STEM’s Influence On Classroom Design

Next, get a sense of the type of STEM (or STEAM) program your school will implement initially. Or, if you already have a STEM program, how do you want it to grow? Let the method and scope of STEM teaching drive classroom layout. STEM can be taught in only one classroom or one subject, such as math or science, or it can be taught closely integrated, with teachers Read More

Kids Are Crazy for Coding

Whoever thought coding – and the people who do it – would be, well, cool? Educators are scrambling to catch-up. That means training teachers, finding resources, and building coding into classroom plans. Read More

A Standing Ovation for Stand-Up Learning

“When I first started talking about standing desks two years ago, people were shocked. But when I describe the benefits of using these desks to boost classroom performance and combat kids’ sedentary lifestyles, school administrators say, ‘It makes sense. Let’s do that.’” Read More

Classroom Technology: Too Much or Not Enough?

The million-dollar question is how much is too much, or in some cases, when is a greater technology presence needed? The quick answer is, there is no answer. A Google search stirs up no shortage of valid voices representing all sides of the debate. Some educators boast the benefits of total technology immersion; equipping kids with modern-day tools is critical. Others make convincing arguments about the dangers of technology in K Read More

Maker’s Mark – How “Making” Is Influencing STEM Education

To understand the global impact of The Maker Movement, look no further than The Home Depot. In August, the world’s largest home improvement retailer launched a pilot program with MakerBot to sell its 3D printers and scanners at 12 stores in California, Illinois and New York. Read More

What Do Students Want in a 21st Century School Library?

All research points to creating K-12 libraries that are energetic, inviting space filled with students who are busy gathering information and exchanging ideas. Read More

Teaching Students to Collaborate

To truly prepare students for college and careers, teachers must equip their students with 21st Century learning tools. Read More

How Seating Ergonomics Affect Learning

Given the highly individualized nature of sitting, how can a single chair design work for an entire classroom? Read More

How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning

Student learning, and more specifically, setting the right tone for learning, begins the moment a student enters the school building, not just when he or she crosses the classroom threshold. Case in point, think of how entering a dental office versus a favorite fast food restaurant affects your entire psyche. Do you want to flee or feast? Read More

Buying Student Desks? Skip the Gimmicks. Invest in Future-Proofing.

If you’re in the market for buying or replacing K – 12 classroom desks, here are eight “future-proof” features to consider before you commit to a classroom design. Read More

21st Hybrids Take Hold: Defining Learning Commons and Library Commons

Architects and designers are scrambling to create new hybrid spaces called learning commons and library commons. Read More

Education Trends Require Flexible Classrooms — and Viewpoints

Architects and their clients are using the Common Core Driving Design to inspire new flexible classrooms. Read More

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