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    ICT output specification document

    It's crunch time and I'm part of the team that needs to fill out our school ICT output specification. That document gets merged with all the other LA's schools specifications and that final document, along with our strategy for change goes to the bidders.

    My understanding is that this is a crucial document in terms of getting what we want when our building opens so I'm asking if anyone has a sample or a draught of theirs they could post?

    (Not so I can steal ideas but to get a better idea of levels of detail and language)

    Thanks in advance, J.

    Oh yes, forgot to mention, we have a deadline of about a month!

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    "My understanding is that this is a crucial document in terms of getting what we want when our building opens so"

    It would be nice to think that!

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    @ danIT...

    Would you care to expand on that please?

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    Yes that document it decides what you get so yes it is?

    @Danit

    so cynical

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    I agree with most of the flack that BSF is taking and I fully recognise that I am contributing towards a process which will ultimately cost me my job and most likely not deliver exatly what we need.

    However, I must play the cards I have been dealt.

    That means for the rest of the duration of my school employment I must do a professional and thorough job and do my best to make BSF work for my school from the point of IT.

    Weather I succeed in that is another matter, hence my ask for a look at other peoples specs...

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo
    @ danIT...

    Would you care to expand on that please?
    He means that you can put what you want in the document but if you get it is doubtful..

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    if you dont ask you have no chance of getting is how i see it :P

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    Quote Originally Posted by gaz350
    if you dont ask you have no chance of getting is how i see it :P
    So what will you be asking for ?

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    The following is an example of the level of detail in all sections. Sadly I'm told that we are not having IT suites which is a total joke, but if we were...

    A set number of computers (to be defined)

    A dedicated colour printer

    A defined ratio of touch screen PC's. (to be defined)

    Height adjustable desks. (we need to define heights)

    A wall mounted minimum 50 inch touch plasma or LCD display capable of full 1080p resoultion.

    The 50 inch touch plasma or LCD display will be wired to at least four wall mounted speakers in the four corners of the room.

    The "session leaders" PC will have either a HD-DVD Drive or a Blue Ray player. This is dependent on which HD format wins the current (2007/2008) format war.

    The "session leaders" PC will have the facility to be controlled via a wireless keyboard and mouse. The range of these control devices must cover the entire ICT suite.

    All monitors in the suite will have at least a 22in display, with a 1,680 x 1,050 maximum resolution. The physical size is necessary due to the sometimes physical nature of our student's disabilities.

    All PC's in the ICT suite will be equipped with a dedicated PCIE Graphics card which shall be considered mid range in 2011. The card will have a minimum of 512 MB memory.

    All PC's in the ICT suite must be equipped with a selection of SEN hardware (to be defined)

    All PC's in the ICT suite must be equipped with an integrated front facing universal card reader.

    PC's should exactly replicate a 2011 home PC setup in terms of functionality and basic Hardware. EG CPU Box, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    A method of secure but accessible cable management is required to maintain a neat ICT suite and to keep wires and cables out of reach from students.

    Each workstation must have a dedicated and appropriate storage drawer for storage of Headphones and any other peripherals.

    Wireless connectivity of all peripherals must be considered but its implementation will depend entirely on the reliability of the technology, acceptable (needs to be defined) battery life and student usability issues.

    Each PC will have its own dedicated pair of headphones

    "Session leaders" must have the ability to show their display onto all other monitors and replicate their audio on the audio of all other suite PC's.

    "Session leaders" must have the ability to show any PC's display and audio on the touch plasma or LCD display and connected wall mounted speakers.

    "Session leaders" must have the ability to temporarily lock all PC'S displays and audio collectively or individually.

    All PC's in the suite should have video conference facilities from a fixed camera and microphone with the option of a mobile camera with integrated microphone for the benefit of PMLD students.

    A range of mobile devices must be able to quickly (time to be defined) show their displays on the 50 inch touch plasma or LCD display through a method of wireless connectivity. EG A teachers laptop must be able to wirelessly show their display on the 50 inch touch plasma or LCD.

    What do you all think?

    Can you imagine this level of detail accross all areas of IT throughout a school? I'm guessing that most decisions about what we are getting have already been made but it will be fun to wave this document around and say.."Hang on there...I asked for all this!"

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    Even in 2011, there will be a large white elephant lumbering through your ICT suites with VIDEO CONFERENCING writ large across its back

    Also, are interactive whiteboards/data projectors passé? The move to a 50" touchscreen plasma is surprising - isn't that a retrograde step?

    What do you get instead of IT suites?

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    I think that having plasmas/LCD's are a step up from Interactive white boards.

    Reasons being: No shadow, no bulbs, no maintenance or changing filters and no need to keep calibrating the IWB, better picture and future proof with full HD resolutions.

    Current disadvantages are high one off cost (5K for a 50 inch touch plasma) where as you can get a full 76inch IWB for about 2.6 K in the southeast.)

    As regards our IT suites or lack of them and what we get instead I have no idea. I will be fighting the idea to rid us of IT suites tooth and nail.

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    I know that new product being released soon that will turn a normal plasma screen into touch screen?

    Russell

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    When they say no IT suites. Do they just mean it’s an IT suit and a normal classroom as the same time? So sometimes no computers are used. If that’s the case it might not be to bad its what we do here and it works. Depends on the size of you school I guess.

    “All PC's in the suite should have video conference facilities from a fixed camera and microphone with the option of a mobile camera”
    What’s the point behind that? Sounds like a waste of money.

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo
    As regards our IT suites or lack of them and what we get instead I have no idea. I will be fighting the idea to rid us of IT suites tooth and nail.
    No IT suites means mobile computing, means saving space & cabling costs, or that's at least what we are being told. It might also mean the end of courses dedicated to teaching ICT as a subject.........

    The Architects 'vision' for my school under BSF is no ICT rooms too, and no space for technicians or network manager either! The school and LA have a 'vision' (I call it a nightmare) of 1:1 ratio of computers to pupils; you could probably achieve it in technology terms using low cost Eee PCs as long as you ignore issues like safe storage in school, technical support, power management etc etc.

    You can have some sport with the 'experts' when you discuss Becta recommendations for pupil:technician support ratios scaled up to one device per end user knowing that the game plan is to reduce the level of onsite support in schools as part of BSF.

    The recent TV news items about the $100 labtops in Africa will continue to fuel the 1:1 student computer debate too.

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    Re: ICT output specification document

    I heard a new class of PC is coming out. Called Ultra mobile PC’s.



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