my point was they paid £400 just for the visualiser
Logitech B500 1.3MP Webcam - 960-000560 £34.30 ex VAT,
best video conferencing experience. A 72-degree wide-angle lens allows everyone to be seen during small group video conferencing. A true 1.3-megapixel sensor provides rich, vibrant images.
Video Resolution - 1280 x 1024pixels
Frame Rates - 30Per Second
this is what i would have done anyways or somthing like it that i could be sure would do at least 20fps at high res, because sods law says, they would use it once then never bother again
Anyone considered putting up a satellite dish for their language block?
Was thinking of doing this so they could record all foreign channels
(gone a little of track from my orginal post- however any new IT we can put in that a RMS will not support the better)
Last edited by sjpage10; 2nd April 2010 at 05:32 PM.
The latter **are** Microsoft based systems. That they have bits of unique code where you have a bit of unique VBS, or they decided to use product X to to extend the management capabilities whereas you used product Y instead, really isn't very significant. That said I'm thinking of CC3, not the MSPified successor CC4 with it's disproportionately large, proprietory and opaque manglement layer.there are more people with knowledge of Microsoft based systems, than remote managed systems that use their own unique software
Amongst other things, one very clear message from this forum is that technical wheels are being reinvented over and over in the 1001 ways Windows (sorry *nix folk, but..) permits. In this sub-forum in particular we hear how such technical diversity is everso extremely very important which is a perfectly natural stance for anyone attempting to defend themselves from BSF, but I think that argument was lost years ago i.e. RM put their "one-size-fits-all" system into lots of schools and for the most part it was a reasonably good fit.
Frustratingly, because I think it's all far too late now, instead of just bitching about that you lot could have blown it away i.e. figured out that you have a great deal in common, realised that the choice of X or Y is much of a muchness so let's just have X, and made an open "baseline" standard for a school Windows system with it's own unique code to compensate for some of those native deficiencies, plus documentation, best practice for integrating special/unique features that really are necessary in some places, made GD's "policies and procedures" nicely tuned to that system and so on. But no one wants to do that do they? You're not content unless it's your creation that does things your way.
GrumbleDook (6th April 2010)
It's usually windows that does the re-inventing, embrace, extend etcone very clear message from this forum is that technical wheels are being reinvented over and over in the 1001 ways Windows (sorry *nix folk, but..) permits
Come on - expensive hardware has its place. I don't think anyone would question that. I think the message is that if this hardware is not purchased correctly (e.g. visualiser without a projector) then it will be wasted.
Vidconf kit is valuable ... when it is used correctly, when it is not mis-purchased, and when there is a plan or strategy around its use.
I keep going on about not being tied down to purely technical stuff, but making sure that you are accountable, are tied in with curriculum development, etc ... and this is one of the reasons why.
Just some facts from a bsf school:
Our laptops will now cost £730 for a basic model(who knows what it will be next year!) - no need to contact 3 suppliers!
Our NM has large chucks of his jobs taken away, so now will only be 'firefighting'
The contract is for 10 YEARS with a review in 5 years; and the LA person responsible is retiring in 2, moron!
10% of equipment must be locked away unused(so they can always produce something new and shiny in emergency; although after a few years unused it won't be new and shiny, will it?
Our msp come to meetings but never take anything on board, they don't understand how IT is used here only what THEY are going to implement
Oh, and they've never done service before (only hardware) but the building partner swung the bid
You can see why anyone would be pesimistic about the result, and above all the comeback with such a long contract!
I know of another school in the area in even worse situation - they have an expensive citrix kit with thin clients working beautifully and it will all be scrapped in favour of fat clients - msp have to have uniformity across schools! They even admitted to that school they can't better their kit and it will be a step back for them, so where is innovation?
I didn't think BSF and ICT innovation were allowed in the same sentance?
Having said that, I do have £1000 a year in my budget to buy new innovations and test them out. It might not sond like much, but it does mean I get to play and learn about some new toys every so often.
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