Warwick School needs laptops, what research was done and why rockdirect
- A conversation with the Head of ICT.
School believes that, if we are to prepare our pupils adequately
for higher education and future employment, we must give them
the ability to use ICT appropriately and to take the use of ICT
can only be achieved if staff are also in this position. If staff
are expected to use ICT as a tool in their teaching then they
must not only be familiar with it, they must be confident enough
to deal with the unexpected. This level of confidence only comes
with practice in using the technology to do real tasks.
It was decided
that this level of confidence would best be developed by the use
of laptop computers. The free access to ICT that this allows will
facilitate four prime areas: administration, assessment, lesson
preparation and lesson presentation.
to curriculum ICT is from two directions: as a specific timetabled
subject leading to external examination and in a cross-curricula
fashion. The free access to ICT facilities will facilitate the
full integration of ICT into the work schemes of subjects across
the board as opposed to an add-on that it can be at present.
All the big
players were approached, including IBM, Dell and Toshiba, and
asked to provide a quotation for 80 laptops, based on a standard
specification of machine. rockdirect responded very positively
from the outset. Their quotation was very competitive. Several
companies, including rockdirect, supplied evaluation machines.
The rockdirect laptop felt robust and featured a very high quality
screen and keyboard, for many users the most important aspects
of any laptop. After-sales support was a key area for us and it
was clear that rockdirect would provide a high level of support.
This included the provision a free machine for use in the event
of a problem.
along with substantiating references, helped us decide to place
the order with rockdirect.
will they be used for and by whom?
At this stage
they will be used by teachers only. We are providing all full-time
and part-time teachers with a laptop. For many, personal administration
and lesson planning will be the main use, but for some the machines
will be used in lessons as part of their teaching aides. The school
is developing a computer-based system of pupil monitoring, allowing
a more efficient method of setting realistic but challenging targets
for our pupils. This includes the recording of all pupils’
assessments, reports and exam results throughout their time in
the school. The laptops should go some way to facilitating this.
about Pre and after sales support?
From the outset
rockdirect have responded very positively. They have listened
to our requirements and proposed what we believe is the right
solution for us. They have been very helpful in providing evaluation
machines and offering valuable advice on wireless networking.
The combination of high build quality, excellent components, the
support package offered and financial expediency persuaded us
to enter into what we hope will be a fruitful partnership between
Warwick School and rockdirect.
many have we purchased?
of Warwick School
is one of the oldest and most established academic institutions
in the country, having provided over one thousand years of education
to boys of Warwick and its environs.
traces its origins to the year 914. The Foundation was strengthened
by a charter issued by King Edward the Confessor. In 1545 King
Henry VIII increased and re-organised the endowments. The school
subsequently moved to the Lord Leycester Hospital in central Warwick
and moved again in 1571 to another site within the boundaries
of Warwick. In 1879 it moved to its current position on spacious
grounds adjacent to the River Avon and overlooking Warwick Castle.
As a result
the School has been able to grow substantially and to use to the
full the fifty-acre site that lies behind its imposing rococo
School welcomes boys from the age of seven to eighteen. The first
four years are spent in the Junior School. The School is now a
large community with over two hundred boys in the Junior School
and over eight hundred in the Senior School. The School is part
of the Warwick Schools Foundation, an educational charity which
also includes the King's High School for Girls and the Warwick