Bean Bags for Schools
Bean Bags for Kindy, Schools, Colleges and Universities
"Bean Bags R Us has been a leading supplier of beanbags to schools throughout Australia since 2011."
Why Beanbags in Schools?
In 2015 the government of New South Wales unveiled ‘the Classroom of the Future’. The prototype classroom was established in the NSW Department of Education’s Futures Learning Unit, which is located at Australian Technology Park in Sydney. The classroom focussed on creating learning environments that take advantage of the latest technology and study-related materials, including comfortable seating, such as bean bag chairs and Lego furniture.
The belief behind the program is that students will need advanced skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and research to remain competitive in the future. They will be taught to work independently and in groups while in environments integrated with new technologies designed for efficient learning and collaboration between teachers and students.
“The way our children learn is evolving as times change, and it’s exciting to see firsthand how the traditional classroom is being transformed into an interactive learning space,” said Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. “As our classrooms adopt changing technologies, teaching techniques are evolving, and these prototype classrooms are being used by teachers to test these new ways of engaging students.”
Schoolchildren of all ages from primary schoolers to high schoolers were allowed into the prototype classrooms to observe and interact with the new technology and flexible furnishings.
Bean bag chairs were chosen because of their flexibility and light weight meant that they could be easily moved to adjust the functionality of classrooms between the individual and team learning.
Minister Piccoli also spoke about the benefits of flexible, fun furniture “If a little boy is reading on a bean bag, that is great for the child – the fact that they are reading – irrespective of where they might be reading.”
Beanbags Nurture the Mind and the Body
Even though bean bag chairs make something as unremarkable as sitting fun to do, they are one of the most ergonomic types of furniture available today. They can help students keep good posture, making them more receptive to learning.
Teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms around the world are beginning to employ bean bags in several ways. Educators, school administrators, and psychologists are discovering that they can help children feel welcome and comfortable at school and can improve their academic outcomes. Also, bean bags can improve coordination in youths and teach them the fundamental skill of using teamwork to achieve goals.
Schools & Universities are Embracing Desk-Free Classrooms
Schools around the globe are banishing the desks and chairs of traditional classrooms replacing them with bean bags, open booths, collaborative tables and open floor space. This new system was inspired by Professor Stephen Heppell, an international expert in educational spaces. Professor Heppell states that students are more receptive to learning and display more positive behaviour patterns when they are in “borderless environments”.
Borderless environments including bean bags which can be moved to create small pods or larger group spaces allowing students the freedom to collaborate in small groups, and then easily revert to larger clusters.
Professor Heppell recently visited Sydney to hold a lecture that was attended by representatives from more than 30 schools, and the focus of the lecture concerned how to advance the learning process through 21st-century technology. “I have never seen a kid on holiday reading while sitting upright on a chair like those they had in schools,” said Professor Heppell. “The biggest thing in these new classroom spaces is that sound control is better with better surfaces, nooks, zones and quiet areas.”
Benefits of Bean Bags in Education
Beanbags have proven popular in schools because when kids are comfortable, they tend to focus more on the task at hand. Fewer distractions mean more attention is paid to the teacher and therefore a child's ability to learn increases. Beanbags provide a consistent level of support to the majority of a child's body, meaning students remain more comfortable than when using traditional chairs. The uniform pressure on the majority of the body provides a calming sense of security, and the beanbag will adapt to the child's body as he or she moves.
Bean Bags are one of the most ergonomic and supportive forms of modern furniture available.
Our outdoor range of beanbags has proven most famous, due to their bright, happy colours, trendy shapes and ease of cleaning. Made from the finest quality Oxford woven Polyester, the seams of each bag are double stitched and over-locked and fitted with childproof, locking YKK safety zippers. The 1680D Polyester is PU coated, allowing it to be water repellent, yet soft on the skin, and unlike cheap nylon, the fabric breathes. All products feature carry handles making them easy to relocate from inside to outdoor areas.
Putting Fun Back in the Classroom
Bean Bags R Us is considered a leading authority on beanbag furniture, having published numerous articles on the benefits of beanbags in the classroom. The benefits of Bean Bags have long been recognised for high needs students as well as children with Autism. It has been predicted that classrooms of the future will all use beanbags instead of traditional chairs and desks. We have also researched how beanbags can assist with early childhood development.
Many schools and council libraries throughout Australia understand that beanbags make reading more fun. It's important for children who are seated for many hours each day to be relaxed and comfortable, and not to be sitting upright without adequate support. Teachers in the United States and the United Kingdom have discovered that when their students are happy, not only are their jobs made easier, but the child's academic results improve dramatically. You may like to read our article on how to improve academic results with kids beanbags.
Pre-school, Primary, Secondary Schools and Universities use Bean Bags to create interactive and flexible spaces for tutorials, study groups or chill out zones.
Not all beanbags are created equal – Here are some things to consider when choosing the right Bean Bag for your school:
Our fabric is made just for us; it is anti-microbial treated, meaning that germs, mould and mildew are less likely to grow in or on it.
Our products are shipped flat-packed to reduce transportation costs and environmental impact. However, if local filling services are required, please discuss this when ordering.
Bean Bags R Us are proud suppliers to education departments in all states and territories. We have been supplying schools, child-minding centres, kindergartens, libraries, councils and universities since 2011.
We are not just an online store; we are an established business; our showroom and warehouse are located on the Gold Coast. Feel free to visit us or call us anytime to discuss your school's requirements.
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