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Classroom Dry Erase Boards Engage Students and Promote Learning

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At one time, it intimidated students when a teacher sent a child to the board to show his work.  Today, this type of active involvement is commonplace and encouraged in schools. Teachers can use a variety of classroom dry erase boards to get students not just listening, but writing to reinforce learning.Classroom Dry Erase Board

Every teacher needs a large whiteboard in the classroom that is big enough for the entire class to see.  Whether posting assignments or teaching a lesson, this board is usually the focal point of the room.  Helpful features in a large white board include a magnetized surface, a tack strip at the top, and a low glare.

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Clean Your Whiteboard

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Whiteboards are still a relatively new product, although they are the standard writing surface found in school classrooms today.  Even if you use a dry erase whiteboard, you may still be behind the curve on whiteboard maintenance and cleaning.  Best-Rite has created a helpful site to provide information to you about the proper care you should take to keep your classroom whiteboard in pristine condition.

Green Erase Whiteboard Cleaner

Even the top level whiteboard, porcelain steel, needs some occasional TLC to continue preforming to the high demands of your busy classroom. Erasable markers, such as Rite-On markers, contain an ink that dries instantly and should be easily erased.  After a period of use, a film or haze could develop on the surface of the board, which is the result of the ink residue that might not be completely removed when the board is erased. Even though the film exists, the marker colors remain vivid.

By using Green EraseTM or a spray-on type of glass cleaner, the board may be given a thorough cleaning. Simply spray the whiteboard surface and briskly rub with a clean microfiber cloth. Rinse with clear water.  Avoid using caustic or abrasive type cleaners. Watch this video to learn more about Green Erase whiteboard spray.

To make sure that your board lasts you for years, you can follow a few simple rules for use:

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DonorsChoose.org: Single Donor Covers Entire State’s Wish List

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California is a big state. In fact it’s the most populated state. In that big state, during a recession, there are likely a lot of teachers with wish lists for their classroom. Those teachers that put their wish lists to action via DonorsChoose.org are now through wishing, but are now receiving.

DonorsChoose.org is a website that allows public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from whiteboards for a class instruction, to stages for a school play, to science tables for a chemistry class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are delivered to the school.

Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, recently received a phone call from a person with a seemingly hypothetical question. “What would it cost to fund every California teacher’s wish list posted on your website?”  Best gave the caller his best guess of somewhere over $1 million.   Only a day and half later, held a check in his hand for $1.3 million dollars covering all of California’s wishes.  In his other hand he also held a check for an extra $100,000 to pay for other teachers’ wishes across the country.

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Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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School furniture shopping has never been easier now that Worthington Direct has released the latest version of their website that includes an instant freight calculator, live chat and a PDF version of their catalog.

Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com), a supplier of school, church and early childhood furniture and equipment for over 11 years has launched a new version of their website that will make online institutional furniture shopping a snap. School purchasers, church committee members and daycare owners will save time, and as always save money, when they purchase their facility furniture online with Worthington Direct.

One major upgrade is real-time freight calculator that offers instant shipping rates for almost every item on the specialty furniture website. Worthington Direct’s technology director, Brian Heiland, says, "Today’s online shoppers are becoming more savvy and are expecting interactive websites with advanced features, like instant freight calculations. School procurement offices can now simply click to view their shipping rates and use that information to complete their requisitions in seconds flat."

Freight can be calculated on each item detail page for individual shipping rates, or multiple items can be added to a shopping cart and then rated for a combined shipping amount. Unlike some of the other school furniture sites, Worthington Direct does not hide any shipping fees inside their product costs. Some companies base their shipping costs on a percentage of the purchase total, but that is not an accurate amount for an item that is small with a high price tag, such as technology products.  This results in having some of the lowest costs in the industry and avoids the customer from paying an inflated shipping amount. Gas prices are steadily rising so every effort is being made to keep shipping rates accurate and to a minimum.

Another great feature found the Worthington Direct website is the ability to participate in live chat sessions with trained school and church furniture experts.  Although anyone that calls during business hours will never encounter an automated recording, some people just like the option to type over dialing. Live chat is a great way to get fast responses for questions that arise while shopping for school furniture. A full version of their printed catalog can also be viewed in PDF form on the web now.  Customers can view and print single pages or a range of pages that can be used in last minute committee meetings or to attach to their purchase requisition.

Some other upgrades to the institutional furniture website are larger images and a faster checkout process. Worthington Direct continues to focus on website improvements and to maintain their quality customer service from its origins as a direct mail catalog company. With all of the new and advanced features found on their online store, customers are still always to welcome to pick up their traditional catalog and call for fast friendly service. 

About Worthington Direct: Worthington Direct has been in operation for 11 years with an employee average of 13 years experience in the school supply, church and equipment industry, and knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing.

Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier. With competitive pricing, knowledgeable sales associates, and "In Stock" products for quick, efficient shipping, Worthington Direct is committed to be your furniture resource. Schools and churches look to Worthington Direct for competitive pricing for school furniture, church furniture, preschool furniture, early childhood furniture, student desks, classroom chairs, folding chairs, folding tables, seminar tables, AV carts, projector carts, science tables, stools, padded stack chairs, library furniture, desks, wholesale furniture, computer furniture, classroom furniture, dry erase boards, markerboards, chalkboards, office furniture, room dividers, partitions, cubbie units, storage cabinets, file cabinets, bookcases, lockers, classroom carpets, booktrucks, easels, display cases, cafeteria tables, activity tables, classroom desks, computer tables, desk chairs, lecterns, literature racks, office desks and risers among its large stock. Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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