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In a number of schools "computer labs" have been developed. If one was to caricaturise the use of these computer labs, one could say that, for a long time, they have been used the same way that school manuals were used:

Open your books at page 17 and read chapter 3!

The idea was to give all students access to the same thing at the same time. The computer lab, whose "towers" were connected to a cable network, undoubtedly offered a fast access to an interesting network interesting as well as reliability to a certain extent.

However, working in a computer lab lead to issues related to classroom management. All the students were "hidden" behind their screens and the hardware could malfunction, leading to the class being disrupted...

The increasing use of interactive whiteboards in schools has already transformed teaching practices. When everyone needs to see the same thing at the same time, the interactive whiteboard is used.

Labs have therefore become places where students are mostly working individually on different topics, at their own pace, and where the teacher provides individual assistance whilst navigating through the classroom.

The generalization of high bandwidth Wifi networks within schools and the development of digital work environments (connecting classes between themselves as well as the school and home) are resulting in various practices, which are particularly rich and promising:

- Mobility, nomadism. 

- Collaborative works.

- Inversed classroom practice.

Since the generalization of Wifi and development of digital work environments, schools find themselves with several other options:

- Each student brings his/her own computer "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD

- The school provides a personal laptop to each teacher and/or student (One to one)

- These resources "remain" at school or are carried between home and school (Nomadism).

These options will also determine the choice of equipment, for example the use of either computers or tablets.