Is It Time to Hit the Refresh Button on Your Computer Lab?

Considering the speed at which technology advances, it’s not uncommon for schools and businesses to utilize technology refresh programs to keep their I.T. hardware & software relevant and up to date.  However, a natural question arises which is would new technology be practical in a dilapidated learning environment?

Fortunately, Worthington Direct offers something for everyone which means you can upgrade or refresh some or all of your entire learning environment based on your academic needs and budget.  We carry a full line of computer desks and tables, carts, storage centers, stand-up desks, A/V equipment, and multimedia tables.

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To Tablet or Not to Tablet? Many Schools Returning to Laptops – Charging & Storage Carts Help with Both Devices

Despite the computer becoming a virtual necessity in our personal, academic, and business lives, the advent of the iPad in 2010 was the turning point for the rise of of tablet computer adoption.  Many school budgets and grants financed these devices in an effort to enhance the the educational environment and teachers were excited about the idea of a new era of technological advances in the classroom.  However, the reality of academic learning has compelled many schools to reexamine their learning infrastructure and return to traditional laptop computers.

Jonti-Craft Laptop and Tablet Storage Cart

There are many reasons for the decision to downgrade but the biggest issue is how students perceive these devices. Tablets are considered more for entertainment, to use for gaming and connecting on social media. Students were excited to use these devices (despite being told they’re for educational projects) but still had the perception the devices were for recreation.

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Finding a Great Projector Cart

While overhead projectors have dominated academia for the past 30+ years, technology has evolved to create a sense of integration.  No longer are teachers limited to using clear projector transparency sheets with dry erase pens; today’s visual learning combines interaction between computers, projectors, tablets, and Wi-Fi.  If you’re looking to refresh or add to your visual resources, then consider a modern day projector cart.  Below are several tips to help narrow down your search to find a media center lectern or projector cart that suits your needs.

Sit-Stand Projector Cart by Balt

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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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