What factors should be considered when selecting an ICT venue?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 | Installation, Tips

Even though some people question the value of computer rooms in schools, enough reasons exist why schools will still consider these facilities at times.  Bear the following factors in mind when selecting a suitable classroom that you plan to convert into a computer room:

Size: for a computer room which holds 25 learner workstations, a server and peripherals, you need a venue of at least 60 sq m.

Capacity: if classrooms are limited, don’t do away with a library – rather consider a combined media centre.

Orientation: select a north-facing room (in the Southern Hemisphere) – it reduces sunlight glare and aircon costs.

Security: select a room with a concrete ceiling as a security measure against criminals.

Location: a room on the outer periphery of the school building is less secure than one on the inside, thus less suitable as an ICT venue.

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

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7 Comments to What factors should be considered when selecting an ICT venue?

Lindsay Hart
Saturday, 30 July, 2011

In Primary Schools which have integrated IT into their curriculum, a cetral venue is important in order to enable teachers to send snmall groups of pupils there quickly!

Lindsay Hart
Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Sorry about typos! I meant – central and small!

Fiona Wallace
Saturday, 30 July, 2011

I wish the rural schools we support had choices like these!

Aletta Crofton
Saturday, 30 July, 2011

With tips such as these, it’s no wonder that computer labs in the schools in the Western Cape are being envied by other provinces.

Albie
Sunday, 31 July, 2011

Just one additional building feature: prefab buildings with wooden floors on stilts should be avoided as a ICT venue. Resonons vary from adverse weather condition to burglary factors.

Albie

Mark C
Monday, 1 August, 2011

I agree with Albie. If a school is housed in a prefab, it does not bode well for Interactive Whiteboards with DVPs either. Too much vibrations, even at the slightest movement.

Christo Davids
Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

I always had my doubts about media centres. My experience is that the space is not always effectively utilised with the library section always standing idle. I’ve also seen cases where one class comes in for reseach (library) and on the other side (lab) a teacher tries to teach another class and finds the reseaching group to be a desturbance. I guess it can work well if a class is split in two and the teacher manage both groups working in the two sections. I still need to see it work well in practice.

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