Ergotron is featuring presentations in the booth (3326) each day of ISTE! Here, Joey DiPuma, IT manager for a Florida-based public school system, is speaking with attendees about his experience in Spring 2014 integrating a standing desk classroom into a school in their system, Belle Terre Elementary, using Ergotron’s new LearnFit™ Standing Desk.
Through his recognition that the classroom environment should be capable of matching the level of achievement currently attained through the use of one-on-one devices, he worked with Ergotron to convert a classroom with the goal to increase student achievement through traditional and innovative approaches to education.
Educators are under increased pressure to improve test scores while at the same time, school budgets seem to be shrinking. This kind of challenge can lead to fewer opportunities for movement during the school day, even though research shows that reducing opportunities for physical activity in school limits a student’s ability to learn.
Movement is an important part of brain function. At Ergotron we think that incorporating more physical activity into the school day is a positive way to move children in the right direction for learning and ultimately long-term success. If we can get students moving in the classroom on a regular basis, we can impact learning and future performance. The LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desk for students is an easy way to incorporate more natural movement throughout the day, especially when other active opportunities are disappearing.
Chromebooks already have a very enticing value proposition and robust suite of education tools and applications, so how do they fit into your school and classroom usage models? An often overlooked budget item in 1:1 roll-outs is the necessity of charging stations.
Here are a few things to consider in choosing a charging station that is safe and flexible for your needs:
Classroom Set – Chromebooks that are assigned to a particular classroom are best charged, stored and secured in a charging cart that stays in that classroom. The devices can be charged a little at a time throughout the day during times of non-use, and at night can be fully charged for the next day.
Shared Resource – A mobile charging cart is the best form factor for rolling a shared set of Chromebooks from room to room and around the school. The overall weight and ease of mobility will be important for your teachers and staff.
1:1 Take Home – Like a sharpened #2 pencil, students don’t always come to class prepared with a charged Chromebook. To manage these situations, consider mounting a smaller charging station onto the classroom wall, or in a nearby commons place where students or teachers can charge a few Chromebooks at a time.
Media Resource Center – Wall-mounted charging stations also work well in the modern library, as they hold a smaller number of Chromebooks and do not occupy valuable floor space.
If you are planning on attending ISTE in Atlanta at the end of the month, look for us in booth #3326! We’ll have many of the charging systems available for hands on exploration. Until then, in my next post we’ll explore iPads! Stay tuned.