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    Interesting topic - we have many of the items mentioned, but:

    IWBs - very few here, those that are here do get used a bit. We realised that they weren't really taking off, and no-one was asking for them. Despite hounding from resellers, and pushing to have them, we never saw the need. We just put projectors in every room - they get massive use.
    Laptop trolleys - we only have one for the Welsh dept, it gets good use, the laptops have done three years with only one breakage (touch wood!) and the wireless APs are working okay.
    Voting system - not taken off well, but staff have agreed to adopt them - I'm not hugely impressed, but the kids enjoy using them.
    Macs - very popular, get heavy use.
    VLE - Moodle - very heavy use in IT. No costs other than time.
    Video conferencing - constant use, several sessions a week. A second unit does not get used though, quite disappointing.

    So biggest white elephant - printers! Too many, too much time needed on maintenance, cost too much to run. Papercut has helped on that one though.

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    Just a quick side note for those miffed by voting systems. A good alternative I saw at BETT on the M$ stand - I think it's great for small numbers working round a table together.

    Learn More | Microsoft Mouse Mischief

    Free, and only requires a mouse for each student using it - effectively a voting system for pennies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    EMBC insisted on getting a bespoke gatekeeper installed which never worked. So we were stuck with kit that never got used.
    Very surprised about that. We are looking to go to IP based equipment as the ISDN based VCON installation is rarely used due to being unreliable and expensive so as part of the research I went to another school within EMBC who gave me an unscheduled link up with the supplier to show how good it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    Very surprised about that. We are looking to go to IP based equipment as the ISDN based VCON installation is rarely used due to being unreliable and expensive so as part of the research I went to another school within EMBC who gave me an unscheduled link up with the supplier to show how good it is.
    Is EMBC linked into the Janet Video conferencing service?

    I think most schools can sign up for free, it's much more flexible then our RBC's (SWGfL) VC portal.

    JVCS Home

    We have the same situation, and expensive VC system that's only been used a couple of times.

    EDIT: If anyone want to do a test conference via Janet drop me a PM.
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