I handed in my wish list today. We are able to bid for the last of the 20:20 funding so I wanted to bid for software and hardware I think we'll need for the new course.
The main cost is software. I've given five different options. My best option is getting Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium. This includes Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Fireworks. I think this is worth the huge cost (even with an educational discount) because the pupils will be learning industry standard packages. Having them listed on your CV gives you a much better chance of a job than if you have other software packages writen down.
Alternatives to Web Premium are
a) Get Web Design (without Photoshop) and buy Photoshop Elements (is it hugely different??)
b) Get Web Design (without Photoshop) and use Fireworks instead.
c) Buy Flash and Photoshop Elements, then use the free educational licences for Microsoft Expression Studio for web design.
d) Buy Flash, then use the free educational licences for Microsoft Expression Studio for web design and graphics
The cost difference between a school site licence for Adobe Web Elements and my alternative d) is about five grand! I can't believe how expensive Adobe Education prices. Microsoft and AutoDesk have the right idea, giving software away to students and schools. Unfortunately I still think Adobe has the edge over Microsoft in terms of employability.
I have consulted a couple of web/media people I know on Twitter, but I would welcome anyone's opinions on this. What do you feel?