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Tony Cruttenden

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    I am currently Director of ICT at Melbourne Girls Grammar. All our girls from Year 5 upwards have their own notebook computer which they can connect to our network from every classroom in the school (we got rid of the last "lab" two years ago). All the machines used by the girls are PIII or faster. and we partner with Toshiba and Fujitsu. We run Novell 6.1, have 18 nodes and can connect a maximum of 1500 users at one time. We have a 10Mbs internet connection. <br><br>My current projects for 2004 are: to overhaul our website which if you check it out I'm sure you will agree needs it! Secondly to set up a portal - I have the hardware and will be setting up a pilot with the Novell software around mid year. Thirdly we are constructing a Science Futures Centre and I am project managing the IT and Comms infrastructure.<br><br>I'm sure you are aware that it was in Melbourne that the whole "laptop" thing started. This is the third major independent school in Melbourne in which I have directed learning technology programmes. In 1999/2000- I took some time out to set up the learning technology programme at the International School of Toulouse which is where I met Richard Jones-Nerzic and also John Simkin who are regular contributers to this Forum.<br><br>If anyone wants to ask anything about notebook computers, constructionist learning theory, network design in schools, school portals, professional development please drop me an email. <br><br>
  1. I think we need three categories. One for greatest lyrics, one for greatest score and one for the people who write both. It is interesting that most of the people you list were in fact partnerships. My nominations would include:Simon & Garfunkel, The Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Mark Knoffler and Pink Floyd. Just to be different!
  2. Richard Jones-Nerzic toting a Colt .45! That is only slightly less scary than when you tote a Telecaster. But if that is a Confederate uniform Richard shouldn't you have had a .44 to be hysterically accurate?
  3. Well, at least my comments seem to have livened up the debate on this theme. Yes, I teach in a technology rich school, but only after years of frustration in the state system of seeing what was possible but never being given the opportunity to achieve it. I backed my belief in the power of learning technology as the way of the future, by putting my career on the line and going out and competing for jobs in private enterprise. It was the independent schools who were the pioneers in learning technology and who drove things forward in those early days. We took the risks, and they were very big r
  4. Step one - get a curriculum that is process based rather than content based Step two - give every student a notebook computer Step three - put open ended, constructionist software on every computer (refer to Seymour Papert at MIT), an example of this software is MicroWorlds, Reasonable, Inspiration, Textease, Cabri, Paint Shop Pro, Media Studio and Dreamweaver (all our kids have all these on their notebooks). You will note that none of these are Microsoft products!!! Step four - change the way you teach - adopt a constructionist pedagogy appropriate to the technology, the software and the c
  5. As someone who has been using on-line reporting since 1996 I firmly believe it has considerable benefits for overworked time constrained teachers. There are many versions commercially available so my advice is not to spend time writing another one. They only really become cost effective when your school has a secure portal that allows teachers to post reports from the comfort of their own homes. Teachers do not like staying back at school late at night entering reports onto the school network If you feel you must develop this tool then here are a couple of things I have found useful. To make
  6. Well Matt, I note you have not responded to my last post. So was it too easy or too hard for your ambitious bunch of scholars?
  7. Easy Try this site: http://immigration.museum.vic.gov.au/educa...c=yes&ID=560046
  8. Hi David I'm glad to hear things are going really well in the D&T Dept at IST. You just need to do two things to improve it: 1. Get rid of those Macs and get some real computers. 2. Do something about that beard! Seriously I need to source some research on girls and D&T. Can you point me in the right direction? Goodonya Mate. Keep up the good work.
  9. Its the quality of what people have to contribute that matters not gender. There are gender differences in the way technology is studies and employed. I have taught in co-ed, all boys and currently in an all girls school. Girls do have different learning styles to boys. Great! It makes the world of teaching so much more interesting and challenging. Girls particularly have to see the relevance to them in the technology to really become enthused about it - hence the popularity of chat lines. There is an issue with falling female numbers in the ICT professions. In Australia there is a participa
  10. There is no doubt Graham, that as you rightly indicate the Uni of Melb has some very interesting initiatives and they are well worth exploring. My schools sends a large cohort of students there each year and we have a close relationship with the university. An increasing amount of e-learning is taking place in the undergraduate courses, and that to me is the paradox. Our students experience a technologically rich learning environment through their secondary education and can then learn in the environment you describe as an undergraduate, but to make the succesful transfer between these envir
  11. David Faure's comments on the situation in secondary education are absolutely spot on. Like David I teach every day in a technology rich environment. Every teacher has a notebook provided free by the school. Every student from Year 5 up has their own notebook computer. I have a ratio of 2 network connections per student. We have a huge programme of professional development for which the Principal makes ample funding and time available. I employ an in-house learning technology consultant to work with the teachers in planning programmes and lessons and to provide in-class support when required
  12. Hi Jonsey To give you an idea for my 10Mbs connection we pay 5cents Australian per gig download (no upload fee at all) for the first 120gig per month and then 4c per gig thereafter. We can have about 1000 users on line concurrently and have never exceeded this 120/month (well only once, till we blocked mp3 downloads, instant popularity!!!) You need to watch the holidays when usage is minimal as we pay for the 120 used or not, so for 3 months of the year we pay for 360gig we don't use!!!! For this reason and because our use is expanding I am negotiating an unlimited download per month at 4ce
  13. Oh dear me, a discussion on electronic whiteboards. Have we not been here before - with the abacus, the slide rule, the mechanical calculator - oh and don't forget those "teaching machines" circa 1967 with their rolls of paper, the programmable calculator, nay the PC and even, dare I say the laptop computer! I will try anything that will be of benefit the learning of the kids in my class. If teachers want to totally ignore the preferred learning styles of the majority of the kids in their classes and stay with chalk and talk they will make themselves unemployable in a very short time from now
  14. G'day Nick I have used a variety of leasing options over the last 10 years to resource notebook programmes. I have leased large - about a million quids worth at the moment (900 machines for staff and students in Melbourne) to medium scale, about 250 machines for staff and students, and quite recently have helped arrange a small programme of about 70 machines just for staff at a school in Surrey, England. I have arranged leases under British, French and Australian financial systems. One thing is for sure you need to do a lot of careful research and depending on the economic climate (the cost
  15. I am Director of ICT at Melbourne Girls Grammar. All our girls from Year 5 upwards have their own notebook computer which they can connect to our network from every classroom in the school (we got rid of the last "lab" two years ago). All the machines used by the girls are PIII or faster. and we partner with Toshiba and Fujitsu. We run Novell 6.1 on most of our 14 servers, have 18 nodes, we can connect a maximum of 1500 users at one time. We have a 10Mbs internet connection which is a dream in the classroom. My current projects for 2004 are: to project manage the redesign of our websi
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