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    ICT Survey Questions

    OK, I am compiling an ICT survey for staff and students.

    I have a rough idea of some questions to ask to get interesting stats, which I have typed below

    I wondered if anyone here has some thoughts on what might be interesting to ask and why.


    Here are some of my questions so far.....

    How many computers do you have access to at home?

    Do you have access to the internet at home?

    Would you prefer faster computers or more of them to access at school?

    Would you prefer a laptop to teach with or a portable device such as an IPod or PDA?

    On a scale 1 -10 how restricted do you feel by the filtering in place for your learning/teaching.

    I hope to spark a great debate on this!! :-)

    Gary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyholder View Post
    Would you prefer faster computers or more of them to access at school?

    Don't understand this question.

    Would you prefer more computers in school, or would you prefer the computers in school to be faster?

    Why do they need to be mutually exclusive?

    More computers mean that there's more opportunity to use ICT with a class. Faster computers means you take less time to do things, but not that the class leaves the ICT suite quicker

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    Well its reallt about the money. You can spend x amount to buy 5 computers or the same amount for 4. Would the student rather have a rapid computer and share or have there own and it be slower. I think i would rather have a faster one

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    I would have thought that what makes them mutually exclusive is budget considerations, but you are right, it is two separate questions really.

    A question I would ask for teachers is: Do you feel that you have access to enough specialist software for your subject?
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    Would you like more info/explanation etc on how to use computers and software (eg whiteboards, specific programs etc)

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    Do you feel that you have access to enough specialist software for your subject?
    Surely this is down to the subject department to buy the software and not the IT department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Surely this is down to the subject department to buy the software and not the IT department?
    I think it is a matter for both. Although in 'IT Department' do you mean the teaching side or the technical 'IT Dept'. I tell other departments not to purchase software until they have discussed it and explained what licence they are considering etc.

    This comes from our CC3 days where some software was a git to get working.

    It does work - teachers now come to me and we look at demos and then I try and get the best price from the publisher.

    The same goes for hardware. We don't want departments purchasing their own stuff without discussing it with the technical/network people in the school (me!)
    GJE

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Surely this is down to the subject department to buy the software and not the IT department?
    Well, yes mostly but in my experience the software buying is in the hands of a few who sometimes don't know what they are doing, and perhaps block the purchase of what would be really useful stuff for others. I agree with Gareth - it perhaps should be a collaborative effort so that the IT dept can look at pricing, suitability etc.
    I have been asked to look for a piece of software to do something particular and I am happy to do this.

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    We operate a Policy where software is given a once over even to the point of asking the right questions up front at the demo. It has helped staff a lot to detect the snake oil charmers.

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