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Education Trend

Little Kids Talk Life On Our Cameras

Enjoy These Candid Moments from a Smith System Video Shoot. What do little-ish kids really think about life? We interviewed them, on camera. Smith System is pleased to present a series of short video clips of candid moments with a global group of kids ages 5 to 12. We asked them to share thoughts on their future, learning from home, and just about everything else, from ponies to pantomiming. These one-minute videos will tickle your funny bone and maybe trigger a tear. Watch kids sit, wobble, rock, flop, give a ukulele serenade – and, yes, pantomime. We enjoyed every moment and hope you enjoy watching the three-part series, titled “Ambition,” “Favourite Things” and “School.” Smith Systems thanks all of its superstar participants (and their grown-ups, who are friends and families of our parent company, Steelcase.)
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Chalew Mekuria

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Chalew Mekuria. “Chalew started working on the Smith System Team in July 2016 and has been an integral part of the Smith System production team since April 2019. Chalew is productivity oriented and uses both consistency and persistence to prevail over the rigorous daily challenges the top production lines present. Chalew has a stern supervision style, however his defining quality is humility; it is truly an honor to work with him.” – Doug Lewis, VP of Manufacturing. Discover the most challenging aspect of Chalew’s job, his favorite vacation spot, and why he chooses to be a member of the Smith System team. 
Customer Stories, Education Trend

Transforming Older Schools into Modern Learning Spaces

“Leave no classroom behind,” could be the motto for Center Grove Community School Corporation. Case in point: What began as furnishing a single, newly built elementary school led to creating modern learning spaces in all of the district’s 180 elementary classrooms. Brian Proctor is principal of the district’s new Walnut Grove Elementary School, which opened in Fall 2019. He was also on the new school’s design team. Early on, it faced a dilemma common to many growing districts.
Education Trend

Esports: Creating Spaces That Turn Gaming Fun into Learning

The meteoric rise in high school esports shows it’s much more than child’s play. Esports has blossomed into a hot topic of conversation for its legit learning, spanning from K–12 to higher ed.
Customer Stories, Dealer Updates, Education Trend

Reconfigure and Retrofit: Creating Safer Post-COVID Classrooms

Some teachers remain reluctant to take learning outside. They worry students will lose focus. But as researcher Ming Kuo said, “You can add as much instructional time as you want and keep pouring, but once that cup is full, it’s full. You have to find ways to give kids more capacity to take [information] in.” Being in nature seems to increase that capacity.
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Elizabeth Leonard

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. We are happy to focus on an employee that is making a positive impact on Smith System and all of her colleagues. You have probably met Elizabeth as she makes her rounds each morning taking temperatures and making sure we are being safe during COVID-19. Discover Elizabeth's favorite thing about working at Smith System and also her favorite part of the day.
Education Trend

Outside Classrooms: Even Small Doses Can Help Counter Nature-Deficit Disorder

Some teachers remain reluctant to take learning outside. They worry students will lose focus. But as researcher Ming Kuo said, “You can add as much instructional time as you want and keep pouring, but once that cup is full, it’s full. You have to find ways to give kids more capacity to take [information] in.” Being in nature seems to increase that capacity.
Education Trend

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Imagine a student so viscerally immersed in learning that it’s dizzying. Literally. That’s the power of using virtual reality in the classroom, and it’s capturing the attention of K–12 educators.
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Jesus Anorve-Garcia

Have you ever wondered who works on and fixes the machinery at Smith System? Well, meet Jesus. He has been working at Smith System for the past eight years. Lately, Jesus has been assembling and moving our production lines from Plano to the new facility. He is one of the only people who knows how all of the machinery at Smith System works.
Customer Stories, Education Trend

Future-Proof Furniture Fills New K–8 Leadership Academy

If modern K–12 education design had a mascot, it’d be a chameleon. Just like those color-morphing lizards, learning spaces and furniture must functionally adapt over their live span for every grade level and possible pedagogy. It’s called future-proofing.
Product News

Groove® Brings Great Design + Ergonomics to Any Learning Space

Just like its counterculture-vibe name, Smith’s new K-12 Groove chair questions the norm: Why can’t every school have the best learning environment without paying top dollar, especially when it comes to chairs? Groove makes it possible, says Dorsey Cox, the award-winning designer behind Groove and the founder of Alabama-based Dorsey Cox Design.
Education Trend

Space of the Week

We've seen how the right tools can help spark inspiration and found that working together with dealers, designers and school systems results in what's best for the school, teacher and student. Each week, we will be featuring an influential space that was created in the past week that inspires a creative and dynamic learning environment.
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