Technology is a major component of any school construction project. You will be making decisions about the electronic, telecommunication and cable infrastructure necessary to support the school’s operations. These include the installation of public address, security, and telephone systems as well as classroom technology.
Having a comprehensive plan from the start will be less expensive, and less frustrating than trying to change or add requirements later. Having the technology coordinator and facilities manager involved in the project is important because they will be controlling, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment after the architects and trade contractors are gone. By planning ahead, you can get good returns on your technology investment and have the technology that students, teachers and staff will use.
The eTech Ohio Commission, in collaboration with OSFC, developed a School Facilities Technology Toolkit that offers online school facility tours, interviews with school technology coordinators, resources and additional information.
eTech Ohio has additional resources for technology coordinators.