You still have a job under BSF?
My school could potentially be expecting £145,000 from BSF for IT and they asked me what gizmos could the school implement with that kind of money.
I was thinking of doing something for our conference room and our ICT Suites, and then look at other measures.
Does anyone have any suggestions other than to get new workstations?
You still have a job under BSF?
machin05 (5th February 2010)
What is the state of your current infrastructure and devices?
redesign your infrastructure, consider getting fibre in to every building, then 4x gigabit ethernet ports in every classroom, a ruckus wireless system, high powered server so you can do a virtual server farm, and some lovely procurve switches with PoE and GBIC fibre panels.
Anything left can go on buying PCs for the ICT suite.
A resiliant well maintained and structured network infrastructure will benifit everyone and allow for future innovation.
Workstations are useless without the backbone to support them.
I think to start you should get a midget butler...
CHR1S (5th February 2010)
Is that your entire budget for the next year?
Do you have to renovate existing with that cash too or is this in addition as a "show of technology" ?
If that's your entire budget and you need new networking / servers / workstations you're screwed!
I've been offered 50K again which has to cover:
Renovation of 5 computer labs
Reconstruction of a dying 7-year-old 1Gbps core network to latest gen
Implementation of a wireless network
Payment of all licensing
Payment of county broadband (£15K alone!)
Payment for replacing dead projectors around the school (5 at last count)
All consumables (toner, cd's, usb sticks, cables etc.)
Much laughing at them after they refused the notion of £250K required.. and yeah... the CV is with many agencies right now...
Normally under BSF passive networking and infrastructure is covered under the building elements. Your MSP will be putting the active equipment and servers. This takes up a large chunk of the £1450 per pupil provided to schools. Your MSP will then provide schools with a catalogue which you can choose equipment from. Personally if I was in your shoes I would be asking your heads of department what will make a impact on their departments teaching ie: green screen, visulisers, digital cameras, apple macs etc
Give me some.
We have a budget of £10k! Out of that I need to buy approx 45 PC's, 10 sets of speakers, a new server, some sort of storage device, 4 printers....
So the OP's budget is for the type of stuff that Face-Man was highlighting, iMacs, green screen, visualisers etc.
Could even cover stuff like handheld devices .....but the MSP would provide netbooks, PC's etc ?? Or does that come out of this 145k ?
What about with software, do the MSP's provide the normal productivity apps but if you wanted something like Final cut express on a suite of Macs that would come out of the 145k 'stuff you can see and use' non standard kit ?
However it works, interesting for the OP and the teaching staff to figure out how to spend it. I guess it's a case of being suitably informed to make such purchasing decisions. Not easy to not blow it on stuff that ends up gathering dust in the wrong hands..
Last edited by torledo; 5th February 2010 at 03:06 PM.
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