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    Pointless Question of the Week #8

    This week my school has had engineers in fitting projectors in all the remaining classrooms that didn't have projectors in before this week (I probably could have phrased that better). It's been something of a logistical nightmare making sure that they don't interfere with any lessons. I would have preferred them to have installed all this stuff in the school holidays, but SMT overruled me (I think they may be regretting it now....I just look smug).

    This leads me on to this week's PQOTW:

    What is the worst management decision you have ever made / experienced?

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    That would be the one where my boss, the IT co ordinator, has had responsibility for IT across the curriculum taken away from her, and given to goodness knows who, (haven't been told who, officially) whilst I am still solely responsible to her as the IT tech.
    How can she tell me what needs doing across the school if she doesn't have any idea what is being installed? (and believe me, we have come in to find new equipment just 'there')
    How can I sort out whether we can support stuff if I don't know it is there?
    It is a ridiculous decision

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Do you mean amusing? or serious?

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    The old network manager lent one of the VI Form a scanner.

    I dont think he ever saw it back. It's not like he actually asked for it back either though.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    "I know, lets buy 3 laptop trolleys"...

    "What do you mean, the entire IT budget has been spent on replacement laptop keyboards, screens and cd drives?"

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    The old network manager lent one of the VI Form a scanner.

    I dont think he ever saw it back. It's not like he actually asked for it back either though.
    My girlfriend did that with her mobile phone in a nightclub!

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    “What is the worst management decision you have ever made / experienced?”
    We spent to much on ink. Well we bought what we normally need and printing usage went down. Instead of having enough ink to last until the summer holiday we now have enough to last until December at least.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Brilliantly (I was in a rush) I managed to name the new admin office computers after the person that sits at that desk. Now 6 months on its very confusing and having to explain to the Bursar, John why his computer is called "Wendy" is a little embaressing

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Do you mean amusing? or serious?
    I don't really mind.

    I've just been reminded of a previous ICT Co-ordinator at our school who hired a compnay because she was having an affair with the MD. Needless to say, the relationship ended on less that positive terms and now we have a lot of dodgy equipment.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Someone decifing to by these desks with folding lids to protect the LCDs of the teacher machines in each classroom. We have gone from 1 LCD broken over 3 years to 37 broken since Christmas.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Worst imposed on me: reportmaster - purchased without any thought, consultation. Dropped after 1 set of reports.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Quote Originally Posted by steve
    Worst imposed on me reportmaster - purchased without any thought, consultation. Dropped after 1 set of reports.
    Sounds very similar to what we're experiencing at the moment.

    I wonder if any school actually gets a technical viewpoint before purchasing reporting software.

    Ours is MS Access based - not the best for 100+ users over a wireless network.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Calling the Assistant Heads PC Ass-Head, whoops!

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Too many to choose from, not many that can be publically (or politically) mentioned.

    Here's one. Deciding that it was not important to include support staff on a decision to by laptops for teachers on behalf of a town-wide consortium and to be left with a bunch of laptops that are buggy, have limited warranty, fails to run NT4 (even thought they say NT4 ready on the sticker ... but that only applies in the states ... even thought this model is not sold in the states because it is not NT4 compatible!) and leaves primary schools loathing you.

    Worst decision I made?

    Easy ... I hold my hands up and say that I made a balls up when purchasing some tablets and wireless projectors. Educationally a fantastic idea ... technically it was fun and innovative ... kids loved it ... staff loved it ... the only issue was that it used the built in Wi-Fi to connect to the projector .. which meant trouble connecting to the WLAN ... and the projectors would not hook into the WLAN so you could not have it all working smoothly. I ended up getting additional cards to connect to the WLAN and the internal connecting the projectors ... and then the cards in the projectors failed so they used them on the VGA cable ... and we were left with wasted cards and expensive laptops. I would use the same technology again but do it differently (ie better!)

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    We had the Ass-Head here buy a reporting and grade solution, Aim-High, Which they still make the teachers use for reports but graded go into SIMS Assement Manager, But this Aim High C**p caused us to loose 2 sets of reports before my eyes and the eye of the teachers as they was typing them in.



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