Sharing resources between schools
Looking for some ideas/inspiration.
I work at a girls school and across the field is the boys school. Until recently, we have had little to nothing to do with eachother. However, last year our head took on a shared headship across both schools and formed an Academy Trust between the two schools.
As part of that trust a new position has been offered to manage the ICT strategy and networks for both sites. They have invited me to apply for the role, which I have, and the interview is tomorrow. So not much warning there!
I have a few ideas on how to join forces and utilise some shared resources and expertise, but just wondered if there was anyone out there in EduGeek land that has had experience of this type of setup and what some good ideas to take into the interview would be?
We are both using RM for our internet provision, so would there be a way of using their network to create WAN between the schools. If not, some kind of physical link or "line of sight" wireless connection would have to be installed. Once we are connected, what are the possibilties bearing in mind that the two schools are to remain as separate institutions.
Manage both email domains from one system (Zimbra/Exchange)
Share a moodle installation
Share Wordpress/Zoomla for our websites
Share a sharepoint setup for our Learning Gateway
Should I venture into a new Active Directory Forest that combines both domains???
Any thoughts, oh wise ones?? :D