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Build Today for the Learning of Tomorrow - What's Trending in the Educational Furniture Space

Build Today for the Learning of Tomorrow - What's Trending in the Educational Furniture Space

There has been a major paradigm shift in design philosophy for educational spaces. As the way we teach and learn evolves, so do the needs of the setting in which it all takes place. From classrooms to learning commons to libraries to lounges, National IPA and its robust portfolio of industry-leading suppliers are ready to partner with you to help revolutionize your educational environment.

The most critical skills of the 21st century and beyond -- communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and leadership – require an advanced academic habitat to flourish: 

What’s Trending in the Educational Furniture Space

Collaborative Spaces 
In the new student-centric learning model, teachers have subsided lecturing to become managers and facilitators. This necessitates furniture like collaborative desks and seating to transform traditional classrooms into active learning environments that stimulate communication and interaction between students.  Other innovations that help enable this method include multi-shaped desktops that can fit together to create working pods or disband for individual work, lightweight and easy-to-move pieces, and whiteboards and interactive surfaces. 

Fully-Integrated Technology
Smart devices have become an extension of our brains. And one of the biggest challenges when it comes to our brains is keeping them charged, receptive and up-to-date. Power-enabled furniture, storage solutions and the ability to sync via highspeed Wi-Fi are a must. Digitization is allowing for just-in-time delivery of information and materials, letting students work at their own pace. Smart Boards and high-definition monitors keep students engaged while educational spaces dual as centralized venues for “digital scholarship,” where technology and Big Data permit closer examination of topics and objects. 

Interchangeability and Flexibility
Academic areas have progressed from static physical spaces to dynamic learning environments. The single-purpose building has become obsolete as singular spaces must be able to lodge various departments and faculty. Learning areas should be easily converted to accommodate growing academic needs like STEM-friendly furnishings and laboratory equipment. Zoning and flexible room configuration can also allow students to work more productively in differing situations and task changes. This is aided by applying more casters on tables, seats that can swivel, portable walls and dividers.  Every part of the room should be ready to be used for something different at the drop of a graduation cap.

Movement and Mobility
Research is proving that physical movement influences attention, organization, vision, speech, balance, and coordination. It also enhances focus, memory and cognitive
flexibility – the essential tools for improving academic performance. Movement-enhancing academic elements include: standing tables, stability balls, movable seating and mobile storage. Wireless technology and handheld devices knock down barriers to learning in any environment such as outdoor common spaces complete with all-weather furniture. 
 
National IPA is here to keep you at the forefront of these trends and help catapult your learning
space into the future as you support generations of inquisitive minds to come.
 
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