Dell finally switches on PC network in Glasgow schools
177 schools left without computers for weeks
Dell has finished a managed education service piped to schools in Glasgow a mere four weeks after it was due.
The PC firm's tardiness left children in 177 primary schools without computers for nearly two weeks.
According to a spokeswoman at Glasgow City Council, schools were expecting to be using their shiny new Dell computers when they returned from their Easter break last Monday. But unspecified technical problems at the launch of the new service left kids scrabbling for their sticks of chalk and slate tablets.
Dell did some scrabbling too, announcing last thing Thursday that it had managed to fix the problem at all Glasgow's schools, where it was supposed to have supplied 7,400 computers.
Dell insisted in a written statement that Glasgow was getting "the best possible teaching and learning environment". Before you ask, they're talking about the teaching and learning environment post PC installation.
Dell said its deadline to launch the £15m service had been Monday 16 April. When the PC giant announced the deal in February, it said it was due to begin with a phased approach on 1 April. It must have been joking.
When the deal was announced, Ronnie O'Connor, Glasgow's executive education director, said he was expecting Dell to deliver the "best possible teaching and learning environment" and the "most up to date ICT provision anywhere in the country."
What it appears to have been is some PCs with internet connections.
The spokeswoman said Glasgow would be seeking compensation from the PC firm. But neither Dell nor the council could say exactly what the problem was.
There are few things that have caused the problem, seeing as what Dell appeared to be doing was supplying PCs and supporting infrastructure and making sure it all ticked along nicely during term time (known in the parlance as a "managed service"). One Scottish paper said the firm had a problem with the Microsoft software it was using to deliver email to the schools. But Dell was having to swap machines out of the schools as well.®
I imagine the classes would be far better off if they were run by the most e-savvy students. Taking turns, with Teach' sitting at the back and learning, it would be far better than the mischievous chaos that is likely to be the case as is.
Learning By Osmosis
Does this mean that teachers now expect kids to learn just by being in their presence..by the same score I should be an expert phone and photocopier engineer, the amount of time they spend here.....not gonna happen, how about actually teaching
RE: None of my business, but...
Thank you Mr. Byrne you are entirely correct.
Mr. Johnson has also assumed that I and others are unfamiliar with School ICT.
In fact I have short listed for roles considerably higher than his in the Ed. system. Knowing what I do now, I would never do so again.
In the commercial sector I deal daily with those "prepared" by the private sector.
Finally those who take the tax Shilling will accept judgement by the public. Anything else is unthinkable.