3 Tips for Teaching Students in the Computer Lab

Managing your class when they’re in the computer lab can definitely be a challenge. There is no shortage of stimuli that can cause students to become distracted and slack off from their work. Here are a few tips to help mitigate distractions and boost productivity:

Set Clear Classroom & Assignment Objectives

It’s a good idea to brief your students the day before computer lab day and make sure they understand lab rules, school workstation use regulations, classroom etiquette, and assignment objectives.  You can spell it out on the whiteboard, overhead projector, and/or remind them it’s on the course syllabus for reference.  In addition, notify your students which program(s) and website(s) they will be visiting that day and what exactly they will be doing for that assignment.

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Is It Time To Update Your School’s Furniture?

With summer winding down, it’s back to school season again which means ensuring you have the right resources and a prepared learning environment for a productive school year.  Safety, comfort, and a welcoming atmosphere are paramount for academic institutions so updating your school furniture accordingly can definitely help.  Here are several ways to determine if it’s time to pull the trigger on new furniture.

The first obvious sign is furniture that is cracked, chipped, or has other physical damage. Keep a running list of questionable chairs, fixtures, tables, etc. so you can assess what needs to be replaced immediately based on your school’s budget.  The last thing any school needs is to create any unnecessary liabilities.

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Eliminate New Office Downtime with Office Suites

Whether you’re a small business setting up your first office or an established company opening a temporary or satellite office, your top priority is to minimize employee downtime and maintain productivity during the transition.  Regardless if your stay is three months or three years, there will be more than enough time to choose custom furnishings that will define and represent your professional brand. In the meantime, a prepackaged office suite allows your team to hit the ground running with desks and workstations so you can continue to provide products and services to your clients.

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Staying on top of your business is more important than choosing furniture, decorating, and waiting for movers. Most businesses have an active online presence and generate revenue by providing specialized products and services and support to their customers. Even if you allocated several days to move into your office, getting those computers up and running are critical to business operations. While it may be inspiring and dramatic in the movies, the idea of doing business with laptops on boxes is unnecessary and impractical. Prepackaged office suites save you the hassle of having to carefully choose desks and chairs for every team member by offering office furnishing sets already selected for their efficiency and synergy.

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STEM and STEAM Education Explored to Include Project Based Learning

There are so many acronyms in education today; we may forget or not know exactly what they represent. We hear a lot about STEM and STEAM as well as PBL. Here we can explore these educational buzz words and better understand them and how they’re changing the world of academia.

Let’s start by defining STEM, which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In the acronym STEAM, the “A” refers to Art. Special grants are given to schools to fund these programs. Most professionals who work in the STEM arena hold higher education degrees in the field so these grants are essential to students who need the educational qualifications to pursue a career in STEM.

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