ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, many schools struggle to keep up with the evolving 21st century classroom, including technological advancements, changing teacher needs and the importance of promoting healthy student lifestyles. Determined to bridge the gap, Ergotron, Inc., a Nortek Company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the sit-stand movement, has made significant steps to transform classrooms both in the U.S. and abroad with their portfolio of award-winning products designed to meet the demands of today's learning environment: safely supporting the technology platform while promoting a healthier, active classroom.
Two of Ergotron's recent award-winning education products include the LearnFit™ Adjustable Student Standing Desk which was released earlier this year (recognized as one of the District Administration's Top 100 Products for 2014 and winner of an EDspaces' International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Innovation Award) and the Tablet Management Wall Mount 10 (new product winner in the Tech & Learning's 2014 Awards of Excellence Program).
The LearnFit desk creates an active learning environment for students, giving them an on-demand height-adjustable desk designed to encourage more standing throughout the school day, which is a healthy behavior that leads to physical and academic performance, as well as improved posture and metabolic benefits. The Tablet Management Wall Mount 10 is a sleek, low-profile tablet cabinet which teachers and students use to sync and charge iPad® mobile devices. The entire unit is UL certified and complies with FCC requirements, ensuring the utmost safety when placing it in a classroom.
"Today's classrooms need furniture and 1:1 solutions that support collaboration, flipped classrooms and individual learning styles, otherwise technology can only partially deliver on its potential," said Bob Hill, global education manager at Ergotron. "Ergotron does this by being right there at the intersection of where students and teachers use the technology, whether it's charging and storing 1:1 devices or facilitating a natural, collaborative learning process."
Ergotron has also pioneered several spotlight standing classrooms across the country for teachers to share their experiences integrating low-level physical activity into the classroom. "The LearnFit desks have increased mobility, versatility and productivity within the classroom while keeping our students engaged and focused," said Joey DiPuma, Flagler Schools Senior Level IT Specialist, who installed these standing desks as part of the district's active learning initiative.
"Childhood obesity is quickly becoming a national epidemic and with budgets cuts, physical education classes can be the first to go. In light of this, getting students moving and breaking harmful sedentary patterns during the school day is a huge priority," said Hill. "With the LearnFit adjustable standing desk, students can get physical activity just by standing and moving more throughout the actual day, which is important as studies have linked movement with cognitive development."
For more details on the benefits of the standing classroom, check out Ergotron's latest education Infographic. To learn more about the spotlight classrooms using LearnFit standing desks and Ergotron's entire portfolio of charging systems, student and teacher desks and AV mounts visit education.ergotron.com or call 800.888.5458.
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 30 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount®, StyleView®, LearnFit™, TeachWell®, WorkFit™ and Neo-Flex®—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron's products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron's products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.(Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.
SOURCE Ergotron, Inc.