Parents & Students

ICT FAQ


The Foldr application powers the College VLE. Foldr is installed on your iPad and you can also install it on your other mobile devices should you wish.

It is also a website. To access it, enter the College website -> Secure Areas -> Painsley VLE.

login using your school username and password.

There are two ways to transfer the files.

Drag and Drop: Find the file on your home computer and drop it into the relevant folder in your work area.

OR

Select the “upload” button, The middle of the three buttons to the right of your name. You will then be asked to find the file on your home computer. Choose file and select open. the file will then be uploaded to your school work area.

Foldr can now unify your work area, College network shares and Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage space in one interface. It also allows you to edit files in Office 365 applications direct from Foldr. You need to associate your College Office365 account details with your Foldr login to do so. A guide can be found here.

 

Please download the Office 365 guide for Students

* Do not save any course work to Office 365. Keep coursework files in your work area. *

Once you have logged into your Office 365 account for the first time you will see a new ‘My OneDrive’ area listed under ‘This Computer’.

You can drag, drop, copy and paste your files into this drive and then access them using the Office 365 website or the Painsley VLE using any computer that has Internet access.

To use your Office 365 OneDrive with Foldr (Painsley VLE) you will need to complete the integration process.  The guide showing this can be accessed here.

You don’t even need to download Word, Excel or PowerPoint files to edit them just make your changes and save them straight back to the College network!  For more information click here.

Please download the Office 365 guide for Staff

Once you have logged into your Office 365 account for the first time you will see a new ‘My OneDrive’ area listed under ‘This Computer’.

You can drag, drop, copy and paste your files into this drive and then access them using the Office 365 website or the Painsley VLE using any computer that has Internet access.

To use your Office 365 OneDrive with Foldr (Painsley VLE) you will need to complete the integration process.  The guide showing this can be accessed here.

You don’t even need to download Word, Excel or PowerPoint files to edit them, just make your changes and save them straight back to the College network! For more information click here.

In the login box where it asks for the domain\user name put in the following:

pca-painsley\username

Enter your Computer login password as normal and sign in.

 

School Gateway is a website or mobile device App which can notify you at the end of the College day of any achievements that have been awarded to your child.

To register, the College first has to have your e-mail address and mobile phone details in our database. Register for School Gateway using the same e-mail address and mobile phone number that the College holds for you. Details on how to use the service and how to get the App are also on the School Gateway website.

 

Go to www.Painsley.staffs.sch.uk -> Secure Areas ->  Painsley Webmail.

Enter your username and password in the login box.

Your Password MUST be 7 or more characters long.

It MUST contain any 3 of the following: Uppercase, lowercase, Number, Special characters.

It cannot be similar to your username or contain more than 2 consecutive letters from it.

It cannot have 3 or more of the same characters in consecutive order. Example – aaa, 111

It cannot be one of your last 2 passwords used.

 

Try not to make it too complex or too long. You have to remember what your password is and use it on a daily basis.

Try to make it relatively easy for you to type in quickly so it’s difficult for anyone trying to see your password as you type it to do so.

DO NOT tell anyone else your password.

 

 

You will have been given a user name and password from your maths tutor.

If you have forgotten either of them, you will need to see Mrs C. Wooldridge (Head of Maths Department).

There are three main ways to work on your College files at home.

1: With software installed on your home computer

2: With Office 365

3: Using Painsley@Home

1: With software installed on your home computer

If you have a recent version of Microsoft Office installed on your home computer, Office 2007 (service pack 2) and above then you can work on a copy of your College Office documents on your own computer. Other software packages like OpenOffice or LibreOffice will also work for simple documents but not all the more advanced features of Microsoft Office are supported by these other Office programs so more complex MS Office documents may not work fully in College.

The best way to use your own copy of Microsoft Office if you have internet access is to go to www.Painsley.co.uk -> Secure Areas -> Painsley VLE.

Enter your username and password in the login box.

Navigate to the file you require, highlight it and select edit file.

In the pop-up box select launch application. You can also click the box to remember the links if you wish.

Select “yes” on the next pop-up box and then enter your login details when asked to do so.

When the file opens select enable editing at the top of the page.

Do the work on that file that is required and then save it.

2: With Office 365

Office 365 is Office applications available on the internet not installed on your computer.

If the file you want to work on is a Microsoft Office document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, NOT Access) you can use the College’s subscription to Office 365.

Firstly the file has to be made available to Office 365. See the FAQ item “How do I login and use Office 365 and OneDrive storage?”

After the file has been modified and saved, you will then need to save it to your College work area. Download it from Onedrive and then copy it to your College Home area using the Painsley VLE.

3: Using Painsley@Home

Painsley@Home is the College’s own copy of Microsoft Office “Published” online using Microsoft remote Desktop Service.

Go to www.Painsley.co.uk -> Secure Areas -> Painsley@Home

Log in with your usual College computer username and password but add pca-painsley\ before your username.E.G. if your username is fredbloggs then log into Painsley@Home with

pca-painsley\fredbloggs.

You can then choose between Office applications and a full Painsley desktop with most but not all of the College’s software available. Some applications which do not work well over Remote Desktop Services are not available.

 

Consider using Office 365 OneDrive instead of a USB Storage device. See the FAQ below this one on how to use Office 365.

You are allowed to use a USB storage device or memory stick in College but only use it to keep copies of your work. This is because USB storage is easily damaged or lost.

It is a good idea to rename the memory stick itself to your own name, or put your name in a text file on the root of the drive. This way, if you lose it and someone hands it in then we will know who it belongs to.

The best place to save your college work is to your N:\ Drive (Home drive). This is backed up regularly so if any data goes missing from there it can be restored.

Each student has been given a printing fob (little round disc with the word mifare printed on it).

There is also a 7 digit pin code associated with the student which would have been given out during Emmaus time. The disc has to be associated with the pin code.

The print pin code is also displayed on your College desktop when you log in.

You need to register your Mifare disc before you can use it to log into the printers:

On each printer in the College, there is a small grey box by the keypad. Touch the disc to this device and a message is displayed on the small screens which says:

“Card not Recognised, log into Register Card”.

Enter your 7 digit pin code now and your fob will be associated with your name. THIS ONLY HAS TO BE DONE ONCE.

Now the disk is registered you can hold the disk near the reader to log in and collect your prints. Alternatively, you can key in your PIN code to log in.

When print is selected from any software, the default printer should be PAI_Printer. This may or may not have a few more words after it. Choose this printer and select print. You will then be able to collect your documents from any of the printers in the College after logging onto it.

This will be your computer login user name, followed by @painsley.staffs.sch.uk

Example: fredbloggs@painsley.staffs.sch.uk

This is also shown on the desktop of the computers in the College when you log into them

From your computer at home, go to www.painsley.co.uk -> Secure Areas -> Painsley VLE.

login using your school username and password.

There are two ways to transfer the files.

Drag and Drop: Find the file on your home computer and drop it into the relevant folder in your work area.

OR

Select the “upload” button, The middle of the three buttons to the right of your name. You will then be asked to find the file on your home computer. Choose file and select open, the file will then be uploaded to your school work area.

The College has sent you a pin number that will be associated with your child.

Go to Show My Homework and enter your pin number.

You will then be able to set a password and email if you wish.

After you log into the site you will then be able to see what homework has been set for your child.

Go to www.showmyhomework.co.uk and click login.

Enter your email address and choose “forgot password”.

A link will then be sent to your email to reset your password.

You can also access SMHW by going to the Painsley website -> Secure Areas -> Show my Homework.