We have at least one teacher who refuses to use school laptops because they're "not very good", yet she is one of the people with regular problems. Unfortunately she's the head of English and gets pretty much what she wants.
I've only been here three years, so there's till time to train them
Geoff, I keep on meaning to look at packetfence, how easy is it to install/maintain?
Don't suppose you could spare some time to write a luser guide?
It's easy if you start with the right distro (ie, the same one as the developers, Fedora). I did not. Thus it was entertainingly difficult to make go.
I'll see what I can do about a guide. Although the documentation on the site is quite thorough.
when we get asked if students/teachers can use their laptops in school, we reply "Yes sure, but we have to have administritive access over the machine so we can access the machine at any time, and you'll have to be a limited user"
This normally gets a reply of "ah, ok...now worries...are there any spare laptops that I can use?"
Thanks for these everyone - I have enough ammo to stop this idiotic idea going any further. I will add some technomumbojumbo as well!!
Geoff, do you know of any companies that install and maintain Packetfence or is it a DIY job?
Packetfence was originally developed at Havard University. It's used at many other Universites in the USA and abroad.
If you don't fancy DIYing it, use the VMWare version.
Our HM and Bursar are currently in a push to provide network/power points at ever desk in all refurbed classrooms. Personally i think it could work if we were providing the laptops but they are looking at it being personal ones. So currently looking at NAC and new switches around the entire college to give me more control over this.
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