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Re: Language lab (was [school-discuss] Free-Open Baccalaureate Idea)



On Mon, 2003-07-07 at 12:29, mpe@st-peters-high.devon.sch.uk wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 10:11:48AM +0100, Chris Puttick wrote:
> > This idea has huge merit for collaborative development on an international
> > list  - the software solution would be universal, and there's a fair few
> > different language "experts" available to provide the necessary recordings
> > (from a UK perspective we need French, German and Spanish to make it
> 
> Russian, Italian and Greek might also be useful.
> 
> > acceptable - Indic and Arabic languages would be the icing on the cake that
> > would make it a killer app). The proprietary software solutions being sold
> > to UK schools cost upwards of GBP10k to cover one classroom. That sort of
> > money buys a lot of development in the right circles!
> 
> There is a brief mention of St Monicas High Language School
> on the schoolforge site but nothing much in the way of
> details.

That's because we haven't really started yet. They start as a specialist
school this September and we are currently planning the infrastructure.
They will be running hybrid machines because their current course is
supported by software dependent on Windows but the development work on
things like digital recording and playback, teacher viewing and
communicating with pupils over the network will involve GNU/Linux thin
and intermediate clients. We can also look at cloning/ adapting Windows
software that is particularly useful as we will have the means to try it
out directly. They have to finish their buildings this summer and
install the servers and networking before we can start. I'll post more
in September when we know more.

Chris, typically Tandberg would have cost 24k per room and that's on
top of the basic furniture and computers, networking etc

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ian <ian.lynch2@ntlworld.com>