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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 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; Higher levels of distraction and poor concentration Students unable to hear and understand instruction Teachers being unable to hear and...

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

Classroom Culture
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...

[Take the Poll] STEM VS STEAM: What Will the Future Bring?

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STEM vs STEAM: What Will the Future Bring? There is no denying that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, otherwise known as STEM, has become a major component in today’s education curriculum. If you’re an educator, chances are you’ve already heard about the STEAM vs STEM debate, or weighed in on it yourself. Over the past few months there has been quite a debate over STEM vs STEAM with a surge of supporters for both sides. In Australia, STEM is a widely-recognised program in schools with the Australian Government investing in the training of educators and funding state-wide strategies to incorporate STEM learning into the curriculum. Key aspects of those strategies focus on building teacher capabilities to transform STEM learning, increasing student engagement in STEM learning as...

Would You Try Flipped Learning in Your Classroom?

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Would You Try Flipped Learning in Your Classroom? What is flipped learning? The flipped classroom essentially reverses traditional teaching. Instead of teachers talking at students at the front of the room, the learning material is delivered online and consumed by students at home. Whilst classroom time is reserved for ‘homework’, assignments and more hands-on class projects. The idea is that students absorb the basics of a topic at home, and come to class to strengthen that knowledge by putting it into practice. Flipped learning not only makes students active participants in the learning process, but also active investigators as they find online resources to share with their peers. Pros   Students can pause content, skip ahead, slow down and go at their own pace  ...

How Student Driven Learning Environments Impact Student Outcomes

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FREE TO LEARN How Student-Driven Learning Environments Impact Student Outcomes By Prakash Nair, Founding President & CEO of Fielding Nair International It’s a surprising fact that the top universities in the world actively recruit home-schooled students for their freshman class. The reason they do so is because these students have primarily been free to study what interests them most, and have “learned how to learn” while doing so. (Business Insider, Chris Weller, 2015) While standardised tests are too often the criteria upon which education outcomes are measured, acceptance into top post-secondary institutions is another good way to measure student outcomes for secondary schools. This criterion is an accurate gauge about the effectiveness of schooling. What Kind Of Learning Do Students Need? It goes beyond celebrating...

New Generational Learning Spaces ARE Making a Difference

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In the past decade, schools have been leaving behind the traditional rigid classrooms of old and transforming their classrooms into collaborative learning environments. Today, the design and physical attributes of the classroom are more influential to teacher’s pedagogical practice and student learning than ever. Previously there had been little research conducted into how classroom design, layout and seating arrangement effects student learning. Now we are seeing more schools volunteering their classrooms to measure the outcomes of New Generational Learning Spaces. The term ‘New Generation Learning Spaces’ (NGLS) was derived from the separate works of Radcliffe, Wilson, Powell, and Tibbetts (2008) and Jamieson (2007) that sought to explore the relationship between pedagogy, space and technology. The emerging theme was a dramatic shift to more student-centred and...

BFX Lends A Hand to Nundah Cottages

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BFX was proud to donate $11,000 worth of furniture including chairs, bean bags, storage trolleys and adjustable height tables to Queensland's Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health. The Channel 9 Telethon was broadcast live on Saturday the 19th of November and raised $12.3 Million for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Hundreds of Queensland children are helped by the Children’s Hospital Foundation every year through both their direct support for families during hospitals stays and also fundraising for world-class medical research and care. The mental health of children is vital to their recovery and post care. BFX Furniture is proud to have been involved in Triple M’s Marto and Ed’s biggest Lend-A-Hand yet! The radio hosts put a call out for volunteers to donate their time and effort to renovating Nundah Cottages, home to the...

Future Classrooms for Future Skills

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Watch the Video at Yahoo News! Source Yahoo 7 News Chris Campey from 7 News reports that “tablets and smartphones are the pens and paper of today’s learning.” It's becoming increasingly apparent that in the next twenty years more than 40% of Australia’s jobs will be automated. Begging the question, will students be prepared for jobs that may not exist when they graduate? And; What skills are they actually learning to prepare them for the changing world? Schools like Living Faith Lutheran Primary School in Murrumba Downs have joined the New Generational Learning Space revolution and redesigned their classrooms with a more modern look you would expect to find at Google’s head office. The redesign of the Year 6 learning space was a collaborative project between...
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