More recently the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, T.D. announced that 698 post primary schools across the country are to get €21million in grants for high-tech equipment. This latest investment brings the total equipment grant outlay under the ICT in Schools programme to more than €43m within the past twelve months.
Waterford Computer Repair Centre is a local company advocating the benefits of improved ICT capacity of schools through shared computing technology by embarking on a campaign to deliver the news of these benefits to all schools within Waterford.
According to Sean Hegarty, Director of WCRC, the benefits of introducing shared resource computing in primary and secondary schools are manifold.
“Whilst every teacher has the welfare and learning of their students at heart, budget cuts and increased class sizes make it more and more difficult to engage and connect with all students on an equal footing.”
“Recent studies indicate that not only does shared computing enable greater involvement and interaction from the student at a much lower cost, it’s green, it marries technology and learning like never before and it utilises classroom space better.”
“The premise of shared computing is quite simple really. Multiple students have their own monitor, keyboard and mouse which connect via a device to one single computer. By running shared computing software, the computer essentially runs in multiple instances creating a virtual workstation for each student. “
Shared Resource Computing is steadily gaining in popularity as teachers and trainers realise the importance of saving money, utilising resources to a fuller extent and involving students.
Seafield National School in Bunmahon, Co. Waterford has benefited from shared resource computing with the aid of the Government’s technology grant.
According to Ann Coffey, Principal of Seafield NS “We installed the system last January and not only have we noticed a marked improvement in the learning experience for the children, the school has saved a significant amount of money and it’s a green solution in line with our school’s green objectives.”
“We now have six workstations running on one computer in our classroom which just take the space of one small desk. Computer learning and access to the internet is now part of daily student activities. I can teach other classes whilst having six students doing a project on the computers, and the children look forward to the prospect of being able to use the computers
For further information about the advantages of shared resource computing from WCRC log onto http://www.wcrc.ie/ or call 051 592015