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Write-on! The Benefits of Using Traditional Whiteboards in K-12 Schools

Maximizing student engagement is a never-ending quest. But research suggests one answer is literally written on the walls: traditional classroom whiteboards. Also known as dry-erase boards or marker boards, whiteboards are more popular than ever.
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Technology is Transforming Art Classrooms (and Upping the Fun)

Move over macaroni necklaces. Technology has landed in K­–12 arts education, and it’s becoming as common in art classrooms as paintbrushes and pastels. Student artists of every age are using tablets and phones to sketch, draw and paint. For art teachers, that technology is fostering students’ 21st-century learning skills. Better yet, it’s upping student engagement in art and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) spaces. This blog gives an overview of how art teachers are using technology in arts curriculum, the benefits, and how art classroom furniture can help students channel their inner muse, whether they’re using traditional and/or high-tech tools.
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How to Boost Student-Teacher Engagement During Remote Learning

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.)
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The Faux Martha Donation Collaboration

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.)
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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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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.)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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