How to Choose the Best Desks for Your School

While traditional school furniture can last for many years, they are not optimized for the 21st century changing learning environment.  Technology has quickly revolutionized the way students learn but unfortunately, student desks haven’t been as quick to catch up for several reasons.  This may be due to budgetary reasons since it’s normal for schools to maximize furniture expenditures.  Or it could be that many schools prefer traditional lesson plans and adopt a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach.  The good news is that there are many options today that can help you find the right desk solution.  Having the right student desk promotes an optimal student learning experience, accommodates new lesson plan innovations, and contributes to a succinct and practical long-term budgetary expenditure.

Here are several factors to help you choose the best student desk:

Collaboration-Based Learning

Two critical skills that students need to learn for future success are communication and teamwork which are the themes of modern lesson plans.  This means you’ll want a student desk that can be easily configured for both individual and team-based assignments.  The Shapes Desk by Balt allows you to configure your classroom into several configurations including the traditional multiple row desk set up,  a round desk set up (up to 10), or square configuration.

Shapes Desk by Balt

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When Should You Get Screenflex Partitions?

Learning environments continuously change for many reasons which includes evolving teaching methods, budgetary constraints,and last-minute lesson plan changes.  In addition, space separation is needed for medical emergency triage, voting and tradeshow check-in & registration management, as well as factory or building workflow streamlining.  Having organizational tools that can be quickly transported, deployed, and adapted such as the Screenflex Partition is an invaluable tool to meet the constant changes in classrooms and business environments.  But how do you know if you need one?

Here are several reasons to consider investing in a Screenflex Partition:

Learning Environment Utility

Did your school recently switch back to traditional class scheduling and you need to maximize classroom space?  A Screenflex Partition effectively bisects a classroom allowing simultaneous teaching of multiple subjects thus keeping the 50-minute class rotation between students efficient.  It’s also perfect for splitting up a classroom for study hall, tutoring station, or a back staging area for prepping presentations and deliverables.  The Freestanding Portable Partition by Screenflex offers a durable, adaptive, and practical solution for hotels that need quick area set ups, office training areas, and learning environments that need to accommodate different student needs.

Freestanding Portable Partition by Screenflex

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Modernize Your Library’s Learning Infrastructure

For the longest time, libraries were the go-to place for research (whether it was grade school or PhD.-related) or digging deep to learn about a particular subject such as how to start a business or the mystery that is Stonehenge.  However, the advent of technology has redefined the premise of a library.  Technology has provided a means for communication and indirectly encouraged collaboration which means libraries should follow suite by adapting their environments to accommodate these themes and go beyond simply offering books to check out.  Utilizing the right furniture to incorporate emerging technology will allow your students and customers to better tackle the daunting task of research while enabling easier communication and efficient collaboration.

Students have always considered libraries to be an invaluable place to focus, study, and get work done.  Whether it’s studying to prepare for mid-term exams or researching sources for a final semester paper, a spacious and quiet place to set up shop is paramount for student success.  The Maximum Privacy Carrell by Smith Carrel allows you to study in peace with ample space for laptops, textbooks and snacks.

Maximum Privacy Study Carrel by Smith Carrel

Many libraries today also have small rooms that can be booked for small group study sessions and for those individuals who absolutely want zero outside distractions.  Generating ideas can be better illustrated with dry erase boards.  However, chalkboards and dry-erase boards often become neglected due to budgetary constraints which means if you’re looking to overhaul your study room resources for the long-term, a modern glass dry erase board is definitely worth the investment.  The Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent not only provides ample space to visualize ideas, the selection of board colors helps students focus while the glass feature helps keep the board from developing ghost marks and streaks from cleaning.

Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent

The concept of teleconferencing is critical now more than ever.  Communicating via GoToMeeting, Skype, and WhatsApp are no longer limited to conference calls during business hours.  It’s also not uncommon to find one-on-one or group tutoring sessions conducted via online video conference calls.  Libraries can accommodate students who need real-time group communication by adding multimedia tables to their study rooms.  The Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System allows group interaction and can support an LCD monitor for tutoring and study conference calls while offering charging stations for laptops and tablets.

Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System

Because every library is different in its layout and services offered, we invite you to check out our comprehensive section of Library Furniture and we are more than happy to help you pick out the items that will help your students and customers succeed!

How Does a Classroom Design Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn? 14 Medical & Educational Experts Weigh in…

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of a learning environment. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.

I found that as a classroom teacher, allowing students to choose the spots they found most comfortable to work in helped students concentrate and allowed me to concentrate on facilitating learning, not managing behavior. – Jennifer Stringer

Classroom Design Tips for Productive Learning from Worthington Direct
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