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    So the title may be a tad misleading but I just have a general query about what kind of free stuff you get at your schools. We have an assistant head here that somehow manages to get many gadgets for free. Some of them even seem useless. She seems to have a never ending supply of them. So far she has got us 20 Nintendo DS, 10 iPod touchs, a Wii, a netbook, some video conferencing hardware, an Apple TV and she just came to us with a PS3. Is this the same for every school or does she have some bizarre gift for getting free stuff? Most of them seem to be coming from our borough so I assume that other schools get things like these. Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilChambers View Post
    . Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?
    Send it here and I will let you know when I have finished my research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilChambers View Post
    So the title may be a tad misleading but I just have a general query about what kind of free stuff you get at your schools. We have an assistant head here that somehow manages to get many gadgets for free. Some of them even seem useless. She seems to have a never ending supply of them. So far she has got us 20 Nintendo DS, 10 iPod touchs, a Wii, a netbook, some video conferencing hardware, an Apple TV and she just came to us with a PS3. Is this the same for every school or does she have some bizarre gift for getting free stuff? Most of them seem to be coming from our borough so I assume that other schools get things like these. Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?
    Please package up your borough and send it to me please. Just put it in the post, I'll sign on delivery...

    This is not common. In a time when we are looking at firing Teachers, TA's and support staff, the thought that some random schools are being given thousands in computing equipment sickens me.

    Those items could pay for one of my training courses that the school can't afford to send me on, for my server OS upgrade that I didn't have the budget for last year, or to employ some TA's for another few months.

    Hell, it would even go towards some of our places hiring replacements for all the techies that have left and not been replaced by SMT's.

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    sounds like a very nice haul!, wish I we could get those kind of freebies

    I'm not sure about state schools but our EYFS department somehow managed to get a free printer, laptop and some mice/keyboards free from the Borough(we're an independent so not sure why we'd be eligible for anything atall from the borough in general).

    From what I gather she recieved a letter along with a few other department heads last year, most ignored it however she requested a few bits and got them. I'm guessing there are other bits availible to state schools here and there.

    Our accounts manager manages to get a fair amount free from viking also, are you sure its all coming from the Borough?

    James

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    It really is down to the individual head/deputy/whatever.

    I worked in a school in North Tyneside a frighteningly long time ago and the head there was very good at raising money and getting "stuff"

    My first day there I went to a meeting when he was trying to raise money for some new project. He'd got an agreement from (I think) BT that if he could raise £12.5k they would match fund. He then went to British Gas and said "if I can raise £6k will you match fund" and they said yes. Eventually, he'd got matched funding from a whole raft of businesses so that the school ended up having to find about £500 which then snowballed to £25k

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    I have never seen anything like that level of swag. Either she does have some incredible superpower for getting free stuff out of people, or it's coming off the back of a lorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilChambers View Post
    Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?
    Trade it in for an Xbox 360, and start an XNA developers group with the 360 for testing

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    I thought it was a bit strange. We are having major budget issues at the moment too but this supply of freebies doesn't seem to be stopping. Not that I'm complaining. Maybe she just has a gift for this kind of thing? I don't think it is all coming from the borough but I know that a chunk of it is.

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    I'll ask the obvious question: is she attractive?

    My experience is that the pretty girls always manage to get a lot of freebies by fluttering their eyelashes. If she's not particularly attractive, she's definitely got "the gift".

    Just call me "Andy"!

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    At my previous place of work (the local FE college) we had a guy who always seemed to be able to wangle the most amazing freebies from companies. Definitely a case of the gift of the gab and if you don't ask you don't get. The best he managed was a free week in Corfu for him and his girlfriend in the apartment of the MD of a company. Flights were 'thrown' in. Makes you sick doesn't it!

    So, it leads to the inevitable question:

    What's the best freebie you've ever had? And keep it clean!

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    Are you sure its coming from the borough and not from the back of a truck?

    We never get freebies here, I don't think I can remember anything like that.

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    Don't think it's that she's attractive or not but these things do appear to come in quite quietly. It's odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilChambers View Post
    Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?
    One of the pastoral support staff has suggested using a PS3 / Wii as a reward for attendance, class merits or something like that in Year 7 (to be expanded to other Year groups if it works). Whichever tutor group does the best each week gets to use the games console at lunch time the following week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilChambers View Post
    Also, can anyone think of an educational use for a PS3?
    Yes, in the staff room with a 50" plasma.

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    Compulsive shoplifter or sleeping with a spotty herbert at Currys?

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