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My use of ICT- school computer system

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Unit 3 ICT and Society Your Own Use of ICT The school computer system Describe the ICT technology that is being used. I use the computer system at school. In school there are 3 main ICT rooms. Each room has about 30 computers, 2 scanners, a black and white printer HP laserjet and an interactive whiteboard. Recently the computer rooms have been updated with flatscreen RM1 computers. The computers are especially designed for use in secondary schools and have some special features that others don't. Like a laser mouse instead of a normal mouse because pupils used to nick the balls in them. There are also some older computers in the library. Each pupil gets their own workstation. At the start of yr7 we all got a username and a password. This area that we each log onto is individual and we work on it and store our work. The teachers can control each computer by taking over all the computers via their one. This is useful for them because they can easily get our attention but bad for us because we can't play on it while they are explaining! The computers are all linked to a network. Controlling that network is the server. It is in the ICT technicians office. Everytime we save a piece of work it goes into the hardrive of the server, not the computer we are working on. ...read more.

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You can work on documents that you do at school at home then copy them over back onto your school account. However the link is often quite slow in copying documents back and forth. I can't use this too much though because we don't have all the right software at home to do some of my work on. We don't have programs such as excel or powerpoint. This is unbelievably annoying for me as my dad refuses to buy them because he doesn't like microsoft. So this means that I have to spend more time after school completing my homework. However apart from this, the programs are pretty universal almost every computer has the basic programs which makes it easy to coplete work on different machines. What are the advantages of using the ICT technology. There are many advantages to using the school system. All the computers are connected in a big network to a server. This server is backed up at least once a week so if the school were to burn down none of us would lose more than a weeks work. Also the actual computers themselves. The computers are especially designed for secondary school education. The computers are very small so take up a lot less space than our old ones. This means that we have space to write and generally more room. Plus the keyboard can sit on top of the computer for even more work space. ...read more.

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There will always be people who can find the loopholes if they have enough time. In fact, if there was a virus to get onto our school computer system it would go down and quite a lot of things would grind to a halt. Like for example the school registration is now automatic so it would be very hard to register pupils. I would imagine that the fire bells are controlled by computer systems too, so if they were unable to work, the school may have to be closed, until the system is sorted out. The fact that the computers can play music out loud can also be a bad thing. After school when people come to play on games on the computers they play very loud, bad music. This distracts me from my school work. So, if abused, the fact that the computers play music is also a bad thing. If there wasn't the school computer system each computer would be individual, the teachers wouldn't be able to take control of them when they want us to listen, I would have to work at the same computer every time, so if it got broken or damaged I would have a problem. Also my work would not be backed up. I would have to print out my work and I couldn't acess the shared documents file. This means more paper is being used. The less paper we can use, the better as it is good for the environment and this makes the school a better place. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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