On Monday 17 December 2001 16:27, Jonathan Bacon wrote:
What does everyone on this list (and I know there are IT managers for
schools in here) typically identify a schools requirements for IT?
As a registered Inspector with OFSTED I have inspected IT in many schools
across the country. I would say that 80% of usage should be with generic
applications such as WP, SS, Drawing, Web browsing etc. About 10%
data-logging, control and programming and 10% on things like computer based
training and subject specific applications eg music technology, successmaker
in mathematics and so on.
Do schools typically need to use productivity software
such as word
processors and spreadsheets or is there more customized software in use
(educational titles and such like).
See above. Some might have a different point of view but in my experience
children, even the youngest can use basic productivity tools with little
modification. Mostly its the adults who transfer any prejudices they have to
AllI can remember of school was a large proportion of
work done in
productivity applications (MS Office), and not really any custom
I think a Linux thin client running Star Office and a web browser with flash
support would be capable of providing the 80% mentioned above. This would
free up resources for some specialist machines for which (at the moment at
any rate) the only option is for specialist Windows based applications. What
is required is a management perspective in IT that takes a critical approach
to the prioritising and deployment of resources. Where ICT is concerned there
is rarely the experience or technical knowledge in the decision makers to
make good strategic decisions in this respect.
Open Source - save money - employ more teachers
Use Star Office the free replacement for Microsoft Office