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Powering A Classroom

January 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 242

Powering an educational establishment is a big task. An entire school is usually on full power for twelve hours a day, with some teachers getting to work at 7:30am to prepare for the day or kitchen staff coming in to open up a breakfast club and prepare school lunches. Although the children may leave at 3:30, many teachers stay behind for several hours after closing time to complete marking or prepare their work for the next day. Powering a school is a huge job, but even powering an individual classroom is a massive task. A modern classroom has enough computers for every child and many have interactive touch screens to aid learning. Managing power in a classroom, particularly managing it safely, can be a difficult job.

One of the most important parts of powering a classroom, which many people forget about, is getting the lighting right. The lighting in a classroom needs to be perfect; bright enough to see but not so bright that children and teachers get headaches. Lighting that is too bright can often make people feel more tired and prevent them from learning. A good way to prevent this is to have a system of light switches that allow some lights to be on while others are off. Classrooms can now have intelligent lighting systems where the lights can be programmed in advance so they turn on and off automatically at set times. Dimmer switches are also useful to have in classrooms so lighting can be changed according to the amount of light coming through the window rather than just on and off.

If students have their own computers, there should be cable trunking systems in place to protect the wiring and stop children from tripping over loose cables. If the computers are along the walls, a cable trunking system will keep cables pressed against the wall. If the cable trunking system is large enough it will also protect a power distribution unit. Power distribution units will allow lots of computers to be plugged in to one place and help keep the cables together in the cable trunking system.

Ergonomic workstations will also be beneficial in a classroom as it is important that children learn how to sit and work comfortably at a young age, especially now many jobs involve working at a computer all day. Adjustable monitor stands means that students can move their computer screens to a place that is comfortable for them and allows them to work happily.

Effective power management and space management is very important in any learning environment. Without adequate space and power resources, children may find it difficult to learn. Computer skills are now taught at a very early age and children should be able to use them effectively and understand why using computers is so important.

For more information on classroom ergonomics visit CMD Ltd

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