[sf-lug] Fwd: [school-discuss] Voice over IP for schools--VoIP Use Case
jim at well.com
Wed Sep 20 09:22:26 PDT 2006
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> To: schoolforge-discuss at schoolforge.net
> Subject: [school-discuss] Voice over IP for schools
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> Folks, we may get to experiment with VOIP at Brandon sooner than I
> thought! Here's what I was thinking: we want to be able to do local
> calls to all student homes, some of which don't have PCs and/or
> broadband, so that rules out Skype or the open source stuff I think.
> For example, one telephone application I've seen effectively used in
> other elementary schools is to have students call their parents from
> the classroom when they didn't do their homework, etc. Another
> application is to have conference calls with Nasa experts during their
> lunch (I think it was Nasa that had that program), or conceivably
> parents could give talks from work during their lunch time. And
> conference calls with French schools would be fun for our kids.
> Since we have phone lines run to each room, I'm thinking a Vonage box
> with 3 lines (about $100/month) or three VOIP lines from our cable
> provider (we already have a cable modem in the school) and a low cost
> PBX. And assuming the phone lines have all four wires connected,
> teachers could also use the fax capability built into some of their
> printers (hmmm, would homework still be late if it was faxed to the
> room <grin>).
> We'll need a PBX into which we can plug 40 or so lines, the Asterix
> open source PBX would run over $4000 for two of their 24 port cards,
> not counting the price of the Linux PC used as the PBX, has anyone
> tried this with Asterix? Any other ideas?
> Georgia Open Source Education Foundation
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