Collaborative furniture is becoming increasingly more prevalent in education. Today’s classrooms use much more than the traditional pen and paper. Often where a student sits a final exam is the same space for group work, seminars, and presentations. Educational facilities are demanding modular and mobile furniture. In fact, these are fundamental if a classroom is to be truly flexible.
Educational facilities are moving away from the idea of fixed tables and chairs. Now, they are introducing collaborative furniture alternatives such as folding and mobile furniture. Collaborative furniture allows room for larger projects and group work activities.
Sockets and data inputs are no longer a luxury but a necessity. Students now demand access to power and data at all times. This is because they often bring their own devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Furniture designers and manufacturers such as TOP-TEC understand the need for change. Therefore, it is integral to us that we integrate sources of power directly into collaborative furniture designs. Whether that be on the surface of a desk or on the arm of a chair. This furniture allows you to connect simultaneously, and charge and share screen capability too. Furniture that exists to facilitate education and collaboration is all about cleverly integrating convenience with technology.
Transitioning to collaborative furniture
As the number of students investing in higher education increases, more education establishments require space-saving furniture. Height adjustable tables are versatile. These offer students a variety of collaborative learning environments – proven to increase engagement and productivity. Any space has the potential to become a learning space, even areas such as hallways and corridors. These ‘in-between areas’ need to embody a social learning space. Furniture such as booths and pods helps convey this message.
It’s about transforming under-utilised areas into productive hubs of activity. During exam seasons students find they are more productive at university so may choose to spend more time at the library. Taking this into account it’s critical that furniture provides the perfect balance of comfort and productivity. Choosing light furnishings creates a fresh and innovative feel. Combining this with bold flashes of colour introduces the perfect balance of a calm yet stimulating learning environment.
Like anything, furniture trends have no constant and are continuously evolving. As a result, educational facilities are not only investing in collaborative learning furniture that meets their requirements but are investing in furnishings that can carry them into the future.
Call 0121 783 3838 to speak to our team today to find out how we can incorporate collaborative furniture into your education environment.
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