"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..
/Referred to as a modular Collaboration Computer Furniture System or Collab Table—permits the setup of different shapes to promote the types of interaction particular to the collaborative learning process. 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. SMARTdesks® Collaborative Learning Computer Classroom Desks— Computers and laptops Integrated Into Computer Desks and Conference Tables Ergonomic Computer Classroom Desks for LCD Computer Monitors, CRTs, and Laptop Computer Desks, featuring Laptop Safes, and LCD Locking Security. Collaborative Learning Classrooms and Conference Rooms with Free Design Services Click on Design Request and give us your computer desk classroom dimensions, the computer technology choices (if known) and how you want to use the computer classroom desk space (teaching methods, multi-use, etc). Design services are no cost and no obligation. SMARTdesks Computer Desks integrate the latest technology into the computer classroom. Ergonomic for comfortable, extended use. Computer Desks are available in single or double user widths to achieve your computer classroom space requirements. Select your computer desks based on monitor placement for your LCDs or Laptops: Computers with LCD displays can be installed in classroom computer desks in several ways to achieve the best balance between teacher-student interaction and ergonomic user-equipment interface. Determining the best computer monitor location in your computer desk should be based upon teaching methods, curriculum requirements and the advantages and drawbacks of each configuration in meeting these criteria. Semi-Recessed Computer Desks position the monitor just below the user's horizon line. Permits an unobstructed line-of-sight plus ideal user ergonomics for the computer classroom. Compatible with iMac® and 24" 16:9 Wide Screen Computers. flipIT® Computer Desks give ergonomic semi-recessed LCD monitor placement when in use, and completely unobstructed sight lines in the computer classroom. When computers are not desired, flipIT® lets you rotate the LCDs under the computer desk tops. Genuine flipIT Computer Desks present the screen semi-recessed for unobstructed sight lines. For multi-use applications, the screens flip down for use as a standard desk. flipIT 19 for 16:9 LCDs up to 20" diagonal. flipIT 23 for widescreen LCDs up to 24" diagonal. Laptop Safe Laptop Desks are at keyboard height for comfort in use. The genuine flipIT® Laptop Safe has a low profile, like that of the laptop itself, so sight lines are unobstructed. Newpath® Computer Desks by SMARTdesks® genuine flipIT® Laptop Safes for laptop security and convenience. Leave laptops connected to data and power for charging at point of use. No separate charging carts needed. Desktop monitor computer desks hold all monitors and laptop computers. The screen is visible to student and instructor and convenient for shared computing where line-of-sight is not at issue LCD Monitor Arms on classroom computer desks support a highly adjustable view of the screen for both students and teacher.