Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Better than graph paper and post-it notes

Posted on: April 3, 2011

Questions about facilities design abound in discussion groups. Will media centers, as we know them, be built twenty years from now? Will trends of classroom and mobile technology make physical space irrelevant? Continuing and rapid changes in program staffing, program delivery and technology are a given; making it challenging to design a facility to meet future program needs.  Design Concepts for the Next-Gen Media Center,  a new experience based article on facilities design is in the March/April Internet @ Schools. (Visit  my Facilities design page for the full article)

If you are planning a new facility consider using Floorplanner. A tech savvy media specialist just shared her Floorplanner media center designs and made them avaialable for Flickr sharing here. Take a look at her drawing and 3D version.

What a great tool for planning or  for showcasing the layout of a media center on your media center web site or blog.   One of the highlights of online teaching is learning from the sharing that goes on.  Learning about Floorplanner is one more wonderful example.  It would have been a fantastic alternative to graph paper and the post-it notes used in the past.

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