My school site will undergo major reconstruction beginning next summer. I have been asked to form a site committee to work with district officials and the architect. I want this group to take an active role in the planning process, particularly in areas related to technology infrastructure, but members have limited or no experience with facilities planning. Can you recommend background material I can provide ahead of time?
The American Architectural Foundation and KnowledgeWorks Foundation recently released Great Schools by Design: the Report from the National Summit on School Design.
The report, written in laymen’s terms, includes eight recommendations for school design. The second recommendation relates directly to technology use in schools, and several others can be facilitated through use of technology. I’d suggest making the report URL available to committee members and then using the document as a springboard for ongoing discussions.
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