Mobile & Modular Furniture & Technology
To flex minds, we need to flex classroom space. Classrooms of the 2020's need non-traditional eclectic designs to create a positive learning environment. The key to indoor learning space design combines a student's need to fidget, rock, swivel, stretch, and stand with mobile and modular furniture and technology. Subtle self-movement and weight transfer keeps our brains stimulated and helps prevent mental fatigue within a contained space. It's really simple, physical movement sparks the mind to enhance one's motivation, engagement, and creativity that open paths for learning.

This mobile and modular (or "mobimod") guide is curated by Doug McIntosh and is fashioned after Flexible Physical Space Design that embodies the pedagogical change from teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning. 

Here, the physical learning space itself plays a key role in our students mental and physical well-being and becomes embedded with a school’s overall social and emotional learning plans. Traditional learning spaces designed with a singular purpose are transformed to multi-purpose learning spaces. This transformation from 20th-century to 21st-century learning spaces uses a new lexicon to describe the metamorphosis from:

  1. Classroom to Learning Studio

  2. Library to Learning Commons

  3. Lab to Makerspace
The locking caster wheel as a game changer
within learning spaces
A face-to-face flexible learning space utilizes five essential types of furniture and technology to enhance student motivation, engagement, and creativity.
  1. Seating and Movement
    Sitting with subtle movement while working independently or in groups

  2. Modular Sitting Tables
    Sitting at shaped tables that optimize space while working in groups or independently

  3. Sit to Stand Tables and Movement
    Having a standing option to weight-transfer 
    while working independently or in groups


  4. AV & Visual Communications
    Walls that talk using audio, video and visuals with a variety of fixed and mobile displays, and boards

  5. Mobile Storage
    Bin and cabinet places organized and optimized for stacking and mobility. Personalized storage for each student, and for the variety of room materials, books, tools and technology
1. Seating and Movement
     
Sitting with subtle movement while working independently or in groups
1a.) Chairs That Rock
Wobble Stool
(VS Hokki) Fixed-Height:
 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, and 24

(VS Hokki+) Adjustable-Height:
5-19" and 19-26"

Cantilever 
Stacking Chair
 (PantoSwing-Lupo)
Chair Sizes: 12,13,15,17,18,20

Rocker Chair
(Mooreco Hierarchy)
Chair Sizes:
14, 16, 18
Stacking Stools
(VS Solo)
Stool Sizes inches to floor:
18, 20, 25, 32
with 4 foot rests positioned at different heights for subtle leg movement

1b.) Chairs That Roll
4-Legged Stacking Chair
(VS Campus-Lupo)
Chair Sizes: 12,13,15,17,18,20
Tablet Arm Chair
Mobile Tablet Arm Chair
(Mooreco Hierarchy)
Size: 18

Note - There are two types of casters:

1) Hard Casters - are for soft flooring - carpet or area
    rugs

2) Soft Casters - are for hard flooring  - tile or treated
    concrete
Pneumatic Task Chair
 (VS PantoMove-Lupo)
 w/ 3D Rocker Mechanism 
Height Adjustments:
13-16" or 16-21"



Pneumatic Task Stool
w/ 3D Rocker Mechanism
(VS PantoMove-Lupo)
Height Adjustments 19-29"
 
  "The VS PantoMove-Lupo is the chair king of rock 'n' roll."
                                      –Doug McIntosh
1c.) Soft Seating = Cozy
Single Lounge Chair w/casters
(National Swift)
Soft Shape Seating
w/casters 
(National Whimsy)
Floor Soft Shape Seating 
(Paragon Blender)
2. Modular Sitting Tables
Sitting at shaped tables that optimize space while working in groups or independently
2a.) Flip and Nest Tables
       
The combination of using the rectangular tables and half-round tables together or separately in various configurations
           is the very definition of 'flexible furniture,' not to mention the ultimate space saver when the learning space needs to be
           reconfigured.
Flip and Nest 
24 x 60" Rectangle 
24 x 48" Half-round Tables
Flip and Nest Tables Configurations
2b.) Triangular Shape Desk and Table
       The essential shape desk for designing classrooms where students can work together in collaborative groups or be
           spaced individually from each other.
Triangular Shape Desk
(WB ELO Connect 4 Desk)
Desk Size: 24 x 36"
Sit to Stand Pin Adjustable Legs
WB ELO Connect 4 
Collaborative Configurations
Triangular Shape Table
(VS TriTable-III)
3 sizes: 43x31x31, 46x33x33, and 47x35x35
VS TriTable-III
Collaborative Configurations
3. Sit to Stand Tables and Movement
       
Having a standing option to weight-transfer while working independently or in groups
3a.) Self-Height Adjustable Pneumatic Lever Mechanism Under Table
                   Self-Adjusting Height Pneumatic Lever
(WB Elevate Plymouth II )
Table Top: 20 x 28.5"
2 Bases - Overall Heights: 
26.09 - 36.13" and 29.94 - 42.94"


                            Collaborative Configurations
3.b) Mobile Self-Height Adjustable Presentation Stations (w/ Pneumatic Lever)
Mobile Presentation Stations
(D&D Integrated Solutions)
  • Pneumatic Adjustable Tables:
    • Two Sizes 24 x 36" and 24 x 48"
    • Grommet Holes and Cord Management Tray
    • Utility Drawer for remotes, pens, pencils, etc.

  • Used with:
    • Task Stool
    • Document Camera
    • Laptop
    • Interactive LED Display or TV
Presentation Station Task Stool
(OM BC-47)
4. AV & Visual Communications
     Walls that talk using audio, video and visuals with a variety of fixed and mobile displays, and boards
4.a) AV - Classroom Audio 
Topcat System
Classroom Audio System
(Lightspeed Tomcat Ceiling Amplifier/Speaker System, 2 Wireless Microphones and Media Connector)
Microphones shown far left - Sharemike for students and Flexmike w/lanyard worn by teacher
4b.) AV - Interactive Display Or Flat Panel TV with Mobile Stand

Interactive Display

(Promethean Interactive Display)
Sizes: 70", 75", and 86" w/ Adjustable-Height Mobile Stand

Mobile Stand

(Smartmount Flat Panel TV Cart)

4c.) Visual Communications - Wall Mounted Glass Boards and Mobile Whiteboards
Wall Mounted Glassboard
(Mooreco Insight)
 Low Iron (Bright White) Magnetic Glass Boards 4' x 8'
                               Mobile Magnetic Whiteboard
                                     (Mooreco Essentials)
             Size: 38.5″W x 54″H Whiteboard -Doubles as a partition
5. Mobile Storage
     
 
Bin and cabinet places organized and optimized for stacking and mobility. Personalized storage for each student, and for the variety of room materials, books, tools and technology
5a.) Mobile Bin Cabinets
Mobile Bin Cabinets
(VS Serie 800-Mobile )
5b.) Mobile Swing Door Cabinets
Mobile Swing Door Cabinets
(VS Serie 800-Mobile )
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