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  • Exchange collaborative learning furniture by SMARTdesks
    Experience the flow of Exchange™ collaborative office and classroom furniture

    Multi-Use communication methods are incorporated into different shapes that optimize the geometry of interaction. Collaborative Classroom & Office Furniture gives freedom, while the shape of the table promotes flow, selected to optimize the building of consensus, interpersonal relationships and teaming with the purpose of achieving specific shared goals. The shapes help remove barriers to consensus by encouraging non-confrontational, positive body language, while flipIT® and laptop power/data ports allow technology to enter in or be moved aside at will— facilitating the Exchange™.

    "Collaborative learning" is a general term for a variety of educational approaches which involve an exchange of intellectual effort by students and teachers together. Typically, students work in groups of two or more, searching together in a process directed to solve for a common goal. Collaborative learning activities vary widely, but most center on students’ exploration and application of the course material, not simply the teacher’s presentation of it.

    In collaborative classrooms, the lecturing, listening and note-taking process may not disappear entirely, but it lives alongside other processes that are based in students’ discussion and active work with the course material. Teachers who use collaborative learning approaches tend to think of themselves more as designers of intellectual experiences, and less as presenters of knowledge to students. Similarly, collaborative office furniture is used in business settings for team meetings.
  • Exchange collaboration furniture in command center office setting
    The Geometry of Interaction

    A modular Collaboration Computer Furniture System or Collab Table that permits the setup of different shapes to promote the types of interaction particular to the collaborative learning process. Exchange collaborative office furniture is also used for team meetings in the commercial setting. Its ability to assume different collaborative shapes allows management to set the meeting room specifically to its purpose.

    People use body language to express themselves. Sometimes they need to be open to a group or to a work partner. Sometimes they need to work with independent focus. Whether using text materials, computers, laptops or mobile devices, the ability to move the body for joining or blocking is essential for creative freedom and the ability contribute, synthesize and build consensus. The pinwheel shape offers a great range of postures without the need for time-wasting re-arrangement.
  • Collaboration using technology at Disney Magnet School, Chicago
    Collaboration using technology for communication at Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago

    "Collaborative learning" is a general term for a variety of educational approaches which involve an exchange of intellectual effort by students and teachers together. Typically, students work in groups of two or more, searching together in a process directed to solve for a common goal. Collaborative learning activities vary widely, but most center on students’ exploration and application of the course material, not simply the teacher’s presentation of it.

    In collaborative classrooms, the lecturing, listening and note-taking process may not disappear entirely, but it lives alongside other processes that are based in students’ discussion and active work with the course material. Teachers who use collaborative learning approaches tend to think of themselves more as designers of intellectual experiences, and less as presenters of knowledge to students. Similarly, collaborative office furniture is used in business settings for team meetings.
  • Exchange collaboration table element
    The Exchange™ Element in 3D Thermofoil and contoured edges

    Each Exchange™ Element can be a stand-alone computer or laptop table. Made to order, finished in 3D thermofoil with contoured self-edges and curves to the left or right of the user. Each is outfitted with a wire management leg; a steel-frame and mesh fabric modesty panel with wire management; PD-FC707 power supply with 3 power outlets and 1 powered USB Port for charging devices, 12 AMP rating with 10' 14-3 power cord with right angle plug; and locking casters. Optional equipment: genuine, patented flipIT® Rimless Monitor Mount (shown) and fully-adjustable LeGrip™ CPU Holder (shown), or flipIT Laptop Safe®.

  • theExchange™ Element in laminate and semi-rigid PVC edges

    Each Exchange™ Element in custom color laminate is made to order with curves to the left or right of the user. Each is outfitted with a wire management leg; a steel-frame and mesh fabric modesty panel with wire management; PD-FC707 power supply with 3 power outlets and 1 powered USB Port for charging devices, 12 AMP rating with 10' 14-3 power cord with right angle plug; and locking casters. Optional equipment: genuine, patented flipIT® Monitor Mount (shown right) and fully-adjustable LeGrip™ CPU Holder (shown right), or flipIT Laptop Safe® (shown middle).

  • Wire management, quick release clips, LeGrip CPU holder and power distribution

    SnapChase wire manager slips over Exchange's post leg to route power and data cables from the desktop to the floor.

    Plako quick relase clips connect the Exchange Elements together in formation. They alow the table tops to assume a different shape and provide the ability to lock the shape together.

    For Elements equipped with flipIT® monitor mounts, LeGrip CPU holder mounts directly to table bottom on slide bracket. When unit is installed, there is no access to release the CPU from its grip, providing effective asset security. Height and width adjustments fit thin client to tower sized CPUs.Fits CPUs 3.6"-10" w, 12"-20" h.

    PD-FC707 power supply with 3 power outlets and 1 powered USB Port for charging devices, 12 AMP rating with 10' 14-3 power cord with right angle plug

    Steel-frame and mesh fabric modesty panel with hook and loop wire management closure to hold cable neatly.

  • Exchange Collaboration Shapes in Mirrored Pairs: Triangle, Linear Offset and Video Conference Table

    The Exchange™ Collab Triangle is made up of 6 elements: 3 left and 3 right set up in mirror image. This equilateral triangle shape lends itself to the formation of collaboration groups. People are drawn to the corners to huddle up, then have plenty of personal space when it's time to work independently.

    The Exchange™ linear offset is made up of alternating exchange elements: 2 rights and 2 lefts to make a block of 4 elements. This can be made to layout in collaboration shapes with bridges to make U configurations. This setup is great for working in pairs, side-by-side, or in larger groups as a natural progression. When floor space is at a premium, this configuration goes a long way.

    The Exchange™ Video Collaboration Studio is made up of mirror image exchange elements, two right and two lefts. This configuration is made up of two legs from the collab triangle shape, which when mirrored on the endpoint studio, results in a feeling of meeting around a long iConference Table, such as Piano. The pdf brochure demonstrates this in greater detail.

  • Pinwheel and Hexagon shapes for collaboration

    The exchange™ pinwheel is made up of 6 elements of the same kind. 6 left is shown. Each workstation has enough personal space for focused privacy without the need for partitions. Screens are angled for privacy. The desktop space to the left works as a place for text materials or as a shared conference space with the neighboring collaborator.

    Impromptu round circle meetings can easily take place with open sight lines within the group. People use body language to express themselves. Sometimes they need to be open to a group or to a work partner. Sometimes they need to work with independent focus. Whether using text materials, computers, laptops or mobile devices, the ability to move the body for joining or blocking is essential for creative freedom and the ability contribute, synthesize and build consensus. The pinwheel shape offers a great range of postures without the need for time-wasting re-arrangement.

    The exchange™ hexagon is made up of 6 elements of the same kind, left or right. 6 left is shown. The desktop space to the left works as a place for text materials. Each workstation has enough personal space for focused privacy without the need for partitions. Screens are angled for privacy.

Exchange™ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Exchange™ Element: Each is a stand-alone computer or laptop table outfitted with a wire management SnapChase for post leg; a steel-frame and mesh fabric modesty panel with wire management; PD-FC707 power supply with 3 power outlets and 1 powered USB Port for charging devices, 12 AMP rating with 10' 14-3 power cord with right angle plug; and locking casters. Optional equipment: genuine, patented flipIT® Monitor Mount (shown) and fully-adjustable LeGrip™ CPU Holder (shown), or flipIT Laptop Safe®. May be finished in 3d thermofoil or laminate with semi-rigid PVC. Request Design for floorplan at no additional charge or obligation.

Exchange™ Configurations

  • EXG-SET6-LR Collab Triangle: 3 Left and 3 Right
  • EXG-SET4-LR Exchange Linear Offset: 2 Left and 2 Right
  • EXG-SET4-LR Video Conference: 2 Left and 2 Right
  • EXG-SET6-L Collaboration Pinwheel: 6 Left
  • EXG-SET6-L Collaboration Hexagon: 6 Left
  • FIK19R Rimless flipIT® Monitor Mount (thermofoil only)
  • FIK19 flipIT® Monitor Mount (either)
  • FIL18 flipIT Laptop Safe® (either)
  • Add VersaPad laptop power | data port
  • Add Humanscale M8 monitor arm

Specifications

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