Friday, April 27, 2012
There's Got to be a Better Way
Our building was built in the 60s, I think, and the powers that be have done a lot to update and improve classes within the structure that we have. Since I've been here, we've added desks in some rooms, and also added computer stations, internet access, projectors which work with computers, document display, and a big screen so that you can see stuff from across the room. The computer station is set up so that a person can stand at the computer and see the screen, which means it's about 3-4 feet tall with the monitor in place.
All this technology is great in so many ways. I regularly use the document display and computer stuff.
But except in very rare cases, I don't do powerpoints. Instead, I write on the board. I think writing on the board is better for some sorts of information. It works better, for example, when you're asking students to contribute ideas and want to be open to their order of ideas and to ideas you hadn't thought of. Yes, I could write on a small piece of paper and use the document display, but the board seems more natural to me (though natural is a crazy word to use for such an artificial environment).
And now you grasp the problem: the red area indicates the board space that's really usable, that's not blocked from access by the huge screen, by student seating, or not blocked from view by the computer monitor. (The classes that are more horizontally oriented have better board access, but a lot is still blocked.)
What I'd like to know is how your spaces work, and if you have the same problems or has someone figured out a better way to have all the computer and high tech stuff while still preserving access to board space? And if you have, can you tell me what it looks like, please?
*Blogger will no longer let me change the size or location of inserted pictures. Bleargh!
Posted by Bardiac at 8:21 AM