TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
Technology has enhanced how teachers and students collaborate, communicate, facilitate, and learn. Ai3 includes technology to foster social and collaborative learning, create specialized and adaptable learning environments, integrate sensory-rich educational and social experiences, and develop spaces for project-based and career-based learning. While the physical shape, configuration, and organization of educational environments will always be a key component in 21st Century learning, the integration of technology has become a critical component of a fast-paced, flexible, secure, and comprehensive learning environment. Traditionally referred to as a teaching tool, integrated technology has become as critical as a school’s walls, floors, and ceilings.
Our research confirms that students and teachers in environments with the seamless integration of advanced technology systems outperform those without. Classrooms, laboratories, project rooms, corridors, lecture halls, offices, auditoriums, gymnasiums… every space within buildings has the capacity to become “smarter” with technology advancements. In the past, technology meant computers in the classroom; today, computers are only a small part of the learning environment. Students are learning to think and solve in technology-rich environments where investigation, collaboration, and inspiration are commonplace.
Ai3 is a leader in the seamless integration of technology into learning environments. Our in-house architectural technology and design visualization team (the HIVE) is focused on advancing technological information, concepts, and strategies within educational environments and ensuring the seamless integration of these technologies.
Rendering of Somerset Middle School, Somerset, MA
Design visualization of Watertown High School.
The HIVE is also advancing the use of visual design media such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and photorealistic animations as part of Ai3’s creative process. The use of these tools has significantly enhanced our collaboration with clients during the design process. The virtual experience quickly and clearly communicates complex designs and concepts, offering our clients the ability to “move” through the spaces and provide valuable feedback before construction begins.
(Photo) Fall River, MA, Superintendent explores the New B.M.C. Durfee High School design using virtual reality.