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MIS Systems Thread, SIMS PE Registers in Technical; Can anyone recommend a method for registering pupils for PE lessons? The teachers are currently using a shared desktop but ...
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    SIMS PE Registers

    Can anyone recommend a method for registering pupils for PE lessons?

    The teachers are currently using a shared desktop but this is taking too long. It would be nice to know what others are doing.

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    All of our PE staff have laptops, these are wireless enabled & we have access points in the sports hall & sports office area as part of our site-wide managed wireless network. They use these for SIMS.net registration.

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    Some schools are using Netbooks, Capita do SIMS mobile, might be worth asking them about it.

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    Netbooks here on wireless.

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    Ditto Broc's post.

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    I know of one school that brought Pocket PC's with the intention of using Sims mobile, apparently the extra costs were pretty high they abandoned the idea.

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    Has anyone used a (Windows based) PDA to access SLG2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Has anyone used a (Windows based) PDA to access SLG2?
    I know that someone's used an iPhone, and I've managed it on a Symbian phone (normal phone, not a smartphone, I wouldn't describe it as easy-access but everything worked). I'll try it from a Windows mobile PDA when I get the chance.

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    Planning for England!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamman960 View Post
    I know of one school that brought Pocket PC's with the intention of using Sims mobile, apparently the extra costs were pretty high they abandoned the idea.
    Sounds like really good planning!

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    Should I look on eBay for them?

    Pretty sure people were saying get SLG2 as it's better, nice way to get SIMS on Linux

    I heard SIMS Mobile had issues as uses the compact framework. Not heard any other comments about it, other then the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Should I look on eBay for them?

    Pretty sure people were saying get SLG2 as it's better, nice way to get SIMS on Linux

    I heard SIMS Mobile had issues as uses the compact framework. Not heard any other comments about it, other then the cost.
    Getting SLG2 purely to provide mobile access for a handful of PE teachers would be kind of like trying to crack a walnut with a kilo of semtex.

    However if there's other reasons to get it (and usually there are plenty) then this might be the reason that tips the balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    Getting SLG2 purely to provide mobile access for a handful of PE teachers would be kind of like trying to crack a walnut with a kilo of semtex.

    However if there's other reasons to get it (and usually there are plenty) then this might be the reason that tips the balance.
    Hahaha.. that would be fun.

    I heard the costs are about the same and like you say, SLG2 has alot more to offer (in the long run).

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Hahaha.. that would be fun.
    It would. My old university used a bucket of liquid oxygen to light a barbeque, which was fun. Shame about most of the charcoal being instantly vapourised though.

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    right-o i have actually looked into this.

    when i started we had old PDA running their version of pars. problem was them were the models that if they ran out of battery they would wipe them selves!!! PE dept = duh here. i was reinstalling them every 3rd week until i snapped one day.

    have looked into PARs connect. which is a web based pars, cant remeber if it used any active x coms etc but would defo run on a windows powered web book.

    we now have two old computers in the changing rooms.

    now as the classes on pars are normal teaching classes and have both boys and girls (and we obviously have different changing rooms for boys and girls lol) you can seperate the registers into two. if any one wants to know how i did this PM me and i will rack my brains and remember (is a once a year job and its the end of the year almost. lol.

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    Thanks for the ideas, it turns out they used to use PDA's to access SIMS Mobile. They stopped using them though because the PDA's wireless was so unreliable. They do have laptops but say that although they work fine it is too awkward to carry them round all their classes.

    It looks like I might have to dig out these old PDA's and see why they are so unreliable.

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