Teaching the next generation comes with many tools both old and new. The new tools and the changing modern society necessitate a change in educational design for schools at all levels. Here are some ways that technology impacts the design in educational settings.
Teachers use technology more and more in the classroom. Educational campus planning needs to incorporate the growing trend to include technology in the classroom. In some classrooms, a teacher may use a technological device for each student to conduct a class project or on a day-to-day basis. Whether everyday use is needed or not, the planning of the school needs to anticipate how many electrical outlets, wireless internet users and fixed stations each classroom needs. The overall planning needs to address the total electrical load of anticipated technology use.
Technology is used in and outside the classroom by teachers, staff and counselors to help students learn better both mentally and emotionally. Students may have their books on a device so that it reads the material for them. The teacher may require students to use technology for certain assignments and can gather information about how well the student is learning on the device at the same time.
Technology changes how we learn and how we use spaces. Older schools may only have computers in a lab environment. New schools often need computers incorporated right in the classroom beyond the teacher’s designated computer. Tablets and other devices such as electronic whiteboards aid in educational learning.
Some classrooms are incorporating virtual reality elements into their teaching to help augment other forms of teaching. Artificial intelligence is showing some increase in use in the educational layout. Any additional technology changes the way the teacher uses the classroom space.
Technology is ever changing, and it has a profound impact on the way children interact with the world and learn in the classroom. Classroom and educational building design should reflect the shift in focus to incorporate more technology.