Audio Visual School Equipment

Califone 8101 MP3 Player is a District Adminstration Top Product

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Top 100 Products of 2008 Revealed by District Administration
District Administration magazine.

The Califone MP3 player has been selected for inclusion in the “2008 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” annual survey. Conducted by District Administration magazine, the 8101 was chosen for its ability as a solid resource that can further school district initiatives. Califone 8101 MP3 Player

“This year we received a tremendous amount of product recommendations, making it very difficult to limit the list to just 100. The winning list contains products that our readers have successfully implemented at the district, school, and classroom levels. We hope that these products can help you manage your district,” says DA Editor Judy Faust Hartnett.

“We’re honored to learn the 8101 has been recognized by educators,” shares Califone VP of Marketing, Tim Ridgway. He continues, “Schools and districts across the country are looking for innovative ways to help burgeoning populations of ELL, ELD, and special needs students acquire literacy skills and we’re pleased the 8101 is helping them achieve their goals.”

One such school is Afton Central School, located in rural upstate New York and with more than 800 K-12 attending students. To help the special education team with their reading activities, Dan DeVona, the school’s librarian and media specialist for grades 6-12, decided to research how personal media players can enhance the learning environment and began using the MP3 players from Califone with the school’s students. Califone is Top 100 School Products

Susan Bethel, one of the school’s special education teachers, manages a self-contained resource room and helps students with learning disabilities who are taking regular classes throughout the day. “The MP3 Player is easier to use than a tape recorder, and students can use it without drawing attention to themselves. It doesn’t make them stand out,” Bethel said. Continue reading


Bretford Carts

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Bretford last month announced an end of an era – Bretford, long a leader in TV carts, has announced the end of their traditional CRT carts, long the standard in schools across the nation; in favor of flat screen – LCD, Plasma and DLP display carts. The flatscreen display form factor allows exciting new designs and approaches to the classic TV cart. Worthington Direct‘s catalog has changed to reflect this turn of technology as more flatscreens find their way into schools, churches and commercial settings every day.

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Bretford Showcases Furniture At NeoCon 2008

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Bretford, Manufacturing, Inc. (NeoCon Showroom #330), leading supplier of technology and media furniture that improves how people work and learn, is transforming its showroom for the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2008 to illustrate how its carts, tables, workstations and other products are being used throughout higher education, library and corporate environments. NeoCon also serves as the official launching pad for Bretford’s new line of RHOMBII™ training tables. Further, showroom visitors can see a demonstration of BretfordCommons™, the company’s new partner extranet site, and will have the opportunity to learn more about Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified products and other environmental milestones.

Bretford Connections Smartdesk Work Center

Bretford Flat Panel Presentation Carts

 

 

Bretford’s stunning 5,100 square foot permanent showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart will have a 1950s/1960s theme with furniture upholstered in cowhide, vinyl and other fabric patterns to recapture the era and personify the early days of Bretford. The vintage style choices also demonstrate the limitless ways to design and finish Bretford furniture to enhance any learning, meeting or work area.

“Our showroom theme represents Bretford’s longevity and expertise in the commercial furniture industry – the result of six decades of hard work and being in business,” explained Mikel Briggs, president of Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The application vignettes provide true examples of how Bretford furniture can outfit a school or meeting space to accommodate the latest technologies and create workspaces that are modular, comfortable and environmentally-friendly.”

Bretford Quattro Voltea Flip Top Computer Table

 

 Bretford Small Flat Panel Mount

RHOMBII Training Tables The new RHOMBII training tables make any workspace truly reconfigurable. With built-in power and data modules as well as easy mobility and storage, the new tables quickly adapt to the needs of any higher education or training environment. Perfect for both traditional and contemporary spaces, the RHOMBII training tables are universal in nature. They can be placed in virtually any formation depending on the size, style and needs of the gathering, then easily folded and stored out of the way or moved into other locations. The tables will be available for order in August through Herman Miller North American dealerships and shipping in Q3 2008.

Other product lines highlighted in the Bretford showroom include Plus soft seating sofas and chairs with ProBax® seating technology, the sophisticated Ithaca library system, modular Free Evolve workstations, Here high-efficiency tables, mobile boards and rail systems, and the elegant yet high-tech Tru conference tables. By complementing these lines with Bretford’s mount and cart accessories — to support technologies such as flat panels, projectors and laptops –Bretford becomes a one-stop resource for commercial furniture solutions.

Worthington Direct is an authorized dealer for all quality Bretford products.  Visit www.worthingtondirect.com today and see a variety of Bretford overhead projector tables, computer workstations, computer tables, flush wall mounts, laptop storage carts, projection screens and booktrucks.

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Technology in the Classroom

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School furniture is being used less for finger paints and more for Microsoft Paint in most classrooms today.  Worthington Direct has a wide variety of classroom furniture that can also double as computer lab furnitureComputer seating, computer tables, computer cabinets and multimedia centers are all important parts of the modern classroom; from college students all the way down to toddlers clicking away at their early childhood computer tables.  Visit www.worthingtondirect.com today for quality school, church and early childhood furniture that will support the new technology found in today’s classroom.

School Technology FurnitureIn some classrooms, iBooks have replaced textbooks. In others, students prepare video yearbooks that can be delivered to their classmates’ cell phones. In still others, teachers ask students a question and they punch in the answers with “clickers” that look like TV remote control devices.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent getting computers into classrooms, and teachers and students around the country are using technology in new ways. That raises two important questions for parents:

1. How is technology being used to improve learning?

2. Are students developing the skills they’ll need to understand and use it in the future?

Pointers for Parents

It can be tough to assess a school’s use of technology. There is little research to go on since many of the tools and techniques that employ them are new. Here are three pointers to help assess how technology is being used:

1. Ask the teacher or principal how technology is aligned with grade-level goals. Parents might be wowed by an 8-year-old’s ability to produce a Power Point presentation without looking closely at the thinking that went into it. While students need to develop technological skills, it should be in the context of thinking and learning to solve problems. That means the technology needs to be aligned with learning goals, says Shelley Pasnik, senior researcher for the New York-based Center for Children and Technology. “There needs to be a vision on the part of the instructional leaders at the school,” she said. “The content should lead, the tool should follow.”

2. Ask your child about how he uses technology in doing his assignments. Pasnik advises parents to talk to their children about how they use technology in their assignments. If, for example, your child put together a multimedia presentation about the Lewis and Clark expedition, ask why he chose the elements he did. You’ll find out pretty quickly if technology was used for its own sake or because there was thought behind it. “If your child says, ‘I was able to use not only my words to describe Lewis and Clark’s journey, but also a picture’ or ‘I chose this font because it looked like something Lewis and Clark might have used in the 1800s,’ you’ll see that technology was used to give deeper meaning to learning.”

3. Volunteer in the computer lab. Pasnik also encourages parents to help out in the school computer lab to see how technology is used. When you’re visiting the school, ask the teacher why the computer was used in a particular lesson. If she says, for example, that she’s using the Internet so students can pose questions to experts in the field, that’s a sign that technology is being used with a purpose. Continue reading


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