SUPPORT FOR YOUR LAPTOP
ABOUT THIS PAGE
GETTING ONLINE WITH DATA
One of the things that we want to stress to you is to be careful of how much data you are using online. Data is just a way of counting how much you have used the internet. Just like your kettle uses more electric than a light bulb some activities can use a lot more data than others. The figure we need to check is our ‘data allowance’ which is typically measure in GB (or ‘Gigabytes’) and has nothing to do with your connection speed (typically in MB which is a measure of how fast you can use up your data).
As companies have the ability to charge you for using more than your agreed allowance we would recommend you check with these companies if you have limited WiFi. If you do it is best to try to limit your usage.
Support during Lockdown – details of how some companies are offering more during lockdowns
Examples of data usage (these are rough estimates and can vary on the speed of your connection)
1000KB = 1MB
1000MB = 1GB
Email attachments: 1-10MB
Whatsapp audio call: 12MB per hour
Web surfing: 50MB per hour
Zoom: 1 – 2GB per hour
Youtube: 2- 16GB per hour
WIRED INTERNET AND WiFi
If you internet is provided by a landlord then speak to them directly about any concerns over usage. If you have a contract with any company, check their website for Covid updates and terms. Many of these providers have removed their data caps during COVID-19 meaning you can surf without restrictions. It is best to call your provider or check their website though to see if this applies to you. Some links are provided below
Mobile internet is internet provided by a mobile phone or MiFi device. This is when a company provides you with a sim card and the data comes through mobile telephone radio towers (not to be confused with WiFi which also uses radio but is just a way of connecting to nearby wired internet). Your mobile device will have a variety of tools to control your usage but it is even more important to check your contract with your provider as mobile phone bills can become very expensive if you exceed your agreed limit.
If you need to find a contract to let you study from home we would recommend a pay as you go unlimited contract which can be had for around £25 per month from Lebara or Vodafone. This is expensive but, if you choose the pay as you go option, doesn’t tie you in to a contract and could help you get through this difficult time. A separate device called a MiFi can be purchased, this lets you plug the sim card into it and provides WiFi in your house.
- CBeebies for parents & carers – free online videos
- Hungry Little Minds – simple fun activities for very young children
- Family Lives – support & advice
- Bristol Community Learning – Videos for English, maths and employability
- Youtube Free School – Massive selection of free videos for kids covering all topic areas
- TED talks – Great presentations about all manner of subjects. Remind yourself about some of the best parts of life.
- TED – Ed – Great presentations for a younger audience
- BBC Bitesize – Great for all subjects for Primary, Key Stage 3, GCSE & A Levels
- Kahn Academy – iOS app, Android app. The american equivalent of Bitesize. Well designed and covering all ages.
- Kahn Kids – iOS app, Android app. Amazing app based resource for kids age 2-7.
- IXL – A great web based resource of Maths and English
- Integra Home learning – A huge selection of web based resources
- Oak national academy – A great series of online tests and learning resources
- Future Learn Schools – Future Learn have new content aimed at ages 13+
- Bristol Skills English – Videos, quizzes and tutorials for English topics.
- Word Trip – iOS app, Android app. – Great little fun word game. Free but with adverts
- English with Emma – Great English lessons focused on speakers of other languages
- Read books together, or write own comic strip / short story and illustrate it
- Learn the spellings of tricky words
- Look up and learn 10 new words a day and write a sentence using each new word in context.
- Word games, crosswords, scrabble, puzzles
- SpellTower – iOS app. Fun and free spelling , crossword game
- Audible – Audible stories is a selection of free audio books for kids, no login. This is fantastic!
- Words for Life Fun and free online learning
- Digital Parenting – Excellent advice from Vodafone about balancing online use for your kids.
- Scratch Jr – Learn to code, basic lessons for kids
- CodingGame – Advanced lessons in coding based on making games
- Why not video chat friends and family? Maybe the grandparents could set a small lesson in the afternoon.
- Savvy Shopping – Our guide to cheap and easy meals on a budget
- Sport England – #StayInWorkOut, some guidance and ideas for keeping fit at home
- Yoga Fareham – Free Yoga classes for adults and family classes. Free but accepting donations
- School of SOS – Free Dance classes live streamed through Instagram and on Zoom
- PnP Arcade – Board games to print out and play with your kids. Many are free
- Joe Wicks – Great exercise routines for all ages.
Your new laptop is supported through Bristol Waste. If the laptop breaks then you may be eligible for a swap out. If you have broken the laptop (i.e. dropped it and broken the screen) they may still be able to help for a small repair fee. Please note this applies only to laptops which have been supplied through this scheme.
PLEASTE NOTE: All swap outs will be carried out contact-free. This means you are responsible for backing up and work or other material on your laptop as if it requires a swap-out all of your work will be securely deleted.
ABOUT YOUR NEW LAPTOP
The laptops are supplied with the following software:
Windows 10 with Microsoft’s built in anti-virus package.
Libre Office – An equivalent to Microsoft Office.
Video chat aps such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.