Is there any justification for a computer room in a school?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 | technology, Tips

Some claim that computer rooms are of little value in schools.  Does a computer room have a place in a modern school?  Consider the following points:

When a school has limited funds, a computer room allows all learners in the school to move through it on at equitable basis. 

When technology enters a school the first time a computer room has the advantage of providing a training venue for teachers. 

Converting a classroom into a computer room doesn’t rob the school of a teaching venue if it’s used for teaching and learning. 

In a computer room, learners can acquire computer skills while working under the supervision and guidance of a teacher. 

Computer rooms and classroom ICTs both have a place in schools provided they are used optimally by teachers and learners.

These thoughs were tweeted by @e4africa with the tag #ictschooltip.

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4 Comments to Is there any justification for a computer room in a school?

Chas
Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

I agree with you Kobus. The first computers in a school should be placed in a central laboratory.

A computer lab allows for the transfer of skills and knowledge to the school population as well as to the parent community in an organized fashion and allows everyone to progress according to a planned strategy.

They move from technophobia to technoboffens in about 18 months.

The next stage is to place the technology where the learning experience traditionally is enjoyed; in the classroom. However, the format changes. We could add technology to teach with [EIWB, DVP etc] or technology that supports personal learning [Laptop, iPod, iPad, etc] This is where the true impact is of a higher value because the end user focuses on the curriculum use other than the wow of the device.
NB: I quote Kobus van Wyk….
“Computer rooms and classroom ICTs both have a place in schools provided they are used optimally by teachers and learners.”

Albie
Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

We get @ schools Libraries, Science LABs, Biology classrooms, Art classrooms and Computer LABs.

It (IT = computer) forms an integral part of the school layout.

Yes, there is place for computers in a central room just as there is now place for woodwork classrooms, metalwork and electrical studies classrooms, domestic & hospitality studies classrooms, language laboratories and many other specialized areas in a school.

Long live the LAB !

Albie

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Excellent piece of writing using really great tips…Thanks for putting the tips together…

Essay Writer
Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Computer rooms should be a part of a modern school unless it is used to connect social media which is a waste of time.

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