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Hardware Thread, The ICT Suite Refurb Begins in Technical; Nope some Dell OptiPlex 170Ls. Being reused around the school I'm afraid...
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    Nope some Dell OptiPlex 170Ls. Being reused around the school I'm afraid

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Being reused around the school I'm afraid
    Curses. My sneaky plan foiled...

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    Looking good, I should have photoed our 6th form centre, will take some photos tomorrow of the building site and then can take some more when done, it will be "bodged" for IT Hardware to start with as we are recycling laptops but I've ordered some nice Isis Desks from our lovely Sponsors Isis on here for it for future proofing and planning (thanks to Rics ace tour the other month )

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    I've ordered some nice Isis Desks from our lovely Sponsors Isis on here for it for future proofing and planning (thanks to Rics ace tour the other month )
    We have recently purchased 32 of the Flipscreen desks and I have to agree that they are excellent desks.
    Classroom Computer Tables ? Isis Concepts

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    I really should be photographing our business and enterprise area that's currently under way, maaaajor changes going on. Walls coming down, doors being moved, 80 new data points going in, wired back to a nice new wiring cabinet that was installed a while back in anticipation of this.

    Looks like a bombsite at the moment, but should be good when it's done

    Mike.

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    Well poped my head round again at lunchtime to find all the walls skimmed and skirting being fitted.

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    Exactly what I have ordered

    As for the space:

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    Well Projector and SMART Board will be going up Tuesday and desks arriving to site on the 17th. It's all coming along nicely.

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    Yeah, that is a really odd shaped room. By my reckoning (from viewing the jpg on my EEE) that's 32 PCs you've manage to fit in... Not bad.

    But do you often get class sizes of 32 in secondary schools? I work in FE and class sizes are never more than 20 (sometimes as little as 5). In the recent IT suites that we have designed and setup, we have opted to install PCs along the two long sides of the rooms (16 PCs) and 8 normal 120x60cm desks in the middle. So the room can accommodate 16 learners seated centrally or at the PCs on the outside ("dual use")

    I remember doing some searches online on room layouts for education, but I couldn't find much. Someone must have done some studies, or there must be some guidelines somewhere.

    Another factor which now influences the layout is the exams boards guidelines which require a minimum distance between candidate of 1.5M (inc online exams like keyskills). Even our widest desks are 1.2M, so that stipulation is pretty difficult to accommodate, but it does mean that placing 2 PCs per desk is pretty much out.

    What are other people's views/experiences of IT room layouts?

    Thanks,

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    33 in the main space, 35 in total.

    The school is primary, and yes some classes can have that many pupils.

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    We usually had 32 in the secondary school i worked at. At my primary school because we're short on space its one between two...so 15, any more then that is a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce123 View Post
    But do you often get class sizes of 32 in secondary schools?
    Yes, and it's one of the things that makes IT in schools tricky, and one of the things that suppliers, designers and just about anyone outside the day-to-day running of a school completely fail to appreciate. Every 40 minutes a bell goes and all your users get up and move around, logging in and out of the system. This needs to be done quickly and reliably - any delay impacts on teaching time. Most wireless system, in particular, explode at the point where they have 30-odd people all trying to do stuff at the same time on them. As far as servers go, you need to provide a file server (and network connections to it) that can handle 30 (times however many IT classes you have on at the same time) pupils trying to opne their work from it at the same time.

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    More pics - IWB is now up and data+power is all in.

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    Looking good!

    Is there something weird going on with them pictures, multiple chopped into one perhaps? Just look odd to me but it could be that I'm getting tired.

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    Looks like mutiple photos "stitched" together to me. (I've got some software for my Canon EOS camera which does it)

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