Classroom Ergonomics

The striking and innovative design of this Junior High School has outward-looking classrooms

Today, since many classrooms rely on computers as an educational tool, it is important to think about how to set up the classroom with this in mind.  In recent times, ergonomic computer equipment (computer chairs, computer tables, keyboards, mice, etc.), has developed into a huge industry.  As well as ensuring the classroom is fitted out with the best equipment, ergonomists look at how the design of equipment and environments can limit exertion and fatigue.  In other words, classroom ergonomics seeks to make the student as comfortable as possible while learning.

It is important for schools to consider the topic of ergonomics when purchasing school furniture.  Doing so can be beneficial for the students in the long-term since they are likely to be engaging in technology for the rest of their lives.  If children are fitted with the correct, ergonomically-enhanced equipment from a young age, then they are more likely to fare better later on in life too.

Thus, when looking at school computer equipment, parents and teachers should focus on computer monitors, mice and keyboards.  They should seek those that limit wear-and-tear on wrists and encourage children to sit upright, eye level on the monitor.  Curved and split keyboards are good; ergonomic roller balls, curved mice and wireless mice are also good.  Vis-à-vis the monitors, the flat paneled ones reduce eye strain and use less space.  They should then be positioned with a tilt, ensuring the top part of the screen is at eye level.

These are just a few examples of how to make a classroom fitted with computers as ergonomic and user-friendly as possible.