Win A $5,000 Natural Pod CreateSpace™
Classroom for Your Learning Organization!
Contest closes Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific. Entries will be reviewed and the winner chosen by a select panel of guest judges to be announced. Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 9th, 2020 (our CEOs birthday!).
Today more than ever, learning is transforming. Together as educators, architects, designers and thought leaders, we’ve worked hard to intentionally create education spaces that are learner and student focused. In order to continue this work going forward, we’re encouraging our community to stay creative in designing flexible, adaptable learning spaces that support students and successful learning outcomes.
At Natural Pod, our role in this transformation is offering beautiful, durable, sustainably made education furniture. Our furniture is used to create engaging environments that offer rich learning opportunities for students and inspire them to be the critical, empathic thinkers needed for the future.
We know it’s important to give back to our community. In appreciation for all the passion educators bring to their work, we’re giving away a $5,000 Natural Pod™ CreateSpace™ Classroom in thanks.
Entering is easy: Record a simple 60-90 second video sharing your, or your students ideas to this question and then share the video with us:
In what ways would you or your students like to see your learning space adapt to support learning during this time?
In your video, tell us who you are, what organization you represent and share your idea(s) with us and our learning community.
An example script could be: Hi, I’m Ana Williams from the Creative Center School in Oakland, California, and the ideas I’ve/we’ve come up with, or that we’d like to see, to creatively adapt for learning during this time are idea, idea, idea, etc.
Remember, keep it short. 60-90 seconds goes fast but that’s your challenge! We don’t need to know all the details of what your COVID-19 protocols are. We’re more interested in ideas you’d love to see rather than have to implement. Now’s your chance to dream. It could earn you a $5,000 CreateSpace™ Classroom!
With schools reopening we know many of you are in the process of figuring out how a physical distanced learning space can work, while still focusing on creating the best learning outcomes for students. We are encouraging all schools to approach these challenges from a place of creativity, rather than falling back on the outdated model of rows of desks.
If you or your students have a creative solution to continue supporting flexible, collaborative and student focused learning environments during this time, please share that with us and the community. Not only will you have the chance to win $5,000 of CreateSpace™ Collection learning furniture – but you’ll be inspiring other educators and students just like you to keep making progress and moving learning environments forward.
One last thing. Please record the video in landscape view, holding your phone or camera sideways vs. upright. This way we can edit the entries together in a similar way to share them back with educators around the world. You can make the video anywhere that works best for you. Try and choose a spot that has a nice background.
Here are two entries the giveaway has received from Jennifer Lin and Eugene Harrison to inspire yours!
Submit your entry via the form below:
What makes a better learning environment?
Creating an outstanding learning space where educators enjoy working and kids experience great learning outcomes has never been more important. Learning is changing and educators are exploring new ways of bringing 21st century experiences into their classrooms. One way they’re doing that is planning for furniture in new spaces or enhancing existing spaces with new furniture that better meets the needs of engaging and collaborative learning approaches.
Of course price is an important consideration, as no learning environment has an unlimited budget. Yes, there are some inexpensive options out there, but when you compare quality, flexibility, customer service and overall value for money, price alone shouldn’t be the only driver for your decision. How often have you purchased something that was cheap, only to wish you had paid just a little bit more for what you wanted and what would have served your needs in the short and long-term?
Most people exploring online and talking with Account Managers want to know pricing. We all do. It’s an important first step in the process of trying to establish what might be possible for our budgets. What is just as important is working with a vendor that has a shared vision to help you make informed choices you’ll feel good about for years to come. Working with a vendor that has dedicated design experts who will help you with your needs while also staying aligned with your budget. That is a process which will help you get great value no matter the budget and will ensure you get the best, most competitive pricing as part of your design process.
Make choosing furniture designs fun! Work with a vendor who are experts at making great furniture. Simple right? When looking for a vendor who has great designs, ask yourself where that design comes from? The best designs are driven from insights in the classroom. Teachers and kids are the real experts. Work with a vendor who uses feedback from their educator community and is constantly working to improve assembly processes, smart designs and good shipping systems. Working with an innovative design vendor vs. just a catalog company means you can pick exactly the items you want, design them to fit your space, and even change or add features later.
Make sure you work with a company that cares about their products and designs and builds them for the long-term. It will make all the difference for your budget now and in the future. Not all warranties are built the same, many manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties, that are just that, limited. Warranties are only as good as the companies behind them. Work with a vendor that offers a solid warranty who will stand behind their products and are known for great quality. The best part about buying quality is, there is a good chance you won’t even need to use it. If anything goes wrong with the structure of your furniture you want to work with a company that will take care of you without hassles.
SAFE AND LOW MAINTENANCE
The most important consideration for any educator when purchasing furniture is feeling 100% comfortable. That comfort includes ensuring the furniture in your space is easy to care for and well made so it isn’t introducing toxins or other harmful pollutants into your environment. Your students will be better off for it and teachers will have healthier work environments. Work with a vendor that sells 100% chemical free and sustainably made furniture that is built to last. You’ll especially want to look out for furniture that lasts longer than 10 years before needing any kind of maintenance. Furniture that is cheap to buy often last only a few years and worse, might be toxic, require expensive maintenance or even replacement, further taxing your future furniture buying budgets.
SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE
Work with a vendor who provides excellent customer service. Period. Whether you’re trying to get a new space done fast, or you’re planning for the long-term, working with a company that understands your needs and helps you time and time again to get it just right is going to make all the difference to the outcome you’re looking to achieve. When you’re choosing to work with a vendor for the first time, use the design process as a way of finding out what their customer service is like. Are they responsive? Are they creative? Do they bring new ideas and insights to the discussion that help improve the process and manage costs? You want to make sure you’re having collaborative conversations with a team of experts who can help you make your new furniture easy, fast and on budget. You want a partner you can work with on your concept through the collaboration process, during the setup and long after the products are delivered and installed.
WORK WITH US TO MAKE IT EASY
So there you go, that isn’t so hard. You want great learning environment furniture that is competitively priced, you want that furniture to be safe, sustainably made, healthy and low-maintenance. You want it to be easy to assemble and well designed, you want great customer service from the beginning of the process to the end, every time and you want it all backed by a great warranty you’re not likely to ever need. Work with a vendor who does all that you’ll be proud of what you created and you’ll be pleased you got the best possible results for your budget.
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Our team of education experts are here to support you in creating learning environments that will work for your space. Let’s talk to explore your ideas.