Guest Blogger – Christine
Thanks to technology, we are no longer confined. We are given the flexibility to be in multiple places at once, communicate with anyone at any time, and change our environments to best fit our needs. This idea is transforming how we operate in educational environments and the work place.
Lets face it; our daily lives revolve around technology. We choose where we eat based on WIFI connections. Our relationships are maintained through the constant conversation of texts. Ideas and voices can be shared worldwide through online forms. Technology gives us the option to expand our boundaries, which has become a key element in education as well.
Today, classrooms can be outside, in a hallway, on a bus, or at home. Educational furniture has taken on a new form as well as students no longer sit in school desks all day listening to a lesson. Instead, classroom furniture has adapted to technology just as students have. Students are encouraged to use technology to interact, collaborate, and ask questions without fear of judgment. Technology even allows students to engage in the lesson and shape it to their individual needs. They are not only learning the lesson set in front of them, but are actively learning how to adjust their environment to best fit the situation and their personal needs.
This same idea flows into office design. As an interior designer at OstermanCron, it’s so evident that technology gives people the ability to not just work in a space, but to make the space work for them. For example, a moving office breaks the tradition of staying at one office desk and allows employees to pick up their computer and go anywhere. This simple concept lets employees select the working conditions that suit them best. Work environments no longer consist of just a desk, office cubicles, or meeting room with conference tables. Think tanks, technology lounges, and open floor plans are all now incorporated into the workspace, allowing people to be more productive and encouraging better collaboration.
Technology has allowed the world to move away from the “one size fits all mentality” in our everyday lives, education systems, and work environments. This control empowers us to push boundaries and achieve more.