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    A Nice New Computer Suite

    After loads of nagging, moaning and being a pain to the bosses above me I've finally managed to get the go ahead for a computer suite in one of the primary schools I work in. This school is quite a large one, we are getting loads of laptops refreshed soon and some of them will be replaced with desktop PCs.

    I've got the go ahead to have it rewired, more power and network points plus the schools janitor was a joiner in years gone by so he's almost finished putting desks all the way around the room. A promethean board has been ordered and I'm going to see if I can bat my eyelids to the SMT to see if I can also get a decent colour laser printer for the room (although there are 9 in the school, one may be moved...)

    The reason I am posting is asking for ideas on brightening the room up a bit.

    What kind of posters or other things would be a good idea to cover the walls? I found a site a while ago with some posters showing computer parts etc (this room will be used by kids from primary 1 to primary 7) but of course I forgot to bookmark it.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :-)

    Thanks!

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    I have some nice Microsoft Office Posters! that were kindly sent to me

    Microsoft UK Schools News Blog : Free classroom posters for Office 2007 to brighten up the IT suite

    James.

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    This company has lots of posters - some of them also have interactive software. http://www.daydreameducation.co.uk/

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    EduTech, I'm sure I've been to that site but didn't get anything sent to me. Will try again in the morning.

    Leco, thanks for the link. Will have a wee look and see if the school is willing to buy some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddybear View Post
    EduTech, I'm sure I've been to that site but didn't get anything sent to me. Will try again in the morning.

    Leco, thanks for the link. Will have a wee look and see if the school is willing to buy some.
    Hi Mate,

    Ok try again in the morning.. if you dont get anything let me know and i'll send you on my spares if you wish

    James.

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    Vladstudio (nice wallpapers) does a cute "how the Internet works" picture that's available from Zazzle (How Internet Works Poster from Zazzle.co.uk)

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    Hi,

    Free posters from here:

    ICT Classroom Displays & ICT Posters

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    Hi Mate,

    Ok try again in the morning.. if you dont get anything let me know and i'll send you on my spares if you wish

    James.
    Thanks James, I've just e-mailed so will await their delivery :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Hi,

    Free posters from here:

    ICT Classroom Displays & ICT Posters
    Fantastic, this was the site I saw a while ago!

    Bookmarked it already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillibear View Post
    Vladstudio (nice wallpapers) does a cute "how the Internet works" picture that's available from Zazzle (How Internet Works Poster from Zazzle.co.uk)
    Thanks, still think there would be blank expressions from the teachers who looked at it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Hi,

    Free posters from here:

    ICT Classroom Displays & ICT Posters
    :O Ceiling Mobiles, (makes note to ban site from ICT Teachers to stop them making them, hanging them up and setting the alarm off!)

    Other than that, ace resource

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    More Free Resources Here

    I will add more resources [if I find them] to this post.

    Fresher Schools [Be sure to scroll down the page]

    Schools Links [Lots of resources/posters of the type sought in the OP]

    LGfL/Curriculum/ICT [Some (all?) of the self extractors seem to have a spelling mistake in the file destination: Be sure to check where the files are extracted to!]

    IGCSE ICT [Again scroll down a little]
    Last edited by DaveP; 26th July 2009 at 06:04 PM. Reason: Add content to this post.

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    Seen this in a couple of schools - disassembled PC's and laptops glued to some ply sheet and hung on the walls. One of them even had a rudimentary light system set up so people could identify each part by pressing the corresponding button. I found this a little "scary" in a Primary school however it really helped the students understand the important parts and very importantly, got them very interested in IT.

    Favourite one was an A3 sized peice of ply, and the laptop stripped down so it hard the keyboard off, motherboard in plain view, processor, cdrom, hdd, tft etc all "separated" from the unit. Great thing to do with an old laptop that would otherwise be binned.

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    The DT Tech at a school I used to work stripped down a Sony Mavica FDD Digi-cam and did that and it was amazing, he did it on an A3 piece of ply and split it making little brackets to hold it all up so you could look through it from all ways it was really a masterpiece, it should have been a piece of modern art Very good idea though showed how it all works

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Favourite one was an A3 sized peice of ply, and the laptop stripped down so it hard the keyboard off, motherboard in plain view, processor, cdrom, hdd, tft etc all "separated" from the unit. Great thing to do with an old laptop that would otherwise be binned.
    This can be done in such a way that the laptop still works, too, which always looks impressive.

    An entire classroom stuffed with blatantly IT-related posters might wind up looking a bit dull/intimidating, so it might be an idea to display something that is more subtly IT-related. Computer generated images of landscapes are good, or creatures/people/cartoon characters (scenes from recent CGI movies might work well).

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