Have you ever heard the expression, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”? The use of visual aids in the classroom will get your students attention a lot faster than just talking to them. Seeing a math problem worked through on an interactive whiteboard makes it easier to grasp the concept.
Fans of our Facebook page know that we appreciate the longevity that our school furniture selection offers our customers. Furniture that was built to last, does just that. Bretford is now giving away an incredible prize to those who have held onto those classic school furniture pieces of days gone by. They are asking for video submissions highlighting their old Bretford furniture products that are still in use. This should be easy, as it’s hard to walk into any school and not see a TV or projector perched on top of a Bretford cart.
For the last 60-plus years, Bretford has been making tables, carts, shelving and other furniture products for K-12 and higher education environments. Many of Bretford’s earliest models are still being used. Bretford’s “Oldest Product” video contest is open to all educators, business professionals and facilities managers that either use or select furniture products in a school or training facility. Entrants must provide proof of employment. Entrants may submit their “Oldest Product” videos between June 7, 2010 and July 31, 2010. The grand prize winner will be selected on August 16, 2010.
So what’s the prize? You guessed it, more Bretford classroom furniture! A whole room’s worth to be exact. One facility will receive a full room of Bretford furniture to accommodate 30 students/professionals, just in time for the 2010/2011 school year. The grand prize package will consist of:
- 15 – Connections Tables (3524-GMQ)
- 1 – Teacher’s Workstation (UCS880-GM)
- 1 – PAL Cart (TCPUL23FFDS-GM)
- 1 – Projection Screen (6560M)
- 1 – Intelligent Laptop Cart (LAP30ULV-CT)
- 1 – Flat Panel Cart (FPBBULC32-E4BK)
For a full list of contest rules and submission details, please visit http://sandbox.bretford.com/contests/contest.php. Good Luck!
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.
“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.
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 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.