I have been asked to think about what I would want in our new school (ICT) once we become an academy.
Was hoping to ge to BETT but a hospital appointment and my techie being on a course has finished that idea, so. Question:
What would be on your wishlist for a new system within a school / academy?
Security is an issue here so I would want metal encasements like Stone Computers and Forefront suppply or similar.
I would 'like' to see security cameras in ICT suites.
We will be a arts and media college so Apple Macs will be needed (worried about these as next to no knowledge of them ).
On the infasturcture side, I haven't thought about yet.
Specify cat5 cable everywhere, including the floors of classrooms. Don't forget power sockets, too. Especially in music, get the deepest set floor sockets available, the adapters for music keyboards stick out otherwise.
my top priority would be extendability.
Schools tend to buy/plan for the here and now, and forget that things might change.
Double wide cable runs, extendable power deployment, server racks/aircon and proper spacing for not only server rooms but a workshop also.
...or maybe I'm just too jaded and cynical
I'm with Hightower here! You shouldn't underestimate the importance of a solid network infrastructure that is designed with future expansion and reliability in mind. I'd put Virtualisation and a good SAN at the heart of that from day one, personally.
Hopefully we will get enough money to do any work properly.
We are having a go with virtualization before the academy takeover, should be online over half term. We are using VMWare on Linux (Ubuntu), not completely sure about the ins and outs yet but backup of the domain controllers is pretty straighforward!
You are right about the here and now but some of this is controlled by budgets and what is available at the time.
A workshop would be great, I have just mamaged to bag a small office to run a helpdesk but it isn't big enough to do any work in.
I would check if you are to be part of a managed service. If you are, then you need to find out who will be supplying & maintaining the hardware, and what the plans are for support. You may find the design and implementation of the infrastructure is done by a third party for example, with little input from the schools (especially the ICT support staff).
In my new BSF school for example, I have been told there is no accomodation planned for IT Support staff; this means no office space, no workshop, very limited storage space & server space. I have also been told there are no plans to have any IT rooms as such (the school may have a media suite with desktop PCs, but that's all). It looks like most servers will be offsite, at a remote datacentre. We have yet to see the final design for ICT.
My understanding is that IT support onsite will be reduced to one technician, with no Network Manager, hence the lack of accomodation.
Which LEA are you under Broc? I am at a Manchester school and will be under the control of Ramesys.
Last edited by markman; 12th January 2009 at 02:20 PM.
sounds pritty harsh enviroments lol can you breath ?
All I want is some proper 5 year funding a'la BSF.
I could do alot with some cash!
I am at a school in Manchester due to go live this September, unfortunately the funding available doesn't stretch very far once you take out costs such as IP Telephony, Wireless, CCTV and Cashless Catering, it leaves very little money with which to be innovative.
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