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Anthro and Ergotron are making their presence known at ISTE 2015 with all new charging and standing desk furniture.

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IT folks and other techies especially love gadgets, gizmos, and the latest wiz-bang gear. If you identify as an #ISTEtechie (take our quiz!) you’re sure to enjoy making the rounds across 1 million square feet of expo space.

Visit our ISTE booth #1921 at the ISTE conference in Philly, June 28th to July 1st, and discover a collection of leading-edge products handpicked for you, your educational staff, and your entire school.

As you may know, Ergotron and Anthro recently merged to bring you a winning combination of charging carts, cabinets, and standing desks. Whether charging up students or digital devices, we have you covered!

New! Anthro YES Charging Cabinet

Anthro says YES to all of your devices with two space-saving charging cabinets — the YES Cabinet for Mini-Laptops and the YES Cabinet for Tablets. Both offer compact and secure wall or surface charging, saving valuable floor space in cramped classrooms and offices.

Anthro’s congestion-busting cabinets units are fully adjustable to fit devices, with or without cases, and can be reconfigured when devices change or new technology is adopted.

Tracey, an educator in Chapel Hill, NC, gives 5 stars to Anthro’s popular YES charging family:
“We recently purchased a third YES cart for our newest Chromebook lab. We have always been impressed with the quality and ease of use of the Anthro carts but this past winter one of the carts was really put to the test. We had a break in over the winter holidays but our Chromebooks were safe! The top of the cart had been pummeled by a hammer. The hammer marks were very clear but the cart remained locked and the thieves left the cart with the Chromebooks inside! We will continue to protect our devices with Anthro carts!”

New! Ergotron LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk

Transform static classrooms into active learning environments! The LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk can be rolled around for small group breakouts and quickly returned to the full classroom configuration. They also give students age nine through adult the ability to easily self-adjust the desk up to 20” (50 cm) to their preferred height.

Standing more throughout the day increases blood circulation, burns more calories, and helps maintain muscle tone and insulin effectiveness.

Jason Rhodes, at Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School in the Houston-area says:
“Since the introduction of the LearnFit standing desks student engagement has gone up markedly…Oftentimes the afternoon, post-lunch hours pose the greatest challenge for teachers as student attention starts to fade. The afternoon performance with the LearnFit desks is night and day. I’ve had no sleeping issues recorded this year, and any time I sense a potential issue I have the students change their positions, which does a great job of recapturing their attention and focus.”

Drop by our booth #1921 and take one of our new carts or desks for a test-drive!

Get Your Swag on at ISTE15!

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Unleash your inner swagger! Connect, collaborate, and explore in Philly at ISTE 2015, the world’s largest ed tech expo. Swing by and visit Anthro and Ergotron together at ISTE booth #1921. Say “hello,” check out our expanded portfolio of products, and enter one of our contests. You’ll walk away a winner!

In It To Win It! 

We’ve got multiple ways for you to collect cool swag:

1. Enter our 3@3 Daily Giveaway Raffle. Get your badge scanned and get a red ticket. Put one side of the ticket in the box near the product of your choice, keep the other part. Drop by our booth at 3pm and see if your ticket is drawn and your name is announced as one of our three daily winners! (Must be present to win.)

Prizes: Tablet Management Station 16; LearnFit; YES Charging Cabinet for Tablets or Mini-Laptops — subject to change.

2. Crack the code in our Winning Combination Contest. Grab a “coded” candy bar (Hershey’s Cookies & Creme or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup) from within a YES Charging Cart – if the combination code unlocks the padlock on the back of the Cart, you’re a winner!

Prizes: Select from either a $50 Michael’s or Amazon gift card. Six total winners possible.

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter! See you soon.

[Video] Get students standing? It’s time to LearnFit

Students and teachers around the country are discovering the ups and downs of the sit-stand classroom. They are earning an A+ from us for inherently understanding the benefits of moving more during the day with our LearnFit Desk. Watch on.

Quiz: Find Your Tribe at ISTE15!

Take the quiz and discover your ed tech tribe of like-minded folks! Most educators share a love of learning and a commitment to kids, of course, but vary in terms of personal style and professional interests. After glancing at these four types, scroll to the end of this page to identify your tribe and see how your answer compares to the total results. Easy, right?

Type 1: The First-Time Attendee

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Will you make rookie mistakes – getting overwhelmed by action-packed days or being too shy to approach others, say? Sure! But you’ll also learn from them and grow into a better educator.

Type 2: The Gadget and Gizmo Lover

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Your love gadgets, gizmos, and the latest wiz bang technology means you’re sure to enjoy prowling through one million square feet of expo space crammed with tech exhibits and demonstrations.

Type 3: The Swag Collector

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Who doesn’t love a deal, and what’s better than FREE? We have your number – so swing by our Anthro and Ergotron Booth #1921 and unleash your inner swagger! Enter one of our many raffles and contests for some sweet giveaways.

Type 4: The Participant-at-Large

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Maybe you couldn’t make it to Philly this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate! Access low-cost, live streaming content at ISTE Live or follow these hashtags: #ISTE2015, #ISTEStandards, #CCSS, and #ProjectReimaginED, and of course, #NotAtISTE15 and #FindYourTribe.

 

ISTE15 for Newbies: What to expect in Philly

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Less than two weeks from today marks the start of the 2015 ISTE Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Penn. From June 28 to July 1, the annual event will bring together more than 15,000 educators from around the globe – all ready to discover new ways to connect and engage with students. Here are a few things you should know before you land in Philly:

Don’t bring a lot of stuff. It sounds commonsensical, but it’s easy to forget and overpack. You won’t want to lug heavy luggage, or a briefcase, bag, or backpack while trying to maneuver in crowded areas at the conference. (Newbie mistake: grabbing too much swag and then having to cart it around all day!) Stick with the essentials and lean on your mobile device and portable power charger.

Fingers crossed, the weather will be sunny! The historic average high is 86 degrees with cloudiness and thunderstorms a possibility. Be sure to pack a light rain jacket, comfy shoes and a swimsuit. (Your hotel will have a pool, and taking a dip or soak in a whirlpool will be exactly what you need after a long day.) Also bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite granola bars so you can stay hydrated and fueled up during your sessions.

Wear a pedometer and track your steps, mileage, and calories burned. The conference takes place in the heart of downtown, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, an architectural gem which spans a whopping 1 million square feet. A Philly cheesesteak packs 1,200 calories a pop, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can burn that off just cruising around. There are more than 900 sessions and over 500 exhibitors, so plan out where you want to go (and where it is) beforehand. If you’re attending with several colleagues, agree on a meeting point in case anyone gets lost, because there might be spotty cell service.

Get out and explore the city! Philadelphia is one of our great American cities, with some of the most genuine people you could hope to meet. Don’t miss the historic landmarks nearby the convention center at Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and National Constitution Center. Want more ideas for sightseeing? Visit Philadelphia has you covered with a jam-packed travel website. Make every hour happy hour! You’ll find many must-try dishes and drinks within walking distance of the center. Check out this map.

Participate in the conversation surrounding ISTE via social media. Tweet your thoughts about keynotes and program highlights with #ISTE2015, and follow @isteconnects for tradeshow updates and happenings. But also make plans to meet people face to face and engage in real world, real time conversations. Find your tribe of like-minded colleagues at birds-of-a-feather, 1-in-3, or ISTE Ignite sessions. Or better yet, register now for social events, such as ISTEball – Brewers at Phillies Game or Edtech Karaoke! Or simply chat up folks as you stand in those long, long Starbucks lines.

Last but not least: this year at ISTE, you won’t want to miss seeing how two trusted brands are better together. With Ergotron’s acquisition of Anthro in January 2015, you can now get just the right charging solution or standing desk for your classroom, media center, or office. Visit Ergotron and Anthro at booth #1921!

We hope to see you soon.

 

It’s a sit-stand world

Around the halls of Ergotron, sit-stand continues to be a passionate discussion. Apparently we are not alone! The following is an excerpt of some recent sit-stand happenings around the world, led by people you’ll want to follow. Just kick back, stand for a moment, and read on. ISBNPA_June

JacMair_ISBNPAIt’s Day 3 of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, where organizers are sending a clear message about the importance of reducing sedentary time. An entire section of the auditorium at the Edinburgh International Conference Center has been designated “stand only” for the 1,200 people from 44 countries who are gathering to examine health issues concerning physical activity, nutrition and sedentary behavior.

Ergotron is exhibiting at the Conference and Satellite Meetings, highlighting the sit-stand solutions that are changing how the world works. “Patterns of Sustainability of Sit-Stand Workstation Use in A Typical Workplace” is a poster Ergotron research manager, Carrie Schmitz presented along with Jacqueline Mair, from the Centre for Physical Activity and Health Research, Ulster University.

CheltFestAlso in the UK today, a lively presentation in Cheltenham Sci Festival, Sitting: The Lazy Killer, featuring Roger Highfield, Dr. Michael Mosley (pictured in tweet) and scientist John Buckley. They are discussed the parameters of a sit-stand lifestyle, and how to break up extended hours of sitting each day.

Next week, on 8 June, Peacock Bros. is hosting Dr. David Dunstan, from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Dunstan will be presenting the latest research on the health hazards of prolonged sitting and what we can do about it. Baker IDI is holding its first annual On Your Feet Australia day 11 June; follow along on Twitter with the #quitthesit hashtag.

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The implications of research into sedentary behavior is significant for heart and diabetes prevention. The American Diabetes Association, which recommends people change sitting or standing postures every 90 minutes as an aspect of the Standards of Care, launched its first annual Get Fit Don’t Sit event in May, receiving tremendous national response from businesses, who took the Pledge and encouraged healthier workstyles for their employees.

Get Britain Standing, at the Active Working Summit in January, released news about a joint statement from researchers in sedentary behavior. The statement was published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (abstract), and urges companies to adopt workplace and wellness practices that break up sedentary aspects of office culture. They recommend office workers spend at least two hours of their working day standing or moving, and gradually progress to four hours. This is the first statement of this kind from the broader research community. Get Britain Standing has also just launched a Get America Standing site, and is planning an On Your Feet America day in April 2016.

Have sit-stand news to share? Contact us at info@juststand.org or see relevant worldwide news daily at @juststandnews.

 

EHR Essentials for Safe and Effective Care

“Finally, a company that doesn’t put its products on spinning pedestals but instead shows the product being used in a healthcare environment.” 

This is a comment I heard over and over again as they walked into our booth at the recent HIMSS Conference from Healthcare IT professionals. Of course they wanted to see new products and innovations but more importantly they were interested in the day-to-day workflow issues nurses and other caregivers face, and about how any product can help how they interact with information and their patients.

At Ergotron we have this conversation in the field ErgotronBoothHIMSS2015every day. How to effectively bring information to the point-of-care while at the same time allowing for the caregiver to be comfortable. Caregivers need to deliver patient-centered care at its best while the caregiver remains healthy, happy and focused.

Ergotron coined the term Triangle of Care 15 years ago. Mind you, this is long before the myriad of cart vendors and flat panel monitors and tablets we know today were even thought of as being useful, if not necessary, for Healthcare applications. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as I saw one of our competitors using this term in their marketing materials at HIMSS.

I still remember drawing this picture below at a customer site in 2003 (yes, I’m a digital data hoarder):

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Fortunately our marketing department does a better job at this than I do and we have a great graphic now:

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Giving caregivers and IT staff the flexibility to create an environment like this is what we do best. Being able to see through all the gadgets per se, to the underlying structure required to help keep caregivers connected to their patients, while comfortably interacting with their data.

Why am I bringing this up? Early in April, the Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert, warning that while electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT have the potential to improve care quality and safety, such technologies can pose inherent risks to patients.

The alert cited an analysis of event reports received by the Joint Commission showing that between January 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013, hospitals reported 120 health IT-related adverse events and about 33% stemmed from human-computer interface usability problems.

In the safety guide related to the alert they stated: “Rapid, reliable access to the patient’s computer-based record is essential for safe and effective care. Such access depends critically on configuring the EHR in clinical care areas such that a computer is always conveniently available.”

In other words, an efficient triangle of care is useful in creating an environment that allows for safe and effective care.

In this scenario, the caregiver is a critical player. We concentrate specifically on the caregiver because we know, if the caregiver isn’t comfortable they may not be able to provide or will not provide quality care.

It’s really that simple. All workstations need to adjust to the user’s ergonomic needs while at the same time allow for easy access to the patient. It needs to be both and that creates a positive workflow.

If in real-estate the three most important things are location, location, location then in point-of-care computing the three most important things are workflow, workflow, workflow. A great workflow that takes both patient care and the caregiver’s needs into consideration will lead to less mistakes and an increase in quality of care. I guarantee it!

Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP Healthcare @ Ergotron

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Celebrate Nurses Week in Plain-Speak

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When you are visiting a loved one in the hospital, it is not hard to get distracted by the drama surrounding you. If you are like me, you compare it to the latest hospital show you are watching, and find yourself uttering things like, “He needs some water, stat!” with strange assurance.

When my dad was sick, I took on a very Sherlockian view of things. Deductive powers gone amuck, i.e., “Surely that beeping sound means something!” Although my dad’s nurse never said it, I imagine “nervous Nelly” was one term that could have described me.

Amidst the chaos of changing shifts, moving patients, and impatient families, one thing was missed. What’s that you say? An ingenious Nurse code according to scrubsmag.com.

It is often a waiting game, right? Waiting for results, waiting for the doctor, waiting for the “all clear” sign or even, “here’s what’s coming next” plan. However, during it all I can’t honestly remember hearing code like “Line & Lab” or “walkie talkie” when the nurses tending him were heroically moving heaven and earth, my dad, and my own heightened sensibilities about the place.

Maybe dad was a “frequent flyer.” Still, I was glad when the nurses seemed to be happy to see him again, although maybe not happy to see him back. I kind of wish now I would have known about nurse slang. And I wonder…there are codes for dramatic patients apparently, but what about dramatic family members? I might have earned that code once or twice, the name of some horribly gone-wrong reality star I am sure.

What nurses may not realize is that the family often has a similar unsaid code. It’s not too fancy, usually along the lines of “ministering angel” or “life saver.” Frequently it’s “wonder worker” or a “sensible Sally.” Sometimes, in the midst of a Jerry Seinfeld-ish “Newman” moment, the still small inkling lingers. Even though this nurse is giving me some tough love right now, the honest thought behind my blank/angry/tired or sad eyes is TGYH. Translation: Thank God you’re here.

Here’s to an amazing National Nurse Day today and a wonderful National Nurses Week ahead! And to all the hard working men and women who make up this field, let me speak for the patient and the family alike here…just call us “grateful.”

Michelle Judd, Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Communications @ Ergotron

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Stand Up and Celebrate “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day on May 6th

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We hop to it on “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day

On The American Diabetes Association (ADA) National “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day — and everyday! — here are suggestions from our employees for adding mini-bursts of activity to your routine. (They don’t require you to set up a pick-up hopscotch game — watch the video here — but they’re just as fun and healthy.)

Everyone at Ergotron and our partner brands, Anthro and OmniMount, wants to empower you to cut your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers by sitting less, moving more. Check out the ADA’s workout-at-your-desk videos or try these simple activities:

  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Exercise at lunch with colleagues or friends.
  • Stand and walk around the office every 90 minutes.
  • If you must remain in place, do some non-strenuous leg lifts, lunges or squats.
  • Stand up and walk over to get some water when thirsty.
  • Walk to the farthest restroom in your building.
  • Always stand or pace when talking on the phone.
  • Visit co-workers in person instead of e-mailing.
  • Walk or bike when doing personal errands.
  • In the office, stand up and stretch, walk or lift hand weights.
  • When driving, stop every two hours for a walk or mini-workout.
  • Consider getting a sitting AND standing desk so you can raise or lower your work surface.
  • Instead of breaking for coffee, take a 5-minute stroll break.
  • When watching TV or a video podcast, get up and move during the opening or ads.
  • Get a piece of exercise equipment, like a stepper or elliptical, to use at your desk.
  • While reading email, squeeze a ball or do toe raises for stronger hands and feet.

Want more ideas for activating your day? The ADA has you covered. Use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit on all social channels – now is a great time to spread the word!

This is the fourth in a series on the ADA’s “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day. Take a look at: #1 – Save the Date; #2 – Take the Pledge; #3 Move at Home.

Workflow tech on display at HIMSS

Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP of Healthcare at Ergotron, talks with ICE Technologies about several new workflow solutions for nurses on display at HIMSS 2015 this year. Take a look!