Who doesn’t want it, a happier, healthier workplace? Introducing sit-stand workstations in the office is one proven way to break up sedentary time, and break up all the aches, pains and stress associated with prolonged sitting. Our new commercial airing on Australian TV highlights one sit-stand solution, the WorkFit-T − it’s just one of many. Find your WorkFit today.
Late last year, the FDA sent an advisory letter to hospital administrators, warning them of the dangers associated with some battery-powered mobile medical carts.
At Ergotron, we saw this as another opportunity to communicate with our customers. In this video, Troy Townes, Product Manager for mobile medical carts, talks about the battery chemistry Ergotron uses in our StyleView carts, and the difference that makes in safety, durability and value.
If you have any questions about your medical cart fleet (whether Ergotron-branded or not), our Services team can help. Learn more.
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.)
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.
That old adage is true – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
We rely on our personal cars and trucks, so we give them periodic care and attention: changing the oil every three months, checking the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated, getting a tune-up… there’s a checklist to keep any set of wheels in prime working condition.
Periodic care for the machines that help us do our jobs is just as important. Everyone with a mission-critical role in a healthcare, corporate, or education environment relies on technology and the furniture, arms and mounts that support it to be up and running.
No one likes hassling with deployment, unexpected repairs, or routine maintenance. Now you don’t have to – we’ll take care of it!
Ergotron Services installs over 4,000 products a year and has over 5,000 devices under contract. We cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Our service packages are designed to make life easier for you and your stakeholders. We know healthcare and other high-demand areas. Our equipment is used and abused day in and day out, and in many cases, 365 days a year, three shifts on every one of those days.
Preventive maintenance is key. Ergotron’s Josh Wilson shows how to avoid frustration, downtime and unnecessary expense.
We think the future of classroom furniture is personalized flexibility. What do we mean by that? To adapt to the fluid environment of their classrooms, teachers need equipment that allows them to change their teaching style at a moment’s notice. And kids deserve desks that enable full engagement with the teacher and classmates, as the subject and assignment dictate.
Ideally, classroom furniture should help keep the entire class focused on the learning process, the teacher’s attention on the subject at hand, and both adaptable to the best possible presentation of the knowledge at any given moment.
“To achieve our visions, classroom furniture must be intuitively flexible, for teachers to teach in a very flexible, personalized way, and in a way that’s personalized to the students as well.” – Bob Hill, Ergotron Education Manager
What are the results for classes that share our vision? Some teachers shared their experiences with Ergotron’s LearnFit desks.
“Not only does it engage kids, but it sort of frees you to do whatever it is that you need to do in your room, when you can easily move everything around.” – Monica Escobar, 5th Grade Teacher, Arts and History, Alexandria Country Day School
“I’ve noticed that my higher level kids are performing even higher than normal, and my lower level kids are also performing higher.” – Keri King, Biology Lead Teacher, Lamar High School
Watch the video to learn more about the benefits of personalized flexibility in the classroom.
Elevate your altitude and attitude! The Workspace Desk35 is a flexible sit and stand desk that’s perfectly sized for the home, giving you the health and productivity benefits of movement. Whether for work or play, the Desk35 quickly adjusts to sitting or standing height, whatever is most comfortable at that moment.
Video courtesy of www.ccma.cat.
Good news! Reports about how standing desks are helping students to learn have crossed the Atlantic. Recently a number of European television stations have covered this educational phenomenon.
Spain’s Televisio de Catalunya sent reporter Raquel Sans to Virginia’s Alexandria Country Day School to see how Ergotron’s LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desks help create an active learning environment. According to teachers and administrators, middle-school students are more productive now, and can stay focused and attentive for longer periods.
For more information on this and other Spotlight Classrooms around the world using our sit-stand student desks, visit Ergotron.com/spotlight.
Save time with Ergotron’s expert installation and maintenance for workstations, desk mounts, wall mounts and carts. Josh Wilson, Ergotron’s Director of Global Service Sales, discusses the benefits of the flexible Ergotron Service packages that cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Learn more at the Ergotron website by visiting Support Services or download the brochure now.
CNN’s Kelly Wallace explores standing in the classroom at the Alexandria Country Day School in Virginia. The school added 128 Ergotron LearnFit™ Adustable Standing Desks to its middle school classrooms to improve students’ focus and increase their physical activity. Multiple Ergotron TeachWell® Mobile Digital Workspaces were also deployed to enable teachers to teach from a mobile, sit-stand platform. The products were funded through a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor in 2014, the largest in the school’s 32-year history. Learn more about other schools piloting standing desks at Ergotron.com/spotlight. Stay in the loop socially by sharing hashtag #schoolsthatmove on Twitter.