We have the voting pads, at least 2 laptop trolleys that barely get used oh and a new one to the list, these interactive babies the Heath and Social care/child care courses have, never seen them and never installed the software for them.
A couple of years ago IWBs would have won hands down, but with a turnover of teachers, they're all in use every day now and we could do with another one.
Money wasted.. not on the scale of you larger guys; we're a tiny school. Easyteach English, Maths and Science... never been used as far as I'm aware. Also the portable projector and it's accompanying laptop which seems to get used about every 6 weeks at best going by WSUS's complaints about it not checking in.
I am concerned that the 3 year Class PET subscription may be wasted money too, but that seems to have taken off this week. We've had it since September.
jumpinjamez (21st January 2011)
Securus - brought before I started and not used now because it slows the workstations down too much and SMG agreed we could do without it, we're still paying for it on a 3 year agreement thou.
The VLE was starting to look like that, but we've got a Teacher championing it now and really pushing it, so it's use is on the up.
The mac suite we have is underused, but has seen an increase as well recently. The main problem we have with these is my lack of knowledge of macs, so I find it difficult to support them.
Generally thou, if we buy something it is brought with a purpose and I will push its use as much as I can. Sometimes it's just simply informing staff what systems we actually have available on site, as most of them are un-aware of the full facilities we have - this happened recently with the boardworks packages of which we have plenty and they are all loaded in the VLE and available for use, but hardly anyone uses them at the moment - that's my next big push to try and encourage them to be used more.
Can't believe no one has mentioned visualizers yet!
Easy one to answer this - everything ICT related. Period. I would prefer to see money wasted on ICT in schools spent on D&T, Art, outside play equipment and better teacher training [ SEN for a start ]. Kids are exposed enough to ICT in everyday life. Get it out of schools - it's un-necessary and just a waste of time.
If I was education minister it would be the first thing I would scrap.
My personal views etc which I very doubt anyone will agree with.
Last edited by mattx; 20th January 2011 at 11:23 PM.
Think i am gonna have to say Pupils internet access, really beleive they would learn a lot more without it.
laserblazer (21st January 2011)
One of our Deputy Heads!
He works a few days a week and now only has responsibility for the timetable. Oh and he also sorts out a few quizzes throughout the year and whilst he's doing the questions etc for these he puts a 'Do not disturb' notice over the window of his office!
And he hounds you like a feckin' dog without a bone if you haven't sorted out query for him within 10 minutes! (Too much time on his hands!)
So that's a continuous £40k ish per year Red Herring!
our Senoir Leadership Team....
I think the saying is "white elephant" rather than "red herring", got me thinking though and had to check the definition. Red herrings are what staff post onto our helpdesk and then we realise they are just making it up and just dreamt it all. In fact, I think each member of staff should have a red herring rating on the helpdesk so we know whether to trust what they are saying or not.
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