Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Educational Funding & Grants Support

Spectrum Industries works closely with educators and school administration and understands that purchasing equipment and material for education is getting harder because of the crunch on budgets and school spending. That is why we have dedicated a Web page dedicated to Funding & Grants Support for educational purposes.

There you find a growing list of possible sources for getting the funds for educational needs from classroom materials, books, AV equipment, software, programs and yes, even for furnishing your classroom. As the page grows, more information will be added to aid in you in your search for funding and information to help you write a grant.

So take a look below for some soon-to-end opportunities and then check out Spectrum’s Funding & Grants Support Web page for some more opportunities to get the funding you need.



Monday, June 27, 2011

Parent Trigger Laws: Power to the Parents

Enacted in the State of California in January 2010, the “Parent Trigger” law gave parents of low-performing schools the power to change the landscape of their children’s education. Fast forward 1 ½ years, and similar legislation is appearing across the United States.

What is this law?

Provided that a California school 1) fails to meet federal academic benchmarks for more than three consecutive years, 2) has an Academic Performance Index (the state's benchmark test) of less than 800, and 3) is among the lowest 5 percent of schools in California; a vote by 51% or more of the school’s parents can enact change. These changes include: closing a school, firing all staff and re-hiring new teachers and administrators, or turning the school over to an education management firm or a charter operator.

In the other 49 states, this same action can be taken by a district school board under the No Child Left Behind law, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But in California, this power has been passed to the school’s parents. And similar versions of California’s law have now been introduced into the legislations of 14 other states.

Can they handle the truth?

Not so surprisingly, administrators and unions alike are very concerned. Such as: are parents familiar enough with the dynamics of a school system, and could less desperate measures have a better effect? There are also concerns about the ulterior motives of organizations that back the parent trigger laws, in particular, Parent Revolution. Namely, is this nothing more than a plan by charter schools to take over education?

With both sides claiming to have only the children’s best interests in mind, guilt and innocence can sometimes be foggy. One thing is for sure: Parental power in education is on the rise nationally.

Do you think parents can/should take this on?


References:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2077564,00.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-austin/trigger-law-education-board_b_877859.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New products released!

Spectrum releases six new products in the presentation and mobile computing management lines. Being unveiled today at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Florida, Spectrum's new products should fill everyone’s needs.

Spectrum Industries Inc has just released two new mobile computing management carts, three presentation lecterns and an AV cart. With these new products, Spectrum offers one of the most complete lines of educational and presentation furniture. Spectrum’s customers have been asking and we’ve been working hard to design the products you want!

MOBILE COMPUTING MANAGEMENT
Mobile computing management can mean a lot of things, but we are offering solutions that will fit your needs. Whether you have iPads, e-readers, tablets or full-sized laptops, Spectrum has a cart to securely store, charge and manage software on them.

The InTouch40 Tablet Cart is designed for securely storing, charging and syncing tablets like the Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad, RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, or any USB capable device.

The Impression 30 Imaging Cart can store and charge up to 30 full-size laptops and has Ethernet capabilities for software management or disk imaging.

INTEGRATION/PRESENTATION
With tight budgets and crowded classrooms, storing high-tech presentation equipment can be a real pain. Spectrum introduces a cart and lecterns to meet the presentation needs for tight classrooms and tight budgets.

The Moderator AV Cart is a small-footprint projector cart that can securely store all your equipment needs in 11 rack units of space that can be increased to 22 ru with optional rack rail. The small size allows the cart to be used to go between the tight aisles of a crowded classroom.


The Moderator Multimedia Lectern takes the Moderator AV Cart one step farther by adding a durable laminated worksurface for a laptop or for keeping your notes. It has a pull-out projector shelf for better equipment cooling and the same rack units as in the Moderator AV Cart.

For a lectern you can both stand behind and pull-up a stool and sit behind, look to the Inspiration Lectern. Not only does it have an inviting appearance, it comes in two heights that can accommodate up to 19 rack units!

For the look of a classic lectern, look to the Academic Lectern. It may look like an old fashioned lectern at first glance, but it can store the equipment you need for a high-tech presentation. The Academic lectern gives you both worlds – classic style in touch with technology.

For all your needs furniture needs for classroom, office or the healthcare industry, look to Spectrum. For a quote or more information, call 1-800-235-1262 or visit http://www.spectrumfurniture.com./


Innovative furniture connecting you with technology.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New lecterns, desks and carts unveiled in Orlando!

What would you think of a line of lecterns and AV carts that can give you a big presentation in a compact package? Or a charging and storage cart that cannot only handle iPads, but a variety of tablets and mobile devices and sync them, too? An imaging cart for 30 laptops? How about a hide-away computer desk that can handle dual monitors or even the largest all-in-one computers on the market?

Don’t miss the unveiling of Spectrum’s latest line of innovative lecterns and AV carts for audiovisual integration for K-12 and Higher Ed. Take a “test drive” of our new and proven products at these shows!


EduComm, June 13-15, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Booth 705
InfoComm, June 15-17, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Booth 2498
ISTE, June 27-29, Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Booth 503

And don’t forget to visit Spectrum’s Facebook page for information on how you can win an Apple iPad! Giveaway not associated with Apple.