High-Impact 21st Century Learning Space
The Chagrin Falls School District was well along the path of evolving to enable effective 21st century education. From kindergarten to 12th grade, every child had his or her own Chromebook; classwork was often project-based and highly collaborative; and the current district strategic plan stressed flexible learning and individualized education for each student.
From this vantage point, the district envisioned adding a flexible learning space that would integrate technology, foster creativity and encourage students to reach beyond traditional educational boundaries. To enable this objective, the district repurposed space from the middle school library and two traditional classrooms, with the goal of transforming them into 4,300 square feet housing three distinct yet interconnected learning spaces:
- A research center with movable seating to foster idea creation, study and exposure to literature
- A collaboration classroom to facilitate interaction between students and faculty in small group discussions within the school and beyond the borders of Chagrin Falls
- An innovation lab offering 3D printers, embroidery machines, laser cutters and more to bring student ideas to life.
With this vision squarely in place, the IT team needed to determine the appropriate technology to make it come to life. The initial plan, which called for budget-conscious short throw projectors, along with 32” displays in the collaboration booths, didn’t quite match their vision of an easy-to-use, high-impact collaborative space.