Ideas for an exciting new technology lab
Does anyone have any good resources or case studies on new technology in the classroom? One of our faculties has won some money and have decided to spend it on a new technology suite for things like collaborative research and classroom discussion through technology. It's great that they don't just want to sling in a load of sterile desktops that'll be out of date in a few years time and want to do something that's a bit more exciting, but I'm a bit stuck for resources to present to them in our next meeting. It seems I only have experience of putting together bog standard computer labs.
There's not a huge amount of money but I think we're mainly interested in wireless and open source as well. Has anyone experimented with anything worth shouting about in their schools that's gone beyond the norm and has been really successful with both students and teachers? The room isn't going to be a strict computer lab - in fact it's going to be used for student research and the emphasis is on engaging students rather than just sitting them all in front of a computer to work in silence.