Student Teachers in School..
Right, interesting one so interested on feedback for what other people do in this situation.
One of my schools has student teachers (and NQTs and all that jazz) come in as part of their training. Now, they obviously need access to ICT kit, which isn't a problem as I can give them logins and allow them access that way, but hardware for classrooms is the issue ...
The school in question, like many others I'm sure, has laptops for teachers which they plug into the whiteboard and then they have the option of doing prep at home and just bringing it in and all that. With the student teachers, etc, we don't have an allocation of hardware for them but I'm expected to magic up a solution to their hardward/software requirements.
We have some old Acers (I say old, they're only Aspire 3680, which is a few years but they still function) so I'm flattening them back to basic XP, shoving on OpenOffice for an office suite, putting on the IWB Software and Drivers (as we hold site license so that fits in ok) and giving them for them to make use of in school.
The problem I'm getting is that I'm being asked to install OUR software on THEIR laptops (i.e. not the Acers) which as far as I'm concerned is in direct violation of the license as they are not machines that we as a school own, and even though you can say "bring it to me before you finish your placement to have all the software removed" it still sits outside of the license..
So, there it is, what do the rest of you do? Install the software, hope they come back and turn a blind eye if they don't, have (as another school I work in) fixed IWB stations for each IWB and then teachers use those or their laptops or suite machines to prepare lessons and connect to the planned lessons over the network, have dedicate hardward in place for loaning in such circumstances etc?
I'm getting complaints and want to have a good solution to the problem to offer to the head, even if it means pleading for a few hundred to buy some new basic laptops for loan purposes.
Thanks in advance guys