Collaboration Stations? Huh?
I have to say... I'm pretty excited that we finally have the collaboration stations up and running! Such a cool new addition to the Learning Commons. Some people are excited. Some people are skeptical. Others are afraid. So let's just jump right in and take a look at what these guys are.
First, just think about the collaboration stations as an extension of the laptop/chromebook monitor. It's a way for a group of people to research, create presentations, view items, watch videos, write, comment, review, edit, etc. all together! As teaching professionals, we are constantly collaborating and often use our projectors to share work or resources with our colleagues. Now students and staff can come to the collaboration stations, share and work together! This is an area for small student (and staff) groups to collaborate. Some teachers may want all their students working in this area, while others may want to reserve the area and have students cycle in and out of the collaboration stations when they are ready. Whatever the use is, they are here and super easy to use!
How Do We Use These Things?
1. Turn on the television. In the back left side of the screen there is a black button. Push it once.
2. Sign out a chromebook. Note where the HDMI connection will go. You will need it in a minute.
I'm Done. Now What?
When you are done with the area please make sure the following has happened:
I know it doesn't look like much, but biographies and memoirs got a little face lift. The massive wall seemed to isolate off the rest of the sections. So, I took apart the sections and made two separate bookcases of three. Now they provide a little relief in the aisle. Also, this section serves as wall to contain areas. There may be better ways to section, but for now this works! : ]
Biographies and memoirs were stretched out a bit to fit on both sides of the bookcases. Now we have room to grow when we get new ones in. It's slowly coming together. When GCA comes down to carpet the areas and take the bookcase pieces away it will look prrrreeeettttttty nice.