thinking about space
This is v6 of the Periodic table from Make Space. Changes include a whiteboard surface and additional reinforcement of the frame and legs. We'll likely create v7 with larger wheels for smoother movement and easier locking/unlocking. They've been a popular addition as they're modular, agile and allow for both standing and sitting. Cost around $100US to fabricate here.
The wall to wall whiteboards are seeing a lot of attention. Plenty of visible thinking, display areas and showcase of learning. We had an issue where the whiteboard surface started to separate from the back but it was a relatively easy fix. It's always good to ensure you have a significant defect period built in to your building contract.
Some staff have started to keep boards permanently open for different purposes. This was an unintended win. Above is an example of individual student storage spaces.
Here it's a mini library.
The wave bench (which was initially pegged for small group work) is being used in a variety of ways. In this instance it's a resource area.
Here it's a store house for writing samples.
You see these storage units all over the place. Sometimes they're display spaces, other times they're a work top for students. The handle on top makes them easy to drag around.
They could possibly evolve to include open shelving / better wheels / etc. Or maybe there is a cheaper alternative from IKEA? Need to seek staff feedback on this.
We mobilised all the the AV equipment with Flytta kitchen trolleys. It removes the traditional 'front of class' by making it easy to move the projector / speakers / document camera around. We've been using these trolleys in various ways for 3 years now and they're still in great condition.
We were worried about the large number of hard surfaces so we used this sound dampening material wherever we could. We also added sound absorbing bats to the roof and carpet tiles on the floor. Seems to have done the job.
The Third Teacher got us thinking a lot about lighting. We installed 'daylight' LEDs, glass for the interior walls and variable blinds on the windows. Its made a significant difference to lighting across the entire floor. The internal glass walls have also started to become a place to jot ideas with whiteboard markers.
All in all, its been a positive change. I particularly love seeing how staff and students hack the spaces to work in entirely different ways.