Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 | Implementation Issues
Never underestimate the importance of creating a suitable environment and adequate infrastructure when planning to bring ICT into a school. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
When a school decides to establish a computer room, a venue of adequate size and structure must be made available.
Any venue in which ICT is installed in a school must be secured in all possible ways to keep criminals out.
Provide a stable electricity supply and a plug point for each piece of ICT equipment you bring into a school room.
An air conditioner is not a luxury item in a computer room where windows and doors are closed to prevent dust from coming in.
Computers in schools should not be put on rickety tables – provide a firm working surface, safe for learners and equipment.
Sufficient lighting is required when ICT is brought into a school room but it must be possible to dim it to reduce glare.
Even the floor of a computer room in a school forms part of infrastructure – it must be firm, level and easy to clean.
Humidity is an enemy of ICT equipment – waterproof the doors, windows and ceiling of the school rooms in which it is housed.
Don’t forget to install fire extinguishers, which meet safety requirements, in your school’s computer room.