Yay! Our moble project has started - the pupils finally have the phones in their hands!
The parents meeting went well. I did a presentation about why we are doing this and how the phones will be used in class. I also talked about the contents of the Acceptable Use Policy. Keith Archer from Gaist then did the Big Brother "we are watching what you are doing" speech (in a nice way ;-)
I expected more fuss about the £36 we were asking parents (or pupils) to pay before we gave them the phone, but everyone was OK about it. We have done some negotiations about the timing of the payments with some families, mainly because it's now Christmas coming up.
I also expected comments from the pupils about the web monitoring, but they all accepted it, and Keith's talk seemed to reassure a lot of the parents.
The system Gaist have developed lets us see every web page viewed by a pupil. We can block individual pages or sites from being viewed by an individual pupil, a group or everyone.
We can also do things like monitor time of data use, so if a particular pupil is always tired in class, we can look and see that they are surfing till 3am. We can then block that pupil from accessing data during a time period, eg 10pm till 7am. Pretty good!
I'm glad I have a light day today, although finger crossed that I don't get any support calls. I'll also be boxing up the old phones that we borrowed for the staff ready to go back. Very embarrasingly the school doesn't have a courier contract so we've been dependent on te goodwill of Gaist to arrange couriers. Twice as embarrasing when the council still haven't got round to paying the bill for the phone order!