Friday, 11 December 2015

Is your school ready for the future? Part 2/12

Building Condition Assessment

Education Readiness Review

 A readiness assessment is required to determine what is needed to create facilities that meet the perceived needs of future educational challenges.  Dr. Darren Cannell will be providing twelve review criteria that can and should be used to reviewing your facilities.  This exercise will  make sure your facilities will be ready for the future educational challenges as predicted by the latest educational research and teaching.
The concern of such an educational review is that it will support future challenges but will not dictate the direction of the educational changes.  The design and approach need to be such that it supports current practices but is versatile enough to accommodate the possible future changes and trends.  To effectively assess the readiness it becomes necessary to review the perceived future trends in educational technology and educational pedagogy and theory.   This review of the trends will have direct ramifications on the facilities and will require certain designs to accommodate these trends.

Dr. Darren Cannell is a consultant who does building assessments and staff training.  He can be contacted at 

The second of the 12 trends is as follows:

Level of Connectivity 

The level of connectivity that is necessary to enhance learning by using educational technology in the modern school is measured by what is the best level available.  Good enough is not a term that should ever refer to the level of internet connectivity in schools.  The best available level of connectivity is the only level that is good enough.  High connectivity to the internet can remove the wall of a school and bring the world into the classroom.  It is one of the most important aspects of preparing a school for the future.  The only other element that will have as much impact on modern education is the access to well-trained, world-class educators.  All other trends in this list hinge on the connectivity within the facility.

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