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Slate2 by Kimberly Andersson Encourages the Communal Aspect of Learning

— December 10, 2011 — Art & Design
The road to becoming educated is not paved with textbooks and lined with independent study carrels. A project called Slate2 by Kimberly Andersson aims to reenforce this fact and offer a solution to truly inspire young learners.

It begins with two chalkboard-coated masonite panels which sit within a pliable Santoprene frame and can be folded together into a portable sleeve with a handle. Additional papers can be kept within the A4-sized portfolio, lessening the need for heavy backpacks amongst primary school students.

The erasable surface is constantly wiped clean and replaced with new lessons which can be shared with members of the child's family at home. In the classroom setting, Slate2 by Kimberly Andersson is incorporated into lightweight wood and metal desks. These are ideal for partnered assignments whereby kids can cooperate with a single set of panels slung over joint writing surfaces.
Trend Themes
1. Portable Learning Tools - Slate2 offers a portable and sharable surface for learning, encouraging collaboration and reducing the need for heavy backpacks.
2. Collaborative Education - Slate2 promotes collaboration among young learners, allowing them to share their lessons with family members and work together on assignments.
3. Flexible Classroom Furniture - Slate2 is incorporated into lightweight desks, providing a flexible learning environment for partnered assignments.
Industry Implications
1. Education Technology - Slate2 is an innovative tool that combines traditional writing surfaces with digital features, offering opportunities for edtech companies to develop similar products.
2. Stationery and School Supplies - Slate2 introduces a new type of portable learning tool that can reduce the need for traditional stationery items, creating potential disruption in the stationery and school supplies industry.
3. Furniture Manufacturing - The incorporation of Slate2 into classroom desks opens up possibilities for furniture manufacturers to design and create more flexible and collaborative learning spaces.
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