Infrastructure preparation for ICT facilities in schools

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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3 Comments to Infrastructure preparation for ICT facilities in schools

Kathy
Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Today I watched hundreds of children interacting with exhibits in a London museum – displays that were greatly enhanced by the use of technology. The infrastructure was excellent – the best part was that everything was working.
I think this will be the greatest challenge in the Western Cape as we move forward with technology in schools in a post-Khanya environment. How do we ensure that everything keeps working?

Mark C
Thursday, 7 July, 2011

It is interesting to note that you use the words: “how do WE move FORWARD with technology” and “everything was working”. I am interested to see future developments.

Kobus, I hope schools get to see your post on what they should look out for.

Albie
Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Yes it must be done – planning the infrastructure BEFORE the time and then implement the project to the appropriate specifications … but… BUT… AFTER the “marriage” the real partnership and relationship need attention to survie the “onslaught of mother eart and life” ….

So, what need to be understood for future purposes i.e. post-Khanya Project 2012, is the SUSTAINABILITY + MAINTENANCE + REPLACEMENT of the PROJECT in totality at schools. Thus all different electronic equipment parts and pieces’ life expectancy (from fire extinguishers and here a LAB need a specific type) to all the above-mentioned ICT equipment WILL reach its LIFE cycle …. WHO will ensure its future existence i.e. the LAB + EIAWB ?

My concern, as a pawn on the chess board, is that the King and the Queen will be always be there and the Bishop and the Castle will ensure that by protecting them, but the poor 8x pawns will be …..

Albie EIAWB + LAB pawn

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