So as promised (a while ago) my school’s journey from a traditional ICT suite of rows of computers to a ‘Discovery Centre’ fit for the 21st century. Taking a cue from my 5 year vision for ICT (unbelievably a year to the day of posting on here)

Summer 2012 012

Here’s a picture of the original ICT suite, complete with rows of desktop computers and an obligatory interactive whiteboard at the front. The senior management team felt that the suite didn’t properly represent the school’s creative ethos, didn’t reflect our vision of  learning and wasn’t capable of delivering the future curriculum needs of our pupils.


So we started gathering ideas from pupils about what ‘future learning’ might look like and what they needed to make it happen. We asked staff about what they thought was needed to teach a future curriculum and did a lot of research! Most of the ideas pointed to a place that combined research, books, science, technology and computing. A place where several activities could happen at once-a science experiment, building a robot, finding out about asteroids or just reading a book. A ‘movable’ place where everything could be easily moved-technology, furniture and resources. A place large enough to teach a whole class, comfortable enough to learn with a small group and snug enough to learn in private.

So we came up with our ‘Discovery Centre’ a multi-curricular, multi-discipline, multi-technological headquarters. So what tech do we have?Two multi-touch screen TV’s, two multi-touch interactive whiteboards, a laptop trolley, WiFi and the obligatory iPads. Our school library is based in the centre, so are our Science resources.We have ‘zoned’ the room into five areas-Experiment and Investigate, Research and Development, Explore and Explanation, Read and Relaxation, and Wet Zone. This doesn’t limit the learning that takes place in these ‘zones’ merely highlights what resources are available there.

We even have a secret reading den!


Wybourn Discovery Centre on PhotoPeach

Here’s a plan to see exactly what it looks like.


Yes it’s quite a transformation and yes it did cost a great deal of money (30,000 English Pounds!) and yes it really is the same room as the top photograph!I am really pleased with the results and the pupils love it too, already we have had some outstanding teaching and learning using the Discovery Centre. I can’t help feeling that in few years time it’ll all seem ‘old hat’! What do you think?

This video by Melinda Kraft about teaching in the 21st Century inspired me.

Written by Julian S Wood -"rel="author"
  • Julia Kossowska

    Looks fantastic – hard to believe it is the same room!

    • Julian S Wood

      Thanks Julia

      Definitely same room but amazing how a bit of thought, vision and design can change the smallest of spaces!

      Shame we haven’t the money to spend on classrooms!

      Appreciate the comment thank you.

  • brad campbell

    Looks like a great area. We are about to embark on something similar. What are some of the issues that arose during planning and construction?
    What, if anything, would you so different?
    I am looking to take some proposals to the Leadership Team for our MLC so any advice would be much appreciated.

  • Pingback: Using GameUrVideo app for writing assessment provocation - @Ideas_Factory The blog of Julian S. Wood | @Ideas_Factory The blog of Julian S. Wood()

About me
UK Primary School Future Learning Technologist.I am into Experience and Fun Based Learning.I use web tools to stimulate writing. I've been Playing and Learning since 1970. Have some fabulous ideas now & again.. Check out my profile!
Click Here to View All Nominated Educators
My LinkedIn Profile

To see my LinkedIn profile, click here:

Julian S Wood
Email subscription to blog
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy -

Privacy Policy for

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at

At, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by and how it is used.

Log Files
Like many other Web sites, makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons does not use cookies.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

.:: Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on
.:: Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to and other sites on the Internet.
.:: Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL -

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include
Google Adsense

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices.'s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers' respective websites.