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“Big Society” – Students networking suite for charity project!

Tevin is afraid of this doggy

With the money raised from a celebrity charity quizzing night (for both Children in Crisis and this local charity), students are now directing and managing the implementation of a fully equipped networked suite at the Purley Cross Centre. The process is well under way and you can click on NETWORKING PROJECT (on the right) or here to see more. The individual components were all ordered from Aria.co.uk and each PC is literally being put together from scratch! Students will then put together a server, install all the necessary software, do the actual networking (cabling) ensuring users have remote access, access to shared peripherals such as printers, unique user names and passwords, wirless internet access, etc – and of course get the room looking beautiful!  I had better make special mention of a dog named Tinker that has been an integral part of the process.  More details on the networking project page with info about each stage that students are directing.

Tuesday, 8th March

Brief Meeting/update with Wendy Nodding. [Geewai and Rodard leading on the crimping, cable preparation, network plans, measurements. Students all thought through and discussed different possible topologies, network plans, diagrams, connection points – decided on a star network. Networked two machines as a test and it worked! Assembled the server – well done Alistair and Tevin for getting that working with an entirely new case] Kevin Ahronson, the Communications Director for the Purley Baptist Church and a professional photographer (www.ahronson.com) came in for a brief photoshoot. The pictures, along with an article, will be going out in a special newsletter. Here is one of the pictures …














Highlights from Thursday, 3rd March [assembling the server, the rest of the PCs, installing software, figuring out how to crimp and cut cable!)

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Highlights from Tues/Wed, 1st & 2nd March (unpacking, checking order, checking out the parts, panicking at not being able to locate the internal connectors, assembling the first machine and getting it working under the patient and expert direction of Alistair Wick)


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Wolf Review

My two pennies worth on how worthwhile the Diploma in IT is (when taught effectively and learners are provided with opportunities to leave the classroom and learn “valuable” skills) pg 116-117

Link to the Wolf Review here


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