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Spectrum Wants to Thank You!

With 2016 right around the corner, Spectrum Industries has started to reflect on all the accomplishments and successes of 2015. But none of these accomplishments would have been made possible if it weren't for our customers and our partners. With that being said, everyone at Spectrum Industries would like to say thank you!


Thank you to all of our loyal customers that continue to make Spectrum their innovative furniture of choice.At Spectrum, our mission is to be able to give our customers the products they want with the quality and service that they need.

We also want to say thank you to all of our resellers out there. Your partnership plays a huge role in the growth and success of Spectrum Industries, and we look forward to many more years of working with everyone.

2016 is going to be a big year for us, and we are very excited to share all of this with you!

Happy New Year!

Benefits of Learning Spaces

In recent posts we've gone over the importance of technology and collaboration in the classroom and the impact they are having on the future of learning. Now we are going to look at how the layout and design of the classroom also plays a key role.

Many of the learning spaces that you will see have a very open concept and a variety of "stations" that students can do their work at, individually or with others. Many learning spaces use a variety of colors and shapes in the architectural design and furniture to help spark creativity and imagination. The whole concept of learning spaces is to make the students feel more comfortable and have fun with learning.

An article called 20 Things Educators Need to know about Learning Spaces that was released earlier in the year and has some very good ideas to optimize the effectiveness of your learning space. One of the key points that we took from the article was that it is important to make these spaces as comfortable as you can. Make…

The Rise of the Standing Desk

Research was conducted back in 2011 about the dangers that sitting can have on the human body, and the results are still true to this day. Dr. Levine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester found that male adults who sit for more than six hours a day have an overall death rate twenty percent than men who sit for three hours or less, and women have a forty percent higher rate. If sitting really takes this much of a  toll on the human body, then isn't it time to do something about it? Spectrum believes so!

In a recent post we shared some great tips on how to incorporate ergonomics into your workplace and even showed some of the ergonomic friendly products that Spectrum offers, one including the Evolution Stand-up Desk. This desk gives our customers the option to stand while they work helping to eliminate some of the reoccurring problems that sitting can cause on the body.

Stand up desks have started to integrate more and more into the office and workplace settings. It is important to know not …

Impact of Collabrative Learning

Many classrooms have already adopted the practice of collaborative learning (CL), and we are seeing more and more teachers/institutions incorporating it in with their traditional teaching techniques. Even though collaborative learning is on the rise, there still is a lot of controversy about whether it’s an effective way to learn or if it is actually hindering the student. Before one can even form an opinion on CL it is important to know exactly what it is. CL is educational approach to teaching and learning that involves students working together to solve a problem, completing a assigned task, and to reaching group goals in an educational setting. This way of learning takes out the “lecture” and memorization element from learning and switches it with active engagement from the students in the form of group discussions and projects to process  the information being presented. The teacher acts as a mentor, observing the groups, answering questions as needed, and is there for support an…

Ergonomics and your Workspace

You've been sitting at your desk for hours, sending emails, writing reports, reviewing notes for tomorrow’s meeting, and doing everything that floats across your desk. You realize that your neck and back are sore and your wrists feel stiff. This is very common, especially for those working in an office setting. You take it as part of your job; you stretch it out and continue to plug away at those emails. Unfortunately, this is how many people perceive these symptoms, as part of their job. Wrong,  there are a number of things an individual or business can do to help improve their workstation. Ergonomics is the study of your work, your work environment, and work tools being used. Symptoms of a poor work environment or tools are eye strain, back pain, neck pain, stiff wrists, and more. If you ever have any of these symptoms it is time to start doing something about it. Here is an excellent illustration of tips that you can do to incorporate ergonomics into your everyday life.  

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EdTech: The Classroom of the Future

Some of you may already know what educational technology is, for those of you who don’t know edtech is a new practice that classrooms are adapting too. It takes the traditional classroom setting and flips it by using technology as the main platform of learning. Anytime there is technology involved, there is going to be controversy about whether or not it is going to be beneficial to the students or end up hurting them in the long run. According to EdTech Review, one of the biggest arguments is that by having technology in the classroom the students are going to become more distracted by the screens and focus less on the content that is being taught. While this can hold true, it is important that the teachers set clear rules and expectations for the technology and preferably use technology that the students are already familiar with, for example laptops, tablets, or smartphones. It is also important to remember that the teachers can set up parental locks on the electronics so the stude…