I wonder how they'd take a thin client PC with a 10Mb card in them (which would of
course be entirely sufficient). Or wireless?
From: G.Harris [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tue 3/30/2004 10:20 PM
To: Robb Bloomfield; suse-linux-uk-schools(a)suse.com
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Pupil to computer ratios
I understand it is a 1 to 5 ratio. Becta has a minimum spec. on their
site for Curriculum PCs. We had a free survey of our equipment last year
as part of a Becta pilot survey. It was very detailed and we got a nice
printed report out of it which I could place in front of the head /
Off the top of my head:
Windows, MacOSX, Linux / Unix count; 1024x768 screen res.; Minimum 32K
colours; 100Mbit ethernet; (they condemned all our remaining 10Mbit only
machines and said they should not be included in count);PDAs /
portables / tablets used by the children count, not staff stuff; old
Acorn stuff doesn't count; any computer over 6 years old (and any server
over 4 years old);
The usual stupid stuff about tracking all ICT expenditure will also be
included but as usual they haven't managed to create a national
accounting code for ICT related stuff which gives us a headache analysing
all the departmental accounts...quote "This task should not takes more
than 1 hour" or similar...ho, ho, ho.
I can give more detail if anyone wants it.
They also said that because online assessment is coming for KS3 and 4 by
2007 / 8, with trials before that, we should have a minimum 100mbit
backbone - we have 1 / 2 Gigabit anyway - and a minimum of 2Mbit
Broadband external connection.
Does anyone know where I can find anymore info about the 1-4 ratio for
autumn. Various people in my LEA are giving us different information,
what we can count, whether we have to etc etc.
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