Many schools that we are teaching in were designed and built decades ago. Buildings and classrooms have been retrofitted first with hard wires for connectivity and now wireless. Some schools got tables with keyboard trays and others just used tables they had available. I was at a school where we added an additional computer lab to a teachers lounge allowing more students access to technology in a 1:1 setting before laptops became the norm in schools. My point is that many teachers make the most out of the space they are given to make the most effective learning environment for their students.
What are you doing to utilize all aspects of your school?
Our local high school has boosted the school wireless so that students can use their own devices and those provided by the school to access academic work. They added wireless at the football stadium/track and field so that technology can be used both for outdoor Physical Fitness classes and to support streaming of athletic events to friends and families that are not able to attend a live event. They also added wireless in their courtyard so students could sit outside and study while connected or support those students who ran the school garden regarding collecting data. The wireless is seamless throughout the campus as students move from one location to the next. In the cafeteria they have added charging stations so students can lock and charge their devices. The library/media center is a work in progress keeping up with teacher and student needs and changing based on new technology.
It seems that many places start changing the library/media centers of their schools. In a recent post The Librarian Lists | K-12 Blueprint Katherine Nelson shares how she creates an inviting space in her school media center. David Jakes recently shared The School Library as Change Agent | K-12 Blueprint on how the library/media center can support student learning. Can you relate to these blogs? Are you having these conversations in your school?
What have you or your school done within the past year to better utilize all aspects of your school? Share your thoughts, pictures and comments.