Maximizing Classroom Dry Erase Boards

Dry erase boards have been around for decades, being utilized in academic learning environments as well as being a staple in company conference rooms.  However, modern innovations have improved the concept of “dry erase” to make group learning more efficient and accommodate changing situations for better productivity.  Having dry erase boards that complement each other ensures students can collaborate and visualize their ideas while allowing teachers to customize and adapt lesson plans for both group and individualized learning.

Here are several dry erase solutions to help guide in picking what’s right for your learning environment:

Wall-Mounted Dry Erase 2.0

While traditional dry erase whiteboards have eclipsed old chalkboards (which date back to the 19th century), there have been many recent advancements that make these boards better and better.  Some of these innovations include a frameless design to help utilize extra board space while providing an attractive and elegant appearance.  Materials such as porcelain-coated steel with aluminum help with mounting on a curved wall while minimizing dry erase ghosting after repeated use.  The Elemental Frameless Dry Erase Board by Best-Rite offers a wall-mounted dry erase board that also doubles as a projection screen that contributes to a seamless transition between lesson plans.

Elemental Frameless Dry Erase Board by Best-Rite

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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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The Importance of Quality Conference Room Furniture

The conference room of any organization represents its culture, style, and professionalism.  Some organizations such as law offices and large multinational companies opt for a conference room that exudes a traditional, yet contemporary ambiance which is consistent with century-old firms while others go for a sleek, elegant, and trendy appearance to reflect its forward-looking culture.  IN today’s 21st century, we are also seeing a continued integration of technology in many aspects of the corporate arena.  Investing in modern conference room furniture projects your organization’s culture in a professional manner while simultaneously enhancing productivity with the integration of technology.

Here are several factors to consider when looking for conference room furniture:

Style

According to Jen Zobel Bieber who is a life coach based in New York,

“People draw opinions about who we are and how we operate based on what our space looks like, sounds like and even smells like,”

It’s human nature to form preliminary opinions about new places such as a new school, new employer facility, or new potential business venture office.  Having a conference room that visualizes your organization’s mission statement is critical to ensuring visitors, guests, and prospective clients feel comfortable, welcome, and get a solid first impression of your organization.  The PL Series Conference Table and Segmented Leather Conference Chair by NDI Office Furniture provides a classic, modern, and universal appearance that can accommodate different corporate cultures, non-profit organizations, and even library study rooms.

Pl Series Conference Table by NDI Office Furniture

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How to Choose the Best Desks for Your School

While traditional school furniture can last for many years, they are not optimized for the 21st century changing learning environment.  Technology has quickly revolutionized the way students learn but unfortunately, student desks haven’t been as quick to catch up for several reasons.  This may be due to budgetary reasons since it’s normal for schools to maximize furniture expenditures.  Or it could be that many schools prefer traditional lesson plans and adopt a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach.  The good news is that there are many options today that can help you find the right desk solution.  Having the right student desk promotes an optimal student learning experience, accommodates new lesson plan innovations, and contributes to a succinct and practical long-term budgetary expenditure.

Here are several factors to help you choose the best student desk:

Collaboration-Based Learning

Two critical skills that students need to learn for future success are communication and teamwork which are the themes of modern lesson plans.  This means you’ll want a student desk that can be easily configured for both individual and team-based assignments.  The Shapes Desk by Balt allows you to configure your classroom into several configurations including the traditional multiple row desk set up,  a round desk set up (up to 10), or square configuration.

Shapes Desk by Balt

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