Over the past decade the Mentor Schools have embraced the use of instructional technologies. Paradigm, a professional development center, will ensure high-quality teachers remain at the center of the advancement of teaching and learning, both in the Mentor Schools and throughout our region.
Paradigm is a professional development center connected to Mentor High School for teachers to learn and to teach using technology in the classroom and will be used not only by Mentor’s teachers and staff, but those throughout Northeast Ohio. The 16,000-square-foot center will be able to hold 600 people, and can be divided into smaller rooms for a variety of programming. The building is expected to be in use every day, as well as during nights and in the summer.
Lab classrooms will be available for students to learn to use technology and devices in the classroom. There will be spaces in these classrooms for teachers to observe how these plans are taking place. There also will be space for staff to meet to discuss best practices.
The facility has several casual collaboration spaces for small group conversations and a cafe for light snacks and beverages.
Tec is completed the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering, Lighting and Technology Design for Paradigm. The Audio/Visual systems and room monitoring are controlled with Crestron products. Outside each room in the building an electronic display provides information on the schedule for that room. Inside the rooms wall mounted devices control lighting, projectors, screens, TV monitors, and recording equipment. Controls automatically shift when room dividers are open/closed.