New London Middle/High School Student Commons
The Student Commons area for New London Middle/High School students was designed and built to supplement and enhance our 1:1 student laptop initiative. The district implemented its 1:1 initiative in August of 2012 and the Student Commons area opened in January of 2013. As part of the district’s transition from a traditional teaching and learning environment to a digital 21st century teaching and learning environment, we knew we had to have a central location for students (and staff) to gather. We also knew that this location needed to digitally accommodate users. Our Student Commons has seating for 60 and offers a variety of accommodations, including booths, high tops, and regular tables. Each seating area has lots of electrical outlets for charging the myriad digital devices our students and staff bring to school every day. Additionally, two 40” TVs and one 60” TV are mounted on specially designed soffits and are used for news and sports feeds, daily announcements using a QR code for quick downloads for staff and student smart phones, and our continuous twitter feed at #nltigerpride. The Student Commons is open on school days from 7:15 AM till late in the evening. The space is always occupied!