Tag: EASEL

Drawing a Blank?

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Don’t draw a blank this summer! Be ready when it comes time to create activities for summer students or daycare children.   Jonti-Craft, maker of quality preschool and daycare furniture, has put together a jazzy presentation with ideas for arts and crafts projects to keep little ones engaged.   These tips are to help supplement one of their many preschool art room easels.
Jonti-Craft Two Student Easel

Jonti-Craft has identified several developmental goals that can be reached by the use of art education.  Strengthening hand-eye coordination, fine-motor skills and following directions are skills that students can implement in any academic arena.   When working on group art products, students practice cooperation and can convey creative ideas and preferences through art.

Several projects are detailing in the presentation that work great with their See-Thru Easel.  One titled “Listen to the Music”, invites the student to translate sounds into paintings.

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Including the Kitchen Sink

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Worthington Direct carries everything to meet early childcare furniture needs, including, believe it or not – the kitchen sink! Worthington Direct carries the Jonti-Craft line of furniture, which in addition to items like the 4 station art center, Imagination Station, pick a book stands, and yes, even a full line of pint-sized kitchen furniture. The Joni-Craft name implies durability – their strong, natural birch plywood ensures a lifetime of use, and in fact carries a lifetime guarantee.

Jonti-Craft Dramatic Play FurnitureIn addition to play and activity furniture, Jonti Craft has a wide variety of mobile storage units, just right-sized lockers and cubbies to meet all your storage needs. Worthington Direct carries a wide variety of additional early childhood furniture, from infant cribs to toddler and preschool age chairs and tables.


Message Board Hits Prime Time

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Take a look at this screencap of a recent episode of The Office, the hit TV show starring Steve Carrell (no relation to Smith Carrell, makers of study carrels) as Michael Scott. Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) of The Office sure looks excited about something as he stands in front of a Ghent letter board.  What isn’t there to be excited about? His office’s name is clearly displayed in the easy to read office park directory made by Ghent. Ghent makes a variety of boards, including letter boards, corkboards and combinations of the two, in durable aluminum (as shown), and timeless oak.

 

Ghent also makes a variety of easels, from oak-framed whiteboards  to classic aluminum-framed chalkboards, suitable for any college, classroom or conference room. Looking for something more casual? Best-Rite offers their Rubber-Tak tackboards in a variety of colors, which allows quick posting by anyone in the office, without leaving ugly pinholes when the thumbtack is removed. Rubber-Tak boards come backed and framed, or can be purchased alone with an adhesive backing to create an entire wall of ideas.

Rubber-Tak Tackboards

Such a wide variety of ways to get your message across, how to choose what’s right for you? Try contacting Worthington Direct, or visit their website at www.worthingtondirect.com for great deals on these boards and more.


TCEA 2008 Serves Up Ed-Tech Wisdom

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Educators and ed-tech specialists who attended the 2008 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin got a Texas-size helping of new educational technology ideas, approaches, and solutions to take back to their schools.

Training TableWith more than 8,500 registered attendees from all over the nation, this year’s TCEA conference was the largest ever, said TCEA Executive Director Ron Cravey. “Everyone there had a good time, and the amount of knowledge shared was overwhelming.” Cravey said. “One attendee described this year’s event as ‘awesome’ and told me he ‘would be here every year’ until he died. TCEA will continue to grow bigger and better, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Those in attendance had a chance to tour an exhibit hall featuring 430 ed-tech vendors and sit in on any of the dozens of workshops and concurrent sessions. They also heard keynote speeches from former NASA astronaut Sally Ride, who sounded an alarm about the state of science education in the nation’s schools, and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, who described new technologies that “will change your life” and discussed their implications for today’s educators.

Another feature unique to this year’s conference: eSchool News hosted a two-day “Ed-Tech Best Practices Summit,” during which conference attendees learned how their colleagues in other schools are using technology successfully to enhance education. Among the approaches that were highlighted were solutions from American Education Corp., Atomic Learning, BenQ, ePals, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, LenSec, Lightspeed Systems, Moodlerooms, PBS TeacherLine, Saywire, Troxell Communications, and Voyager Expanded Learning. Continue reading


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