Speak Out! for Kids’ Health & PE

Courtesy of SHAPE America

Bob Hill, Ergotron’s Education Manager, will join more than 200 fellow health and physical education advocates representing nearly 50 states on Capitol Hill to take part in the SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) 10th annual member lobby day, SPEAK Out! Day, on April 25-26.

Bob is in DC to help champion the importance of physical activity in education, and especially within sedentary middle- and high-school classrooms. Research shows there is a link between movement and learning, so health and physical education can help boost academic performance. He will also share insights and success stories about introducing non-disruptive, low-level activity into the classroom. (In the words of teachers, adjustable standing desks are a “game-changer.”)

Movement matters. Health matters. Performance matters. Ergotron is helping to lead the charge to create better learning environments that give students the best chance for success, now and in the future.

Active learning spaces empower students to lead active, healthy lives, which is SHAPE America’s national commitment called 50 Million Strong by 2029.

Join us on social. Find SPEAK Out! Day updates during the two-day event by following @SHAPE_America and #MoreTitleIV on Twitter.

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22


 
Earth Day will be observed by more than 1 billion people around the world this Saturday. Since its debut on April 22, 1970, it has annually reminded us all of the value of clean air, land, and water.

As an environmentally responsible company, Ergotron is doing our part to reduce our footprint while growing. We use state-of-the-art management and manufacturing practices to “go green” wherever possible. Our products are built sustainably, and comply with the Green Building Council and other sustainable building certification criteria.

Also, Ergotron products are designed to be future-proof, so they continue to be useful when you add new personnel, upgrade computer hardware, or reconfigure a work space.

Our mission: to help you save money, reduce pollution, and protect your employees and families.

Want to help make a difference? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Find tips for practicing the “3 Rs” of waste reduction every day in our environment: at home, school, work, and in your community.

Look for special activities in your local area in recognition of Earth Day on Saturday. Near Ergotron HQ, 75,000 ladybugs were released inside the Mall of America by kids this past Thursday. As natural predators of plant-killing insects, they will help replace chemical pesticides for the 30,000 plants and 400 trees inside the 5.6 million-square-foot building.

Join the conversation on social media with #EarthDay2017.

“Anatomy of a Sit-Stand Company” Webinar on April 26th!

 
Join us Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 9am PT (12pm ET and 4pm UTC) for the “Anatomy of a Sit-Stand Company” webinar. Discover how workplace wellness and productivity is impacted by workstations, whether movement-friendly or not. Ergotron surveyed over 1,000 employees, from seven different divisions, and over 40 locations of a publicly traded corporation and is bringing the insights to you in this informative discussion.

Register now for this 45-minute live web broadcast with Ergotron’s worksite wellness expert Betsey Banker.

Wellness professionals interested in the corporate adoption of sit-stand workstations will especially benefit from this webinar.

WHY ATTEND:

  • Get a snapshot of the various impacts of traditional versus sit-stand desks in a large, multi-segment organization
  • Find out the personal impact access to movement-friendly workstations can have on sedentary employees
  • Receive a free executive summary that highlights results of the Workplace Movement Assessment

PRESENTER: Betsey Banker, CWWS, CWWPM
With over a decade of experience working for a leading manufacturer of ergonomic and sit-stand display mount solutions, Betsey has experienced firsthand the transformative impact that movement can have on worker wellbeing. [read full bio]

CAN’T ATTEND? An online recording of the live session will be available after the event.

ErgotronHome: Spring has Sprung!

Here at ErgotronHome, it seems like we’ve been waiting ages but now it’s official: Spring has sprung! What’s your springtime inspiration?

One that some people enjoy more than others is to get organized! This is the start of our favorite time to spring clean, clearing away the winter musty into spingtime sparkle with the Workspace™ Hub27. This slim, wall-mounted sit-stand desk saves space—store all counter clutter in the unit—and it keeps your devices charged and ready for action too.

Here are a few other ideas to make the most of this energizing season:

  • Redecorate your outdoor living space
  • Plan a picnic for alfresco entertaining
  • Gear up for gardening season
  • Explore spring travel destinations
  • Shop for updated swimsuits and sandals
  • Do a spring craft kit refresh

And as you plan your activities, take your laptop with you with the Workspace™ Lift24. This adjustable-height laptop stand converts any surface into a more active standing desk—whether that is in your office, den or kitchen, or even on the porch or deck. When you want to sit, no problem! Just detach the tray to bring with you to your favorite chair, providing space for a mouse and device.

Spring. It’s a great time to stay in motion while at work and play. Let us know how we can help with that.

Listen Up!: Introducing Our New Podcast Series

Ergotron’s mission is to enhance the human-technology interface, not only to improve productivity while using tech, but also to promote better health and general wellness. To further this mission, we are launching a new series of podcasts by Ergotron experts and guests covering meaningful conversations on healthcare, wellness, education, and ergonomic related topics.

Our first three-part series is by Betsey Banker, CWWPM, CWWS, Ergotron Wellness Vertical Manager, presenting: Embracing Movement at Work. The series covers the dangers of excessive sitting, the science supporting standing, and the value of adopting a movement-friendly workstyle.

Enjoy these short, bite-size segments whenever it’s convenient — either listen here now or download them to your device for later:

Embracing Movement at Work, Part 1:

 

Embracing Movement at Work, Part 2:

 

Embracing Movement at Work, Part 3:

 

Watch for more great topics in the months ahead.

Stay in the loop — follow us on social:#MoveMore, #SitLess. And feel free to suggest topics for us to cover. Tweet us @Ergotron.


Betsey Banker
@BetseyBanker and LinkedIn

Standing Desks Webinar: Educators have Q’s, we have A’s!

Thank you to those who joined us for the recent live Standing Desks: How and Why Educators Are Using Them webinar about how standing desks create a healthy, flexible, and personalized learning environment. (If you missed the webinar, access it online at edWeb and earn a CE credit!)

Bob Hill, education manager at Ergotron interviewed Monica Escobar, fifth-grade arts and history teacher, and Jim Girard, a  seventh- and eighth-grade history teacher at Alexandria Day School in Virginia. They shared many insights gained from introducing standing desks to their students and unleashing the power of non-disruptive activity in the classroom.

Webinar listeners had an opportunity to pose questions on how to reduce student sedentary behavior and boost their academic performance. Bob Hill addresses three questions that weren’t answered during the session due to time constraints.

Q: ISN’T IT DISRUPTIVE TO HAVE SOME KIDS STANDING AND SOME SITTING?

A: This is a very common question among teachers and principals. Most are concerned about the impact of students standing and sitting at will during class, that they will lose control of the kids. The reality, as reported by teachers, is that these concerns become a moot point. The greater good of a more engaged student, more effective classroom dynamics and more classroom efficiency outweighs teachers’ initial concern.

Teacher Jim Girard explains: “I configure my classroom multiple ways throughout the day to allow for teacher centered instruction, group work, individual work and simulations. With the LearnFit® Desk, I can easily move set ups from a horseshoe shape, to multiple small groups and even all desks moved aside for an open floor space. Just one week into the first school year with the adjustable standing desks, I was already enjoying the benefits of giving the students the option to stand or sit at their desks.”

Q: WHAT’S THE COST OF A STUDENT STANDING DESK?

A: The basic desk/chair combo that has been used in education for generations ranges in cost from $150 to $250. These seated student desks inhibit student performance and health, and are not conducive to easy collaboration. Standing desks are priced from a low of $250 to $1,000, with fixed-height standing desks at the lower end. It’s useful for teachers and schools exploring sit-stand options to understand the restrictions of the various models available to them. Some standing desks may restrict individualized student adjustment and collaborative movement, and or are not scalable to multiple classrooms or whole schools. An adjustable, mobile option like the LearnFit standing desk ushers in a whole new era of classroom furniture. It allows students to intuitively adjust the height of the worksurface to suit them, and the casters allow for easy and natural movement for ultimate classroom collaboration.

Q: DO STANDING DESKS WORK FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS?

A: Research at the ATTAIN Tech Lab in New Hope, MN, suggests it does. SPED students were encouraged to stand for at least five minutes every half hour. Simple movement may increase focus, concentration, work quality, and overall behavior for students with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum, developmental coordination, emotional and behavioral disorders. Watch a video of an interview with an ATTAIN educator or read the scientific journal article: Sit, Stand, Learn.

While Ergotron desks are not officially ADA-certified, educators find that both the LearnFit and TeachWell® mobile adjustable workstations help level the playing field for many students with physical challenges. For example, students in wheelchairs can wheel right up to the desk and engage more easily with peers while participating in group projects.

Stay tuned for more Q & A from the webinar, as well as other FAQ’s about active classroom furniture.

In the meantime, check out Ergotron’s educator resources for research on “sitting disease,” grants and funding sources, and other tools to support building the case for standing desks at your school.

You can also access last year’s School Moves! webinar on-demand – it focuses mainly on the metabolic health and engagement aspects of an active classroom. (CE credit is available.)

Bob Hill,
Education Manager at Ergotron
@LearnFit_Bob#schoolsthatmove

HX Monitor Arm: Single, dual, triple…you name it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Ergotron’s mighty HX Monitor Arm mount family for desk or wall!

This sleek accessory is an exciting addition to the office scene, providing flexibility and superior ergonomics to your monitor or TV viewing. Increase your computing comfort and reduce eye, back, or neck strain commonly associated with improper monitor placement. With Ergotron’s Patented Constant Force lift-and-pivot motion technology, you can position your displays with a light touch, rotate screens to share with co-workers or to view documents in portrait orientation.

Sleek and streamlined, it accommodates large monitors weighing up to 42 lbs (19 kg). Extension/retraction motion and height adjustment capability promote user comfort. Product finishes vary by region globally; backed by a 10 year warranty!

This arm can rotate, pivot, and pan like you wouldn’t believe. Click on the links below to learn more about the specs  or see it in motion.

HX Desk Monitor ArmHX Desk Dual Monitor Arm

HX Wall Monitor ArmHX Wall Dual Monitor Arm

HX Triple Monitor Bow Kit

 

 

Say “YES” to the Basics: Flexible and Affordable!

Perhaps your school district — like many — is in the throes of a race to the top with an aim toward educational innovation. At the same time, it may be hampered by severe budget constrictions. If so, you’ll be relieved to learn you don’t have to scrimp and penny-pinch to purchase a safe, sturdy, secure charging cart to go with your new technology.

Get Ergotron quality with the new YES Basic Charging Cart: a smaller, simpler version of our popular YES 36 Charging Cart for under $1,000! It shares family traits with Ergotron’s YES and Zip charging systems at an extremely budget-friendly price. All Ergotron charging products are designed to keep your mobile devices secure, protected and charged. In addition, we rigorously test our carts to ensure they can handle the stresses a modern classroom can demand of technology.

A Simpler Cart: This rugged, space-saving cart will charge, store and transport up to 36 devices. Move or remove adjustable dividers as needed to create your own custom-size spaces — ideal for tablet, Chromebook™, Ultrabook™, MacBook® and laptop devices. This YES Basic cart truly is the last cart you’ll ever buy.

At recent tradeshows, educators liked these YES Basic features best:

  1. Small footprint – 23” x 23” (59 x 59 cm).
  2. Works with all devices, including mixed devices now and new ones in the future.
  3. Lifetime Warranty on mechanical; 3 years on electrical; 1 year on cables.

What’s the main trade-off for a lower price? Charging time. The YES 36 and Zip40 Charging Carts use Ergotron’s patented PowerShuttle® charging system and charge up to 30% faster than standard round-robin charging systems.

Ergotron has the broadest and best selection of charging systems in the industry. Find the right one for your devices – download our Comparison Matrix or visit Charging.ergotron.com.

 

On-demand: Educator Webinar on Standing Desks

Available on-demand! Access this free webinar to learn about the essential role of classroom furniture in keeping pace with technology and learning styles. CE certificate is available, offered in conjunction with edWeb.net and Big Deal Media.

The webinar panel includes Bob Hill, education manager at Ergotron who interviews Monica Escobar, fifth-grade arts and history teacher, and Jim Girard, seventh- and eighth-grade history teacher, both at Alexandria Day School, in Virginia.

All three presenters are passionate about reducing sedentary behavior and boosting academic performance in students. The teachers share their insights and experiences with introducing standing desks into the classroom. They address the pros and cons, the challenges and successes. You’ll have an opportunity to listen in as they answer questions from educators on how to create a collaborative, flexible, and personalized learning environment.

We offer educator resources  where you can learn about the research regarding “sitting disease,” grants and funding sources, and other information to support building the case for standing desks at your school.

You can also access last year’s School Moves! webinar on-demand; it focuses mainly on the metabolic health benefits and classroom engagement aspects of standing desks. (CE credit is available.)

Register Now

Are You Attending HIMSS17 in Orlando?


The final countdown to #HIMSS17 on February 18–22 has begun! Be sure to add Ergotron to your “must stop” list and get a first-hand look at our expanded portfolio of carts and workstations for the whole hospital. Innovative designs — in collaboration with our strategic partner Intel — make the most of your EHR hardware/software platforms and wireless connectivity.

You’ll find us in booth #5260 and throughout the exhibit floor at 20 partner booths. See our exciting new healthcare roadmap. Ergotron products provide the robust performance, security and reliability necessary in healthcare environments.

“Advances in technology are transforming the way we look at creating innovative solutions to improve the patient experience,” says Michael Mullen, director of product development at Ergotron. “Physicians and nurses are embracing interactive technology at the point of care, which optimizes clinical workflows and improves patient care efficiency.”

Also, you can enter to win prizes during the event at the Ergotron daily WorkFit® Sweepstakes and the Intel Technology Challenge.

Want to talk clinical mobility, workflows, and device interoperability? Follow @ergotron. Share your thoughts with hashtag #HIMSS17 and follow @himss for tradeshow updates and happenings.