New computer room- what to do???
I have got an issue with a plan that is afoot in my school. We have got 1 dedicated ICT room that is used for 100% of the timetable, we have then got 30 computers in an English room that is used for mainly ICT now, but we do not need it for 100% of the timetable. English use it for about 10 lessons every 2 weeks. Last year the school decided to put 25 computers in a Maths room- hoping that people would share it- I do not think this has happened, unless you are booked in there for ICT the computers do not get used. Occasionally maths may use them to play online Maths Flash games. Now they want to put computers in the HIstory room. This will mean spending thousands on wiring, desks let alone the computers and servers. I can only see these computers being used for Internet browsing and word processing/making powerpoints. I can also not see the History teacher giving up her usual teaching room for every Tom, Dick or Harry to come in and use the computers. I see the computers being used for History as and when they need them but not being a resource for the whole school.
The cost of wiring and buying new computers for the use of the History dept seems very steep. The wireless network does not support laptops and or other mobile devices. Is there a cheaper alternative to desktops so money can be spent on the wireless so over the next few years we can go to a managed wireless network where mobile devices can be used. I was looking at thin clients?
Any help would be really appreciated, thanks in advance.