Posts Tagged ‘Educational furniture’

The Best Innovative Classroom Furniture And Design Ideas

Friday, August 10th, 2018
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With these innovative classroom furniture and design ideas, you can easily take your classroom into the 21st century.

Now that we are fully immersed in the Digital Age, it’s important that we also reconsider the ways we teach our students. When the subjects that we teach and the materials that we use to teach those subjects change, so must the classroom environment and design. Classroom design is much more important to the learning and teaching experience than you might assume. With these innovative classroom furniture and design ideas, you can easily take your classroom into the 21st century. (more…)

Tips for Planning an Efficient STEM Lab for Students of All Ages

Friday, May 11th, 2018
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When looking for the best layout solutions for your STEM lab, these simple tips will lead you in the right direction.

Designing the perfect classroom layout is hard enough. Designing the ideal STEM lab creates entirely new drawbacks and has teachers asking different questions about how the room should be set up. When looking for the best layout solutions for your STEM lab, these simple tips will lead you in the right direction. (more…)

Education in the New Age Calls for High-Tech Furniture and Classroom Design

Friday, May 4th, 2018
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With such rapid advancements in modern technology, it’s important that classrooms accommodate students’ needs to learn the basics of cutting-edge technology.

From pre-k to college, students are not learning the same ways that they were twenty years ago. Most schools utilize technology almost every day, maybe with most lessons, so the classroom should be designed accordingly. With such rapid advancements in modern technology, it’s important that classrooms accommodate students’ needs to learn the basics of cutting-edge technology. (more…)

Elementary Classroom Design Tips for the New Age

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
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Keep these classroom design tips in mind so that your students can reach their maximum potential both in and out of the classroom.

Teachers in the 21st century want to make sure that their students are getting the most out of their classroom experience. The way a classroom is designed is much more important to the ways in which students learn than you might realize. Obviously, schools are much different than they were 30 years ago, so why should the classroom design stay the same as when you were an elementary school student? Classrooms should be ready to accommodate the advancements in technology that will put students ahead of the academic game and be prepared for the next step in their scholastic futures. When designing an elementary or lower school classroom, keep these few things in mind so that your students can reach their maximum potential both in and out of your classroom.

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Back to School: Creating the Ideal Classroom Layout

Friday, August 26th, 2016
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Now is the perfect time to give your classroom a makeover.

It’s back to school season, and if you’re a teaching professional you may be thinking about how you plan to set up your classroom layout. As you gear up for the new school year, now is the perfect time to redefine your classroom space in a way that optimizes it for more effective learning and discussion. In the past, classrooms have focuses on “chalk and talk” setups where desks were bolted in rows behind the teacher. But in recent years, educational layouts have trended to more flexible and open designs. Here are a few tips for improving your classroom layout. (more…)

4 Ways Furniture Determines Mood

Friday, July 15th, 2016
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The right furniture can uplift moods and attitudes in the office.

Although many furniture options are utilitarian by design, you might be surprised to find out that furniture can play a bigger role in our lives than simply providing a place to sit. Furniture can improve our work efficiency and posture, but it also can have a significant impact on your everyday mood. Here are four often overlooked ways in which furniture determines mood. (more…)

How Your Classroom Furniture Can Benefit Your Students

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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The right classroom furniture can help keep students focused while learning a new subject.

A well-furnished and well-organized classroom can have a significant impact on the way students learn, and putting thought into classroom organization and classroom furniture is one of the first steps in achieving such a goal. Students today learn much differently than the way they did even 20 years ago, and it’s important to reflect that change with classroom furniture that puts students first and gives them an optimal learning environment. (more…)

How to Decorate your Classroom

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Classroom Furniture

 

As we enter into the middle of the summer season, the thought of the classroom is sure to be creeping its way back into the minds of teachers. While their classroom design is probably the last thing on their mind, new studies are showing that the design and decorating scheme of a classroom may have a significant effect, both positive and negative, on the way students learn and how much information they retain.

 

In a recent study performed by Carnegie Mellon University, younger students retain more information in classrooms that lack decoration. When 24 kindergarten students were taught subjects in two different classrooms, one with colorful decorations and one with plainer walls, the students tested better on subjects taught in the latter classroom. This led researchers to believe that students are more likely to be off-task when there are distractions surrounding them.

 

Another study performed during the 2011-12 academic year in Blackpool, England suggests that a number of factors in the classroom can affect the learning and retention of students. The study was performed by the University of Salford School of the Built Environment and involved 751 students in 34 different classrooms. Researchers tested the classrooms on 10 different characteristics that were:

  • Texture
  • Color
  • Choice
  • Air Quality
  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Sound
  • Flexibility

 

Of the ten characteristics, six showed an effect on the students learning. Those characteristics were:

  • Light
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Choice
  • Color
  • Flexibility

 

 

Of the characteristics, at least two involved the furniture within the classroom. The ability to rearrange classroom furniture along with the ability to accommodate yet not crowd students was considered flexibility. The quality of furniture provided to the students along with the selection of ergonomic chairs and tables was categorized as choice. These characteristics are important to keep in mind as the new school year slowly approaches teachers.

 

At Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, we offer a wide variety of furniture to meet your classroom needs. We are also authorized dealers of a number of top brand names in the educational furniture industry.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install hospitality furniture. We provide interior design and layout services from start to finish. We can even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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Sources:

http://www.mmqb.com/tcmmqbnew/tcmmqbnew.rsc

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671627/study-shows-how-classroom-design-affects-student-learning

 

How To Design Quality Preschool Classrooms

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a universal preschool initiative was proposed. The President wants to extend preschool to all American 4-year olds to address inequity in the education system.

In an effort to meet this needs our schools will need to be adequately furnished.  What features are included in high quality preschool classrooms? It is time to prepare.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to design and furnish preschool classrooms.  We also furnish and install, auditorium seating and lecterns, library furniture, Smart boards and projectors, and that is just a small sampling of what is needed for the ideal preschool classroom.  The atmosphere should promote good classroom flow and set a positive learning environment for children.

Many children from low-income families miss out on the educational benefits of daily bedtime stories, music lessons, and head start learning programs (examples: number games, science lessons, and writing skills).

Studies have shown that preschool programs help prepare children not only for formal school but also increase their job readiness for professional careers.

When shopping for quality preschool furniture, think kid friendly for bedding, toys, seating, tables and accent pieces.

Preschool furniture should be fun, simple and orderly. The School furniture should also be appealing to all ages with bright colors (bright reds, apple greens, bright pinks, cerulean blues) and patterns.

Look for theses features in preschool furniture:

 

  • Purchase furniture with oak or plank wood materials. The wood materials are durable and highly resistant to wear and tear.
  • Purchase child sized furniture items to fully accommodate small children.
  • Seating and bedding should be soft and cozy – flat seat pans, beanbags, sofas and carpet squares are great selections.
  • School furniture should also promote collaborative work. You can meet collaborative learning needs by purchasing durable, flexible furnishings such as arch shaped desks. Active learning environments are important for preschool students because students have a better opportunity to stay engaged and energized.


Here at Edwards & Hill we offer a wide variety of educational furniture and laboratory applications.

Edwards & Hill is here to design an intimate, durable, stylish Preschool Learning Environment. Take a look at our Lines of Educational Furniture and learn more about the benefits of educational furniture designs today.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Review what Ergonomic Office Furniture products and services our divisions, Furniture Division and Multi-Media Division, can provide to you today.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/education/early-education-far-short-of-goal-in-obama-speech.html?_r=0
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About Educational Furniture Designs For Active Learning Environments

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Teaching and learning styles are evolving in the classroom. Both are less rigid but the demand for more adaptable educational furniture is rising. Why? New technologies and growing emphasis on collaborative work in the classroom is increasing the demand for durable, flexible furnishings. Educational furniture for active learning environments helps keep students engaged and energized.

In Modern day classrooms the best learning environments are those with laptops, tablets, and furniture that promote collaborative exercises and active learning. The conventional teaching style of teacher lecturing students at the front of the class while students listen and take notes is not the best learning atmosphere.

In fact, the traditional seating of lined up row-by-columns layout reduces students’ ability to stay engaged and comprehend learning material because students are positioned to look at the backs of the heads in front of them.

Since this teaching style is ineffective, active learning environments are replacing traditional learning environments. Students learn better when flexibility and mobility in furniture are present.

In active learning environments, teachers are able to shift seamlessly between lectures; group work and presentations without making a huge disruption to classroom learning. Furniture in active learning environments has easy teardown and storage capabilities that allow classroom space to be more adaptive throughout the day.

In the traditional learning environment of row-by-column seating, large disruptions always occur because heavy chairs in a static layout take extensive time to rearrange and it’s a noisy process.

Effective learning environments need to not only keep students focused on the front of the classroom lectures but also allow students to work amongst their peers.

Traditional chairs and desk design only stifle collaborative learning because the furniture items are very restrictive in nature. Active learning collaborative furniture increases comfort, improves visuals, and continuously supports increased student interaction.

This is why classrooms need to be arranged in a way that encourages students to participate in the collaborative process.

The following are collaboration friendly features to consider adding to your classroom environment:

 

  • Flat seat pans. This type of furnishing allows students to shift from side-to-side, sit sideways, or sit backwards in chairs.
  • Desk designs of arc shapes, diamond shapes and wing shapes are very mobile and easily fit together during classroom collaboration activities. The desks improve both eye contact and engagement between students.
  • Vibrant colored furniture such as bright reds, apple greens, bright pinks and cerulean blue improve visual appeal of classrooms and teachers are able to attract and retain student’s attention better.


Let Edwards & Hill Office Furniture create engaging, flexible and multi-modal spaces for your classroom environment today.

Read Edwards & Hill’s article How Ergonomic School Furniture Benefits Student Learning for more school furniture and interior design ideas.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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