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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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We have a LearnFit Essay Contest winner!

Thank you to everyone who supported the contest by sharing the word or submitting an entry. (We received more than 400 entries!) Congratulations to Pottstown High School as the winner of the Let’s Move! Active Schools LearnFit Essay Contest. Just as Pottstown High School takes a “whole body learning” approach, so too does the LearnFit adjustable standing desk, providing benefits to students’ physical health, mental health, social wellbeing and academic achievement.

Of particular interest in the Pottstown High School essay submission was the attention to the role of mental health in learning, citing a 2016 Pennsylvania Youth Survey of students in grades 6,8,10 & 12. Not only does mental health impact the current and future wellbeing of our youth, it also impacts classroom performance and attendance.  Research shows links between physical activity and mental health, so our aim is to provide students and educators with practical means to break up sedentary behavior that can contribute to debilitating metabolic and mental health issues.

Research also shows the link between low-level physical activity (LLPA) and metabolic health. By introducing standing into the classroom, students’ heart rates are kept higher, they burn more calories and they maintain muscle tone and insulin effectiveness. This translates to healthier, more engaged students with greater on-task behavior.

The amount of physical activity and physical education time is greatly reduced when students advance into secondary education. High schools are grossly underserved with physical activity outlets and external interventions. By supplying practical learning solutions to educators, our partnership provides students with the best opportunity to succeed. We believe that introducing low-level physical activity – in the form of LearnFit adjustable standing desks – into otherwise sedentary classrooms can make a difference.

–  Bob Hill, Ergotron Global Education Manager
@LearnFit_Bob

Ergotron’s FitForward™ program gives back

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For decades, Ergotron has been helping computer users like you have a healthier, more active workday. And now our joint passion for wellness can impact future generations. When you purchase WorkFit® or ErgotronHome™ Lift 35 products, Ergotron donates LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desks to schools across the country. Together, we can give our children the life-changing benefits of active learning, decrease sedentary time in the classroom and set our youth on a course of lifetime wellness.

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Betsey Banker, Ergotron’s Vertical Marketing Manager for Wellness, explains how you can be a part of paying “fit” forward:

It’s inspiring to see so many organizations taking a stand for employee wellness with products like WorkFit. Most have read the research about the many benefits of standing up while working and now they’re seeing the difference in their employees. It makes sense that other sedentary places, like classrooms, could benefit from these same discoveries. That’s what makes FitForward so great. Doing something good for yourself, your coworkers or your employees is helping deliver the same benefits to students.”

In the coming weeks, we’ll feature profiles of some of the students, teachers and schools this new program is influencing towards a healthier learning environment.

To learn more about this initiative, visit the FitForward page of our website.

Active classroom benefits gain global spotlight

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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.

Classrooms of the future need the right furniture

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By Bob Hill, Ergotron Global Education Manager

Have you noticed? While there is little doubt that classrooms have become more sophisticated and digital, the physical classroom setting and furniture don’t seem to have evolved at the same pace.

It’s true.

The tablets and devices that are transforming the learning process still sit on top of the same style desks from the 1950s. The blackboards and chalk may have been replaced by interactive whiteboards connected to a computer or projector, but far too often, students still sit in stagnant rows looking up in the same direction at the teacher for the daily lesson.

While curriculum modernization creates opportunities for teachers and students to use the classroom space more effectively, traditional classroom furniture does not. In order for the classroom to truly evolve, teachers, principals and district administrators need to address the entire classroom environment.

Consider this about classroom furniture:

  • Classroom furniture at the most foundational level should enhance the educational tools and technology it’s supporting. At an aspirational level, it should also support the teachers’ curriculum, the students’ health, comfort and learning styles. This requires a fundamental change in thinking as schools adopt 1:1 technology, requiring analysis of what else is changing in association with the technology.
  • Facilitating the move from traditional lectures to more group-based, collaborative and active environments requires adjustable and highly mobile furniture for both students and teachers. Stationary desks do not lend themselves to an active classroom nor do they facilitate a group-dynamic or mobile learning environment that has become so prevalent in today’s educational system.
  • A desk that is both height-adjustable and mobile will foster an individualized learning environment that addresses these issues and offers a myriad of benefits to teachers, students and the school.

Why adjustable desks?

Access to adjustable furniture has been proven to help reduce fidgeting distractions, give teachers more time to teach, increase student engagement, improve academic performance and enliven curriculum. In addition, the rising concerns about childhood health issues are addressed when students are given an alternative to sitting all day—introducing standing into the classroom is an effective means to break up sedentary behavior. We’ve seen this played out dozens of times in our LearnFit® ambassador schools across the country.

Input from surveys, interviews and case studies have all demonstrated that teachers prefer desks that facilitate movement and that students adapt to them intuitively. These types of desks foster collaborative learning while satisfying a child’s need for motion and allow for the teacher to use every inch of the environment for instruction.

Given today’s intersection of technology and education, the classroom set-up is at a crossroads. Schools like the Alexandria Country Day School in Virginia get the critical role classroom furniture can play in making today’s classrooms healthier, more collaborative and more conducive to learning even as schools prepare for the next wave of digital instruction.

It is time to “stand up” for important and fundamental changes for today’s classroom and the classroom of the future.

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager, @LearnFit_Bob

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager, @LearnFit_Bob

Visit us at ISTE in Denver, booth #1515

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The ISTE Conference & Expo has been the premier forum for sharing groundbreaking ideas, unveiling new learning technologies and forming collaborations with the power to impact classrooms worldwide. Visit Ergotron/Anthro booth #1515 to get a glimpse at what Ergotron brings to the education market in 2016. Some highlights:

New! Ergotron LearnFit Sit-Stand Desk

Transform classrooms into active learning environments with on-demand sit-stand desks. With the simple squeeze of a hand lever, kids can change from sitting to standing. The first-generation LearnFit was named a 2016 Bronze Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards and endorsed by the Global Educator Institute (GEI).

Joyce R., a GEI reviewer and teacher in Florida says:
“I mainly use the LearnFit with a student who has disabilities and has an IEP that allows him to stand and be close to the classroom door. This desk is perfect for him. We can roll it closer to the door and he can stand up and work. Before, when he needed to use his laptop, he would have to sit because the table is too low for him. He always felt uncomfortable and was distracted easily. Using this product allowed him to be more comfortable and much less distracted!”

Top Seller! Ergotron YES Charging Carts and Cabinets, for Mini-Laptops and Tablets.

These flexible charging solutions can adjust to say YES to all your devices, now and in the future. Mix and match laptops, tablets, smartphones, and handhelds. Units offer compact and secure charging while saving valuable floor space in cramped classrooms and offices. Built with Anthro-DNA, they’re also TAA compliant.

Tracey, a reviewer and educator in North Carolina, gave the YES Cart five stars for security:
“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!”

Drop by our booth #1515, see the mock classroom, take all of our products for a spin, or enter one of our contests. We are giving away 3 products at 3 PM every day and have a grand prize that will excite! You’re sure to walk away a winner.

[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.

LearnFit wins first award at EDSpaces 2014! #proud

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Yesterday at the EDSpaces event in Tampa, FL, Ergotron’s LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk for students won an EDSpaces Innovations Award in the Student Desk category. Sponsored by the International Interior Design Association, the EDspaces Innovation Awards recognizes excellence in product design for learning environments. See more pics from the event on Facebook.

Taking a Literal Stand against Childhood Obesity

As September, and National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, draws to a close, it’s important that we all take a moment to reflect on where we stand thus far in the campaign against childhood obesity, and if we’re doing all we can to win the fight.

One of the key aspects of this epidemic is actually right in front of our noses: our children’s schools. And while initiatives to improve lunch programs is an important component to this campaign, nutrition alone is not going to go the whole distance to improving children’s health. Increasing physical activity and reducing sitting time are just as crucial.

There’s been growing concern that children are defaulting into sedentary lifestyles (i.e. long hours spent in front of the television, computer and playing video games) – what we should also be considering a threat is the amount of time spent sitting in today’s classroom.

In total, children likely spend over 6 hours a day seated in school. A recent study in the United Kingdom revealed greater than 50% of the seven- and eight-year old children sampled were sedentary for greater than 6.4 hours/day – with sedentary behavior comprising greater than 65% of their waking hours.

Teachers and schools, in order to promote better health and academic performance, are taking a stand – quite literally – deploying Ergotron’s LearnFit™ Standing Desks in the classroom. These desks incorporate more natural movement throughout the day. Access to the desks can help children burn more calories during classroom instruction, especially when other active opportunities are disappearing with school budget cuts – child development research shows that movement and learning are integrally linked.

The facts about Why Classroom Movement Gets an A+:

  • The part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning.
  • Exercise boosts brain power.
  • Movement can be an effective cognitive strategy to strengthen learning, improve memory and retrieval and enhance learner motivation and morale.
  • Studies indicate that concentration is lost after the fourth lesson of the morning, but challenging the vestibular or balance system has a tremendous effect on brain activity, renewing the ability to concentrate.
  • Activities that stimulate inner-ear motion, like swinging, rolling and jumping significantly improve attention and reading.
  • Physical activity increases blood flow, and hence oxygen, to the brain; oxygen is essential for brain function.

The preliminary results have been overwhelmingly positive in discovering more about the effects of prolonged sitting – in school and at home – on children’s overall health and well-being (see Belle Terre Elementary the first school in the United States into their second season with a classroom fully-equipped with our LearnFit standing desks).

To learn more about how we can all encourage healthier movement for children in our schools and homes, visit: http://juststand.org/.

 

[Infographic] Can you grade movement?

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.

Ergotron’s new Infographic Making the Grade highlights this challenge:

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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.

Attending ISTE 2014 in Atlanta? Visit Ergotron at booth #3326 to learn more or follow along with our ISTE activities and coverage on Twitter and Facebook.