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From Chalkboards to Smartboards…

a classroom thesis




My son brought home his first night of 5th grade homework the other night; he flipped open his District- issued personal laptop and logged on to his teacher’s YOU TUBE channel and got to work.

Somehow, despite my knowledge of the changing 21st century classroom (in my mind, I think I viewed these changes as the “Higher Education” setting, more so than the K12 realm), I sat amazed. He still had paper and pencil, but only to show and record his work. The teacher poises the question/problem via the video, students pause and complete the problem, and then resume the video to hear the answer, as well as the teacher explains the reasoning and method of reaching the answer. Such a simple concept, yet I was impressed with the brilliance of its simplicity. Isn’t the sole purpose of homework to reinforce concepts introduced during the school day, not just busy work, as generations of children have bemoaned?

This is just a small example of how technology has impacted education. Not only is the way “we” teach changing, but the environments our teachers are teaching in and our students are learning in, have also evolved based on how technology has infiltrated our lives.

Teknion has recently partnered with Gensler on a study about technology in the classroom (, which reveals some telling trends and considerations for not only our society in whole, but gives vendors and manufacturers tangible data to forecast and proactively engineer products/goods to meet those changing needs.    “Active learning, collaboration, reinforcing concepts through hyper-connectedness and ease of access,” are just a few of the trends associated with the 21st Century Classroom. How will (has) the physical classroom environment changed in light of this paradigm shift?  What are your thoughts on the changing face of Education, driven by our tech-savvy, hyper connected world?

Pinegate Apartments

BA Designs Kansas City team in collaboration with BnB Design recently finished up Pinegate Apartments (located in Merriam,KS) new leasing office and club house.


























The Teknion Studio Story

TEKNION STUDIO™ is a portfolio of furniture for an office defined by creativity, conversation and connection. Equally, Teknion Studio offers a fresh, contemporary design vocabulary able to blend seamlessly with hospitality and residential interiors, academic environments and public settings.

David Feldberg, Teknion® President & CEO, remarks, “Teknion Studio represents a renewed commitment to design excellence through a selection of products that work now and forward, solving the problems of contemporary environments with elegance and intelligence.”

Over the past three decades, Teknion has built a body of knowledge about how people work and how they interact with space, technology and furniture. Today’s office is a center for human interaction and creativity, a framework for a range of solo and group activities that take form, shift and dissolve throughout the workday.

Teknion Studio is specifically designed to address the complexity of the 21st century office, a varied landscape in which more space is allotted to communal work areas and transitional spaces that serve multiple purposes. The collection comprises elegant soft seating and tables for intimate meeting areas in the private office and furniture for casual collaborative spaces, alcoves and other areas designated for small groups. Teknion Studio allows each client to create an engaging and inspiring environment appropriate to its culture, its physical space and its work practices.

The Inspiration Behind Teknion Spectrum

Designed by Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk for Teknion Studio, the Spectrum™ Lounge Series meets traditional office needs, but also covers new ground in planning, problem-solving and aesthetics.

The Spectrum sofa divides space and defines zones with the ability to run for an infinite span. Individual pieces can also be configured to create islands. The end armrests support the use of tablets and laptops, while loose armrests flip to reveal a hard surface for writing or work tools.

The modularity of the Spectrum Lounge Series creates quadrants that offer the potential to use different fabrics and to alternate colors and textures, projecting an aesthetic that ranges from bold and provocative to refined and subtle.

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