Thoughts on Classroom approach
Planning for our new Sixth form build in well under way ready for opening in September 2014. Focus is now switching to how they want the 'general' classrooms to be. I've been informed by the Head that they want an 'uncluttered' and 'business approach' to the ICT and layout for these classrooms. As the class numbers will be smaller, the arrangement will be more 'conference' like rather than traditional classroom layout with an 'ICT' wall where a projector or large TV will be in place. They want to get away from the approach of a teachers desk at the front of the room. The ability for the teacher to sit in the group, with some sort of device that they can control elements of the AV.
I can hear people shouting Apple TV and iPads at this point, but we're not an Apple school in anyway. The rooms will not be 'owned' by one person, all the equipment to run the room will stay in the room. I've been asking the questions about wether or not Smart Boards are required or not, as we could look down the route of using large displays instead of projectors.
But thinking really how all this would fit together, what technology to use, etc and would welcome input from my fellow edugeekers!