An Innovative Learning Environment needs to be flexible and movable with spaces for individual, peer collaboration and whole group interactions.

What to look for when purchasing ILE (Innovative Learning Environment) furniture?

  • Moveable (with lockable wheels or light enough to be moved easily by a child)

  • Modular so it fits together and can be pulled apart

  • Different heights, tables to stand at, sit at and kneel at

  • Swinging chairs so those informal/ formal conversations can happen

  • Brightly coloured

  • Hard wearing, comfortable and sturdy

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Linking Tables

Linking tables, apple TV and 32" TV

Curvy tables

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Curvy daisy shape tables

Bean Bags

Curved Ottoman chair

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Tables and Chairs at different heights

Hokki stools in the background

TV with Whiteboard on the other side mounted on a moveable trolley with shelves for storage

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Couches and curved padded seats

Kidney shaped Workstation tables

Large collaborative tables

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High tables, comfortable couches

Moveable bench seats

Variety of furniture

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Kneelers and Squabs

Modular, fitting together and can be pulled apart for independent work

Beanbags

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Round table and padded squabs

These Whiteboard tables are awesome, use them as a teaching station or for children to work independently at.

Long wavy table with swinging gas lift chairs on castors.

(Hobsonville Point Secondary School)

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Note the half stools

Swinging Chairs

Fish shape tables

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Robust comfortable swinging chair

Linking tables

Tables to stand at

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Moveable stools

Schools are starting to buy whiteboard tables. They make fantastic teaching and learning stations. Even NASA training rooms have them!

Comfortable chairs with a tabletop known as Study chairs

(Hobsonville Point Secondary School)
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Colourful ottomans and foam couches.

(Hobsonville Point Secondary School)

Device Charging Station.

(Hobsonville Point Secondary School)

Ottomans and foam couches.

(Hobsonville Point Secondary School)
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Classroom Layout tool

Teaching and Learning Stations

This is not replacing the whiteboard as the front of the room. This is a place where teachers and students or just students by themselves can share their work, ask for help, ask and answer questions.



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This diagram was created by Richard Wells who wrote the post 'Hey Teachers, would you be a student?' on his blog iPad for Schools. These are things to be thought about when designing an ILE room.