It’s that time of year again where school districts reflect upon the previous school year and plan accordingly for the upcoming academic calendar. Between last-minute curriculum changes to teacher desks, to presentation stations everything in between, administrators and board members assess their schools’ needs based on their fixed budgets.
Educational budgets and academic needs are constantly battling each other which means schools need to make every expenditure count. Unfortunately, equipment such as student desks are not immune from wear and tear over years of student use. One way a district can stretch their dollars is by purchasing high-quality furniture sets for their classrooms.
Do you remember those countless hours in class sitting through lectures but found it hard to pay attention because you couldn’t seem to stay comfortable? The devil is in the details which means quality, size, and comfort of a school chair can adversely affect a student’s learning experience.
School is stressful enough so a comfortable learning environment is absolutely paramount. Similar to an office environment, proper lumbar support maintains the spine’s natural arch so this leads to reduced back strain during long hours of learning. Having ample space below the chair allows easy access to books, bags, laptops, and other personal effects and also helps with organization.
Despite the computer becoming a virtual necessity in our personal, academic, and business lives, the advent of the iPad in 2010 was the turning point for the rise of of tablet computer adoption. Many school budgets and grants financed these devices in an effort to enhance the the educational environment and teachers were excited about the idea of a new era of technological advances in the classroom. However, the reality of academic learning has compelled many schools to reexamine their learning infrastructure and return to traditional laptop computers.
There are many reasons for the decision to downgrade but the biggest issue is how students perceive these devices. Tablets are considered more for entertainment, to use for gaming and connecting on social media. Students were excited to use these devices (despite being told they’re for educational projects) but still had the perception the devices were for recreation.
Managing your class when they’re in the computer lab can definitely be a challenge. There is no shortage of stimuli that can cause students to become distracted and slack off from their work. Here are a few tips to help mitigate distractions and boost productivity:
Set Clear Classroom & Assignment Objectives
It’s a good idea to brief your students the day before computer lab day and make sure they understand lab rules, school workstation use regulations, classroom etiquette, and assignment objectives. You can spell it out on the whiteboard, overhead projector, and/or remind them it’s on the course syllabus for reference. In addition, notify your students which program(s) and website(s) they will be visiting that day and what exactly they will be doing for that assignment.