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The Evolution of Classroom Furniture
Due to the constant evolution of technology, we have seen advances in everything, from entertainment to education. In particular, the modern-day classroom has transformed completely in the last century. Classroom furniture is now available in impressive designs to integrate technology, adapt to the learning needs of each student, and supports students to learn in new ways.
So, without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at the evolution of classroom furniture:
In the early 1900s, the size of classrooms was twice as large as the classrooms today. Children would traditionally be seated in rows, similar to a lecture room, so they could all easily see the teacher. There was no segregation of students based on age or learning ability. In the modern-day classroom, this has completely changed. Classroom sizes are smaller and segregated by age and learning ability. The evolution from traditional classroom seating to more flexible learning has seen the development of desks and chairs to be more suited to a smaller, collaborative environment.
The use of uncomfortable wooden chairs in a classroom has been left in the past. Schools understand the importance of ergonomics when it comes to classroom furniture. Chairs and tables are now designed to be adaptable for each student and provide the right support to minimise the risk of injury and pain. At Abax Kingfisher, our Ariah Chair is a wonderful example of ergonomic furniture as it is curated with a polypropylene shell, meaning students will always have the ergonomic support and comfort.
One of the biggest changes in education is how technology has shaped the way children learn. These days, learning is very digitalised with the use of mobile technology such as iPads to individualise learning. This also can promote more relaxed learning; students don’t need to be seated on desks and chairs. Many classrooms like to now include a ‘cosy reading corner’ set up with soft seating such as bean bags to promote a more collaborative, relaxed learning environment.
At the turn of the 20th century, students would sit on wooden desks with benches attached, these desks would have lids that opened so they couple fit their personal belongings inside. Teachers would remain at the front of the classroom and would rarely move away from their desks. As learning has changed over the years, the modern classroom now provides more flexible seating arrangements, where they can sit in groups for various activities. Student tables, such as the Abax Kingfisher Kingstack Triangle Table, are ideal for collaborative environments as they are stackable, moveable, and writable.
At Abax Kingfisher, we pride ourselves on providing the most innovative, modern classroom furniture Australia can provide. We understand the importance of creating flexible learning spaces and how vital it is to have ergonomic and safe furniture for students to use daily. We truly believe that furniture can inspire creativity. If you want to transform your school space, call 1300 811 054 and talk to us about how we can bring your vision to life.