Fun and Functional Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas

As we start another school year, one ongoing task that is forever paramount is how to make students feel welcome.  Whether it’s veteran students coming back into the academic grind from the relaxing summer break to the new kids on the block who feel a little apprehensive about starting at a new school, finding a way to help everyone settle in makes the transition easier.  Utilizing bulletin boards is an excellent way to break the ice as well as helping students feel welcome and excited about starting the new school year.

Here are several ideas that can help make the transition easier:

Creative Decorations

Create name cards so that every student who enters your classroom feels a sense of belonging and makes the introduction process smoother.  Name cards are a great opportunity for students to learn names and get to know each other with activities that teach communication and collaboration.  The Fab-Tek Bulletin Board by Best-Rite features a tackable surface, available in standard or Hook-n-Loop Velcro compatible fabric, and is completely washable.  Fab-tek Bulletin Board by Best-Rite Continue reading

Bulletin Boards: Digital Isn’t Always Better

We all know that our ever-growing digital society will continue to become more digital.  Whether it’s being greeted at your hotel by a reservation computer screen or buying your food at an automated checkout machine, digital signage is here to stay.  However, don’t count traditional bulletin boards as obsolete yet.  Utilizing traditional bulletin and display boards are an excellent way to advertise and positively contribute to expenditures, operations, and Marketing.  Here are several instances where traditional bulletin sign and directory boards are still the way to go:

Solid Branding

Whether if it’s hung over the front window or right outside the entrance, any owner of a sandwich shop, diner, or coffee bar establishment knows that traditional signs do a better job of attracting large amounts of foot traffic.  Chalk it up to traditional marketing efforts but there’s something about seeing creative, hand-written “Lunch Specials” that makes the establishment more intriguing.  The Black Dry Erase Display Easel by Best-Rite provides a catchy and hard-to-miss visual for both frequent and prospective customers.

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Bulletin Boards to Welcome Spring in Elementary Classrooms

With spring upon us and summer just around the corner, now is the time to examine school operations and determine what improvements need to be made with regards to logistics and resources as students will soon be out on summer vacation.  Efficiency is always crucial to ensure students are promptly informed and know where to go for events and classroom changes considering the first few days of a new school year are always hectic.  A bulletin board that can be easily updated, deployed, and transported ensures students get to where they need to go in a prompt and efficient manner.

When considering a bulletin board for your school, it’s important to examine these several factors to help you pick the right one:

Mobility Matters

Last minute issues occur all the time.  Whether it’s one or several classrooms that become instantly uninhabitable due to plumbing, electrical issues or pesticide fumigation, the idea is to have a way to quickly notify students directly about classroom time, location, and event changes on the spot without having to search for a wall-mounted announcement section.  The Satin Aluminum Sentry Message Center by Ghent provides a secure and practical bulletin board solution that can be moved to any high foot traffic area for keeping everyone in the loop on changing events.

Satin Aluminum Sentry Message Center by Ghent

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Modernize Your Library’s Learning Infrastructure

For the longest time, libraries were the go-to place for research (whether it was grade school or PhD.-related) or digging deep to learn about a particular subject such as how to start a business or the mystery that is Stonehenge.  However, the advent of technology has redefined the premise of a library.  Technology has provided a means for communication and indirectly encouraged collaboration which means libraries should follow suite by adapting their environments to accommodate these themes and go beyond simply offering books to check out.  Utilizing the right furniture to incorporate emerging technology will allow your students and customers to better tackle the daunting task of research while enabling easier communication and efficient collaboration.

Students have always considered libraries to be an invaluable place to focus, study, and get work done.  Whether it’s studying to prepare for mid-term exams or researching sources for a final semester paper, a spacious and quiet place to set up shop is paramount for student success.  The Maximum Privacy Carrell by Smith Carrel allows you to study in peace with ample space for laptops, textbooks and snacks.

Maximum Privacy Study Carrel by Smith Carrel

Many libraries today also have small rooms that can be booked for small group study sessions and for those individuals who absolutely want zero outside distractions.  Generating ideas can be better illustrated with dry erase boards.  However, chalkboards and dry-erase boards often become neglected due to budgetary constraints which means if you’re looking to overhaul your study room resources for the long-term, a modern glass dry erase board is definitely worth the investment.  The Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent not only provides ample space to visualize ideas, the selection of board colors helps students focus while the glass feature helps keep the board from developing ghost marks and streaks from cleaning.

Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent

The concept of teleconferencing is critical now more than ever.  Communicating via GoToMeeting, Skype, and WhatsApp are no longer limited to conference calls during business hours.  It’s also not uncommon to find one-on-one or group tutoring sessions conducted via online video conference calls.  Libraries can accommodate students who need real-time group communication by adding multimedia tables to their study rooms.  The Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System allows group interaction and can support an LCD monitor for tutoring and study conference calls while offering charging stations for laptops and tablets.

Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System

Because every library is different in its layout and services offered, we invite you to check out our comprehensive section of Library Furniture and we are more than happy to help you pick out the items that will help your students and customers succeed!