Classroom of the Future: Standing Desks

November 20, 2015

We all know that kids can be surprisingly tech savvy, always with their finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest app or game. When you look at offices of the most up-and-coming startups or in-the-know companies, you’ll see a lot of people standing. So kids have taken a hint and started standing too with student standing desks.

There have been a number of studies that are looking into the effects of student standing desks.

study published in the American Journal for Public Health highlights one of the benefits of student standing desks: calorie burning. Students who stood at standing desks burned 17% more calories than students who sat. If the student was obese, he or she burned even more calories. 

A pilot study titled, “Acceptability of standing workstations in elementary schools” showed that students found it easy to adapt to school standing desks. The study determined that integrating student standing desks into the classroom appeared to decrease overall sitting time as students sat less and stood longer.

Mark Benden, an author of one of the studies states, “Children become more restless and distracted with prolonged sitting. Active workstations reduce disruptive behavior problems and increase students’ attention by providing them with a different method for completing academic tasks and breaking up the monotony of seated work.” Any teacher will tell you that a less disruptive class is easier to teach, and the combination of less disruptive and more focused is any teacher’s dream.

With more studies coming to light, parents and teachers are taking action. There are several accounts of teachers using student standing desks in the classroom. Some teachers are noticing more focus from their students. Some parents are noticing that their kids are sleeping better and have improved posture. Besides the added focus and health benefits, some are even noticing that student standing desks are “more fun.”

It seems like everyday there is a new classroom that is trying out the benefits of student standing desks. You may be out of school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the same benefits to your office. Xdesk standing desks are well known for their beauty and high-quality craftsmanship. With thousands of different options, you can craft your dream standing desk and see what it can do for your health and focus.

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