How The Modern School Is Becoming More Like The Modern Workplace
As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms, school libraries, lunchrooms and other common areas.
Today’s schools, are now being equipped with outlets from the floors to the walls allowing students to easily plug in and charge laptop computers, phones and other devices wherever they work. They have furniture designed for the way students sit and stand. And they have collaborative spaces designed to allow them to work together in small groups and in teams.This trend began with the charter school boom over the last 7-10 years for several reasons.
First, these schools were less beholden to older educational designs and in many cases even wanted to differentiate themselves from the traditional model. Second, they were starting from scratch, so they had more options when choosing their interior designs and furniture. And third, many have an explicit goal of better preparing students for success in college and in the workforce.Now, these new schools are setting the standard for what people expect of a forward-thinking educational space.
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This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post on June 28, 2016.