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ICT Infrastructure

Supporting Teaching & Learning

Moving into SSOE, the key concern of the ICT department is to ensure that the computing norms are met. The norms for primary schools is 1:6.5. This means that for every 6.5 pupils, there should be 1 computing device for teaching and learning. The device can either be a laptop or desktop. The norms is currently calculated based on a pupil population of 1700. At GMSP we are currently exceeding the norms.

 

 

Pupil population   

Norm   

No. of computing devices

1700

1:6.5

262 (needed to meet norms) 

 

Current number of computing devices GMSP has under SSOE:


Computer devices for P/VP/AM/Admin 

14

Computer devices for Teachers

111

Computer devices for ACAD

301

Total

426

 

Breakdown of computing devices:

 

Desktops (Admin Staff)

10

Desktops (Pupil’s device)

40

Laptops (Teacher’s device)

71

Tablet PCs (Teacher’s device) 

40

Laptops (Pupil’s device)

121

Tablet PCs (Pupils’s device)

60

Netbooks (Pupil’s device)

120

iPads

126

 

Wireless infrastructure

 

The purpose of the wireless infrastructure is to support teaching and learning in the classroom. Due to the space constraint of the school, there are only 3 full-labs and 1 half-lab of computers. This is insufficient for the IP departments to effectively carry out their ICT enriched lessons. The ICT department has acquired mobile carts and deployed them in the classrooms. The wireless infrastructure covers the following areas:

 

 

  1. All classrooms  
  2. Staff rooms
  3. General Office
  4. Cyber Hubs
  5. Open Deck
  6. Open Terrace
  7. AVA Room
  8. Hall

 

 

To complement the wireless infrastructure, a permanent fixture in the school, the ICT department has also procured 6 Mifi devices to support mobile learning. These devices provide wireless connection to the iPads that the school has acquired. The separate devices were purchased in 2012 because the iPads were prohibited to join the SSOE wireless network due to security reasons. The devices are tied to a 2 year subscription. The ICT department saw it important to provide the iPads the wireless connectivity as without it, the effectiveness as a learning tool would have been severely limited.


Non-SSOE segregated wireless network


The ministry has recently announced that there will be an additional network that will allow for non-SSOE devices to utilise the network for internet access. This network will further support the T&L in the school.