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    ICT White Elephants

    OK, what do you have lurking in cupboards which 3 years ago the head of ICT said 'We must have it, its essential and the future of ICT!' but is soon cast aside ond forgotten about.
    I'll start with tablet PC's, small, unwieldy, buggy, expensive and slow. In short total pants and now no one want to touch it, and now no one will admit even putting in the purchasing order!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Video conferencing kit - bought over 3 years ago and has been used properly twice :?

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    2 X-Boxes!!!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    3 IT teachers?

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    A very big TV to use as a big computer screen. Never ever used [except by me to set it up, and play movies directly from a video camera].

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    We also have a projector and screen in the gym which has been there 18 months and not used much. To be fair it would if it weren't for the giant windows either side of the Gym! We can sometimes use it on Open Evening when its dark out!

    Andy.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Networked Colour Laser Printer. The head of ICT is to tight to buy replacement toner.

    When i came to this school 4 years ago they had a brand new Smart Board, boxed up that they had won 18 months before.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Promethian Smart Boards

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Video conferencing kit - bought over 3 years ago and has been used properly twice :?
    Same here mate *sigh*

    Also got 4 35MM cameras, about 10 tons of outdated software and a box of microphones.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Video conferencing kit - bought over 3 years ago and has been used properly twice
    Hah! Here too! We've turfed that kit out now (and the ISDN line we subscribed to pointlessly for 3 years). Most people couldn't give a toss about video conferencing and the rest need talking round

    Nomination #2 is Dartfish sports analysis video capturing gubbins. It was bought without considering who would be operating it. The teacher just wants to teach, the kids aren't allowed to use it and PE have no technicians. Voila! Expensive paperweight!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Quote Originally Posted by E1uSiV3
    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    Video conferencing kit - bought over 3 years ago and has been used properly twice :?
    Same here mate *sigh*

    Also got 4 35MM cameras, about 10 tons of outdated software and a box of microphones.
    I have a large box of microphones too (PA, stage type)! Where do they come from?

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    No idea mate, they were all battery type too so had leaked everywhere, still in the boxes lol

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    bit if you chucked them along comes somoen saying you know those leads i asked you to look after (read as dumped on desk and walked away) can we have them.

    Russ

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    Oh and 3 tons of software that was needed urgently, but once installed is never used. :cry:

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Why is educational software sh*te.

    Is it because its designed by teachers ?

    It never works on your network the way the salesman says.

    We spent all our elearning credits on Cartouche years ago and i've never seen it used since.

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