Award Winning IT
Award-winning: IT Department in AMG Schools
AMG, the wortundtat partner in India, recently received an award for its efforts in conjunction with providing its schools with information technology facilities and equipment. The organisation received the so-called EDGE Award of the Indian business magazine Information Week. EDGE stands for Enterprises Driving Growth and Excellence through IT.
The award pleases those who are responsible and confirms the ideas behind it: taught at our Indian schools, Information Technology first and foremost focusses on both up-to-date and future-oriented education. Education is the best sustainable solution for helping people, who have been excluded from society. This is shown by years of experience with our projects and demonstrated by many concrete examples from the past. Based on this recognition, wortundtat, especially in India, makes a great effort to enable pupils from poorer backgrounds to gain access to a good education.
This also means, provided the circumstances and infrastructure allow it, that we use modern teaching methods and materials. The award was specifically granted for equipping the computer rooms of the schools, where pupils are taught, with NComputing.
Being energy efficient
NComputing is based on the fact that in general normal users only require a fraction of the computing power of a conventional PC. The rest lies mainly idle but nevertheless needs constant energy. NComputing takes advantage of this unused energy and excess computer capacity: several monitors, keyboards and mice are connected to one computer, meaning that ten, twenty or even thirty pupils are able to use the device at the same time. This idea of sharing saves both energy and costs. NComputing requires significant less energy compared to situations where each user has his own PC, and according to the manufacturer the equipment is more cost effective and less susceptible to interference than conventional devices.
However, the computers also provide young people with the opportunity of working outside their lessons: they are able to set up and use their own email accounts and to use the internet for research purposes. There is hardly any pupil outside the wortundtat schools, who would be able to benefit from such experiences: most pupils are coming from India’s lower social classes and from slums or deprived areas; hence there is neither enough money nor sufficient knowledge to even get close to dealing with these technologies.