MeTEOR Education Helps Volusia County Schools Transform Underutilized Media Centers into Effective, Engaging Learning Spaces

The design was flexible for constant adaptation of the space allowing this large piece of real estate to be used extensively and effectively by not only the student body, but also by the community.

Ever since traditional card catalogues and physical books gave way to digital media and tablets, schools across the U.S. have been scrambling to repurpose these now-underutilized spaces into innovative learning spaces. Volusia County Schools in Daytona Beach, Fla., reflect this common problem, and recently decided to do something about it.

“Our libraries are our largest and most underutilized spaces in our schools,” said Saralee Morrissey, Director of Planning for the district. “While our high schools are changing, our physical structures weren’t changing to meet students’ needs.”

Working with MeTEOR Education, Volusia County Schools has modernized the media center at Atlantic High School, effectively turning the space into a flexible environment that supports multiple modes of learning. MeTEOR Education gathered extensive amount of intake from several stakeholders in order to create a space which met the instructional design needs while also accomplishing the districts’ vision/mission for this renovated space.

The newly-transformed media center now supports a 21st Century vision of students doing different activities at the same time—reading, studying, collaborating with one another, or experimenting with a 3D printer—all under the same roof.

“Student intake aligned well with furniture design principles the school was implementing, which included integration of technology, dynamic ergonomics, adaptability, the learner’s mobility and multiple modalities,” said Cindy Wessel, MeTEOR Education Learning Environment Specialist. “The design was flexible for constant adaptation of the space allowing this large piece of real estate to be used extensively and effectively by not only the student body, but also by the community.

At its core, Volusia County Schools’ modernization program supports high-impact learning experiences in media centers across the entire district. Since implementing the modernization program, the media center has been jam-packed during lunch and class breaks, and the community…

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