Bretford® Adds New Tools To Learning Commons Education Resource Website

Published | Wed, November 14, 2012

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of technology-enabled furniture for agile learning and business environments, today announced several additions to Learning Commons, a section on the Bretford® website, which contains a compilation of in-depth resources and expertise supporting the latest concepts in education and space planning. Bretford® will host a new webinar on teaching with agility tomorrow, Nov. 14. In addition, Learning Commons now contains a new ConnectED™ blog on learning spaces, a new iPaper about agility and learning in the classroom, and a new CEU course on mobile learning.

“We are continually populating our Learning Commons site with fresh content so that our partners and customers can learn about new ways to educate both through information from experts and from sharing within the community,” explained Cindy Weinschreider, director of marketing communications at Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.® “For example, each webinar in our Agile Learning series includes live input from an expert panel so participants can hear about actual instances where agile learning is happening in schools today. This gives them concrete ideas that they can then take back to their own teaching environments.”

Learning Commons: Professional Development - BretfordUniversity

The BretfordUniversity section of Learning Commons features the fourth session in a six-part webinar series on Agile Learning. The Nov. 14, 2:00 p.m. E.T. webinar, “Teaching with Agility: Pedagogical Zen Masters,” explores the ways in which mobility, adaptability and agility are integrated into new and existing learning activities and environments. It includes information about techniques that agile teachers are using, how embracing agility affects students, and will discuss what works and what doesn’t. The webinar will be led by Dr. Tim Springer, founder of HERO, Inc. with input from an expert panel that includes Christina Pak and Paige Campbell, teachers at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, Calif. To register, click here. For complete bios on Tim Springer, Christina Pak and Paige Campbell, click here. All of the BretfordUniversity webinars are also available on demand.

According to Campbell, "The use of technology and tailoring space to fit an activity allows for each individual or group to be free-thinking in their approach so they may reach their fullest potential.”

Learning Commons: Community

The Community section of Learning Commons includes a new ConnectED™ Blog with two new discussion topics that provide the opportunity to contribute to the conversation: one on bringing agility to the classroom and the other on technology and agility. The Community section also contains a second blog that ties back to the Hillbrook iLab, a unique case study project at Hillbrook School. Through a partnership with Bretford® and HERO, Inc., Hillbrook has been able to design and build an agile learning space, which will be used by students and is being monitored throughout the first six months of the 2012-2013 school year.

Learning Commons: Professional Development - Continuing Education

The newest CEU course, “Learning is Mobile: Evidence-Based Approach to Learning Space Design” focuses on what to do with bricks and mortar when the classroom is in the cloud. It demonstrates how an evidence-based approach to learning spaces requires changing how we think, plan, design, provide and manage support for digital learners. It includes examples of well-executed, flexible and agile learning environments, demonstrating how physical spaces can support the new learning paradigm. The class is approved by the IDCEC (certified credits for ASID and IIDA members) and is worth 0.1 IDCEC continuing education unit.

Learning Commons: Resources

The new iPaper, ”Agility and Learning in the Classroom,” is about learning in the increasingly mobile, digital age in which we live. The information and evidence offered touches on how learning and learning spaces are affected by, can adapt to, and will support mobility in the digital age. The digital interactive format of the iPaper provides a choice to scan or dive deeply into a topic and is intended to foster discussion.

About Learning Commons

Learning Commons is a new section on the website that contains a compilation of education resources and expertise for customers and partners. Learning Commons is divided into five key areas to help customers and partners easily navigate their way around:

·       Resources: Incorporates research data, articles, interactive white papers, book references and videos.

·       Community: Features a weekly blog topic and the ability for customers and partners to ask questions and post comments with relevant content shared through the Bretford® Twitter and Facebook pages.

·       Professional Development: Includes BretfordU online and live webinars and other events, along with Continuing Education Unit courses for architects and designers.

·       Referrals. Houses all case studies, references and testimonials.  

·       Experts: Bios and contact information for the experts contributing to the BretfordU webinars, blog topics, research and other sections.

About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.

Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, Bretford holds close to seven decades of expertise dedicated to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected.

With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable Bretford products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral product certification. All Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty.