Had Bucks meeting and the 8 heads chosen to go are all fab and full of ideas. The schools all have some sort of computer in them already, given by the Taiwanese, and so there are two main things - training and linking. Through a link with a school in the UK the training can be supported while at the same time providing access to learning materials that suit the training. The delegation is going in at the highest possible level so all the materials they share will be properly suited to curriculum requirements. I'm going to try and source a whiteboard for each of the eight partner schools so that webconferencing becomes a part of the link. I know from past experience that the teachers in SVG will be more interested in their own CPD while the UK staff are seeking impact on learners - linking is sometimes about resolving these two objectives so everyone wins.
I've not worked in corporate IT, but did many years as a hot-shot HW designer in the corporate world wherein we viewed any IT types as useless baggage. My wife did her time in corporate IT and has many stories to tell. We both now work for our local school district where I now ironically pursue an IT career. Karma is a bitch :-)
Yes the pay is less and the hours can be long - but at least at my current level I don't have some mid-level manager on my case about some multi $100K project that is a week behind - blah - blah. Or working insane OT to reach a mile-stone so some Vice President can get a bonus.
And providing direct client support at a school there is fun stuff with students (like your video). But the big thing for me is that the overall "mission" is focused on getting kids educated. Or as I experienced in my second year - a chance to help salvage a student with Aspergers who was geek but had severe socialization issues. He found refuge in my tech office - became more social - and graduated. Thats not going to happen at corporate central.
Were a US school and currently use both methods. Our student email is first_last@school district and all of our students use 8 digit (random) numbers to login. I have to say from middle school on most kids know their ID # ... passwords of course are always forgotten. I am a believer that K12 students email should not easily identify them. I think we're heading towards some letters from their name and some numbers as their email name. Keep in mind this is the US where guns, kooks, and disgruntled ex-husbands flow freely. Kids under 18 need to be protected.
Yep, evidence is from CEOP Trainer training where there are some terrible examples. I would recommend as many IT managers and technicians become Think You Know trainers to help support their school as well as finding out the nastier side of the world.
Saying that those items of information are used by those grooming children is one thing, but have you got any evidence that someone got their details from their school email account, and then used this for their nefarious activities?
It just strikes me as a step too far, and as yet no-one has managed to provide me with evidence as to the need for using obscure usernames.
Oops ... really should check this and respond.
Name and age are two key pieces used by those grooming children so any chance you can of protecting them is a good thing.
And yes, kids forget things ... they forget their home phone number (but learn it), they forget their home address (but learn it) and yep there are good examples of KS1 and KS2 having no problems with individual accounts. I know it is different for each school but it can work.
As for walled gardens ... yes, it is recommended that kids are introduced to email via walled garden systems but they can quickly outgrow that. If you keep them enclosed for too long they will either get bored and do stupid things or push the limits and break through things to use external email solutions. I get to see year 4 students doing this ... and whilst it is more the exception than the norm it is there.
@CAM, yep, I like your system and have seen similar elsewhere.
We use a sort of code. The year they started then a unique ID followed bytheir first and last names mangled up and swapped. It all goes through the borough's EMail system to hide the fact they are a school pupil.
As an example, your name of Grumble Dook would be 095433doogru on our EMail system. No-one has any idea what the string means or if they are talking to a male or female, adult or pupil. Or even if they go to a school.
Good point I'm pretty sure some of the students here can email outside of the the school but maybe I'm wrong.
I keep meaning to speak to our Network Manager to get limits on the amount they can send to as the spam is getting ridiculous now so will check that at the same time.
The only other thing that would concern me is webmail access. Once you know someone's names their passwords tend to be either left as a default, the word 'password' or their favourite football teams. That's probably more of a job for password complexity settings though I suppose.
Killian - I thought schools should be implementing walled garden based email systems? ie. the pupils can only email, and be emailed by, a select set of addresses? Ours can only email each other, and people on our staff email domain. So getting their username/name would be useless still.
I'd hardly say they can do nothing with it; once you know a name and the general naming convention for user IDs you can pretty much get almost unfiltered access to a child via the email system (providing they avoid tags/keywords for filtering systems).
I wouldn't know what the solution would be though. The students here are constantly forgetting passwords so how they'd cope with 'numbers' is beyond me. Still; it's a valid point and worth discussing, surely there is a better system out their that is kid friendly.
Sorry but this is a bizarre thing to discuss. What does it matter if someone gets a name? A name is a name! You can't do anything with it! Name and age? What does that give? Nothing.
Pupils have difficulty remembering how to spell their own names in our year 5, then we have all 4 years who continually forget their passwords. You really think they're capable of remembering numbers? You seem to be working from a secondary school age group perspective.
Kids don't get issued with ID cards. Why would they? They'd just lose the damned things!
I simply don't understand the fear of someone knowing a child's name and age. There is nothing you can do with it!
Wow thanks for that!
Two of my schools have these cameras and its been a nightmare.
Good to know that there's hope when we move to Windows 7.
The list is: Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune.
I feel obliged to finish a series once I start it and it was a real chore by the end. Such a shame as Dune is fantastic.
Oh and there are some prequels written by his son but I didn't go near those.
Just the first one.
I understand that some of the sequels are awful.
Which one should I read next?
Do you mean you finished the first book or the whole series?
And I agree Dune is great but I feel the quality of the series declines.
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Ahh lucky you I didn't manage to get out to Darwin, I really wanted to go but ended up stuck in a Cyclone on Carins instead.
I had an excellent time in New Zealand expecialy the south island, if you go you've got to get down to Queenstown and Milford. Soooo jealous
Here on just a 1 year working holiday visa, going to extend it another year, and hopefully in the meantime find a company that will sponsor me to enable me to stay here permanently.
I spent a year here between school and Uni, so have travelled pretty much all over already.. Just Perth and Darwin I need to get to.
Wouldnt mind getting accross to New Zealand at some point too.
Are you living in Oz or traveling?