Welcome to the latest edition of Forrer’s education newsletter!

As you surely know, the changes converging on campus today are extraordinary. There’s a new generation of students, Gen Y, with different experiences and expectations than those of their boomer parents. Rapidly changing technology is continually offering new approaches to learning and instruction. And at the same time, multiple pedagogies are being employed at every level of education. These changes present a challenge to successfully teaching 21st century skills to today’s new generation of learners.

Read our newsletter to learn more about the latest research and trends impact the design of learning spaces today.


The Highly Collaborative Classroom of the Future

from CampusTechnology.com

When Monika Dressler makes the case for the University of Michigan to update its classroom furniture to foster more active learning, she realizes “it is a lot less sexy than technology like iPads. When you say furniture, eyes glaze over.”  But Dressler, senior manager of instructional support services for Literature, Science, and Arts, insists change is necessary.

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Seven Tips for Building Collaborative Learning Spaces

from CampusTechnology.com

If your school is seeking to incorporate more collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, the design of the learning environment—whether it’s a classroom or a more informal space—can be a critical factor in making this transformation.

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The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks

from mashable.com

The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program.

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School Design Can Affect Learning

from dezeen.com

Well-designed classrooms can improve the academic performance of primary school pupils by 25 percent according to a new study undertaken by the University of Salford and UK architects Nightingale Associates.

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Product Highlight – Verb

from Steelcase.com

Verb is an integrated collection of classroom furniture designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles on demand.

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Active Learning Spaces: A New Paradigm

Forrer is excited to host a learning symposium on Wednesday, March 6th at our showroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! We will welcome Dr. Lennie Scott Webber, Director of Educational Environments and former Chair of the Department of Interior Design at Radford University, to share research, insights and ideas for creating smarter learning environments for today’s students. More information will be coming soon!

To view registration and schedule information, click here.

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