The vision became a reality with the opening of the Innovation Center in August 2016. It immediately became a student, teacher and administrator hotspot.
Groups of 3-4 students regularly gather in each of the five collaborative booths, connecting their chromebooks and sharing content on the ViewSonic CDE4803 48” displays. The three nearby collaboration rooms outfitted with ViewSonic CDE6502 65’’ displays, affectionately called the fishbowls for their mostly transparent walls, meet the needs of larger groups and have been useful for professional development as well as student project work.
“They’re the same concept as the booth only bigger,” said Daugherty. “Kids can connect to the ViewSonic 65” big screen to show what’s on their chromebook, discuss projects and make changes.”
Even more popular, said Daugherty, is the largest collaboration space. Furnished with a comfy oversized couch and sleek built-in bar seating, 50 participants can gather to view and interact with the ViewSonic 84” CDE8451 Ultra HD 10-point interactive flat panel display. To date the most used area of the Innovation Center, classes from the high school and middle school, as well as groups of parents, staff and district administrators, vie for this compelling space, which is even in use on many Saturdays.
“One great example is our iOS programming class,” said Daugherty. “The teacher connected her MacBook to the display and the kids were able to demo their work up on the screen, interacting with it as if it were a giant iPhone or iPad.”
Rounding out the newly collaborative workspaces, the technology integrationist’s conference-room office has become an even more efficient training space, with the addition of a ViewSonic CDE6561T 65’’ Full HD interactive flat panel display.
Rising above it all, the 84” CDE8451 IFP captures the essence of the future-forward learning space, along with the immediate attention of all who enter. As summed up by Daugherty:
“The addition of interactivity, the look and feel of the wall-mounted monitors, and the overall appeal has really turned out to be terrific. We wouldn’t have had that with projectors. As it is now you walk in and see the giant 84” display – and that huge 4K TV makes a great impact.”
“It’s truly a great space for us,” concludes Daugherty. “Yesterday I walked in and saw 120 kids in the three areas, all being productive in their individual ways. ViewSonic deserves a big thank you for coming in and listening to what we wanted to do, taking into account what we needed cost-wise, and coming up with a solution that worked for us.”