reggiep (1st February 2010)
My vision for our place...
- Implement a quality Moodle VLE portal in terms of design and content. Our Moodle is going to be doing website duties as well to meet my vision of a complete student portal, social networking communication - see Redbridge Institute of Adult Education VLE
- Make use of Live@Edu and other web 2.0 \ cloud tools in teaching (already using Live IDs to authenticate into Moodle and plug into Outlook Live so going well there Just waiting for Office web apps to complete the jigsaw
- More use of multimedia in teaching, Flip Mino HD camcorders, audio recordings etc all shared via Moodle \ YouTube
- Server virtualisation via VMWare \ HP in 2011 (end of current server lifecycle)
- More mobile technology, recently bought in NC10s \ portable projectors \ 3G sticks for Community Learning
- If VLE takes off, Ruckus wireless to encourage student participation in non-IT suite classrooms
- Server 2008 (after virtualisation) and keeping an eye on 7, although this depends more on the likes of ECDL etc keeping up on their certs, dual boot imaging methods anyone???
- Document everything once things settle down
- Increased network monitoring and management, get back to my SCOM \ SMS > SCCM upgrade testing once I've got the Moodle development sorted
- Test green \ virtual technologies for possible efficiency savings e.g. nComputing, keep an eye on VDI and so on
- Starting this summer run a technology roadshow for staff so showcase all the kit available and what it can do. Basically to get the "wow" factor and as a result get more of the kit integrated into the classroom
Unless there's another nasty virus outbreak between now and summer I'm hoping to not need to reimage this year as it's been working nicely this year. Replaced all the desktop hardware last year (was a mental summer in 2009!) so should have more time to play with server \ strategic bits this year.
As you can see there my plans are as much about supporting the technology in teaching as they are about the backend stuff
Last edited by gshaw; 1st February 2010 at 11:38 AM.
reggiep (1st February 2010)
I have now knocked up a decent size document with 20 key points. I have so far.
- Upgrade Wireless Infrastructure
- Improve use of Moodle VLE
- Improve use of school website
- Introduce remote data backups
- Introduce Electronic registers
- Purchase more laptops/notebooks in trolleys
- Investigate Open source software
- Introduce managed printing
- Upgrade workstations to Windows 7
- Upgrade server 2008 to R2
- Remote access to users files and shared documents
- Install windows in the mac suite
- Electronic Room booking system
- Give students access to network/internet via their mobile devices
- Introduce better monitoring of internet users’ activities
- Monitor staff laptops
- Explore the possibilities of replacing workstations in school every four years
- Investigate single sign on for everything
- Introduce more information to the Plasma in the main reception
Thanks for all the feedback.
All our work is going to be done round the summer holidays
- Upgrade All Servers 2008
- Single Network (merge Admin&Curriculum)
-VLE alternative with parental reporting
-Workstation on all whiteboards
-Email options - Stay with Kerio or go to Exchange
-Upgrade server hardware.
I think we may still end up paying out for MS-Office despite my instance that OpenOffice will do more than we require of an Office suite. Oh-hum.
I think we have to pay out £10k to bring us up to enough licences to run Office 2003. Office 2007/10 will cost us in the region of £13k for an outright purchase and £25k with Software assurance. I think we may go down the route of £10k for enough licenses to run '03 and then introduce a rolling program with software assurance - around £2k per year - to slowly bring us up to 07/10 and beyond standards.
Still, we'll have Google Docs from september to confudle people with - joy!
Did you note down the date they were looking for pilot schools for the google mail setup?
Did they mention when the date RM Easymail get's switched off? I remember them saying the contract will be up soon and there woulf be an overlap between the two but don't remember any switch off dates?
I've always tried to use things like that in my sessions anyway (presenters, gyro mice, RM Tutor, etc) and we do an induction for new staff, but a reminder session for existing staff would definitely be worth considering.
As for the original question, my future plan looks something like this:
* implement learning platform/VLE
* increase technology use in classrooms
* data encryption on removable devices
* re-introduce rolling replacement program for PCs
Server 2008, Windows 7 and Office 2010 are in there somewhere too, as and when the need arises.
Last edited by reggiep; 8th February 2010 at 04:46 PM. Reason: typo
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