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    What is....

    ...a network manager?

    I have been offered a great opportunity to become our school's network manager, and although I have signed up and committed to it (and will enjoy it), what can I expect from the position?

    What does it mean when you are told you are the "network manager"? Anyone got any ideas on what the position involves, or do schools seem to give the title but not the position

    If you want you can email me your response- that way I can give a more personal explanation of where I am going with this question. Either way, all stories, help, and warnings are appreciated!

    Paul

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    Re: What is....

    Congratulations - well bagged!

    To me it means the last say in all things pertaining to the network, in conjunction with IT and Cross Curricular IT Teaching.

    It's good your school recognises that this isn't something the head can take responsibility [including the cash!] for just because they're paid enough to.

    Do you have technicians below you?

    email/pm me the full story

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    Re: What is....

    Quote Originally Posted by kingswood
    ...or do schools seem to give the title but not the position
    I believe it to be the other way around! I consider that I have the position - yet not the title

    I have another Technician under me and for the past week and a bit, a year 10 on work experience! Anything pertaining to the network comes through me. Curricular type things however, come from the ICT Coordinator (Deputy Head) or Head of ICT. I still walk round school with a badge that says 'ICT Technician' (/me looks down and realises he hasn't put it on today yet). Though it is in the offing to change that quite soon.

    Andy.

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    Re: What is....

    it might alter your position in the organisation e.g., equal to head of ict instead of under him.

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    Re: What is....

    Equal to a teacher? Can't see it! Though I think I know what you mean.

    Andy.

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    Re: What is....

    Hmmm, I don't think you will become equal to the Head of ICT but make sure that all future ICT projects include you at the meetings. I've had to stomp alot to get into them, but now they see that it's me who runs them afterwards and they get the 'I told you so' I'm now fully involved.

    Make sure also that you work together as a team. Life is much easier now that I'm working closely with the Head of ICT / Technology College. He / She might also be able to squeeze out more cash for you as well. Someone that high up is a useful colleague.

    Congrats to Kingswood as well. Well done.

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    Re: What is....

    Yes just would like to say congrats kingswood

    Interesting points ppl making out

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    Re: What is....

    I would agree try to make sure that you are involved in all furture ICT related meetings so you have an idea of what is around the corner.

    Although this is easier said than done, it also depends on who or whom you report to. in my case the head but I believe this is not true of all.

    PS Congrats Kingswood, make the best of it mate ;-)

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    Re: What is....

    Indeed Ozan - it does seem to be different (although I would imagine it *should* be the same) in each school mainly.

    I know I havent got a clue what I am lol (see other rants in other posts )

    Nath

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    Re: What is....

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    Indeed Ozan - it does seem to be different (although I would imagine it *should* be the same) in each school mainly.

    I know I havent got a clue what I am lol (see other rants in other posts )

    Nath
    Thats because you are sooooo tired all the time being awake at silly times during the night on this forum.

    Do you sleep during the day??? If so how do you get away with it? 8)

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    Re: What is....

    lmao @ ninjabeaver

    You never fail to prodive a smile here

    I like the night - what can I say? :P

    My day usually consists of (sorry if it bores you but ya dont have to read it lol :P):

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    (this completes my cycle lol)

    Asleep in the day? I wish lol this heat makes it so much worse lol *yawns*

    Cheers y'all,
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    Re: What is....

    Many thanks for the responses!

    Having come from industry, schools seem very different politically- in terms of IT budget, who gets to commit that budget etc etc. In Kingswood we will have a Systems' Manager and a Network Manager as well as a Technician under both. So I suppose there is some kind of "chain" there! lol!

    But yes- I'm up for this. I'm installing the new Dell PowerEdge server for the school today, and imaging systems next week ready for testing (using RIS/RIPREP). Currently the school uses a managed solution (CSE Systems), but because we are merging with another school I am planning on using the new site (we will be split site) to test roaming profiles, redirected folders, and an "unmanaged" solution.

    I will bear in mind the issues raised- in fact I have copied the messages so that I can make sure I start pressing them in several directions.

    This is a great forum by the way!! Very addictive

    Thanks again for all the help,

    Paul

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    Re: What is....

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    oh no! - he mentioned publisher again
    Is that as bad as mentioning Jehova, or worse?

    <Yes, yes, I know, I'm going to hell! :twisted: >

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    Re: What is....

    lol - just a small small gag from another topic

    Nath

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    Re: What is....

    Quote Originally Posted by RobC
    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    oh no! - he mentioned publisher again
    Is that as bad as mentioning Jehova, or worse?

    'Blasphemy!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty Pythons Life of Brian
    He said Publisher, stone him, stone him.


    'No one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle!'

    Or something like that.

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