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