Whether you're in middle school, high school, university, or anything in between, it has never been a better time to be a student. Classroom designs around the globe are embracing smart and practical new technologies filled with bright ideas in their buildings, all geared toward making it easier for students to explore learning. It's not all just for show, either - a 2012 study by the Miami-Dade Public School Board showed that modern architecture school facilities using the active learning methods contribute to the well-being and academic performance of students and that teachers working in a more technologically-advanced environment are more likely to keep their jobs.

Here at Bored Panda, we think these ingenious upgrades and big ideas deserve some recognition, so we've put together a list of some of the most creative school hacks and cool things people have installed at their buildings.

Vote for the ones you'd most like to bring to your principal's desk, and add photos of your own school's smart creations below!

#1

Technical University Munich Put Slides In Their Building. I'm Pretty Jealous

Technical University Munich Put Slides In Their Building. I'm Pretty Jealous

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tweetybird 2 years ago

they should have these at all large schools

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#2

This Door In A Math Classroom

This Door In A Math Classroom

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John L 2 years ago

One of the few good ideas here. Its easy to use, and cost effective.

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#3

My Son's Homework Has A Barcode That When Scanned Takes Him To An Instructional Youtube Video Posted By His Teacher Related To The Lesson

My Son's Homework Has A Barcode That When Scanned Takes Him To An Instructional Youtube Video Posted By His Teacher Related To The Lesson

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Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

Wow! That's such a good idea and also great job by the teacher!

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#4

My School's Periodic Table

My School's Periodic Table

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Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

Do they actually keep Uranium there?

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#5

This Japanese Kindergarten Is Built Around A Tree

This Japanese Kindergarten Is Built Around A Tree

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John L 2 years ago

Highly innovated and worthwhile. :D

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#6

I Found This In My School Computer Room

I Found This In My School Computer Room

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Lara B. 2 years ago

Genius :D

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#7

My Son's School Has A Vending Machine For School Supplies

My Son's School Has A Vending Machine For School Supplies

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Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

Yess, this is actually the most brilliant thing ever.

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#8

New Preschool In Japan Collects Rainwater Into Puddles For Kids To Play In

New Preschool In Japan Collects Rainwater Into Puddles For Kids To Play In

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boredhuman 2 years ago

wow this look great.

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#9

How My University Is Helping Us Get Over Exam Stress

How My University Is Helping Us Get Over Exam Stress

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Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

Oh yes... those... hm... Everytime I get a package, I get glassy eyes after a few seconds of "pop... pop... pop..." I find it disturbingly addictive :x Pop.... pop... pop... pop...

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#10

My Cooking Class Has A Mirror On The Ceiling So We Can See What The Teacher Is Doing

My Cooking Class Has A Mirror On The Ceiling So We Can See What The Teacher Is Doing

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Lord Beerus 2 years ago

Our school does too, i'm pretty sure a lot of schools have this since my sister's school did too

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#11

My University Has Coasters That Can Test Your Drink For Rape Drugs

My University Has Coasters That Can Test Your Drink For Rape Drugs

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Cat Meow 2 years ago

Those tests should be in every bar, club, restaurant, everywhere.

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#12

School Paints Lockers As Book Spines To Create An "Avenue Of Literature"

School Paints Lockers As Book Spines To Create An "Avenue Of Literature"

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Dylan Glatz 2 years ago

Hahaha bad luck for whoever cops Twilight!

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#13

Our Local High School Has Solar Panel Tables With Usb Outlet Ports For Students To Charge Their Devices

Our Local High School Has Solar Panel Tables With Usb Outlet Ports For Students To Charge Their Devices

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Mascha Claessens 2 years ago

We have these too ^_^ Just as a bench, not a table, but still! zonnebank_...g_0178.jpg zonnebank_hvl_web_img_0178.jpg

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#14

Hate Getting Stuck Behind Slow People On The Stairs? My School Just Put These In Everywhere On Campus

Hate Getting Stuck Behind Slow People On The Stairs? My School Just Put These In Everywhere On Campus

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Mack 2 years ago

What about people getting downstairs?

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#15

This School Has A Slide Direct From Classroom To Playground. Childhood Dream

This School Has A Slide Direct From Classroom To Playground. Childhood Dream

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boredhuman 2 years ago

me as teacher: I GO FIRST!!!!

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#16

My Daughter's First Grade Classroom Has Desks With Pedals So Kids Can Move While Learning

My Daughter's First Grade Classroom Has Desks With Pedals So Kids Can Move While Learning

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John L 2 years ago

Imagine all the whirring sounds as the teacher is addressing the students. Or the background noise while doing math problems. Solution: bring back recess where the little demons can burn up the excess energy outside the classroom. Common Sense 101

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#17

The Science Building In My University Has Periodic Tables

The Science Building In My University Has Periodic Tables

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Hans 2 years ago

Periodic Tables...little pun here. :)

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#18

My University Provides Students With Dogs As A Stress Reliever During Finals Week

My University Provides Students With Dogs As A Stress Reliever During Finals Week

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Lara B. 2 years ago

What a brilliant idea! It is proven, that stroking a pet has huge impact on stress relief!

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#19

My School Has Skateboard Parking

My School Has Skateboard Parking

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Anne Madag 2 years ago

is it able to lock? just asking. because i'm afraid if someone stole it.

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#20

My University Math Lab Chairs Have Binary On Them

My University Math Lab Chairs Have Binary On Them

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boredhuman 2 years ago

but what does it say?

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#21

This Vending Machine At My School Sells Various School Supplies

This Vending Machine At My School Sells Various School Supplies

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Anne Madag 2 years ago

Hope it is in cheap price!

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#22

This Just Got Installed At My School. A Public Work Bench For Your Bicycle Compete With Tools And A QR Code For Common Repair Help

This Just Got Installed At My School. A Public Work Bench For Your Bicycle Compete With Tools And A QR Code For Common Repair Help

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Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

they have these at a university in Australia, brilliant idea. these need to be distributed around town

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#23

Classroom Clock

Classroom Clock

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Lara B. 2 years ago

I'm glad i know what these stand for, otherwise i would be lost and never know the time :D

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#24

My School Gym Has A Complimentary Sunscreen Dispenser

My School Gym Has A Complimentary Sunscreen Dispenser

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Hans 2 years ago

Simple and effective, and probably not really costly.

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#25

This Is How My University Stops Thieves

This Is How My University Stops Thieves

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Jeeves 2 years ago

It amazes me what simple solutions are out there while people are delving into complicated ways of solving the same things

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#26

This Stapler Is Mounted Outside Of A Classroom In One Of My University's Buildings. I Have Never Seen This Before, But It Is A Brilliant Idea

This Stapler Is Mounted Outside Of A Classroom In One Of My University's Buildings. I Have Never Seen This Before, But It Is A Brilliant Idea

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porcupine 2 years ago

Must be Mr. Waddams' class. He finally figured how to stop stapler thieves.

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#27

Lovely Counting Stairs

Lovely Counting Stairs

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Jeeves 2 years ago

AAAAGH NO THEY RUINED IT!!!! WHY COSMIC SANS?!?? WHY?!?

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#28

My School Has A Nap Room

My School Has A Nap Room

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Daria B 2 years ago

My university has one too. But for girls only. However, our campus had plenty of nap-worthy spaces that many students use very often.

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#29

This Machine That Detects Sound-Level At My University's Library

This Machine That Detects Sound-Level At My University's Library

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Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

The middle one is like "oh boy, here we go again, the noisy ones have arrived"

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#30

My Kid's New School Has A Twirly Slide To Get Downstairs

My Kid's New School Has A Twirly Slide To Get Downstairs

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Lara B. 2 years ago

I wish my office would have that!!😍

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#31

Cool Classroom For ADHD Teens In Israel

Cool Classroom For ADHD Teens In Israel

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Jeeves 2 years ago

Bounce bounce bounce bounce b-b bounce bounce bounce.

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#32

My University Has A Secured Charging Station You Can Safety Lock And Charge Your Devices

My University Has A Secured Charging Station You Can Safety Lock And Charge Your Devices

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Jeeves 2 years ago

Ok amazing idea BECAUSE all of the other phone chargers you have to be at the whole time so no one steals them. Love it!!!

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#33

My College Has A Vending Machine For Violin Strings And Woodwind Reeds

My College Has A Vending Machine For Violin Strings And Woodwind Reeds

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Anastasia Cyr'Nyth 2 years ago

My sister, who plays violin, saw this and started sawing how she's going to that university

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#34

The Skylight In My University's Math Building Is Decorated By Fibonacci Spirals

The Skylight In My University's Math Building Is Decorated By Fibonacci Spirals

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Jan Odvárko 2 years ago

Lovely idea...

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#35

Basement Floor Of My Campus Library Has A Treadmill With A Computer, So You Can Exercise And Study At The Same Time

Basement Floor Of My Campus Library Has A Treadmill With A Computer, So You Can Exercise And Study At The Same Time

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Lionqueen5221 2 years ago

My principles desk is just like that she basically doesn't sit down

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#36

How To Encourage College Kids To Recycle

How To Encourage College Kids To Recycle

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John L 2 years ago

Aren't college students supposed to be young adults? Are you sure this isn't for much younger students?

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#37

This School Has A Water Fountain And Bottle Fountain

This School Has A Water Fountain And Bottle Fountain

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Kaitlyn DSOUZA 2 years ago

my school has this but its a two in one - the water fountain is slightly pulled outwards from the wall while the bottle fountain is pressed against it (the wall)

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#38

My Chemistry Teacher Modded His Classroom Lab Tables. Installed Semi-Touch Screen Computers Into The Middle Of The Desks With Mac Mini's, Wii Remotes, Projectors, Etc.

My Chemistry Teacher Modded His Classroom Lab Tables. Installed Semi-Touch Screen Computers Into The Middle Of The Desks With Mac Mini's, Wii Remotes, Projectors, Etc.

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Zombie Gurl 2 years ago

I so want that class

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#39

My University Puts QR Codes On Some Of The Trees So That Passersby And Students Can Identify Them

My University Puts QR Codes On Some Of The Trees So That Passersby And Students Can Identify Them

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Jeremie Guerra 2 years ago

Or they could just put the name of the tree directly... :)

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#40

My University Has Marker Board For Walls In Their Library Study Rooms

My University Has Marker Board For Walls In Their Library Study Rooms

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Dylan Glatz 2 years ago

My school has soundproof study rooms for year 12s, and they're like private booths, about the size of a small bedroom. 3 of the walls are normal, and one, the same side as the door, is glass, so students can do equations and write up ideas, etc. Pretty clever, and cool to see what they're working on!

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#41

My Windowless Classroom Has Fake Sky Panels In Place Of The Plastic Covers On The Fluorescent Lights

My Windowless Classroom Has Fake Sky Panels In Place Of The Plastic Covers On The Fluorescent Lights

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Pandykinz 2 years ago

How Truman Show of them

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#42

In Addition To Bike Racks, My School Has Skateboard Racks

In Addition To Bike Racks, My School Has Skateboard Racks

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Bob Wolters 2 years ago

Only concern would be rain.

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#43

My Schools Propaganda Against E-Cigs

My Schools Propaganda Against E-Cigs

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Lara B. 2 years ago

That's so expensive! They don't cost as much in Germany 😳

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#44

My School Has An All Gender Restroom

My School Has An All Gender Restroom

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Koko Sempai 2 years ago

cool.

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#45

My University Has Solar Powered Picnic Tables

My University Has Solar Powered Picnic Tables

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PurpleUnicorn 2 years ago

Why does the picnic table need power?

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#46

My College Just Installed New White Board Tables

My College Just Installed New White Board Tables

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sailorweasel 2 years ago

Dicks. Dicks everywhere.

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#47

The Most Amazing Desk I Have Sat In In College!

The Most Amazing Desk I Have Sat In In College!

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Hans 2 years ago

This looks like a new form of Daleks.

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#48

Every Math's Teachers Dream Door Mat

Every Math's Teachers Dream Door Mat

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John L 2 years ago

The other one was simpler and more effective. Also, the mat can move and lose its accuracy. Add who is going to clean the mat when dirty and put it back exactly where it needs to be.

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#49

The Supermarket At My University Allows You To Up/Downvote New Products And At 50 Likes It Is Adapted Into The Shop

The Supermarket At My University Allows You To Up/Downvote New Products And At 50 Likes It Is Adapted Into The Shop

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Lena Sterling 2 years ago

wow, cherry 7 up, i'd really like to test that!

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#50

My College Has Chairs To Help With Stairway Evacuations

My College Has Chairs To Help With Stairway Evacuations

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MrsD 2 years ago

We have these in most stairwells in the U.K.

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#51

Great Way To Learn

Great Way To Learn

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John L 2 years ago

Not bad. KISS

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#52

An Easy Improvement

An Easy Improvement

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Diane DesAutels 2 years ago

Okay, this would just irritate me. Why are some values skipped?

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#53

This Class Has A Mirror At The Back So The Teacher Can See The Students' Monitors

This Class Has A Mirror At The Back So The Teacher Can See The Students' Monitors

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

There goes my porn stash

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#54

The Pharmacy Building At My University Has A Mock CVS Pharmacy To Train Students

The Pharmacy Building At My University Has A Mock CVS Pharmacy To Train Students

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Zombie Gurl 2 years ago

That's better than being clueless on the first job

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#55

The Clock In My Chemistry Classroom

The Clock In My Chemistry Classroom

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Daniel Zarins 2 years ago

It's to help you remember number of elements on the periodic table. For example: C = Carbon. Periodic number = 6 on the periodic table

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#56

My University Has Classes In A Movie Theatre And We Have Desks That Fit Into The Cupholders

My University Has Classes In A Movie Theatre And We Have Desks That Fit Into The Cupholders

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Vicki AKA v23474 2 years ago

I think there's a cup holder in the design, because the ones in the seats are holding the desk :)

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#57

The Flexible, Creative Working Spaces Inside The Stanford d.School

The Flexible, Creative Working Spaces Inside The Stanford d.School

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Jonathan. S 2 years ago

Great idea!

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#58

A School I Visited Yesterday Had Useful Reminders On Every Step In The Mathematics Department

A School I Visited Yesterday Had Useful Reminders On Every Step In The Mathematics Department

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Jazmyn B (Jaz) 2 years ago

Before a test... "Sir/Ms, can I use the toilet please?"

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#59

"Spy With The Shimmering Cloak" Area In Elementary School Where Students Can Experience The Idea Of The Periscope, Explore The Colour Spectrum, Learn About Complementary Colours And Many More

"Spy With The Shimmering Cloak" Area In Elementary School Where Students Can Experience The Idea Of The Periscope, Explore The Colour Spectrum, Learn About Complementary Colours And Many More

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porcupine 2 years ago

Naw, I pretty sure they're just playing.

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#60

Staircase At My University Gives You A Step By Step Calorie Burn Count

Staircase At My University Gives You A Step By Step Calorie Burn Count

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Anne Madag 2 years ago

how many KCAL will burn if I will spend my day on this staircase? ;D *fat*

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#61

My Little Sisters School Has A Vending Machine For Books

My Little Sisters School Has A Vending Machine For Books

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Lizzie the Crayon 3 months ago

THRONE OF FIRE!!!

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#62

My University Has Peep-Holes On Classroom Doors So You Don't Walk In On A Class

My University Has Peep-Holes On Classroom Doors So You Don't Walk In On A Class

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porcupine 2 years ago

All the times I could have avoided this moment...

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#63

My Daughter's School Uses These To Transport Babies Around The Campus

My Daughter's School Uses These To Transport Babies Around The Campus

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Lara B. 2 years ago

"So babies, left you can see the campus park with lots of failed existences who try to drown their sorrow with cheap booze. Now going on to the playground!" *TOOOOT TOOOT*🚃

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#64

The Mathematics Building At My University Numbers Each Step From The Ground Up, With The Prime Numbers In Red

The Mathematics Building At My University Numbers Each Step From The Ground Up, With The Prime Numbers In Red

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Ravit Kumar 2 years ago

well,my ocd wont let me step on prime numbers

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#65

Creative Stairs

Creative Stairs

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Anne Madag 2 years ago

Multiplication Staircase

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#66

Multiplication Up

Multiplication Up

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Tiny Dynamine 2 years ago

That's overloaded. Kids wouldn't pay attention to that as there's too much there.

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#67

My University Has An Ear Plug Dispenser In The Library

My University Has An Ear Plug Dispenser In The Library

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Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

2 dollars seems extremely overpriced. Last time I checked, you can get a 50 pieces bag for this price...

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#68

There Is A Chemicals Vending Machine In My University's Chemistry Department

There Is A Chemicals Vending Machine In My University's Chemistry Department

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Aidan Edwards 2 years ago

This isn't a disaster waiting to happen... just my kind of school! Where is this, because I wanna get in!

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#69

My School Has These Small Spikes So You Cant Sit There Incase You Fall Down

My School Has These Small Spikes So You Cant Sit There Incase You Fall Down

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Jim Hubbard 2 years ago

I guess making the railings to thin for comfortable sitting was just too difficult. Then again the style of these banisters looks like they were built long ago...when people acted like adults in public.

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#70

At My High School Everyone Has His Own Socket And Ethernet Slot

At My High School Everyone Has His Own Socket And Ethernet Slot

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P-m Faleke 2 years ago

A lot of Swedish citys have free WIFI in the public schools. I would guess that a majority of the private schools also have free WIFI in the school.

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#71

Hallway In A High School That Has A Periodic Table And Other Science Formula On Ceiling.

Hallway In A High School That Has A Periodic Table And Other Science Formula On Ceiling.

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Pi... 2 years ago

*looking up at ceiling* *walks into wall*

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#72

My Daughter's Elementary School Has A Pen, Pencil, And Paper Vending Machine

My Daughter's Elementary School Has A Pen, Pencil, And Paper Vending Machine

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Dan Holman 2 years ago

My high school had these in the '70's.

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#73

This Clock In Our Science Class

This Clock In Our Science Class

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Pi... 2 years ago

I get the whole "creativity" concept, but this clock looks a bit too cluttered for me...

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#74

Staircase In Highschool For Math Subject!

Staircase In Highschool For Math Subject!

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Goodluck Ede 2 years ago

Creativity is about going the extra mile!Both the school and your good self did.

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#75

Cell Phone Charging Station In High School

Cell Phone Charging Station In High School

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Ristina Nielsen 2 years ago

Reminds of an old-time switchboard :)

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