Possible Applications Design classroom labels For sample labels, visit http://kellyskindergarten.com/Classroom%20Organization/cl assroom_organization.htm http://kellyskindergarten.com/Classroom%20Organization/cl assroom_organization.htm Create rules for classroom, centers, and conduct Post daily schedules and sign-up sheets Plan for classroom layouts
Classroom Layouts Creating a classroom layout can help teachers make the best of use of available furniture and computer equipment. Physically moving furniture and technologies is time consuming, laborious, and sometimes impossible after initial installation.
Available Technology Tools A variety of technology tools can be used to create layouts including – Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Publisher Microsoft Visio Paint Adobe Photoshop OpenOffice Draw Classroom Architect (http://classroom.4teachers.org/)http://classroom.4teachers.org/
Make sure that you include in your layout a teacher work area, desks or group work areas for students, and placement of computers and other technologies.
Considerations For what grade level and subject area is the layout intended? How many students might I have in this classroom? What kinds of activities would take place in this room? How might I make the most use of the space that I have without the classroom feeling cramped? What kinds of technology tools are available in this room? What kind of storage is available in this room?
More Considerations Do the students have enough room to work? How easy is it for me to circulate around the classroom? Will all the students be able to see me when I am speaking at the front of class? Is equipment placed in such a way that power supply and network drops are easily accessible? Can I easily see the computer screens in order to monitor student computer activities? Is the room arrangement accessible to students with disabilities?
The Assignment To receive credit for this workout, choose a technology tool and plan your ideal classroom layout. Submit your layout and justification (approximately half page to a page) explaining some of the features of your ideal classroom and your reasoning behind the placement of some of the classroom elements.
A Final Thought Students in grades 3-8 can practice measurement skills by creating their own classroom or bedroom layouts. Challenge the students to design the layout as close to scale as possible and include a variety of elements including windows, doors, furniture, and other items of interest.