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Flipped Classrooms: Is It the Future of Learning?

Researchers have been looking at possible ways to improve classroom learning and to help students learn more efficiently. One of the strategies that has recently emerged is the flipped classroom model — an inverted approach to the traditional lecture setting.

Studying at Home and Learning in School

In a common classroom setting, students listen to lectures inside the classroom and carry out most of the active learning at home. The flipped classroom model inverts this setup by devoting more time for collaborative schoolwork, experiential learning and other forms of active learning inside the classroom. Teachers prepare video lectures that students take home to learn at their own pace.  

The flipped classroom model is relatively new, and only a few of the top universities in the world have adopted this strategy. Studies continue to examine the effects of the model in the students' conceptual grasp of lessons. One study found that the grades of weaker students improved 10% greater than weaker students in traditional classrooms.

Advantages of the Flipped Classroom Model

The main advantage of the flipped classroom model is that the majority of the time spent in the classroom is devoted to active learning. In a collaborative environment, teachers assist students while they work on individual and group schoolwork.

Having more time for active learning allows students to understand concepts and lessons with the help of peers and teachers. This setup enhances comprehension and reduces the likelihood of students getting left behind.

At home, students are able to study the video lectures at a pace with which they are comfortable. They will attend classes the following day prepared and equipped with questions related to the lesson and effectively follow the lecture.

Disadvantages of the Flipped Classroom Model

The flipped classroom model requires teachers to prepare pre-recorded lessons in high-video quality. Meanwhile, the students should have access to proper equipment to watch lectures at home.

This requirement puts students living in low-income areas at a disadvantage, as equipment can be costly. Some students may also feel that they can skip class when they have already "learned" the lesson at home.

School Furniture Conducive to Collaborative Learning

For those schools looking to devote more classroom time to active learning, it is important to have school furniture that fosters peer-to-peer learning.

Office Line offers classroom and library furniture for educational institutions  Australia-wide. Our knowledge of various academic environments allows us to fulfil the specific requirements of our clients.

Our range of school furniture includes a variety of colours and functions that complement and enhance classroom interiors.  We also have high regard for safety and comfort when selecting furniture for our catalogues. Our selection of school furniture is ideal for group learning and study breaks.

Since 1988, Office Line has provided educational furnishing solutions and a high level of personal and professional customer service. We offer convenient delivery and installation services. For all your educational furniture needs, we are your one-stop shop.

Explore our range of school furniture or contact us today. Call us on 1800 333 116 or send us an e-mail at info@officeline.com.au

The Award-Winning EN Floor Chair for Modern Facilities

Maintaining good posture is not only beneficial to health, but it also aids in sustaining focus and concentration in class. Educational institutions are placing more emphasis on chair ergonomics as part of the thrust to promote good posture among students.

Health and Posture Issues with Regular Chairs

Past research has revealed that the human body is not built for sitting in chairs. In fact, the widespread use of chairs only happened around 200 years ago; and in some countries, sitting on the floor is still the norm.

Most regular chairs come with a fixed chair width and depth. Manufacturers usually set the width and depth of the chair according to the height of an 'average' person, leaving people who are taller or shorter than their estimates at a disadvantage. Regular chairs also come with fixed backrests. This means that you cannot adjust the backrest to suit your specific needs which can lead to back complications or injuries.

Employees who sit in poorly designed chairs for prolonged periods of time suffer a host of negative effects, from distraction to discomfort in the workplace. Some of the dangers of sitting on a non-ergonomic chair include:

  • Stiffness and numbness
  • Impeded circulation
  • Cramping
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Neck/back/hip pain
  • Uneven pressure distribution
  • Lack of focus at work

Office injuries due to poor posture occur gradually and often go unnoticed until employees experience significant pain and discomfort. This shows the importance of chairs to be built ergonomically. Ergonomic chairs reduce muscle and joint strain that can lead to serious wear and tear. More importantly, it reduces the risk of chronic lower back muscle strain and axial back pain.

Ensuring Back Support with Floor Chairs

Ergonomic floor chairs are one way to address the problems associated with sitting in regular chairs. This special type of chair allows people to sit naturally on the floor while receiving necessary back support, even when they lean back and relax.

Floor chairs are built to be flexible so you will not have to worry about tipping over when you lean against your seat. They also need to be durable and well-designed. Since they are in constant contact with the floor, floor chairs must be scratch-resistant and should not damage your flooring.

Fun and Comfortable for Learning Spaces

Versatile seating options such as floor chairs can be huge motivators for students. Floor chairs give them the autonomy and flexibility to control their environment, allowing them to stay more engaged and focused. This leads to better academic performance, as well as improved overall behaviour. Floor seating options can also make individual reading time a much more enjoyable prospect for students.

Additionally, floor chairs offer the opportunity for increased collaboration among students because of the open space. They can communicate more effectively during team works and classroom discussions as well as work in small groups or pairs.

Ideal for Maintaining the Perfect Meditation Posture

Maintaining good posture during meditation is vital because it helps you remain rooted in the present and fosters awareness. The ideal posture for meditation has three essential characteristics: straight, comfortable and stable. However, discomfort and pain can be major distractions when you're trying to meditate.

For that purpose, finding the best meditation chair is an important part of your practice. Floor chairs are low and incredibly comfortable, providing proper support to your bum and lower back. The chairs are cushioned to protect rear ends from the discomfort of a hard floor. They are also designed and shaped to support standard meditation positions, helping supplement your practice.

With floor chairs, you will be able to focus on your breathing, mantra and visualisation because there aren't any unnecessary aches in your body disrupting your concentration.

Award-Winning Floor Chair for Modern Facilities

Office Line proudly presents the EN Floor chair, one of the newest additions to the EN range of chairs in our catalogue. Ideal for modern school and office facilities, the EN Floor chair is constructed to a high specification that meets ergonomic requirements.

Made from polypropylene, the EN Floor chair is durable yet lightweight. Its composition is also fully recyclable, which is ideal for clients who are looking for sustainable furniture. The EN Floor chair comes in 16 colours, offering a wide variety that will match the interiors of your establishment.

The EN Floor chair was recognised by the GESS (Global Educational Supplies and Solutions) Education Awards and won in the Innovative Product — Floor Chair category.

The annual awarding ceremony highlights and celebrates high-quality and innovative contributions to the education sector, with the objective to raise the standards for educational products and services.

High-Quality Products from Trusted Brands

Since our launch in 1988, Office Line has been steadfast in its commitment to providing high-quality classroom and office furniture sourced from trusted brands in the industry.

Our catalogue includes the EN brand of chairs that we displayed at the National Future Schools Conference and Exhibition in March 2018. We were excited to introduce this range of classroom chairs as an innovative, ergonomic and eco-friendly option.

We have more creative and functional solutions for your school and office needs. Based in Perth, we extend our services to Western Australia and other areas in the country. We offer fast delivery for all orders and assist in setting up your furniture.

Feel free to browse the comprehensive range of products in our catalogue. Let us know how we can help you by sending us an e-mail at info@officeline.com.au. You may also call us on 1800 333 116.

Sir Ken Robinson Speaks at the National FutureSchools Conference 2018

Office Line recently attended the 2018 National Future Schools Conference and Exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 20 to 22. The annual event aims to discuss the future of education in Australia by gathering industry leaders and agents of change.

Sir Ken Robinson: A Leader in Global Education Reforms

Amongst the esteemed roster of guests and speakers was Sir Ken Robinson, a renowned figure in educational reform. His ideas on creative and cultural education have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in TEDx conferences. His 2006 talk, 'Do Schools Kill Creativity' has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube.

His views came from being a professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK for 12 years. Now, Robinson is a professor emeritus at the university. Politicians in Northern Ireland have adopted Robinson’s ideas documented in his book, Unlocking Creativity. Robinson has also worked with several governments, education systems and businesses all over the world.

Notable Publications on Education

His book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009), is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 23 languages. An accompaniment to The Element was published in 2013, titled Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, and became an acclaimed New York Times best seller.

Robinson's 2015 book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, discusses the world's troubled educational systems and the significance of rethinking approaches to education.

Robinson's most recent publication, You, Your Child, and School (2018), tackles the challenges, rewards and gratifying experiences of parents who are deeply concerned about their children's education. The book debunks the myths and controversies surrounding educational concerns and aims to inspire parents, educators and policy makers to reevaluate the purpose of education.

Sir Ken Robinson held a live question and answer forum on the first day of the National Future Schools Conference. He met with attendees at a book signing event after his talk.

Office Line's Classroom Chairs Exhibit

Apart from a series of talks from various guest speakers, industry leaders were also present at the conference and displayed technological advancements in education.

Office Line participated as an exhibitor and presented a line of ergonomic classroom chairs and tables for schools in Australia. Amongst the products displayed was the EN classic, a classroom chair with an ergonomic shell support that provides lower back support and posture. The EN One was also on display and offered a streamlined design similar to the EN Classic.  Office Line was excited to showcase the new, award-winning EN One Floor chair which has gained a great deal of interest for its innovative design concept.

The EN One range of chairs boast exceptional space-saving, stackable features. They are manufactured from completely recyclable materials, providing the education sector with eco-friendly options for their choice of furniture.

Since 1988, Office Line has been a trusted source of high-quality classroom and office furniture in Western Australia. We source our wide selection of products from brands that offer modern and innovative designs and ergonomics.

Feel free to contact our office for more information or explore the range of educational furniture in our catalogue. Call us on 1800 333 116 or drop us a line at info@officeline.com.au

Improving Student Learning Using Classroom Design

Every educational institution wants to improve educational outcomes in and out of the classroom. The way to achieve it still remains an object of continuing debate and research. According to academic studies, a student’s academic success is influenced by many factors, including socioeconomic background, personal motivation and influence of different teaching styles. Together, these factors impact a student’s determination to achieve academic success.

Today, we’ll discuss the environmental features that affect learning and engagement in the classroom:



Classroom Design

One of the factors that is underemphasised or often overlooked is the impact of classroom design. Studies have shown that factors in a classroom setting can affect attention, retention, motivation and academic achievement. Active engagement in the classroom is recognised as a probable predictor of a student’s academic achievement. Based on studies by universities, classrooms that are strategically designed to support active learning increased student engagement compared to classrooms with traditional layouts.

Classroom Environment

Classroom design is critical for effective learning. To develop a successful classroom design, you must find the balance between learning styles and teaching methods. For example, if the teaching method employs collaborative thinking, students must be placed in group assignments that encourage teamwork and cooperation.

Classrooms should be designed such that they provide the spaces needed for students to separate into groups and communicate with one another. A classroom design conducive for collaboration not only stimulates students to engage, but also participate.

Classroom Acoustics

A classroom’s sound levels, temperature and lighting are also critical to a classroom’s overall design. To find a suitable sound level in your classroom, background noise must be minimised. You can also adjust sound levels by adding notice boards, baffle boards or soft furniture.

Temperature Levels

Temperature affects a student’s level of focus and concentration. An ideal classroom temperature and a sufficient supply of fresh air help keeps students alert, whereas poor temperature levels may lead to irritation, drowsiness and loss of concentration. To achieve optimal attentiveness, students must be comfortable with the room temperature at all times.

Classroom Lighting

There is no alternative to natural light when it comes to ideal lighting. However, if sunlight is limited, make sure that there’s sufficient artificial light. Proper lighting allows for better concentration and prevents eye strain. When choosing suitable lighting, consider the changes and variations needed to create different learning experiences. For instance, in a science classroom, incandescent or adjustable lighting for a dim environment may be required for some experiments.

Classroom Furniture

Consider finding furniture that will not only provide comfort, but also provide an enhanced learning experience. Collaborative furniture that can easily be re-arranged and connected with each other motivates engagement, communication and collaboration.

Officeline provides modern and functional classroom chairs in Australia. We offer the Eduflex™ Collaborative Trapeziodal Table designed to facilitate and support group collaboration. We also carry the Eduflex™ Quadrum Pod that is designed for educational areas where students can interact and relax.

Our chairs are available as one-piece units or with a range of base options that are built to provide maximum comfort and enhance overall learning experience. For more information on our classroom furniture, call 1800 333 116.  

Flexible and Dynamic Fitout Transforms New Student Space

Office Line was selected to create and style a new learning space at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, located in Piara Waters, Western Australia.

Read the full Case Study here

Your 5-Step Checklist When Purchasing School Furniture. Does Your Furniture Comply?

school furnitureWhen it comes to purchasing furniture for your classroom, your primary concerns are probably appearance and cost.  Given many schools are faced with tight budgets, focusing solely on price can end up costing you more in the long run.  For example, considering the ergonomics of your next piece of furniture can dramatically decrease stress and fatigue, ensuring enhanced comfort and increased productivity for your students.

The following five considerations can help you make the best decision when making your next purchase.

1. Product Durability

An important factor to consider when placing your next classroom order is the durability of the product.  You can save time and money by asking these simple questions:

  1. Will it be easy to clean? Keep in mind students may drop or spill items on chairs and tables.  Is plastic a better option over fabric given the age-group of your classroom?
  2. Is the product durable? You don’t want to be replacing furniture more than necessary.
  3. Does the product come with a warranty, and if so, how long is the warranty?

2. Emission-free

Unfortunately,some inexpensive furniture options could be causing your students more harm than good.  Some laminex products contain and emit small traces of formaldehyde, meaning your kids are potentially breathing in harmful toxins.

Office Line provides furniture options that have been tested against any toxic emissions, ensuring your students are breathing in air that is clean and safe.

3. Product Stability

School room furniture is renowned to take a beating from time to time.  Choosing a chair or desk that meets the AFRDI certification ensures extensive weight-bearing and high-use testing has been carried out.  Should your students place excessive weight on one chair leg (as they often do), buying correctly tested products will ensure the chair doesn’t collapse.

4. Comfort and Ergonomics

The most attractive school desk or chair is not necessarily always the best choice.  Considering the average student spends on average 4.5 hours per day seated, the support capabilities of a chair will ensure enhanced comfort and productivity. 

 We need to protect student’s growing spines, so by choosing a design sufficient support you can reduce any unnecessary strain.

AFRDI5. Safety First

AS/NZS 4610 is the Australian standard for furniture specific to schools and covers strength, durability and safety. The AFRDI (Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute) blue tick ensures furniture meets the highest quality testing standards to ensure they are ergonomically sound, tough, durable and safe.

Other international standards that apply to educational furniture include the European Standard certification under EN1729 Parts 1 and 2.  This certification also ensures furniture supplied to educational institutions is ergonomic, stable, durable and safe.

Keep in mind these certifications when placing your next order.

Office Line supplies an extensive range of quality, durable products that meet the above requirements.  Take a look at our extensive range here or contact us to speak with someone who can assist with any queries you may have.