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BYOT- Bring Your Own Technology to Class

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The  Colonial Heights school in Kingsport, Tennessee has integrated technology throughout their campus using Wi-Fi devices in accordance to their Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program. Instead of banishing all smartphone and tablet use at school, students and teachers are building a system of respectable use that embraces the benefits of a tech-savvy environment.  Wi-Fi devices are being welcomed to school for a round-house integration, all in the name of education.Laptop Storage Charging Cart

Sessions are being held where in some cases, the students are handing out lesson plans to the teachers. Not only is this expanding the world wide web usage for teachers that maybe haven’t had as much exposure, but it’s giving students first-hand experience in communication and instructional demonstration.  Look around the web, technology communication skills is in demand.

So what’s hot in educational technology?  iPads, iPods, and iPhones.  No, this is not a plug for Apple (it’s a plug for Worthington Direct) but the truth is that Apple offers excellent educational discounts and keeping devices updated and synced is a breeze.  While more and more students have their own iPhones or iTouches many don’t have the allowance budget to swing their personal iPad.

Expensive tablets like these are usually school property where classes can use the iPads and then move them 30 at a time from classroom to classroom on a laptop storage cart. Having a central cart allows the iPads to be controlled by single MacBook that syncs and charges them.  Here comes that intended plug… visit Worthington Direct today for educational discounts on all kinds of laptop storage cabinets for your school’s next BYOT bash.

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Bretford- Oldest Furniture Contest

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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.  Bretford TV 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:

For a full list of contest rules and submission details, please visit http://sandbox.bretford.com/contests/contest.php.   Good Luck!


Laptop Cart Rundown: Three models explained

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Laptop carts are increasingly becoming an important part of a school’s technology stock. Laptops are more mobile than traditional desktops can be stored in smaller areas and probably most importantly; don’t require a dedicated computer lab – a laptop storage cart can be wheeled into the classroom and network setup in a short amount of time. Choosing the right laptop cart can be tricky; there are many models to choose from, each with their own unique features.

Crucial to all laptop carts is the ability to charge them when not in use. An housed in a sturdy metal case, an automatic laptop charging timer allows you to charge all of your laptops off one outlet, without fear of overloading your room’s power outlet. After the set amount of time has passed, the timer switches the power from the first bank of laptops to the second, providing you with easy, seamless charging with minimal maintenance.


Perhaps the gold standard in school laptop carts is the fully assembled laptop storage cart by Bretford. It features storage for up to 30 laptops – a full classroom’s worth – and rides on convenient 8″ casters, designed to traverse even the most cumbersome doorjambs – perfect for the teacher moving from building to building. Rubber mats protect laptops from static shock and prevent items from sliding around during transit. An additional rubber mat sits atop the unit itself, protecting the surface and keeps bulky items like overhead projectors, LCD projectors and printers from sliding while in transit. The case is made from sturdy steel with ample ventilation – perfect for dissipating heat build up during battery recharges.

Sandusky Lee has announced a new model based on Bretford’s now classic design, the Mobile Laptop Security Cabinet. It also features a high capacity volume, along with two unique features: a locking, rear opening access portal which makes accessing your charging hardware, surge protectors, and cable management easier. A lip around three sides provides additional peace of mind for equipment riding on top of the cart like laser printers, LCD or DLP projectors, Ventilated sides prevents inevitable heat buildup, and the front features an innovative locking clasp.

Balt continues to provide great value, with a flat packed locking laptop cart that holds either 10 or 20 laptops, and includes two racks for power strips and their cords. Wire management inside with a black steel frame. Shelves are designed to vent heat to the top and out through the rear. Doors open a full 270 degrees and attack to the side of the laptop cart for maximum space saving.

As laptop carts have become more popular, more models become available to fill specific niches. There is now a wood model with black top to match your science classroom’s furniture and tables, as well as a model specifically designed for use as a Macbooks and Netbook cart.


Bretford Unveils First Laptop Computer Carts With a Brain

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CHICAGO – June 15, 2009 – Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., today introduced the first laptop computer carts smart enough to protect and preserve the valuable technology equipment inside of them. Developed primarily for educational environments, Bretford’s new Intelligent Laptop Computer carts incorporate a sophisticated Power Management System (patent pending), or “brain” that decreases hestresses while proportionally distributing power to the laptops, thereby lengthening battery life. Production models of the Intelligent Laptop Computer carts will be shown in the Bretford Showroom at and electrical (#330) during the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2009, June 15–17, at Merchandise Mart Chicago, and in booth #5281 during InfoComm 2009, June 17–19, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s exciting to have so many schools using one-to-one technology equipment like laptops in the classroom. But using laptops can be an enormous – and somewhat intimidating – responsibility for educators,” said Jim Fisher, product manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The beauty of the Intelligent Laptop Computer carts is the brain inside of them. This brain protects and preserves the life of the laptops by reducing heat and redistributing power, which minimizes wear and tear on the batteries. Instructors can now focus on using the technology to enhance learning instead of worrying if their students’ laptops will have enough battery life to make it through the lesson.”

As the fifth generation of laptop carts made by Bretford, the new Intelligent Laptop Computer cart line includes two different models, with ample space for either 20 horizontally stored or 30 vertically stored laptops.

Brainy Carts The brain in each Intelligent Laptop Computer cart is responsible for charging the laptop batteries, with no manual switching or timer required. It redistributes power every three minutes not only to ensure consistent Intelligent Laptop Computer Cart charging, but also to keep the laptops cool and prevent overheating. The brain also senses when the laptop batteries are almost charged, then automatically decreases power, which extends battery life and saves energy.

The brain’s one-touch sequencing allows for easy navigation to one of three modes: Round Robin, which is ideal for charging, as it is engineered to send power to individual laptops and allow for cool-down time; Turbo, which enables users to quickly charge a block of laptops; and Auxiliary, which diverts power to outlets in the brain so that other technology products, like printers or scanners, can be plugged in as well.

Clutter Free Located in the back of the carts, the Cable Clutter Closet provides storage and identification for computer cords and cables. The lockable closet arranges all the cords into special compartments, providing storage and identification for up to 30 wire/cable sets. Both the front and rear access doors fold back against the cabinet sides, making it easy to access the computers from the front while managing cables from the back.

Mobile, Durable and Secure The carts can move or remain permanent room fixtures. Each solid-steel cart includes 5″ plate-mounted swivel wheels, including two that lock into a rigid position to safely move long distances and then unlock for easy maneuvering in tight spaces. The two wheels on the opposite ends of the cabinet have locking brakes to prevent rolling when the cart is stationary. Additionally, two built-in push/pull handles – one on each side of the cart – allow for manageability during movement. To keep the laptops secure from damage or theft, the carts include two 40mm resettable combination padlocks and three-point locking bars on both the front and rear doors. A divider panel secures the computers from the back, and the cart doors fit snugly under an overlapping top.

Made for the Environment The Intelligent Laptop Computer carts require only a single circuit – one plug to the wall outlet for the whole cart – to minimize circuit tripping and reduce electricity consumption. The carts also have perforated sides, tops and doors to allow proper ventilation while charging. Both models are in the process of becoming UL certified, RoHS compliant and GREENGUARD certified. These designations will allow architects and designers to use the carts in applications where LEED credits can be applied and long-term health and safety are of the utmost concern.


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