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Infrastructure - Zoom Administration and Continued Growth
CEnet’s Zoom Video Conferencing service continues to grow and evolve to meet the developing needs of our Members.

This week CEnet’s Infrastructure Team invited diocese IT staff to participate in a joint video conference to discuss Zoom Administration and Management. Topics covered included CEnet’s Zoom deployment model, user and group management, meeting security best practice and student access considerations. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Member Dioceses to share Zoom learnings and raise matters for discussion by the group. 

Zoom use also continues to rise across the CEnet Membership, resulting in a further expansion of Zoom user licenses. CEnet’s total Zoom user license count has now reached 36,000, another significant rise from 27,500 last week and 10,000 at the start of this school year.

Group Procurement - Supporting Learning at Home

eBook Library
As staff in Member Dioceses are working on strategies to support learning at home, the representatives from the fourteen dioceses participating in the CEnet Overdrive eBook consortium, ACEN, are making sure that students have access to a broad range of ebooks and audio books.

The CEnet ACEN consortium is the second largest Overdrive consortium in the world, with over 255,000 students having access to curated resources on their computers and mobile devices. The resource has become so popular that in last year's "Chill Out and Read" event, students in CEnet Member Dioceses read so many books that the ACEN took out first place globally!

Via the student friendly SORA App, new titles are constantly being added to refresh the collection and meet demand for quality popular books. Recently students were given access to the first book in the Harry Potter series for unlimited, simultaneous access across all 255,000 students.  

With over 14,000 titles the joint effort has been able to meet the increased online reading needs of students during this period of remote learning. Checkout of books in March of this year alone were 63,661 - a 52% increase in borrowing compared to the same period last year and a fifth of the previous year's total loans reached in one month.

To visit the collection click here and select the ACEN  Member Collection. See your local school librarian if you need any help.
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3D Modeling
Many CEnet Member Dioceses participate in a purchase consortium for the SketchUp Pro 3D design software. Participation in this program requires access to the license key to be restricted to IT teams in order to control installation of the software license key on computers used by students.

CEnet was contacted overnight by a Member Diocese wishing to enable students working at home to use SketchUp Pro on their home devices, but unable to do this due to the limitations on distributing the license key.

After discussion earlier today with Trimble, the US-based owner of SketchUp Pro, CEnet Member Dioceses participating in the SketchUp Pro buying consortium are now able to share the license with any students and staff who need SketchUp at home.

This is a generous concession made available to CEnet Member Dioceses, which acknowledges that schools are facing many new challenges in the move to remote learning.
Member Collaboration - Professional Learning
Members of the CEnet eLearning Working Group have formed an organising team to develop plans for an online professional learning event to be conducted in the week commencing April 20, using Zoom Video.

The Catholic Learning Online Summit will run across five days and will harness expertise drawn from CEnet Member Dioceses including Bathurst, Cairns, Wagga-Wagga and Wollongong as well as key providers such as Google and ClickView, to deliver a range of hour-long sessions covering the use of online solutions to support the delivery of learning experiences to students working at home. 

Dioceses interested in contributing expertise to this collaborative effort should contact their eLearning Working Group member or use the button below to register interest.

Details of this exciting collaboration between Member Diocese to support teachers, will be made available in the next few days.
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Identity and Access Management - All of your Apps in one place
With all of the applications and resources available to our teachers and students, it's easy to get lost or not know where to start.

CEnet's Okta platform provides a resource aggregation portal for dioceses to aggregate all of the online tools and services available to staff, teachers and students.

Here, Member Dioceses can make all applications and tools available in one easy to access spot.
Applications appear in your personal portal as tiles, and only become visible if the individual user has access to them. It is also possible for staff, teachers and students to add their own tiles to complement the entire suite of school or office tools they use every day.

It makes things super simple to access not only the tools they are used to, but also new ones as they become available.

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