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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.)
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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.
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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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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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New Classroom Furniture Helps STEM Students Soar. Literally.

When sixth-grade teacher Gina Baragone applied for a district grant for new classroom furniture, she didn’t expected two things. First, to receive the award and, second, the impact it would have on her STEM classroom students. The furniture has helped them fly.
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An Innovative STEM Environment at Donny O’Dell Elementary.

“My students’ ability to collaborate has greatly improved, no matter who’s in their group. Their confidence in trying new things has skyrocketed, too. They’re given opportunities to explore, fail, and not give up. I love seeing that.” So much so that she has her eye on securing funding to create O’Dell’s first “STEMineers”
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Classroom Furniture Color Selection

Building a new school is an epic bricks-and-mortar task. Choosing a color scheme for your new school furniture shouldn’t be. There’s a method to the potential madness of color chips, samples and finishes.
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5 Steps to a Flexible-Seating Classroom

What’s important is having a plan, according to Dianna Radcliff, the aforementioned fifth-grade ELA teacher and technology specialist. Doing so has made her a convert to flexible seating.
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