Laptops - central store or satellite trolleys?
We are at a bit of an impasse. County have forced us to shutdown 3 IT suites and change them back into normal classrooms as we need the space. In order to sweeten this pill they gave us funding to buy 3 sets of laptops and a wifi upgrade which was very useful. We are now wondering how to effectively distribute these to pupils with the least amount of disruption as possible whilst maintaining the integrity of the system. I favour a central store by our IT support office where all the laptops are kept and managed by the techs who can book out/in and put on charge etc. SLT see this as a point of disruption and want the laptops spread out across the school. I can see the advantage in terms of avoiding a bottleneck but can see a whole raft of other potential problems like; who is responsible for them, who makes sure they are on charge, who checks for damage etc. etc.
How do you do it, and does it work?