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Re: [K12OSN] Room Layout

On Tuesday 24 October 2006 17:05, Daniel Kuecker wrote:
> Hello All!
> I am trying to figure out how to best implement thin clients in a
> classroom and not a lab. i have been searching the net for some floor
> plans that others may be using, but cannot find much. i want to make
> these permanent in the classroom, and try to minimize distraction from
> an LCD panel on the desk, maybe under the desk with glass top? Currently
> our desks are individual desks, some that the top flips open, some not.
> I am also trying to figure out the bast way to get ethernet jacks and
> power to the desks or cluster of desk. I have toyed with possibly
> bunlding the ehternet and extension cords and rolling them out on the
> floor, but i do not know if there would be interferance from the power
> cords and plus it doesnt sound like a good permanent solution. What are
> you guys doing?
> Thanks!
> Daniel Kuecker
Hmm, I saw a picture of someone's room where they got the computer desks along 
the three walls (facing the wall) and regular desks in the middle of the room 
facing the teacher for non computing work.

Here at the Library our computers are in table clusters with power and 
eithernet cabling running underground from the wiring closets to the tables. 
Of course the floorplan was designed that way when the new building was 
constructed. The old building was renovated to meet the same conditions but 
that meant a jackhammer to carve out a trench to lay the pipes. I don't think 
you want to go that route :)

I think for simplicity sake and avoidance of trip hazards, setting up around 
the perimiter of the room would be a good solution.  Maybe you can do the 
same as  the 1st paragraph but turn the computers around to face the teacher 
and move the desks away from the wall to create room to walk around and sit.
You can then snake the power and lan cabling from one side all the way to the 
other end and have only one area exposed as a trip hazard. 

Home Depot sell a 25 ft power cord with connections every 3-4 ft. We use those 
in our laptop lab.

Just some ideas to toss around.

Ray Garza
Coordinator of Computer Services
Speer Memorial Library
(956) 580-8757
ray mission lib tx us

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