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Amazing AudioArt™ Installation at St Philip’s Christian College

BFX Furniture doesn’t just transform learning environments with modern and flexible furniture, we now transform classroom walls from drab to fab as well. Our very first large-scale AudioArt™ Installation at St Philip’s Christian College completely blew all their expectations. This open plan classroom was designed with zones for collaborative group work, quiet reading time, lounging and can accommodate up to 60 grade one students. Among the group settings, our Sine Lounges and SmarTable™ Jotters offer flexible areas for lounging as well as individual work. But the real show-stopper is the AudioArt™ wall scenes. One depicting the rolling hills of autumn and the other a castle in the mountains. These custom scenes were designed and created by our AudioArt™ Design Team in collaboration with school, their concept…

10 Amazing Library Designs From Around The World

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Interiors, furniture selection and architecture are the three pillars that make for exceptional library space design. Maybe you’re looking for public library designs or school library design ideas? You have come to the right place. The best place to find inspiration is around the world. You will be blown away by the architectural majesty of some of these libraries. That’s not to say we don’t have some fantastic libraries right here in Australia. While there’s something so cozy about grand traditional libraries with great towering stacks, we are more partial to 21st-century library design with fresh contemporary finishes. There is a bit of everything in this post. So, scroll on down. You’re sure to be inspired. Cooroy Library & Digital Information Hub - Cooroy, Australia...

What Is Progressive Learning?

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You may have heard it called many different things before. Progressive Learning, Individualised Learning, Personalised Learning, Student Centred Learning, Active Learning, whatever term you are familiar with, there is no doubt that there is some exciting things happening in the world of Education. Where Did it Originate? Progressive Learning originated in the late 19th Century and was coined by educational reformer and philosopher John Dewey. He proposes that “Education is more than preparation for the future, it is life itself”. In Democracy In Education, published in 1916, Dewey proposed that education should be active and interactive and that the method of teaching should fit the student. He saw education a less of “an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructing process.” Since…

One School Let Their Students Design Their Dream Classroom

Watch Part 1 to See the Beginning of their Journey. We are so excited to finally share this project with you all! Let me tell you, when the grade 4 students at Nundah State Primary entered their classroom for the first time at the beginning of the year they had no idea how it would be transformed in just a few short months. They also had no idea that they would be the ones designing it. Grade 4 teacher, Karen O’Connell wanted to shake up their traditional classroom setting, and she wanted it to be a purposeful project that her students could be involved in. It all started with an idea. What if we could get the students to design their own classroom? And how can...

Why One School Made The Switch To Future Focused Learning

Watch the Video Above!    Grade 6 teacher at St Nicholas Primary School, Shelly O'Sullivan, shares how her students have adapted to Future Focused Learning and what they love about their new collaborative learning environment. Read the Exclusive BONUS Interview Below! BFX Furniture fitted out St Nicholas School with Future Focused Learning Zones and flexible learning spaces. Principal, Stefan van Aanholt and Assistant Principal Lisa McSweeney talk about the journey and the positive outcomes the students have experienced as a result of these modern learning environments   What was your vision and why did you decide to go down this journey? Stefan: If you look back at this school, say six years ago, the infrastructure was tired and old. Lisa: Functional but old and restrictive...

9 Activities To Get Students Involved In Classroom Design

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Classroom Design plays an important part in giving students ownership over their learning. Why not let the students design their classroom themselves! Giving students more choice in how they inhabit their classroom and how their classroom looks is a positive step towards creating a student-centred classroom. Join hundreds of teachers and students already designing their dream classroom in the BFX 3D Room Planner. We’ve come up with a few suggested activities to help students learn about all aspects of classroom design and apply their knowledge across English, Math, Science, Art and History as well as Design and Technology subjects. These suggested activities can be completed in sequential order from 1-9, or you can choose which activities you would like to run in the classroom. The difficulty...

How Classroom Design Can Reduce Noise

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"There's a common belief that learning environments need absolute quiet. That isn't necessarily true. If learners are really engaged in their work, they'll feel connected and energised by a certain amount of noise, not distracted." - Trung Lee, Cannon Design - The Third Teacher If you want to know how to reduce noise in the classroom you have definitely come to the right place. More schools are adopting flexible open plan learning spaces to support bigger classes and the diverse learning needs of students. However, bigger spaces often mean noisier spaces. It can be difficult to monitor classroom noise and find the right balance between the ‘good kind of noise’ of students collaborating and ‘too much noise’. Too much noise in the classroom can result in;...

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

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Learning spaces are no longer defined by four walls, a desk and chair for every student and a whiteboard. Let’s face it; we now live in a fast-paced digital world. No longer is the photocopier the biggest thing in education since sliced bread.  From advances in Augmented Reality, Smartboards and Information Technology, we have come such a long way in education just in the last ten years. Whether you call it 21st-century learning, new generational learning, flexible learning, flipped learning or Future Focused Learning, the undeniable truth is that technology is a key component of the future of education. Technology in the classroom has brought new ways for sharing information, communicating and discovering the world. It’s not just teenagers, young adults and kids who love...

Inside Baringa State Primary School’s STEM Classrooms

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Baringa State Primary School opened its doors for the very first time on the 22nd of January 2018. Staff, students and families were welcomed into the new school located in Caloundra's new Aura Estate, full of smiles and eagerness upon entering their classrooms. The day marked a milestone in the history of the school and also the history of BFX Furniture, being the first STEM School of Excellence we have fitted-out. From the very beginning Baringa State Primary School’s Foundation Principal Noel Baggs, who brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous role as Deputy Principal at Currimundi State School for 25 years, said he welcomed the challenge of opening the new school. “I’m very excited to set up a new school with a...

Future Focused Learning Zones Have Officially Landed in the BFX 3D Room Planner

ATTENTION ALL! The time has come at last. We would like to welcome you to the future of classroom design. We invite you to step inside the BFX 3D Room Planner and see for yourself. You’re going to get up-close and personal with all 36 of our Future Focused Learning Zones. All without leaving the comfort of your chair. The BFX Room Planner lets you draw your classroom to scale, furnish, decorate and you can even save your design and share it with your colleagues or friends. The Room Planner has a huge selection of wallpapers and flooring for you to decorate your space. You’ll have tones of fun selecting fabrics, colours and finishes for all your furniture. Why stop at your dream classroom? Let...

The Learning Environment As The ‘Third Teacher’

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After qualified teachers and, of course, the very first people to teach us right from wrong, our parents, there is a lot we can learn from the physical environment. When we were only but a few months old, we began discovering an entire world of sensory experiences around us. We discovered what different things in our surroundings tasted like, felt like, sounded like and looked like. As children’s minds and bodies grow, they begin to learn how to assess the environment surrounding them. We learn that when we’re running, and there is an object in our path, we swerve to avoid it. We learn that when there is a table and its set with plates and cutlery, its time to eat. We make sense of...

How One School Completely Blew Away Teachers, Students and Parents With Their New Multi-Purpose Hall

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Download the Full Report Get It Now! Multi-Purpose halls are a pretty tall order for all schools. From being able to host assemblies, award nights, musicals, sporting matches and even some classes. A Multi-Purpose Hall certainly has a lot of jobs to do. Schools invest thousands of dollars to ensure they get their value for money when constructing their halls and there are a number of things they need to take into consideration. What does a multi-purpose hall need? Space to accommodate teachers, parents, students Lighting & audio-visual equipment Storage space Amenities A staging area Sporting equipment Seating In this post we’re going to talk about seating. See the problem is when you have so many students, faculty and parents to accommodate for these events, seating...

6 Quick & Easy Classroom Layouts for Back To School

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Happy Back To School Season! Its come around again way too fast hasn’t it? It seems like only yesterday you were fare-welling your gaggle of students on the last day of school and an endless horizon of school holidays were stretched out before you . . . those days sure went quick! We bet your busy preparing for your first week of school, or you may already be in the middle of it, so we won’t take too much of your time . . . We just wanted to share one little time-saving tip with you that could make your classroom setup really simple and really efficient. You may already have an image in your mind of how you want to arrange your classroom, where...

Case Study: Immanuel Lutheran College’s Journey With BFX Furniture

Mrs Jodie Hayat, Deputy Head of Primary School at Immanuel Lutheran College shares her journey with BFX Furniture in an exclusive interview. Tell us about your goals for Immanuel Lutheran College “Here at Immanuel Lutheran College relationships really are at the core of everything we do. The selection of furniture for these zones really enhances that and provides opportunity to build upon really important foundations for our students.” “We are very much about creating active citizens in an ever-changing world. So, for us, it’s about collaborative thinkers, it’s about innovative thinkers, it’s about creative problem solving. These are all the skills that we are very much embedding in our practice for our students.”   What qualities were you looking for when selecting your furniture pieces?...

How to Know for Sure That You’re Getting High Quality Furniture for Your School

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This is part 1 of our new Furniture Testing & Safety blog series. At BFX Furniture we are dedicated to ensuring we deliver high quality, safe and fully tested furniture for the Australian education environment. School furniture is not only a vital part of your school’s appearance, atmosphere and as recent studies have shown, your student’s learning, it’s also an investment for years to come and should be carefully chosen. But how do you know you’re making the right choice? Besides the colours, fabrics and the actual furniture pieces themselves, you should also consider the standard of safety, quality and warranty of those products.   How do you know your furniture is safe? The only way to really know how safe your student desks and...

How To Design A Student Centered Classroom

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In the education world, we often hear the term ‘student centered classroom’ and many educators agree that in the ever evolving 2st century, how we teach and how students learn should evolve too. So, what is a student centered classroom? Is it just student directed instruction or implementing student centered lessons or activities? At its core, student centered learning gives students the power of choice and gives them responsibility over their own learning. It can be an uphill battle trying to motivate students and get them engaged in their learning. One of the simplest ways is often overlooked: involving them in setting up their own classroom. Studies have shown that the learning environment alone can contribute up to 25% of the educational development of students,...

20 Must Have Apps for the Classroom in 2018

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20 Must Have Apps for the Classroom in 2018 Reprimanding students for playing games in class could be a thing of the past. More and more teachers are integrating apps in their lessons plans and even for classroom management. Tablets and smartphones make wonderful assets to the classroom, from improving student engagement to connecting students to an online learning community. There are lots of classroom apps that can make learning not only easy, but fun too! We've scoured the internet and discovered the best apps for the classroom and put them all in one convenient place for you. Click the links and discover the apps yourself. There's apps for teachers to use in the classroom, game-based apps that make learning fun and lots of apps for classroom organisation. We...

[New Research 2017] – Innovative Learning Environments for Better Student Learning

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NEW Australian Research Discovers ‘Deep Learning’ Occurs in Innovative Learning Environments In today’s classrooms, traditional learning spaces and traditional teaching approaches are the most common occurring pedagogical practice in Australian and New Zealand schools. However, new evidence shows that deep learning actually occurs in more open plan classrooms. A new study conducted by Innovative Learning Environments & Teacher Change (ILETC) project at the University of Melbourne was published recently this year. The results were driven by a survey that was sent out to over 6000 School Principals in Australia & New Zealand. Led by Associate Professor Wesley Imms, the ILETC project connects researchers in education, architecture and design, along with 15 partner organisations. The purpose of the project was to examine the support required to...

Connect with Your Students Using These 5 Easy Activities

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Connect with Your Students Using These 5 Easy Activities The best teachers know the secret to connecting with their students is building positive relationships with them. They understand that the key to unlocking their student’s academic potential is opening them up to the idea of asking for help. School can be a socially and academically daunting time, no matter the age of the student. Every class will have a mixture of class clowns, backseat bandits, pot stirrers and silent observers. The classroom should be a fun and supportive learning environment for all students. They will never put their hand up if they don’t feel like they can trust their peers or their teacher to back their ideas. Some teachers are naturals at building a rapport...

How To Create A Positive Classroom Culture

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How To Create A Positive Classroom Culture Building a positive classroom culture is a gradual process that if done right, can create a shared sense of community and respect in the classroom. A classroom culture reflects the values of the teacher and the student. It’s about creating a positive and safe environment where students are encouraged to listen and be heard, offer ideas without judgement, and build long lasting relationships with each other. Set Responsibilities Rather Than ‘Rules’ When we think of rules we often think of someone telling us what we ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ do. There’s a distinct difference between enforcing a set of rules for students to follow, and coming up with a shared set of responsibilities together and following them. Shifting the...
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