Education pedagogies

Returning to the Classroom

Returning to school or campus will challenge every institution to rethink their capabilities for providing blended in-person and remote learning experiences to help create a safer environment for students, educators and administrators.

Education pedagogies continue to evolve thanks to new technology tools and on-demand access to vast digital libraries of information. The digital transformation is twofold – students who are actively consuming information through different modes and mediums and educators who are now dispensing information through team-driven engagement methodologies as well as remotely. While educational experiences are adaptive and responsive to these changes, the classroom environment has lagged significantly, hindering the effectiveness of these new ways of learning.

Furthermore, the impact of the health crisis has significantly disrupted the educational system and compelled educators and the creators of learning spaces to rethink the structure of classrooms, libraries, hallways, common areas and the learning spaces in between.


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Conestoga

Conestoga College set out with a plan to construct an International Students’ Campus and chose Kitchener’s Market Square to do so. The College engaged POI as educational environment experts to provide both insights as well as curated, durable furnishing solutions. The Campus would be an exciting, edgy, and exhilarating environment that would stimulate student engagement, collaboration and learning in a non-traditional setting.

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Leddy Library Collaboratory, University of Windsor

POI worked with Di Maio Design Associates Architect Inc. to develop a unique, functional and collaborative area for U of W as part of a broader plan to create different neighbourhoods where students could meet, interact, hangout and present. The Collaboratory at Leddy Library was created as a destination space and meeting hub for students on campus. In designing the space, POI and the architect, with direction from U of W, decided to implement an indigenous theme and committed to making it a welcoming zone for all students.

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Rosedale Day School

Rosedale Day School (RDS) engaged POI to help them create a 21st century learning environment in a Manhattan-style mixed commercial and residential facility in the heart of Toronto. With progressive thinking driving increased attendance, RDS took on an extra floor due to its expansion requirements.

Product Solutions

Smith System

Smith System believes in spaces that inspire learning and provides smart, flexible, durable furniture for the unique needs of the K-12 market.

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Brody

Introducing the Brody WorkLounge and Desk.
Designed to be good for your body and good for your brain.

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Thread

Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

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Buoy

Height-adjustable and designed to promote movement in the workplace, Buoy’s curved base engages your core as you tilt, wobble and spin.

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Verb

Verb is an integrated collection of classroom furniture including tables, whiteboards, and instructor lectern and desk stations designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles.

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Campfire Paper Table

Campfire Paper Table, by turnstone, is topped with a giant stack of paper, so you can just load up your thoughts, rip it off and start over the next day.

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Regard

The Regard modular lounge system supports times of transition to make every moment more meaningful.

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