2 Dell Intelligent Classroom™ An integrated solution of multi-media tools with personal computing and the Internet, allowing students, teachers, and technology to explore new ways for classroom interaction.Dell provides an end-to-end technology solution for the classroom as an enabler for instructor knowledge-transfer and enhanced student learning
3 Requirements vs. Reality: “Where to Draw the Line” Understand where function ends and the “WOW” factor beginsTechnology for Technologies sake“They have it and so should we”Questions to ask:What does it do for the curriculum and the learner?What other ways can I use it?What instructional obstacles will need to be overcome?How does the design accommodate change with minimum expense?More than just products, you need solutions!Outside the BoxWhat will make the learning experience unique and interactive?What will I need 5 years from now?
4 Planning for Technology Get feedback from potential vendors and fine-tune designMake them validate any additional technology suggestionsPlan for a realistic installation periodClass schedule impactEach classroom averages one day for installation (2 people)Some vendors won’t work nights or weekends to installHave a single Point Of Contact for the vendor – too many cooks can spoil the soup!Understand where functionality ends and “gee whiz” beginsDon’t use technology for technology’s sake“They have it and so should we”Questions to ask:What does it do for the curriculum and the learner?What other ways can I do it?What instructional obstacle will need to be overcome?How much? How long? How difficult?
5 Planning for Technology Start with the basic componentsComputer and monitorTeaching lectern or stationProjector and screenDVD/VCR unitAdd the extrasControl systemInteractive WhiteBoard or PadSound systemDocument cameraDon’t forget the infrastructureInternet connectivityCable runs to the projectorPower for the projector
6 Standards Reduce faculty apprehension Easier budgeting Involve faculty in the planning for technologyOnce trained and comfortable, they can teach in any standard classroomEasier budgetingKnowing what a standard classroom costs can help with making projectionsTake advantage of last minute funding availabilityFewer spare components neededInterchangeable parts for all roomsEasier to maintain and serviceTechnicians need to know only one standard configurationThey become experts in a shorter period of timeEasier to train new support people
8 Now that I have technology, how do I manage it all? More technology means more peopleMore equipment means more points of failureTherefore…More technology=More people+More equipmentMore $$$There are some things you can do to help manage it all smartly…
9 Managing Classroom Technology If planned and designed correctly, problems are minimizedToo much technology confuses most peopleMake support easyTrain EVERYONE on how to use the technology, not just a select fewEnsure your vendor will work closely with your support staff AFTER the saleToo much technology confuses most peopleStandards help reduce anxietyUse common interfaces for control – there’s nothing worse than having a handful of remotes to choose from.Teachers want to teach – not spend time trying to figure out why something doesn’t workMake support easyTelephone number, address, etc.Use simple checklistsUntil teachers are comfortable, there will be lots of support requirements
10 Managing Classroom Technology Consider spare equipment– or a good Vendor SLA contractProjector bulbVCR/DVDMonitorMaintain wiring diagrams—ensure your installer provides them to youSupport staff should be familiar with the system design and basic troubleshootingHave a direct vendor contact for support issues
11 Bottom LineInitiating a teaching and learning technology plan should not be a painful processCurriculum should drive the technology requirement and designKnow what you want to accomplish – be a part of your designPlan on a 3 to 5 year replacement cycle for AVPlan on spare equipmentPlan for infrastructure modifications if neededPlan for new technologies (Bluetooth, IEEE 1344, fiber optic, wireless, etc.)