WHAT IS A COMPUTER by danman21


									                                 ICT Development Planning - Support Documentation for Lancashire Schools

Guidance on criteria to be used for deciding what counts as a curriculum “computer”

Which computers should be included?

Only computers used for teaching and learning should be counted when assessing
progress towards the pupil to computer ratio element of the baseline.

Computers that can be included fall into two main categories:

1. General purpose curriculum computers or laptops/notebooks that are in regular use,
   such as those found in ICT suites, learning resource areas and classrooms.

        These computers must be capable of:
            being linked together (networked)
            running recent educational software
            being connected to the Internet/Intranet

This group of computers should be recent (5 years old or newer as a guide) and could
include Pentium or equivalent, Apple Mac G2/3 iMac etc. This group may also include
“thin client” devices such as Windows Terminal Server or Citrix Winframe/Metaframe.

2. Computers or handheld devices (Palmtop or PDA) with a specific and regular use
   such as those used for:
          data logging
          control work
          word processing
          music
          SEN use

This group of computers may be much older and could include BBCs, Nimbus 186,
Archimedes, Atari ST, PC 286/386/486, older Apple Mac series etc.

Handheld devices should be in regular use for specific tasks such as data logging, SEN
use or fieldwork purposes and could include Windows CE devices, Palm OS devices,
Psions, Apple Newton (eMate), Tandy Dreamwriter, Alpha Smart. This group does not
include graphical calculators, communication ICT devices such as Orac or Big Mack, or
other devices not able to accept third party software.

Which computers should not be included?

        Computers used exclusively for school administration or management purposes
        Computers that are permanently broken
        Computers for which schools have no compatible software
        Computers that are privately owned by staff or pupils
        Computers issued to specific pupils as a result of individual assessment.

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