Maximising Resource Utilisation
Getting the best value from your investment in learning technologies involves a delicate balance between economy and convenience, it would be nice if every teacher had 30 identical computers in their room all the time but if you can't afford that then you have to be smarter, more creative and more flexible.
Have pool of equipment housed in the library but available to trial projects in teaching areas. Laptop trolleys are a good example of this.
Set up some trial projects to investigate the use of small groups of computers and single computers by interested teachers.
Locate a small number of systems in the central areas of teaching blocks for a week or two at a time to explore ideas.
Locate single systems in teaching areas for the time needed to explore their use with interactive whiteboards or large scale displays.
Recycle and upgrade equipment rather than dispose of it or replace it. Upgrades can be surprisingly cheap and effective.
In High Schools
Make more use of existing computer rooms when free.
Make more use of regular and occasional flexitime (an hour before and after school) in the existing rooms to facilitate special purpose activities in upper school areas eg Art, Technical Drawing.
Make more use of rooms during exam weeks, camps and towards the end of the year when upper school students have left.
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