The Guardian: Are Our Schools Missing a Trick?
Jan 08, 2003, 11:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Parrs Wood technology college in Manchester runs a huge
information technology network. Over 700 machines make this one of
the most advanced school systems in the country. So did it cost
them a fortune? The answer is a resounding 'no'.
"For a start, 350 of these machines are thin clients--basically
a keyboard and a monitor networked to a server. They are not new
PCs but are refurbished machines, available free through computer
recyling schemes such as the Guardian's Tools for Schools.
"The assistant head, Samantha Wells, says: 'We're saving
thousands.' You might assume this is only something a big,
technically-proficient secondary can do. You'd be wrong again.
"'We are using second-hand refurbished machines,' says Andy
Tromans, head of Sandwell's Ocker primary school. 'It does