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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Worthington Direct Releases Classroom Trend Products for 2018

Spring is here and so are the latest trends in classroom furniture. Worthington Direct is excited to announce the release of the latest trending products available now for purchase online.

Teachers will be able to find the latest in collaboration desks, as well as classroom seating options. Alternative seating continues to be a huge trend with products including wobble stools, floor chairs and soft seating in addition to traditional student stack chairs and desks.

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2 Ways Multimedia Tables Make Meetings Better

The idea of “Innovating From Within” is a relatively new trend where a company continuously finds ways to better itself internally to run leaner, faster, and stronger, all while reducing excess spending & consumption of resources which brings value back to its owners & employees.  One example is Google’s 20% Time policy where employees could spend 20% of their work week hours in a room on interesting projects or ideas that better the company.  One such product that was born from this was Gmail.  Unfortunately, there are often space limitations such as a lack of freely available conference rooms due to conflicting schedules.  The good news is that multimedia tables allow your teams to hold meetings and brainstorming sessions easily as these tables can be deployed in many locations.  Multimedia tables foster group collaboration and fuel innovation by providing a centralized location of resources and sharing technologies that allow the free flow of ideas that can help your company gain a competitive advantage.

Here are two reasons why multimedia tables are essential for planning and departmental meetings:

Convenient Visualization is Key  

While conference rooms often have a screen projector for everyone to view, having something more nimble that can adapt to changing perspectives and different talking points.   The Planner Multimedia Table by Smith System can share up to six laptops or tablet computers, allowing the group to easily see a member’s proposal on his/her screen which makes viewing and changing between multiple ideas, concepts, and projects very easy.  This table is also not limited to a conference room and can be easily moved to accommodate last-minute meeting location changes.

Planner Multimedia Table by Smith System

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Why You Need Portable Handwashing Sinks

The issue of cleanliness among students has always been a rich debate between scientific experts, parents, and teachers.  On one hand, teachers and scientists advocate for students to adopt an almost OCD-like attitude towards keeping their hands clean to minimize the spread of viral and bacterial infections considering children are constantly exposed to infection-prone surfaces such as doors, desks, playground equipment, and shared toys.  However, some parents & medical experts argue that children need to develop a natural immunity to common infections so they can grow up with strong immune systems.  Regardless, having a solid handwashing station to keep your students clean between classes creates a safe, welcoming, and considerate environment for everyone.  Below are several ideas to help you choose the best one for your institution.

Be Industry Friendly

Daycares, culinary schools, catering businesses, universities, and many other institutions have to provide handwashing stations to comply and maintain good standing with various governing bodies. However, incorporating washing stations to accommodate a changing learning environment can get tricky. A designated area may be too small, out in the open, or could be moved due to renovations. The Hot Water Mobile Station by Diversified Woodcrafts offers a mobile handwashing solution for your next class, event, or outdoor activity.

Hot Water Mobile Station by Diversified Woodcrafts

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