More than 3000 public schools in the
Philippines are now enjoying the learning and teaching benefits
derived from the “desktop virtualization” technology applied in
many e-Classrooms, as part of the Department of Education’s
programme is an initiative by the Government that aims to have public
elementary and secondary schools nationwide use Information
Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching, learning, school
management, and governance.
This technology enables
one host system to power six computers simultaneously. This is in
contrast to an older practice where each desktop is connected to a
Central Processing Unit (CPU).
By using desktop virtualization,
schools can reduce the number of required CPUs in computer
laboratories, thereby also reducing hardware costs by 50 per cent, 75
per cent on support costs, and 90 per cent on energy consumption
In addition, the said
technology has the potential to improve student-to-computer ratios in
many schools nationwide thereby also improving IT literacy of many
The same technology is also being
adopted by many public schools in Asian countries such as India,
Pakistan, and Bhutan.