The Pyramid Principle
Having rooms full of identical equipment is a very expensive and inadequate solution.
It is based more on traditional ideas about classrooms, teachers and kids than on a sensible use of technology.
Schools should really think carefully about getting rid of 10 old systems to fund one new one. Is this the best way to use your limited funds?
Two alternatives are:
A Resource Centre using a Pyramid Principle
Instead of 25 identical systems, why not:
5 top line multi media systems with DVDs, CDs, lots of RAM, video, speakers.
10 more basic systems which are good for word processing and internet access.
10 semi obselete systems which are OK for word processing and basic production work.
Add value by including a scanner, a digital camera, a modem etc.
Train the students to use resources appropriate to the job.
Make a virtue out of using appropriate technologies. Enhance learning by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each system.
Centres of Excellence
If you have a lot of equipment that is fairly basic, set up centres around the school which have small numbers of systems tailored to particular jobs such as
Let students use them when they need to.
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