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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.)

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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.

ErgotronHome: Happy Heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!

At ErgotronHome™, we’ll be celebrating this holiday with loved ones and a heart-healthy gift or date. The American Heart Association has some tips about how to indulge your sweetheart on February 14th.

Consider … a handmade paper Valentine or poem … quality time gathered around a fire … raisins, grapes, or pretzels at school or day care parties … a romantic candlelight dinner at home … a volunteer date at a local organization … a beautiful fresh fruit gift basket … showing Fido some love with a game of catch … got a box of chocolates? Enjoy a piece, freeze the rest … take a long romantic stroll with your sweetie …

Or, do what we do, and merge the team-building and social aspects of office hours with the benefits of regular exercise. Invite co-workers to a “Healthy Hour.”

By supporting the American Heart Association, ErgotronHome hopes to play a part in the prevention, treatment and ultimate defeat of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Read more about the ways ErgotronHome gives back.

Build Better Nurse-Patient Connections


 
Find out more about how to improve the nurse-patient connection in this new white paper, The Nurse-Patient Connection, including the four major obstacles that get in the way. Nurses struggle with these job performance challenges:

1) allocating time

2) EHR difficulties

3) physical strain

4) unsuitable workstations

There are a number of proven ways to overcome those obstacles. Addressing substandard physical spaces, convoluted work flows, and poor ergonomics is one key. Research shows that improving the physical working environment for nurses boosts their satisfaction, and ultimately, direct patient care and clinical outcomes.

Ergonomic workstation and medication carts of all styles can help increase nurse comfort, reduce walking time, and allow nurses to engage more with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

The cumulative takeaway? When you improve the environment, you improve the outcomes.

Download the white paper>
 

We’ve Updated Our Website!

To welcome in 2017, we launched a new and improved Ergotron.com website. If you haven’t visited recently, take a spin through the site soon. The first thing you’ll notice is the change to the home page – the look is clean, streamlined and easy to navigate.

Some highlights of the new website include:

#1: Prominent finder-tools match your equipment and workspace to the right selection of Ergotron products.
#2: Visual menus show you exactly what you’re looking for.
#3: Interactive product-selectors drill down or expand your options on the fly.
#4: Easy-to-skim product pages are laid out so you can easily find relevant specifications, accessories, and services.
#5: More robust search features funnel the relevant products and resources you’re looking for.
#6: Mobile-friendly architecture – access the site from anywhere!

Take some time to visit the new site and explore Ergotron’s products and services to find solutions for your ergonomic needs. Let us know what questions you may have.

 

[Movie] Rethinking Workspaces: Design for Movement & Flexibility

Technology allows us to be more mobile than ever before. So why do we keep sitting around? Ergotron is rethinking the way we design environments to allow more flexibility, greater collaboration and opportunities to move more. Sit back and enjoy this informative video on how sitting creeps into every area of our lives. It’s time to stand up for ourselves and a healthier workplace.

Workspace transformation is here: check out http://www.juststand.org.

ErgotronHome: Resolve to rock your 2017!

If you’re like most Americans, you recently made a New Year’s resolution or two. As you’d probably guess, the most common resolutions are related to health: lose weight, eat better, and get more exercise. Well, 2017 is on the move – how about you?

We all know that sticking with a New Year’s resolution is difficult – in fact, January 17th has come to be called “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.” (An informal survey of team members about past resolutions confirmed that most of us do indeed fall off the wagon then.) But the good news is that the act of setting a goal already makes you much more likely to reach it.

One trick that helps assure success is to start small and let momentum build slowly over time. Setting a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is tempting, but that’s what causes most resolvers to crash and burn. Focusing on tiny behaviors that take only a few minutes makes taking action so easy that it’s embarrassing not to.

An example is stepping in place during one TV commercial. With repetition that behavior becomes automatic. Then it’s easy to expand and enlarge that small act into stepping during the entire program. Soon enough, you could be stepping through the whole show.

How long will that take? Scientists at University College London found that it takes on average 66 days to make habits “second nature,” so you don’t have to exercise any willpower. In fact, it feels uncomfortable when you don’t carry out a “super-habit” such as brushing your teeth before bed.

If you’re coming up short on ideas for 2017 New Year’s resolutions, here are a few from some of our healthy, happy ErgotronHome™ employees:

Calorie Burn

“It’s way easier to avoid that slice of leftover birthday cake if you know it’s a whopping 350 calories. This year, I’ll be tracking on MyFitnessPal to see how many calories I’m consuming in each sugary treat – and how much I need to exercise (or stand up!) to burn it off.”

Daylight

“In 2017, I’m going to go outside or stand near a window to get some daylight whenever I can. A study by Swiss scientists showed that people exposed to daylight were way more alert at the beginning of the evening versus those exposed to artificial light, who were sleepier. Plus, it relaxes my eyes to look out into the distance and take in the view.”

Email Control

“I’ve resolved to stop checking my devices obsessively. I figure that if I’m checking for messages or refreshing my social stream every five minutes during the day, that means I’m checking in at least 24,000 times a year. No wonder it’s so hard for me to concentrate.”

Mind Refresh

“I promise to set the timer on my smartphone to three minutes, and then close my eyes for that time and focus only on my breathing without trying to change it. I always feel a lot more clear-headed afterwards, but I feel guilty taking a break during really busy days. Not in 2017!”

Stand Up!

“I haven’t made it a habit to stand more throughout the day, especially while in front of a screen. No more planting myself in a chair in front of the TV. Sure, it may take some getting used to, but it’s a relatively painless way to make a small, yet significant, difference in my health. When I remember to do it, I do feel the results (more productive, more alert) almost immediately.”

Family Fun

“I resolve to set a fun ‘appointment’ in Outlook so I’m reminded that our family is on a healthier, happier path this year. Kids need to be active for an hour a day, so I’ll schedule going to the park or family swim at the Y. Snow is a good excuse to bust out the old Wii and play active games indoors. Moving more busts stress, which gets in the way of learning for kids – and everyone else, come to think of it.”

Clutter Buster

“We got a new tablet for Christmas this year and I want to mount it on the wall so everything is secure and tidy, but stylish. Then I’ll get into the kitchen, toss out the junky stuff on my countertops, and put out a fruit basket instead. Cornell University researchers found that visible healthy snacks help us keep to a healthy weight.”

Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions and how you’ll make them stick!