Although, I’m sure they are OK to use in practice (and
might be better than what you already have) they certainly don’t help teachers
think about how they could use the teaching space in a ‘different’ way.
They also often contain Interactive boards (and you probably already know my feelings on these) that are far too small for the classroom that they have been put in (often a cost saving measure).
A few of my colleague from the-learning-crowd (where I am a Senior Associate) have been working closely with Suklaa on their Blue Sky Classroom (BSC) project which takes a very different approach to classroom layout.
BSC rooms include a very technology rich environment (including a large projection surface), flexible seating and desks and the desks and walls are write on.
Take a look at the video below...
...would this type of envirnment work for you?