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Jasper-based Kimball Office is working with Innovative Office Solutions on what it calls the "Classroom of the Future." Students at Sidney High School in Ohio are the first to use the furniture, which can be reconfigured on a daily basis and encourages students to work collaboratively. September 8, 2014
JASPER, Ind. - The classroom of the future is here. Now. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard Ross, the "Classroom of the Future" was unveiled at Sidney High School (SHS) in Sidney, Ohio. By collaborating design services and handling the furniture acquisition, Kimball Office Select Dealer Partner Innovative Office Solutions (headquartered in Maria Stein, Ohio) played an integral role in the Workforce Academy dream at SHS becoming a reality.
The Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, a not-for-profit organization, was formed to address the need to better align existing education and workforce training programs with clearly defined industry-specific pathways, preparing students for work and employment. The Sidney High School Workforce Academy “Classroom of the Future” features state-of-the-art furniture that provides an agile, active learning environment. Technologies include a media lounge, interactive video displays with multi-touch screens, collaboration work stations, a digital signage player, flexboard tracking system with swivel white boards, a wireless presentation system with teleconferencing capabilities, as well as a classroom set of Chromebooks.
"With the challenge of creating a state-of-the-art future classroom designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and teaching methods, as well as integrating cutting edge technologies, the Workforce Partnership carefully considered designers and suppliers that would be able to accommodate those very specific needs. IOS and Kimball were the perfect choice," said Sharon Maurice, Director of the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County. "The design has proven to provide a positive, efficient learning environment for the general student population as well as special needs students.
"The furniture is reconfigured on a daily basis and has also proven to be durable and quickly adaptive. It provides an environment that encourages students to be creative and work collaboratively. From beginning to end of this project, IOS and Kimball have provided extraordinary design, products and customer service," concluded Maurice.
Innovative Office Solutions was invited by local business leaders to head up the design of the classroom and, in collaboration with Kimball Office and PBK Architects, started working on concepts and designs. Kimball Office and PBK Architects had partnered together in 2012 on a "Learner Think Tank" project. This research as well as multiple interactions between Kimball Office and PBK, combined with IOS' leadership and project management, led to the design and, ultimately, the unveiling of the classroom in an official cable-cutting ceremony in August.
A wide variety of Kimball Office product was used to create an engaging environment conducive to learning, including: Hum, Scenario, Fit, Villa, Beo Lounge, Traxx, Wish, and Priority.
Source: Kimball International Inc./Innovative Office Solutions