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School Computer Lab Furniture Check List

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Your school computer lab check list might be one that caters to tradition or perhaps one that’s a little more modern. Computer lab furniture for schoolsWith computer labs still being a relevant part of grade to high school levels, what kind of furniture should your classroom have that provides more efficiency and comfort? Better yet, should you utilize furniture that encompasses a sense of collaboration? Here at Worthington Direct, we think computer lab furniture is important in developing the future generation of tech inventors and web scientists.

The Advent of the Cluster Workstation

If you haven’t seen a cluster workstation, then you’re missing out on one of the smartest designed computer lab desks on the market. Shaped like a trapezoid, these desks can be combined with another to create six different workstations around each angle. Each little station has partitions for privacy and designed with ergonomics in mind. They’re also adjustable so they can be set lower or higher for younger or older students.

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Stimulus Money Adds More Computers to the Classroom

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As stimulus money starts rolling in for educational use, many schools and technology administrators are using that money to improve or upgrade their school’s technology. Schools around the nation are also adding new classrooms, sometimes each with 5 or more computers per classroom, or replacing existing computer labs, or building entirely new computer labs.

Computer lab usage has grown dramatically in the last 10 years. Lab usage is often measured in a ratio of students to instructional computers. As computer usage in the classroom grows it is important to plan ahead for increased usage. While a ratio of 6.8 students to 1 instructional computer was common in the past, cutting edge schools may see ratios as low as 3.7 students per computer. Many schools have set a modest goal of 5 students to 1 computer.

As computers become more complex and useful in the classroom, computer tables and computer lab furniture have grown and adapted to meet these new needs in schools. Many of the most popular models now include an integrated, concealed wire management tray, keeping stray wires hidden and off the desktop where they can snag on backpacks. CPU holders are available on most computer tables, and do an excellent job with two purposes – provide more desk space for students’ work supplies, mouse and keyboard; and keep the computer unit out of the way and off the floor, far from where dust collects or where it can be kicked. While many tables are offered in a single computer model, many schools are opting for the two computer/student models, which offer greater space savings for labs.

Laptop Furniture Solutions for the Classroom

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Many students use and are issued laptop computers enable to have access to their class work and research materials on and off campus. However when they are used for prolonged periods in the classroom, it is suggested that an auxiliary keyboard be used to create a comfortable and safe computing environment. These, sometimes wireless, keyboards are inexpensive and allow the laptop monitor to be placed atop a standard computer table while the keyboard can rest on a keyboard tray placed at the proper, lower height. Visit the computer table and lab table grouping from Worthington Direct that includes accessories such as retractable keyboard trays, mouse trays, CPU tower racks and wire management systems.

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With many schools switching to laptop use over traditional desktop computers, there is more space opening up in the classroom. While standard table depth is generally 30"D, a smaller 24"D table can be used with a laptop. Wire management is also less of a concern and most laptops work on a wireless network. With this additional space in the classroom room or technology lab, teachers have more room for other AV equipment such as projector carts, projector screens, reversible dry erase boards, and mobile computer chairs.

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Classrooms that share laptops will find great use in a laptop storage and charging cart by either Bretford or Balt. These carts are available in several models that can store and transport from 10 to 30 laptops. Simply position the cart near an electrical outlet and charge all of the laptops at once and have them ready to go before the next lesson. Locking doors keep laptops safe and yet ventilate heat when charging.

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Worthington Direct has Laptop Furniture Solutions as Laptop Sales Surpass Desktop Computers

Paragon Furniture Monitors the Economy

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Paragon Furniture, makers of quality classroom computer furniture and masters of clever advertising, have been "monitoring" the economy. 

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Paragon has a comfortable view for any way you wish to see the economy’s condition or better yet, your computer screen.  Summer is a perfect time for schools to upgrade their computer lab and no lab would be complete without Paragon’s computer furniture line which includes Flat Panel Semi-Recessed Workstations, Cluster Workstations and Lab Workstations.  Support your economy and enhance your student’s computer skills by visiting www.worthingtondirect.com today for all of your computer furniture products.


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