April 07, 2004
At our middle school, a reservation request is needed in order to bring a class to our computer labs. The form consists of period times that a teacher would like to request the space, the type of lesson, the lesson objectives, and the level of support needed from the library media staff and technology paraprofessional staff. This format works very well, because time and space is reserved on a first come first serve basis. Those teachers who plan ahead and follow procedure are able to book their time well in advance. Once the time has been granted, a teacher gets a copy of the form with lab instructor approval (no approval, no lab time granted) and the reservation is recorded into a master schedule book. Furthermore, the reservation request system helps to maintain a collaborative relationship between the library media specialist/technology integrator (lab instructor) and the teacher. The lab instructor is able to view well in advance what the teacher's needs are and can support the learning goals of the lesson (i.e. ensuring that software is available on the computers that will be used for specific technology lessons). There's no doubt that a well-run lab contributes to the academic achievement of all students involved. The reservation request system is a win-win situation for all those involved, especially the students!