Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution|
What Do You Need to Do to Choose and Prepare a Site
Big screen televisions are nice, but not when placed in a room that is 10 ft. by 10 ft. The TV would be too big, and the room would be too small. What if the TV needed to have major repairs done? You would have to remove half of the furniture in the room just so the repairman could do his job.
A big part of putting a technology solution in place involves the preparatory work on the location of equipment, electric power, ventilation, etc. The locations selected must accommodate both the equipment and the people who will use it. Prerequisites include good ventilation and breathable air, comfortable temperature ranges, usable lighting, easy access, safe passage around wiring and equipment, etc. You will note that this example assumes that the "technology solution" refers to the placement of hardware. Thus, there are different issues depending on the solution being applied. For instance, if you are going to place network cabling in a school, how would that be accomplished without disrupting the instructional program? A well considered process, as exemplified below, is the key.
Knowing the Characteristics of a Good Site
Please review these Helpful Hints in site selection and preparation.