If you do mostly drawing and painting, having computers in an art room
should probably be ok. If you do clay or use other materials that produce
dust, I would be wary, as dust is a lethal enemy of computers. Having an
adjacent, sealed, well-filtered room makes much more sense. If you must have
computers in a dusty area, you can help minimize the amount of dust by:
covering the computers when not in use, keeping the computers off when not
in use, regularly cleaning the computer outsides, and cleaning the insides
with compressed air several times a year.
At least you don't have to deal with ants in your computers!
On 3/6/03 6:52 PM, "Jenna Freck" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm currently lobbying for an art room at our elementary school. Space,
> however, is very limited at our school (I'm sure everyone can relate) and a
> group of parents are also lobbying to fund a computer lab. They will
> probably get the last available room for the lab. I am a proponent of
> computers in the classroom, however I can't see it replacing the experience
> of making art. Any thoughts on how to combine these two in one room without
> damaging valuable equipment? It's a good size room in a portable with
> windows, the natural light is o.k. We have class sizes of 20 (K-3) to 32
> (4-6). I have brought up this subject before the PTA and they're concerned
> about the mess it would create and possible damage to equipment.