The IT Department is responsible for the day to day running of the schools Information systems. This includes the following areas:
And are run and managed by:
Mr S Moores - Network Manager
Mrs C Walker - IT Technician / SIMS
What is a backbone?
In the case of our school these are the core switches which route all the network traffic between the school servers the internet and the student machines. In Maidstone Grammar School we use only high quality HP Procurve switches which are backed with a lifetime guarantee
The school is on what is collectively known as the KPSN (Kent Public Services Network). This provides the school with a dedicated high speed internet connectivity, which was recently upgraded to 100Mb/s, and also centralised internet filtering.
All of our classrooms are fitted with Visualisers systems. These include, DVD/VHS combinations, amplifier and speakers, PC or laptop, projectors and screens and Samsung Digital presenters.
Digital Presenters Visualiser
These are the modern equivalent of old Overhead projectors. They can be used for displaying documents on screen without the need for media be printed on acetate. As well as documents, objects and experiments and can be demonstarted to the class. If a teacher has an object that they would like to show to multiple classes these can freeze framed and stored to show as many classes as they wish. They can even be used to store video. Particularly useful for subjects like science where an experimentor disection can be demonstrated to a class and be recorded at the same time so that the students has the ability to play this back.
Use of IT in the classroom
The use of IT is not limited to just ICT lessons. Teachers use either a PDA or a Tablet PC to register their classes. There is a booking system for IT rooms managed by the IT Support Technicians for any subject teacher to book their lessons in to.