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    What is your role?

    Ok people!

    What is your role as IT Manager/Technician?

    What does your job involve? - Daily routine, what are you responsible for?

    And what are your plans for the future in your current role? (the dreaded 5 year plan?!)

    Just interested to know what everyone else is doing!

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    Re: What is your role?

    IT'S A MEMBER OF SMT!

    QUICK! RUN!

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    Re: What is your role?

    IT Technician here

    I maintain a dozen servers , DNS server, ISA server, exchange servers, OWA server, SIMS, fileservers, intranet server etc etc

    Install interactive whiteboards, projectors, printers, etc etc

    Password Changes for curriculum logons and SIMS

    Installation of CAT5 cables, making CAT5 cables up, trunking, network points etc etc

    Day to day maintenance, printer toners, damaged keyboards, mouse etc etc

    Backup of server data to tape

    A few dozen other miscellaneous odds and sods, essentially you name it, its something I do at some point

    My plans? same plan I have for everything in life, just to enjoy myself and have a laugh. I'm not hugely ambitious so I am quite content to carry on performing the role I do at the moment, I had a sizeable lottery win 7 years ago, so I dont give a flying hoot about increasing my salary at all.

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    Re: What is your role?

    Quote Originally Posted by Midget
    IT'S A MEMBER OF SMT!

    QUICK! RUN!
    Lol!!

    No! - i'm just a technician looking to step up to IT Manager Role and looking for a few pointers. Know that the SMT's are always banging on about 5 year plans and was wondering how to tackle this one really! What have you got planned? How do you respond to SMT if asked what your 5 year plan would be?

    Any help greatly appreciated!

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    Re: What is your role?

    My role is about the same as Jakes, except I don't have as many servers yet, (I want more).

    I'm also looking to step up to Network Manager sometime soon. The 3 year and 5 year IT development plans have been part of my role since last year. All I do is look at how the school needs to be improved in regards to IT, and I also wrote the computer replacement policy which talks about PC replacement after 3 and 5 years. SMT Loved it, we didn't have one until I started, it was a matter of lets just see who can shout the loudest for computers.

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    Re: What is your role?

    See Jake's job except I only have one server per job (got 2) and I don't make up network cables.

    Oh yes, and I haven't won anything on the lottery!

    As for a 5 year plan - neither school has a 10 minute plan, let alone 5 years. Personally, progression is not possible at either school as I am a one woman band at both. And as I have had no 'personal progression' interviews for 2 years, I don't think SMT even know I exist (until the computer goes wrong, of course)

    Bitter, moi?

    There has been another topic about what people do on the forum somewhere, for more info. Can't put my hand on it at the moment, can anyone else?

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    Re: What is your role?

    I'm a "Network Administrator" for a (shrinking) secondary school in the Southampton area (Hants LEA).

    My role falls somewhat between "IT Technican" and "Network Manager" (we have one of each as well) and includes the following:

    VLE Management, Telephones, User accounts ,etc, Hardware repair, etc, Network Security, IT Purchasing, MIS Co-ordinator, Development Plan Role, Specialist Schools Steering & Timetabling.

    Our "five year plan" tends to be a three-four year plan, as it tends to be aligned to the Spec College designation cycles. Essentinaly, we've found you need to do the following :-

    Outline your targets, such as

    * 1:3 computer/pupil ratio
    * A greater use of ICT across the curriculum
    * <major project here, such as VLE).

    You then need to break down year by year such as :-

    * In Year 1, we will install an IT Suite in Languages. This will cost (approx £)
    * In Year 1, we will commision a VLE. This will cost (approx £)
    * In Year 2, we will install 2 computers in every Science Classroom. This will cost (approx £)

    Its about setting out targets, and then the steps to achieve them in each year. Obviously this is always subject to change - such as if you loose specialist schools funding or a HoD talks the head into serious investment in that area, etc.

    Our network staff & the head of ICT tend to meet on a regular basis and look at the development plan and review and update it. This tends to become a live "working" document thats updated on a regular basis.

    Our current format outlines the following headings :-

    TARGET
    STRATEGY
    SUCCESS CRITERA*
    INCLUSION**
    FINANCE

    * Always include a Success Critera - in the OFSTED world of self-evaluation, you have something to evaluate your development plan on. Such Criteria's could be "ICT now used to some extent in 50% of Languages Lessons"

    ** Inclusion - Make sure, for instance with regards to a VLE that will be used for homework that you have included some angle of "what kids who haven't got the internet should do" or "what kids who have poor eyesight should do" etc.

    Hope that helps. BECTA's website has some tools for the purpose, but its down right now.

    Kyle

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    Re: What is your role?

    Have a look at Level D of the Technical Competencies from Becta as this will give you some idea of the technical side of IT Management in schools.

    To look at the educational side then you need to delve into the world and roles of e-learning, personalised learning and a heap of other buzzwords. There are several of us on here that can give you a step up in those areas too.

    Me ... I am Manglement! and trust me me, Midget ... running does not help!

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    Re: What is your role?

    kylewilliamson: so good you posted it 3 times?

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    Re: What is your role?

    Ok as ICT Technician in a Primary school my role is:

    Manage a network of 1 server/36 Desktops and 37 laptops on the curriculum side, and 3 desktops (one of which acts as a server) on the admin side

    Backup curriculum server daily (oh the joy of scheduled tasks)

    Maintain all PCs so that they are running smoothly.

    Maintain 13 Smartboards and their corresponding Projectors

    Maintain the school website

    Maintain the school email accounts

    Install SIMS updates and create new accounts as necessary

    Test software and new hardware

    Hardware procurement

    Liase with potential and existing suppliers

    Deal with any problems ICT wise as they occur

    Train staff in new programs/hardware

    Run 2 ICT Clubs for 6 weeks every 2 terms

    Identify areas of improvement for ICT

    support class teachers teaching ICT lessons (occasionally teaching them myself if Class teacher is very unsure of what they are doing)

    Oh and if its got a plug on it and looks remotely technical it must be something to do with my job!

    Hmm 5 year plan...more like 5 goals...

    1. Update current CC3 network to a vanilla build of 2003/XP or Vista
    2. Re-design school website to be more child friendly/interactive instead of boring formal
    3. get all staff using their smartboards interactively instead of as glorified projectors
    4. develop ICT clubs so that they run more regularly
    5. get a new ICT suite with air con! (its not fun in here in the summer!)

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    Re: What is your role?

    My official title is either ICT Technician or VLE/Web Manager. So much has changed I don't know which one is relevant any more, but IT Support covers everything I do so I use that

    I do our website, general technical support, setting up equipment, user maintenance, occasional video editing, changing printer toners, supervise a lunch time homework club, re-building and imaging machines, set up and manage new servers (linux), and soon to manage our VLE.

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    Re: What is your role?

    I sometimes call myself IT manager and some other times Network manager. I think network manager sounds more IT than IT manager.

    As the sole person responsible for IT I do everything in the school related to IT including the website and on the management side I manage my budget and purchase everything in school that comes under my remit. I try and do paperwork but I am on my toddle so I usually don't. We have a business manager who is above me and we make the decisions on budgets, who gets what and when but the buck stops with me.

    We used to have a ICT committee but it was a committee just for the sake of having one. Useless really and I didn't like people telling me how I should allocate my money.

    I did do a 5 year development plan but it usually gets overruled by the Principal who gets a bright idea and we implement it.

    Lot of jobs in IT weekly by the way.

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    Re: What is your role?

    Midget: Sorry, I kept timing out (I only got one confirmation, promise!)

    I shall now be relegated to the using classes.

    I also share the "Oh and if its got a plug on it and looks remotely technical it must be something to do with my job!" aspect too

    Kyle

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    Re: What is your role?

    As well as a Network Manager I sometime suggest i put a broom where the sun down shine if hey think i can possibly fit more into my day.



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