Well, dreams can come true; my classroom has arrived!
Cafe table seating
Standing height work tables with stools
Floor seating areas with rolling benches and rugs. We have had to move to two different floor areas rather than just the one that we started with, in order to accommodate more students.
No more teacher desk! I use a cafe table for conferencing with students and to set my laptop. Mostly, I move around the room conferring with students.
Two projection areas; I use apple TV on one of them, and the second is an Epson Brightlink Interactive projector.
Supply shelves with art, math and other materials always at the ready for students (and student mailboxes on top)
The classroom isn't totally complete and organized the way that I would like it yet, and I still have many improvements that I want to make, but this is a start.
The technology that I use is a combination of 15 iPad minis, about 5 SEA laptops (designated for Special Education students), and laptops that we bring in from the computer lab next door as needed. Next year the plan is to add about 10 laptops to the classroom's collection of technology.
Here are some of the key things that I have noticed:
- students work more quietly because they are close together with their collaboration groups and partners
- students are actively engaged and move around as needed
- "rocking" on chairs has been eliminated because students simply move around as needed when they become restless
- the most popular work space is THE FLOOR (amazing what cheap, $15 rugs can do!!)
- collaboration is easy and instant (a lot of time is saved on transitions because students are so used to transitioning to different work spaces throughout every class)
- conferencing with students and providing feedback is easy because I go and stand beside them at their workspace or pull up a seat at the collaboration tables
- students are spread out around the room so it is more private for working, collaborating and conferencing
I have had many people ask for my resources for the furniture. I'm not sure that I'm 100% happy with everything, but it is at least a place to start. I am hoping to write another post soon to give the pros and cons for what I currently have in place in the classroom.
Assiginack Intermediate 21st Century Classroom
*prices are approximated as of November 2014
* interactive projector will need a whiteboard
15 Ipads, apple tv, cables
3 tech tubs for ipads
Collaborative Work Spaces-
Brodart Adjustable height café tables 4 @$184= $736
Brodart Adjustable swizzle café stools 8@ $112=$896
Carr Maclean Mity bilt tables plum 4@$625= $2500
Ikea Standing height tables 2@$259=$518
Ikea Stool seating 8@$60= $480
Ikea Kallax benches/storage 2@$70=$140
Ikea casters 6@ $10=$60
Ikea Kallax storage $149
Staples Literature organizer $238
2 iKea Clearance rugs @ $15 each
assorted throw pillows
Henry’s Green Screen $99
Henry’s iPad mount for tripod $35