources: eSafety advice and guidance, fact sheets, checklists and templates.
  • Online community: Users and experts exchange tips, resources, advice and information on eSafety issues, help each other and share examples of effective practice.

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