What is an ICT Lab? – Then & Now

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Talking about Edtech innovations, one of the popular searches is ICT lab meaning, so let us first start with

What is ICT Lab?

ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology and was first introduced in India in 2004. The education department then revised the ICT policy in 2010 to allow secondary students to learn with a blend of technology in the classroom. The Ministry of Education has revised the policy again, which we will discuss later in the blog. 

Here’s where it all began: Genesis of ICT Lab

The Beginning

The foremost responsibility of schools and teachers is to ensure student’s engagement in learning to acquire growth skills and achieve something meaningful in their lives. Therefore, the constant effort of the people in the education ecosystem is to derive ways to make learning interactive and engaging for students. 

Over the years, technology in classrooms has been introduced to build students’ genuine interest in studying through visuals, sound effects, and animations. Let us see the ICT Lab then and now.

The early forms of ICT Labs in schools:

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Conventional ICT Lab Model

For almost two decades, the way ICT Labs have been set up in schools has mostly been the same. Here is a list of equipment that is typically used:

  1. A desktop monitor or desktop with a processor, keyboard, and mouse 
  2. Projector
  3. A display screen
  4. Sound system
  5. And a lot of wires to interlink all the equipments together

ICT Lab in Schools NOW:

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TABLAB: ICT Lab Model in one of the Army Goodwill Schools in Behibag, Kashmir.

As we have mentioned above, the Ministry of Education has recently revised the policy.

Let’s find out why?

The revision is done because it has been found that the ICT labs are interlinked with complex computing hardware & has not resulted in any significant change in student learning. The learning gaps still exist because it is difficult for government teachers to manage conventional ICT setup. Further, the non-usage of these labs has resulted in nothing but increased maintenance costs. 

Hence, in March 2019, the ministry of education made provision and introduced a new form of technology for the classrooms. Under this, tablets, laptops, and notebooks along with a charging rack are a significant part of revised ICT Lab Scheme. The teachers and students now have more easy-to-use solutions that naturally align with their psychology of using smartphones.

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Policy document realised by Ministry of Education to revamp government schools with ICT Lab Model

At iDream Education, we have been working on researching and finetuning the design of ICT Labs in schools to

  1. Make the hardware implementation, usage & maintenance very easy
  2. To build a proactive interest in students to learn and  provide them with a personalised platform to learn at their own pace 
  3. To empower teachers to teach through digital teaching solution that aligns with their natural psychology of using technical devices,

TABLAB is one way of setting up a Tablet-based Smart ICT Lab consisting of a certain number of tablets, storage, and a charging rack. It is a digital library designed to eliminate the infrastructural and psychological barrier that limits the use of technology in schools. It comprises android tablets with accessories and a tablet charging trolley, which is also used as a storage rack. Every tablet has an SD Card preloaded with customised digital content in Hindi, English & other local languages aligned as per CBSE and all major state boards. All the devices record student-wise reports, save them offline and sync them periodically to an online reporting dashboard. This is for anytime, anywhere impact assessment.

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TABLAB set up in one of the Government Schools, Gujrat

To know more about the advantages of ICT Lab or tablet based learning, and the challenges of the implementation of the old ICT Lab, and how the government is overcoming these challenges, please do read our more detailed blog on this link. 

If you would like to know more about TabLab, please write to us at share@idreameducation.org. You can also leave your comments below, and we will be happy to get back to you.  

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TabLab is the most effective way to use tablets in schools. It is a digital library that integrates learning tablets and an auto charging rack to charge tablets and multimedia digital content for schools.

Author Details
Co-Founder , iDream Education

Rohit Prakash is a co-founder of iDream Education. For 14+ years, he has been working on sustainable initiatives to promote the environment and education. His vision is to facilitate unlimited access to learning and growth for all learners, including the last mile learners. 

At iDream Education, Rohit heads the product development and manages the teams across operations, tech-ops, HR and marketing. 

He likes to travel, read biographies, listen to Bollywood music and strongly believes in building a sustainable world. 

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