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Parents, Alumni, and other Stakeholders Did You Know That You Can Get Interactive With Your School?

The days of using the Internet as merely a one-way supplier of news are over. With social media tools encouraging a back- and-forth exchange of information, parents, alumni, and other stakeholders can participate directly in the life of their school.

School districts have figured out the great lesson of the web 2.0 takeover of the last decade: The Internet works much more powerfully as a two-way street than it does when information flows in only one direction.

"Today's web is much more than an electronic bulletin board,” says Peggi Munkittrick, senior director of product strategy at State College, PA-based Schoolwires. Peggi's company has developed a website and community management system that integrates a district’s online communication effort via a single, unified platform, using surveys, forms, blogs, and other features to bring a district in closer touch with its constituents. “As web 2.0 technology evolves,” Munkittrick says, “and as social media gets incorporated int…

Find Spectrum Industries on Wikipedia

That's right we are spreading our e-marketing wings so you can keep up with what's new at Spectrum.

Recently, an article about Spectrum Industries was added to Wikipedia! Seeing as Spectrum is a SBA-certified small business based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, this article was added as a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the U.S. state of Wisconsin on Wikipedia; within the scope of WikiProject Wisconsin.
What's on the Wikipedia Page?Everything from a company overview and history to our environmental responsibility and community involvement.
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Why Buy American Made Products?

When this question is asked, most Americans may not really be that concerned as to why they should purchase American made products. Americans, specifically middle class Americans, should definitely be concerned with the buy American issue.

Why? Because they are the ones being most affected, whether they know it or not. For example, on the way to work one might complain about how his or her salary is decreasing while at the same time wearing an imported outfit and driving a foreign car. Yet, as the economy shifts into a recession and globalization increases, more and more Americans are becoming educated as to why this is happening and the importance of buying American.

Why the push to buy American now?
The reason being that drastic numbers of Americans are losing their jobs or taking pay cuts due to the negative effects of deindustrialization.

One solution, Americans should buy American made products. This is true because once Americans start buying more American goods the demand for the…

Remebering the plea, 18 years later

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Environmental Activist

It’s hard to cover the amazing things kids and teens are doing to help the environment without mentioning Severn Cullis-Suzuki. Severn made a giant splash on the international scene when she presented at the first international Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 at the age of 12.

She is known as “the girl who silenced the world for five minutes.”

After single-handedly raising the money to travel to Brazil, Severn represented the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), the environmental nonprofit she founded with some friends at the age of 10, and spoke on behalf of concerned youth to an international audience.

She brought delegates to a standing ovation, and some to tears, after calling out world leaders for failing to protect younger generations from environmental issues.



Severn continues to speak, write and campaign on behalf of the environment today.

Spectrum Industries, Inc. is committed to its pursuit of environmental sustai…

Thinking Green for Earth Day Week: What's Green at Spectrum?

Going green has always been a good idea. Conspicuous consumption of resource and profligate production of waste might make sense if energy, raw materials, and landfill space were unlimited, but those conditions have never really existed on this planet. Despite the fact that environmental awareness - "green" thinking - is a relatively recent phenomenon, Spectrum Industries stepped up to the plate several years ago.

In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded Spectrum Industries the GSA Evergreen Awards (under the furniture category) in 2007.

Spectrum strives to be a model facility in both the furniture industry and the community; implementing environmental sustainability initiatives which include waste prevention, material recovery and recycling, and environmentally conscious product design.

What exactly is Spectrum doing to reduce their environmental footprint?

Since 1998, Spectrum has used powder-coating technology as a replacement for solvent- based finis…

Spectrum's Classic Products: Media Manager & Media Director

Classic lecterns become the benchmark in the industry; the Media Manager and Media Director are staple products in our lectern line, and they are flexible enough to accommodate the needs of virtually any classroom.

Spectrum Industries has been designing audio-visual instruction and presentation lecterns for several decades now. In that period of time, we have modeled ourselves as champions of continuous improvement. Our lecterns are certainly no exception – each model we release reflects the most recent customer input combined with diligent and conscientious product design.

Over the years instruction and presentation requirements have changed to adapt the audio-visual technology of today. Some customers want multi-media rich classrooms. Others want accessible, maneuverable lecterns. Most everyone wants equipment that allows for instructional and presentation adaptability. As needs change and technologies advance, the Media Manager and Media Director lecterns have consistently kept our c…

Does the iPad have Potential for Education?

Teaching students...one app at a time. iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps are transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

That's right, move over Millennials, you are not the younger generation anymore. Today all eyes are on the 'iGeneration'. Teens, ages 12-17, have been coined the 'iGeneration' for their use of technology products like the iPhone and Wii gaming system; additionally, they have an 'I' or individualized, customizable attitude.

The iGeneration has the world at their fingertips when it comes to technology, and they are only limited by budget when it comes to getting their hands on items like Apple's new iPad.

Just how hardwired is the iGeneration for digital connections?

Change is happening fast, and as you can see by this graph technology devices are not only in the hands of today's students but they are one of the main instruments used to access information. Thus, one may inference that the education field needs to embrace this…

"A PARENT'S NOTE TO A TEACHER"

Spectrum Industries Inc. has chosen to take a business path that follows in the steps of teachers and educators. Our success, we feel, is directly related to our desire to support educators in managing the latest educational tools.

Whether it is the first year of your child’s education, or you are about to start a career of your own remember; as the end of the school year rushes closer, don't forget to thank the teachers in your life for all of their hard work!





"I'm the voice of a grateful parent whose child was in your class...
the one who needed help to find his way.

You've been a special blessing as you helped my child succeed
and I'm thankful for the part you had to play.

You gave him so much more than just the lessons in the books
you gave him wings...so he could learn to fly.

You ignited a flame within his soul a passion to learn and grow...
to never give up and always be willing to try.

Your encouragement inspired him and your kindness was so real
but the thing that t…

Six Technologies That Will Shape Education

Researchers suggest gaming and mobile devices are among the six technologies that will have a major positive impact on K-12 education in the next few years.

"The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition" released this week by the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), discusses six technologies that will shape education in the next 5 years. The report also highlights critical educational challenges in that time frame, including challenges that may require fundamental changes to the way we educate in the United States.

The annual Horizon Report focuses on the key technology areas that researchers identify as likely to have a major impact on educational institutions and other learning-focused organizations within the next five years, broken down into the technologies that will have an impact in the near term, those that are in the early stages of adoption, and those that are a bit further out.

Top Six Technologies for the Next Five …

School budget cuts will be noticeably more significant for 2010-11

57 percent of school leaders say they’ll have to delay tech purchases in 2010-11...

Although the economy has begun to rebound, K-12 education leaders say they are still facing serious budget shortfalls for the coming school year that threaten their ability to implement new technologies, raise the quality of instruction in their classrooms, and close achievement gaps among students.

Released April 8, Cliff Hanger: How America’s Public Schools Continue to Feel the Impact of the Economic Downturn,” the latest in a series of national surveys from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), identifies a number of key challenges that are compounding an already tough situation.

Continued budget strains at the state and local levels will be exacerbated next year when the federal stimulus funding ends, the survey suggests—a phenomenon referred to as the “funding cliff.”

And though President Obama’s federal budget plan for fiscal year 2011 requests $4 billion more for education than t…

Spectrum Industries to Exhibit at InfoComm 2010 - June 5th - 11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

VEGAS, VEGAS, VEGAS! Exactly two short months from today we will be in Las Vegas for InfoComm 2010!

InfoComm is the leading trade show for industry professionals in the audiovisual, information communications and systems integration industries. At this most forward-looking pro-AV event in the world, over 900 exhibitors bring the show floor to life, showcasing the latest technologies and hottest products on the market.

Spectrum Industries will showcasing its latest innovative designs with technology and communications equipment, from Laptop Carts to Integrated Audio-Visual Lecterns.

Stay tuned into our blog and InfoComm IQ website for updates of Spectrum's new 2010 leading-edge products to be featured at InfoComm 2010.
Attendees of InfoComm 2010 conference and exhibition may visit Spectrum Industries at booth #C4463.

2010 Census: Make Education Count

The accuracy of the 2010 census has significant implications for the education of our nation’s school children.

2010 census data will directly affect how more than $400 billion annually is allocated to local, state and tribal governments over the next 10 years. For this funding to be allocated fairly and accurately, the goal of the decennial census is to count everybody, count them only once and count them in the right place.

Additionally, every month of every year, the American Community Survey (ACS) is sent to a rolling sample of addresses throughout the nation to produce updated estimates annually of important socio‐economic indicators about the nation’s population. The ACS provides the U.S. Department of Education with the most comprehensive data on school enrollment and educational attainment.

How are census data used to help improve education and provide for our school children?

Census data are also used to help policymakers address specific functions, needs and challenges students …

Family Tradition

The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol bringing Easter eggs seems to have its origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both then in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, and southwestern Germany, where it was first recorded in a German publication in the early 1600s. The first edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter Bunny was introduced to America by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.[4] The arrival of the "O_ster Haws_e" (a phonetic transcription of a dialectal pronunciation of the German Osterhase) was considered one of "childhood's greatest pleasures," similar to the arrival of Kriist Kindle (from the German Christkindl) on Christmas Eve.

According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The "O_ster Haws_e" would, if the children had been …