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The Intranet 4

posted Jul 17, 2009, 4:22 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 4:36 AM by Eddie Woo ]
H3.1: Evaluate and discuss the current/potential effect of the intranet on (a) individual students, (b) the school population (staff and students alike), and (c) the JRAHS information environment.

a) Students no longer have to rely on teachers to obtain certain learning resources such as past papers because it is now accessible from the intranet. Although this changes the way the school functions (i.e. a social and ethical issue) it also ensures that all students with internet access are able to download relevant material of their own free will such as in the case of losing their hardcopy of an assignment sheet.

One prime example of how the intranet can affect students is the SRP project for current Year 9s. They are now tracked in real time and have a very different way of updating their project progress.

b) With the introduction of the intranet comes new practices. For instance the cadet unit at JRAHS now uses the intranet instead of email to post up notifications. In the event that a quick notice is posted up some students may find that they missed the notification that may have otherwise been received through the more commonly checked email.

The intranet also offers alternate methods to do things. An example of this is the newsletter which is now available in digital format on the intranet rather than handing out a hard copy every week during roll call. While this certainly lessens the cost on paper production and ink budgets it can also be bad when for example the central file server goes down and no one can access it. Since it is digital it can also be leaked out to other users of the internet.

c) The intranet offers a new way to display and transmit information to a wide audience instantaneously. Because it is now situated on the world wide web it is considered to be ubiquitous. This creates a large impact on the JRAHS information environment as information can now be stored in digital format on the intranet as opposed to hard copies.