What is the future direction of Primary ICT?
I am a school governor (no booing please! ;o)) looking at the future of ICT in our small rural primary school.
We have 13 desktops in a suite and they are all getting on a bit - to say the least. All still functional but running XP and way out of warranty. We have 1 or 2 desktops in each classroom and and fairly old laptops connected to a whiteboard for the teachers in each class. We have 4 classes and 125 pupils.
We have some money earmarked to replace them but the whole process got me thinking that perhaps the days of 2 pupils to 1 desktop or 3-1 our larger classes in a suite once or twice a week are over.
I used to work for a university supporting teachers teaching other teachers ICT (back in the day) so I have some experience of ICT in schools (way out of date now).
What do you think we should be looking at to try and future proof our schools ICT provision? I was looking at a trolly of netbooks or even tablets (android or mac - I don't mind which) so we can get the kids to have unrestricted uce of ICT when they are using it.
I wonder whether a decent wireless network with flexible devices would make more sense than a hardwired desktop room.
Do you have advice or experience that might help illuminate the situation? How would you go about evaluating the options?
It is a lot of money and a big decision, and I'm keen to look at it from as broad a perspective as possible.