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Research showed that the Node chair encouraged group activity and helped students better focus on course material.
Today’s students desire an active learning environment— expecting more from their classrooms than ever before. They want their surroundings to support co-learning, co-creation and open discussion.
Educators are often faced with a tough choice: promote active learning or organize a classroom to fit as many students as possible. The Node™ chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick, easy transitions between room configurations. With Node, a classroom can flex from a lecture-based mode to a team-based mode, and back again, without interruption. Node can take passive space and make it active, supporting individual and team-based learning, even when classroom capacity is important.
Introducing node: for the many modes of learning. Designed for quick and easy transitions from one
teaching mode, to the next, and back, without interruption.
Move. The Node chair is highly mobile—a quality that translates directly into classroom performance. After all, a multi-modal lesson plan can be carried out more effectively when seating is arranged and rearranged effortlessly. Traditional classroom seating has limited mobility, putting the burden on educators to adapt. The Node chair, however, accommodates any teaching mode. The swivel seat gives students the freedom to shift focus throughout the room. And, because the personal worksurface swivels in tandem, books, laptops and other information remain at their fingertips. It’s subtle, but clear sight lines to the instructor, fellow students and whiteboards can dramatically enhance interaction and engagement.
Store. The base of the Node chair provides a unique storage solution for backpacks and student belongings that usually clutter the aisles. This allows quicker and easier transitions between teaching modes. Even the arms serve a storage purpose. Aside from being a place to rest your elbows, they are designed to hold a backpack or bag, keeping personal items safe, secure, and close at hand.
Fit. The Node chair has an adjustable worksurface, providing a perfect fit for students of all shapes and sizes. The Node chair’s worksurface accommodates both leftand right-handed students. The seat bends and flexes with the student for better ergonomics and comfort.
With node, one space can offer you a variety of presentation modes. Use the fl exibility of node to engage your audience, whether it's a university classroom or a training session in your company.
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