By: Bridget McCrea T.H.E. SmartClassroom 03/9/2011
“”We knew that the iPads were coming out, but we had no idea in what size, shape or format,” recalled Bill Wiecking, director of HPA’s energy lab. “When the iPad was released four days after the energy lab opened [in April 2010], we’d already ordered 10 of them from Apple,” said Wiecking. “After testing them out, we knew exactly how we wanted to integrate the iPads into the new facility.”
Designing the Flexible Learning Space
Part of that quick integration can be credited to some forward thinking on HPA’s part. For example, to accommodate the “future” technology, Wiecking said, the school designed the new building’s automation system and classroom space around the pending tablet-computing platform. That meant there would be no fixed desktop computers, but rather a “stack” of iPads that students “grab as they’re walking into the building,” said Wiecking.”"
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