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    Just out of Interest

    I just counted the number of individual pieces of 'educational' software we have on our system and it comes to over 200 titles.

    Is it just this school or are other schools using as much?

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Yeah i think we have a similar amount
    We have 370 entries in our menu system and id say around the same as yours is educational stuff.
    .matt

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Is it just this school or are other schools using as much?
    'using' is the operative word. I started at a new school 3 weeks ago, this week I got a reminder from RM to renew our licence on some maths software. I couldn't find it anywhere on the system, but did find a box, unopened, answering to RM's description. There was a similar problem in my previous school, but at least the software had been opened.

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Yep- the same here really. How much of it do they use? About a fifth...

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Just out of interest. Which Maths software is this then.....................?

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    'using' is the operative word.
    I've tried to get them to cut down but all I get is - 'we need to use it' usually this means for 1 lesson in the year

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    'using' is the operative word.
    I've tried to get them to cut down but all I get is - 'we need to use it' usually this means for 1 lesson in the year
    Not a problem. Conduct a teaching and learning audit of the software installed and get the staff to show how each piece of software adds something to the students' education.

    It is worth noting that this is something that is handy for when someone needs to track ICT across the curriculum too ... and so that makes it handy for both OFSTED and anyone looking at NAACEMark/ICTMark.

    It is even better if you get a teacher or a member of Manglement to push it, so you don't get the backlash ... or the work :-)

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    That is an interesting point with regards to software not been used I must have a lot of software there use only once.

    Will bear that in mind

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Nice idea

    Although we've just had Ofsted and got the NAACE mark, but still worth a try

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Is it just this school or are other schools using as much?
    'using' is the operative word. I started at a new school 3 weeks ago, this week I got a reminder from RM to renew our licence on some maths software. I couldn't find it anywhere on the system, but did find a box, unopened, answering to RM's description. There was a similar problem in my previous school, but at least the software had been opened.

    cheers,
    beeswax
    Ha thats nothing! We've got some software from 1997, that they never got working (cost nearly £4k in '97). They spent ages, could not get the thing to run. Now they've got their 1st technician, I've been given till tomorrow to get it working! (it's nearly 10 years old!!!! :cry: )

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    what software is that? WordPerfect or WordStar

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    Ha thats nothing! We've got some software from 1997, that they never got working (cost nearly £4k in '97). They spent ages, could not get the thing to run. Now they've got their 1st technician, I've been given till tomorrow to get it working! (it's nearly 10 years old!!!! :cry: )
    Ah well, that's what technicians are for!!!

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    In my partnership of primaries I have done the deed of installing new networks for em all with Ranger controlling Win2003 AD systems.
    I told them we are starting minimum and building up from there.
    To date all of the staff seem perfectly happy with the core set of office products - good internet resources and a few bespoke applications like:
    RM Maths
    Revlelation Natural Art
    My World
    Colour Magic
    Number Magic
    Info Workshop
    Word Shark
    Clicker
    Flowol
    Flexicad and Flexitree
    2 Simple Toolkit
    Plus some Flash based interactive Maths bits

    Nobody has asked for Encarta 97 or Millys Mathshouse or Zoobinies yet!!!

    The staff are finally realising that IT is a tool to drive a lesson and the new IWBs and Smartboard software is great as its making best use of the network and shared resources.

    Keep it lean - keep em keen!

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    Re: Just out of Interest

    Since performing my migration from NT4/9x to Citrix (almost single-handed - 2 weeks of help from Dos_Box!), I have only just started to consider re-installing most of the apps.

    The Library and 6th Form demanded some progs straight away but other than that there has only been Office installed! Who needs all this other software?!? :P

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