In our experience with furnishing K-12 schools, we’ve found there are significant benefits to creating learning environments about which students and their parents feel ownership. For this reason, many schools are specifying educational furniture that helps set the school apart – and attract students. Our educational furniture can help you do just that.
Furniture for High-performance Education & Learning Environments
What constitutes a learning environment is changing – the “spaces” where students learn are becoming more community-driven. The right educational furniture can support the versatility needed to create these “spaces.”
Many of the products in our educational furniture portfolio offer options that support the different ways of teaching and learning such as classroom tables, chairs and desks with elements of mobility to support reconfiguration. Teachers can start a class with a lecture, break them into small groups to collaborate, then have students form a large circle for a large group discussion. However, schools are more than just classrooms. They are contained communities where students socialize as well as learn. Teachers train. Administration plans. Parents volunteer. Often, the local school is the place where the community gathers for pep rallies, science fairs and PTO meetings. KI designs and manufactures educational furniture that is appealing, comfortable and supports the various uses for the school. The right furniture can make all feel welcome and support the school in its mission to demand excellence.
KI also focuses on incorporating sustainability into its furniture for education -- most KI products are GreenGuard-certified or GreenGuard-certified for Children & Schools. And this focus on sustainability does not impact the durability or comfort of KI educational furniture solutions. Our education furniture holds up to decades of rigorous use by the student body. Proper ergonomics improve comfort, which is instrumental in ensuring students stay focused and attentive. That’s why KI incorporates features such as articulating chair backs, rolled-edge seat fronts and larger tablet arms into our educational furniture.
Classrooms and media centers today now incorporate new technologies such as iPod and iPad labs, WiFi connections and more. Students often have their own laptops. At KI, we anticipate technological advances and incorporate them into the design of our educational furniture. Examples include power and data ports in classroom tables, SmartLift computer tables, and integrating emerging technologies such as eCoupled wireless power. KI understands that schools need to know the educational furniture they invest in today will support the technological advancements of tomorrow.
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