Setting Up Your School Computer Lab
With technology becoming ever more integrated into our daily lives, the role played by computers and tablets in the classroom is also changing. IT is no longer an isolated subject or niche interest; it is an integral element in a vast array of learning activities for every subject. This means that computer labs too are changing. Along with the stackable chairs and tables found in every standard classroom, it is now common to see charging stations, power banks, and computer desks.
In this blog, we give some practical tips on designing your school’s computer lab or other tech-oriented learning space.
1.Know the Purpose of Your Lab
These are a few preliminary questions you should ask yourself before you start working in earnest on your design. Is this going to be set aside specifically for computer use, or will other kinds of activities take place here too? What kinds of work will your students be doing and what kinds of devices will they use? If they are going to be using specialised programs for graphic design, sound, or video editing, etc., you may opt for larger desktop computers. In this instance, you will probably want to make this room a dedicated computer lab.
If your students are only going to be using simple applications like the Microsoft Office Suite Programs, you may choose to go with laptops or even tablets. This will give you much more flexibility, as laptops and tablets can be conveniently put away and stored in a charging tower. The FUYL Tower Charging Locker features 15 individually lockable compartments and can be used to store any mobile device.
2.Make Sure Your Lab Has Enough Power
If your lab is going to have 25 computers, you’ll need at least double that many power sockets. Any power socket that will be used with a computer should also be fitted with a surge protector, which will prevent any damage to the devices that might occur during power outages.
You will also want to keep in mind the potential tripping hazard and general clutter involved with running power cords over long distances and across walkways. One of the best ways to avoid this is by using an in-desk power supply, such as the Pandora In Desk Charger, which features two power sockets and two USB chargers.
3.Choose Your Desk Layout
How your computer lab is arranged will depend on the kind of interaction you want to encourage in your classes. If you are going with a fixed desktop option, then you will obviously be extremely limited in terms of adjusting the layout for a specific purpose. Having the desks arranged in parallel rows, either all facing one wall or facing opposite walls, is highly space-efficient and the best layout for your students to focus on their work or on the teacher, rather than each other. You could also arrange the desk in a U shape with a space at the centre of the room where the teacher would stand, but this requires a little more room. For a desktop computer platform, we recommend the Level 2 Sit and Stand Platform. This can be easily adjusted between sitting and standing positions, allowing your students to stretch while they work.
Contact Office Line Today
We have been supplying kindergartens, schools, universities, and businesses throughout Australia with high-quality furniture and fittings for over 30 years. Our expert knowledge of the education sector means we don’t just supply products for classroom use, we know how to set up your space for academic success. To speak to one of our friendly team members today, call us on 1300 333 116.
- UBT Digital