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James Lewis's Discussions

Windows 10 for digital inclusion

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Sep 24, 2015. 6 Replies

So have some new laptops we bought a month or two ago to lend to learners for job search etc. and am considering the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 10. As you may know Windows 10 makes it…Continue

Chromebook Management

Started Apr 21, 2015 0 Replies

Anyone on here got any experience of using the management console for using Chromebooks in education? Would be grateful to bend your ear for 5min :-)Continue

Tablet Review - Zoostorm Playtab

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Nov 21, 2014. 7 Replies

We've bought some Zoostorm Playtab 10inch tablets for £80. MIxed impressions so far. For about another £15 we could have gotten the newer version and got 2GB RAM instead of 1, but a relatively…Continue

Talk Talk digital inclusion

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Nov 11, 2014. 4 Replies

Surprised no-one has posted this up on digi housing hub yet (apart from the twitter feed), so time to rectify that! Looks potentially a very exciting and useful way of getting more people online (and…Continue

 

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James Lewis posted a status
"Anyone have a script to give their cust service team (or HOs) to help the teams ID & refer ppl they deal with to #digitalinclusion support?"
Jul 11
James Lewis commented on David Jory's blog post EU Funding for digital
"We have a ESF/Big Lottery Funded project and also working on another Big Lottery project - gifting hardware is generally strictly 'verboten'. I've heard accounts that one project even had to account for pencils it bought!"
Jul 5
James Lewis commented on Liam Barnes's blog post Loaning out Andriod Devices
"You can use Google for Non-Profits for the MDM (free/cost of a domain if you need one). As for imaging, I'm not sure what it is you want to image? If for cleaning up the tablet between loans, I'd suggest just setting up your admin account…"
Jun 7
James Lewis commented on Scott Tandy's blog post Apps pre installed on tenant tablets
"It's tricky to pre-install apps to be honest, unless you do it one-by-one - which isn't really practical at scale. We've suggested a few money related apps to help with budgeting etc. and Indeed for job search. Might also look at…"
Jun 1
James Lewis posted a status
"Government has released new improved #digitalinclusion evaluation toolkit here http://bit.ly/2pjmIII"
Apr 21
James Lewis posted a blog post

Recent developments on internet costs

A couple of useful recent news articles about connectivity you may find interesting/usefulCAB criticism of broadband ISP pricing strategies:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39555140Hopefully reductions in fibre pricing soon:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/39452242See More
Apr 18
James Lewis posted a status
"With 10yrs' #digihousing experience, I'm going to start collecting my reflections on this blog https://digitalinclusionmatters.blogspot.com/"
Mar 31
James Lewis replied to Scott Tandy's discussion Digital Champion Reward Scheme
"If you have (access to) a development worker, they might be able to look at providing more local credit partners - one of the cinemas in Cambridge accepts them off-peak and also one of our local arts venues, and I think the local sports centre. If…"
Mar 10
James Lewis replied to Scott Tandy's discussion Digital Champion Reward Scheme
"Time Credits are being used more and more widely. http://www.justaddspice.org/ I seem to remember some other project subsidised or donated tablets once champions had reached a certain milestone. Or maybe an Open Digital data SIM subscription?…"
Mar 10
James Lewis posted a status
"Government have launched their new UK Digital Strategy including skills & "affordable" connectivity for all http://bit.ly/2lXEY4T"
Mar 7
James Lewis commented on James Lewis's blog post Everything you want to know about £10/mth BT Basic broadband but were afraid to ask
"There've been a few changes including an increase in the data allowance to 12GBpm, and a cap on charges for calls to most numbers except I think 09 numbers (£!0 max.). Latest details are…"
Jan 25
James Lewis posted a status
"As BT etc raise prices again, p'raps good to relink my guide: BT Basic still £10pm for lite use & now 12GBpm goo.gl/dzxaCA #digitalinclusion"
Jan 25
James Lewis posted a status
"Not sure if any other Cambridge folks on here, but just in case...…"
Jan 10
James Lewis posted a status
"A very happy Xmas to all on the #digihousing hub :)"
Dec 20, 2016
James Lewis posted a blog post

Liability for Internet Content

I have come across a number of HAs who are worried to one degree or another about liability for becoming, in effect, an ISP by supplying wifi to tenants. A disclaimer is of course a useful tool, but I'm re-posting an updated and expanded article which is legal guidance to FE/HE establishments, but should generally apply to other organisation types too. Hope it helps with any nervous ICT departments :)…See More
Nov 25, 2016
James Lewis commented on Craig Stephenson's status
"Well I can sort of see the basic logic - a line requires powering and maintaining, whether used for calls or data after all. But the complexity of initial offers versus long term prices just makes it impossible, and the only truly affordable way to…"
Nov 23, 2016

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Name of organisation
CHS People
Type of organisation
Social housing provider
Is your organisation part of the UK online centres network?
Yes
Twitter name
@jameslewischs
LinkedIn profile
uk.linkedin.com/pub/james-lewis/40/215/773/en

James Lewis's Blog

Recent developments on internet costs

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 17:00 0 Comments

A couple of useful recent news articles about connectivity you may find interesting/useful

CAB criticism of broadband ISP pricing strategies:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39555140

Hopefully reductions in fibre pricing soon:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/39452242

Liability for Internet Content

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 15:00 0 Comments

I have come across a number of HAs who are worried to one degree or another about liability for becoming, in effect, an ISP by supplying wifi to tenants. A disclaimer is of course a useful tool, but I'm re-posting an updated and expanded article which is legal guidance to FE/HE establishments, but should generally apply to other organisation types too. Hope it helps with any nervous ICT departments :)…



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Thoughts from yesterday's Housemark PIC East discussion on digital inclusion

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 8:54 0 Comments

Thoughts from Housemark East PIC event

 

Discussion seemed to show up a fair level of interest but also concerns about resourcing digital inclusion (as well as some questions about whether HAs should be prioritising it over other areas). For me housing associations are uniquely placed to help with many things other housing, although I recognise others see it differently, but I think digital inclusion for tenants is something that housing associations will have to grapple with,…

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Everything you want to know about £10/mth BT Basic broadband but were afraid to ask

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 11:16 4 Comments

So I thought I would collate everything we know about BT Basic+Broadband so far here to hopefully make it all easier to find:

1. '99%' of people should not have to pay line installation charges for BT Basic even without an existing line (see comments for more info on this)

2. Total cost is £9.95/mth but paid quarterly so some budgeting may be needed for some people (£5.10/mth for landline inc. £1.50 calls, £4.85/mth broadband add-on)

3. Has to be applied for using…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 17:05 on January 5, 2012, Ben Brown said…

Hi James, welcome to the site.  It's still early days, but hope you find stuff of interest here.  Thanks for getting involved so quickly; that's what this is all about... 8-)

At 14:46 on May 30, 2012, Jasper Smith said…

Send me your email address and I'll send you a pdf of the policy. I'm next in the office on Wednesday.

At 12:00 on August 28, 2013, Peter Richardson said…
Hi James. As soon as we have finalised the JD I shall send it across to you. I am not sure I am going to next Digital Strategy meeting but I shall check dates. In mean time feel free to drop me a line and ask any Q's or I can connect you up with one of the staff who is handling all things digital at the moment so you can learn some more about the post.

Peter

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