School ICT Suite Design

ICT Suite Design for Schools

ICT suite design and ICT rooms often have dedicated continuous surface desking to make maximum use of space within a classroom. School ICT suite design works on an 'open' layout enabling teachers to interact with students and view screens easily, and for easy circulation. Perimeter desking or ICT suite benching also helps greatly in cabling the computers for power and network access.

Alternatives include flexible ICT Furniture that offer easy reconfiguration, or furniture designed for multi-purpose classrooms where desks can be quickly converted to regular classrooms without any removal of hardware.

ICT Suite design and refurbishment should start with evaluation of the basics - is the room a dedicated IT space, would flexibility be beneficial, and how do teachers plan to use the room. For ict room design layout is fundamental, as is future-proofing the suite for hardware changes. Safety and tamper-proofing are of high priority. Design of the appearance is a key factor to ensure the suite is a flagship for the school or college facilities. Consideration should also be given to lighting and sun-angles, acoustics and HVAC when designing an ICT classroom, both to improve comfort and attention for students and to reduce effort and stress for teachers.

Ergonomics should play a part in the ict suite design. Display screen distance, worksurface height and keyboard arrangement all have sound ergonomic principles to their positioning. reduced light reflection and dazzle from sunlight need to be factored in as well. The ict room layout design process considers the viewing angles for students to see the main display/board, and also the preferences of staff in terms of circulation space and layout. Seating also plays a role in the workstation, although with short lesson durations of 1 hour or less the demands placed on seating are less exacting.

ICT Suite Design Services

Our ict suite design service is a free process and incorporates layout and furniture design, cabling and services, and advice on the best ways to use space effectively. Fusion liaise with construction contractors for a new-build project or integrate our ICT room design with ict suite refurbishment works for an integrated service covering displays, cabling and power, and lighting as well as ideas for unique interiors, ict furniture and teaching walls. We are experienced in ict suite refurbishment and project manage every element of the scheme.

The new Curriculum and ICT Suite Design 

Designing a school ict classroom is changing to reflect updates to the curriculum. Increasingly an ICT classroom needs to have a mix of spaces. PCs are still the most popular hardware but the room is no longer solely dedicated to screen and keyboard time. Instead a scheme should have a mix of 'activity based design' zones. As well as using a PC students are encouraged to apply skills, including coding, to a practical application such as a Crumble set or a model car. Hands-on workbench surfaces are becoming as useful as PC benches in classrooms that have the space.

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