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How Library Furniture & Design Impacts Learning

Have you ever wondered if your library is living up to its full potential? The goal of every library is to fulfill the needs of the surrounding community. Libraries provide services and resources that help the public stay informed, educated, healthy, and entertained. Why then are some libraries constantly buzzing with activity while others look as desolate as a ghost town? What makes some libraries more successful than others?

While numerous factors can affect the success of a library, perhaps the most important is library design. Library furniture and design plays a huge role in determining how people interact with a library and what importance they ascribe to its existence. If people visiting the library feel like their needs are being met, they are much more likely to return.

When planning a new library or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to a number of elements into consideration, including traffic patterns, accessibility, organization, comfort, and aesthetics.1 Optimizing libraries for positive interactions can lead to higher levels of engagement, deeper learning, and an increase in popularity, thus benefiting the surrounding community as well as the library itself.

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Creating a Sustainable World with Multi Purpose Furniture

Can you imagine a world without lakes, forests, and fresh air? Since the dawn of time, humans have sought a connection with nature. For many, the experience of being in nature brings peace, clarity, and joy. Furthermore, we depend on natural resources as a society for food, building materials, energy, and much of our daily lives.

That’s why it so frightening to live in a world where natural spaces are vanishing rapidly. Every year, an estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost due to deforestation.1 Unless we, as a society, change our patterns of behavior, the natural world as we know it will cease to exist.

Creating a sustainable world starts with making environmentally friendly decisions in our daily lives, at home and at work. By purchasing multi purpose furniture for your school, coworking office, or library that can be reused and adapted continually, you are helping to conserve precious natural resources and are protecting the environment.

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How to Create a Makerspace for Your Library, School, or Workplace

A makerspace can be a fantastic tool for any learning environment. There is a natural joy that comes from the process of making and creating. Being able to discover new solutions and ideas helps to satisfy our endless curiosity about the world around us. When we can hold up something that we’ve made or created with our own hands, we feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. And in the process, we’re learning new skills, expanding our knowledge, and creating relationships that add to our happiness in life.

If you’re considering adding a makerspace to your school, office, or library, you may have some questions about how to get started. Makerspaces can take on a variety of different forms, so there truly is no right or wrong way to go about creating one. However, there are a few steps you can follow to make the process as easy and efficient as possible and avoid unnecessary expense.

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What Is Collaborative Learning?

We are all familiar with the phrase “Two heads are better than one.” Yet for years this is a concept that society has largely ignored when it comes to the way we work and learn. Up until recently, it was believed that learning and working were tasks best performed in a private, individual setting. Collaborative learning was something that occurred in limited amounts, such as in group projects or training seminars held sparsely throughout the year.

However, today many educators and businesses are beginning to break away from this kind of thinking. More and more research is revealing that there is marvelous value in collaborative learning. Collaborative learning helps support higher level thinking, increases retention, improves relationships, and strengthens leadership skills. Such evidence has given rise to a whole new type of learning space, full of life, laughter, and activity.

But for those who are unfamiliar, questions may arise around this new way of working and learning, such as what is collaborative learning and how does one create a collaborative learning space? Below, we’ve provided some insight that we hope you may find useful.

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How to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment

Today more and more schools are shifting away from teacher-centered learning and transitioning towards classrooms that combine self-directed and collaborative learning styles. Research shows that collaborative learning environments can help students develop important skills they need to succeed in the real world.

By fostering skills that involve higher-order thinking, communication, and leadership, collaborative learning environments help prepare students for succeeding in roles that they will take on later in life.

Creating a learning environment that’s truly collaborative, however, is no easy task, as any educator will tell you. It requires more than just adding in a couple of group projects here and there.

Schools must design their classrooms in a way that supports collaborative learning by intentionally creating spaces where students can become heavily engaged in hands-on projects, converse easily with one another, and stay focused. Below, we’ve provided some tips for creating a collaborative classroom.

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How to Choose Tools & Equipment for Your Makerspace

Adding a makerspace to your school, office, or hackerspace can have many benefits. Makerspaces provide a place where people of all ages can work together collaboratively, helping each other learn and achieve their goals.

If this is your first time setting up a makerspace, you may have some questions about what tools and equipment you will need. How you set up your makerspace will have a direct impact on the way that people who come to it work and learn, so it’s important to put some consideration into what tools and equipment you add to your space.

By identifying your goals and needs beforehand, you can successfully create a makerspace that people benefit from and enjoy.

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Three Benefits of Adding a Makerspace to Your School Library

In the past few years, makerspaces have become much more common in educational settings. No longer just a part of hackerspaces and fablabs, makerspaces can now be found in a variety of learning environments, from classrooms in preschools to STEM labs in elementary schools and art studios on college campuses.

A growing number of educators and school administrators are beginning to realize that makerspaces can make a huge impact on student learning and school culture. As a result, many schools have added makerspaces to their library. This kind of mentality is in itself revolutionary, since school libraries are traditionally thought of as being quiet, tidy spaces for individual learning. However, more and more, research is showing that students learn best when they can work in a collaborative environment and participate in hands-on activities.

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How Modern Office Furniture Can Improve the Workplace

As breakthroughs in science and engineering pave the way for innovation, the modern office continues to evolve and progress into a dynamic environment that places employee happiness, well-being, and productivity at the highest priority. More and more businesses are the ditching dark, drab cubicle look and heading towards office layouts that allow for collaboration, movement, and healthy living.

The office of today is a fusion of creativity and technology, a place where artistic expression and intellect collide. And modern office furniture is helping to facilitate these changes by creating a more productive, enjoyable workplace. With the right furniture, offices can easily adapt their space as their business needs change and save money.

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Brilliant Classroom Furniture Ideas for 2019

As the new year approaches, educators are looking for innovative ways to use classroom furniture to help their students learn more effectively and become more invested in their projects and school work. In the past, schools gave little attention to classroom design, but this matter has changed greatly over the last few years.

Educators and school board members are now realizing that they way that they use space in their school and classrooms has a major impact on student learning. Students are more focused and productive when they can work in a learning environment that is comfortable and allows for movement and collaboration.

Strong emphasis is being placed on technology, group projects, and STEM curriculum. For this reason, many educators have switched to more modern and flexible classroom furniture such as comfortable seating, mobile workstations, and makerspace tables. Below, we’ve highlighted some unique and creative classroom furniture ideas that educators can use to improve their learning space in the year 2019.

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Makerspaces & Literacy: How Makerspaces Facilitate Storytelling

Technology is an important part of our world. With an increasing number of jobs developing in the tech industry, it’s important that schools prepare students by teaching them how to use technology in class. And teachers have seen incredible results from using technology to teach important STEM concepts, including an increasing in student engagement and performance.

But where does that leave literacy and the arts? Are students missing out on fundamental skills as they’re swept away in the tech world? This is the concern of many educators and parents.

However, some teachers have found a new method for bringing the arts and literacy into classroom projects. By using makerspaces as a hub for hands on activities and group assignments, teachers have found that they can easily incorporate writing, and literacy into STEM lessons by immersing students in the imaginative process of storytelling.

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