Nearly 12 months ago, the Board of Directors of the company I work for (Trans Video Communications) approved a project to build a state of the art Media Room. I proposed this because I felt it was necessary to engage today’s tech savvy students. In my travels of visiting different schools and their technological needs and set up, I can truly say, that there aren’t many schools with this kind of set up. We will take steps to brand the state of the art room so teachers, students, and parents are certain to recognize CTN’s commitment to excellence. The media room will include tools for 21st. century teaching. The room will not merely be the typical classroom with technology, but will be the showcase of the school; designed to compliment the teaching. The ultimate feature to the room will incorporate the latest technology.
- A flat screen TV
- Multiple Laptops
- Interactive whiteboard and projector
- An I-pod 2
- A set of headphones
- A set of einstruction clickers, used for group quizzes and multiple choice
- Distance Learning equipment capabilities
- A charging storage cart for laptops
The media room budget was capped at $100,000. The room is arranged in stations, to enhance learning and service all learning styles. The setting of the media room is just as important as the technology. The psychology and advantage behind the chairs manufactured by VS – a German company, is that their chairs are not only ergonomically friendly but so much more comfortable than your traditional rigid wooden chairs that is scientifically proven to expand a students attention span. Here is the link to prove it! http://www.vsfurniture.com/fileadmin/vsdocs/Schule_pdfs/BAG-Endbericht-k_US.pdf
Furniture can be easily reconfigured with modular furniture to fit the class structure desired by the individual teacher. The furniture (trapezoid desks) in the center can be adjusted to different height levels to accommodate students of different grades. A second grader will have as much comfort as an eight grader. VS provides all the ergonomic furniture for “schools of the future,” including flexible, movable seating, height-adjustable desks, and versatile, easy-to-reposition work surfaces.
An interactive white board will be the main focal point and there will be a 55’ HD flat screen television with wireless headsets so educational digital videos can be watched. Finally, in the third station – There will be 10 laptops that will be networked wirelessly and an additional 15 laptops will be stored in the cart, and available to all students if need be. The media room was promoted and advertised as a contest within diocesan schools in Brooklyn and Queens. The school that utilized the most media services would boast this dream media room.
The winner was announced April 14, 2011 during the Diocese’s quarterly Principal’s meeting. The winner of the media room contest was Holy Family School in Flushing Queens. The principal is Miss Scheer and Sister Barbara is the technology coordinator. There is a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for September 12, 2011 at 10am where Bishop Dimarzio and other educational leaders will be present. The Tablet, the diocesan newspaper from the Diocese of Brooklyn will be there as well.
The media room will serve as a pilot project and hope that in the future CTN can partner with potential investors to continue offering this well needed Media Room to other diocesan schools.