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Project Plan: Sustainability

How will this space evolve over time? How can sustainability and flexibility be engineered into the plan? How can we make this lab easy to change or upgrade after a period of several years? What role will documentation play?  What training can be provided to technology leadership within the organization to enable them to better support the space and the technology?

Since the physical space has yet to be designed, we are hoping that sustainability and flexibility will be engineered into the design of the school. In our user scenarios, we have provided several options for fluidity of movement such as: movable desks, laptops, tablet computers and smart phones. With movable desks, the students and teachers will be able to rearrange the classroom to best suit the needs of the lessons being taught. With a technology budget of $300,000, the students and staff will be provided with the most up-to-date computer hardware and software that will stay current for years to come.

The students will be spending a significant amount of time in the field in order to have a hands-on educational experience and will be using mobile devices outside the classroom. They will be able to take rugged laptops, tablets, smartphones and cameras to the field to catalog and research the area’s flora and fauna.

The teachers of the school will be provided with a 1-2 week technology training “bootcamp” where they will have the skills needed to operate and troubleshoot the hardware and software that will be used in the classroom. They will also have the support of an on-staff IT employee to help with any technology problems or questions that may arise.