4 things you wouldn’t expect students to do to your computer equipment

I worked as an IT Network Manager in a school before I created the Freeperiod room booking system. I loved my job and took good care of my equipment. Here are some of the, let’s call them non-technical issues, I had to deal with.

  • Students putting Wotsits in my floppy disk drives (all in one piece, quite impressive).
  • Students snapping the gear belt of CD/DVD drives so the tray wouldn’t open.
  • Students rearranging the keys on the keyboards (I won’t mention some of the words spelt during this activity).
  • Students stealing balls from the computer mice (I had to glue them down. the opening that is, not the mice).

Have you had to deal with any ‘non-technical’ issues?

Teachers and Technicians, they love you then leave you

I had some negative feedback from Teachers and IT Technicians when I first created Freeperiod. Some commenters on the TES forums asked “Why should we pay for an online booking system to manage our school’s IT resources when our current solution is free?” Maybe a better question to ask is, “How much of my time will this free solution take up and can my school manage the solution if I leave? (more…)