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Technology at Your Fingertips
Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Need

Chapter 3: Knowing What You Have

Chapter 4: Knowing What to Get

Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution

How Do You Implement the Solution?

How Do You Assemble Your Implementation Team?

How Do You Develop a Project Plan?

What Do You Need to Do to Choose and Prepare a Site?

How Do You Make Sure Your System Works?

How Do You Convert From Old Information Systems?

How Do You Implement the Changeover of Information Systems?

How Do You Arrange for the System Handover?

Chapter 6: Knowing How to Train Users

Chapter 7: Knowing How to Support and Maintain Your Technology Solution
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
Once reasonable locations have been established, there are a number of additional elements necessary for making a room practical to use, including:

  • Controlled access using security locks for doors and windows and careful monitoring.
  • Physical restraints such as nailed down tables, and the ability to lock equipment to tables.
  • Sufficient and properly grounded electric power connections.
  • Sufficient space for maintaining and fixing the equipment, as well as for using the computers.
  • No nearby water pipes that could leak or burst and cause irreparable damage.
  • Sufficient lighting for maintaining and using equipment, but with minimal annoying reflective light.
  • Easy access to peripherals such as printers.
Reasonable locations for equipment are included in Table 5.1.

Please review these Helpful Hints in site selection and preparation.

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