What we learnt on 14th December 2016

We reviewed the Asus E200. We were given the task of finding price, screen size, memory, storage, weight and OS.

We also learnt how to input into  spreadsheet to find the optimal screen height for a screen not less than 10 inches.

We also did an image search exercise finding and saving shop front in Hackney of a particular size.

We also went through various google search options and search tools. We also learnt about the different web browsers.

We looked at a print out of Which magazine tests of laptops

What I did on the 8th of December…

We continued to practice internet searches. Today we were tasked to answer a set of questions regarding the retail prices of Windows software and Apple hardware then to add these into our spreadsheet.

I discovered that the prices shown varied widely;this I was informed was because some versions of the software had been extracted from old equipment, then sold-on as refurbished.

Tutor summary, 7 December 2016

What you did or learnt, session 2 (Web search for the workplace)

Web search exercise

  • Found and shared with the team …
    • Two retail prices for Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
    • Two retail prices for Microsoft Office
    • Retail price for a MacBook Pro 15″
  • Added your results to your personal sheet in the Procurement Team workbook.
  • Discussed criteria for buying new or refurbished computers
  • Blogged what you did.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive and Sheets (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Course flash drives.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

What Lex did

Today we searched for retail prices for Operating Systems such as:

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional.

Microsoft Office not-subscribed

MacBook Pro 15″

which we added to our procurement team spreadsheet.  Discussed  best screen aspect sizes, storage, memory , AppleMac OS Linux and ChromeOS.

Learnt alot today about the operating system  which will help future purchasing.


7th December 2016

Did a retail search exercise after having blogged our progress last week. For the search execise we had to locate operatiing systems for our project. Had a most informative lesson about different operating systems from Rick, so we should now have a better idea of what we are looking for when we decide to shop.

Tutor summary, 30 November 2016

What you did or learnt, session 1 (Web search for the workplace)

Web search using Google

  1. Simple Google search, starting with the “Jobseekers’ Allowance” and “Employment and Support Allowance” examples.
  2. Refined those searches using the Google Advanced Search form.
  3. Searched for information about Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase and ChromeOS.
  4. Put your search results in an online form connected to a shared spreadsheet.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive and Sheets (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Course flash drives.

30th November

Learned about what are Chromebooks, Chromebase, Chrome OS and another Chrome operative. Did homework on these but did not submit findings thinking it would be saved until when I returned to it later. A mistake on my part that I have learned from – always submit information otherwise it is wiped and you end up wasting your time!

My findings were most intriguing, particularly when talking to a friend of mine who designs web sites for a living, how this new operating system can have some frightening implications.