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Recently the Glasgow Primary network/managed service has been taken over by Dell.
Easter Holidays Spring Break Dell took over the network from Mitel. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride with various unseen problems popping up making teaching with ict quite difficult since then. The plan was to switch over the network with the original hardware and then to roll out new kit.
This week we were asked to pilot a few of the new machines, three desktops and a couple of laptops arrived yesterday and I've been encouraging the children to pound on them as hard as they can. Compared to our old pcs these seem amazing, you can't see the screen redraw when you switch windows They are running xp rather than windows 2000 and seem like quite zippy boxes. The biggest benefit is going to be the size of the screen, a huge difference to the 15 inch monitors we have been running at 800 x 600. This will make lots web apps a lot more usable.
We are still seeing some issues with old and new machines but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
At the same time as getting the pilot pcs we were switched to a different internet filter. I first noticed when I saw that blogs by my wee guys read on edublogs.org and blogspot.com were blocked. Happily an email to the Dell service desk has sorted this out very quickly and hopefully we should be doing some serious commenting tomorrow
In anticipation of the new big screens I got the children to set there monitors to 1024 pixels wide and have a wee play with ToonDoo today. It looks like a really nice web application for making strip cartoons. You can see some results on the Primary 6 sj blogs. One of my favourites is Steven's chaos of A Turkey a surreal way of sending an environmental message!
Unfortunately ToonDoo seemed to lock up towards the end of the lesson when lots of children were trying to save their 'toons. I am not sure if this is due to lots of folk signed on with the same login or just bad luck.
If we can sort that out, I think Toondoo will be a really useful application for classroom use.
My name is Rajendran, and I represent the Team at ToonDoo. We are so glad that you liked Toondoo and got your children to get creative making up their own Toons. In fact, educational institutions from around the world have found ToonDoo to be a cool and easy tool to inject some life into some of the more ‘traditionally boring’ subjects at class.
We were a bit surprised to learn that ToonDoo locks up towards the end of your sessions at class. We have been having the occasional problem at ToonDoo, but nobody has really complained about a massive lockup for a whole class. Like you surmised, our fear is that you are using the same login for all students and quite frankly ToonDoo was not designed for multiple login sessions from different computers on the same username. In fact, ToonDoo is as personal as an email account in Hotmail or Yahoo. Registration is free, and you are allowed to have one username for every unique email address you provide. We urge you to try registering your school kids, like many others around the world have done, and get a solution for this problem.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further support.
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Rajendran (Email) (URL) - 01 06 07 - 03:38
Thanks for the help, an email is on the way. Our problem is that we do not have individual email accounts for children. Nor do we have access to webmail services were we could set up some accounts. We really need a workaround were we could have multiple accounts for one email address.
John (URL) - 01 06 07 - 08:14
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