2010 Top Products
Every summer, to kick off another school year, we give you our roundup of the hottest products and services that came across our desks from manufacturers and dealers in the school market.
This issue should be your school's wish list as you head back to school, as you continue to evaluate and select products to help you operate your educational facility more effectively and efficiently.
In every issue through the year, every single product or service we cover in the magazine is there because we think it's something that you will find useful, so we're excited about each and every one in all of our issues.
Our sole mission is to help you make purchasing decisions, so we're all about products, all the time. This list reflects the "best of the best."
It is a great time to be a Christian school leader, because the market is overflowing with options for great products and services for your school.
Here are some of the products and services that stood out to us this year.
Learn how to make your network safer. Barracuda's Web site is devoted to sharing information with their customers and the Internet security community. You will find a wide range of statistics, threat information, and a number of useful services to help manage and secure your network free of charge.
Versa Tables designs and manufactures durable, functional computer furniture for thousands of schools across the nation. Every computer desk, table, cart, and accessory is manufactured in the USA using environmentally friendly processes. When you purchase from Versa Tables, you'll always receive Free Shipping anywhere within the contiguous United States and a free Lifetime Warranty.
The JKW-IP Series Hands-free Color Video intercom uses a PC as a master station. Speak with visitors and open doors on a PC. Receive e-mail alerts when a visitor is at the door or when an alarm is set off. Keep school entrances locked while identifying visitors from inside the school or even off-site on another PC.
Rediker School Administrative Software
Administrator's Plus, the leading administrative software for Christian schools, is a fully integrated, web-based software solution. Modules include demographics, attendance, discipline, schedule building, grades, report cards, e-mail, mobile, school web portals, admissions and more. They offer unmatched service and outstanding technical support.
inRESONANCE is a leading provider of open, customizable FileMaker Pro administrative databases and related web services, including admissions/enrollment, registrar/student information system, and fundraising/development. After over a decade of easing schools into instant productivity, they can help you plan for appropriate data integration, and extend the power of our solutions to your families and alumni through hosted web services.
With dozens of adjustable- and fixed-height models, Virco's GREENGUARD certified TEXT tables by designers Peter Glass and Bob Mills can be networked with new technology-support accessories; specially equipped models with post-formed tops are also available. TEXT tilt-top tables with casters are great for multi-purpose rooms and other on-campus locations requiring variable furniture set-ups.
Here Comes Money
Here Comes Money Inc. is your company for all your Smencil, Smen, and BookScent products. You can make up to 60 percent profit with free shipping. Free samples are always available, too! Visit them on the Web for all of their products and order forms.
Advanced Vapor Technologies
The technology behind TANCS, the hard-surface steam vapor disinfection system pioneered by Advanced Vapor Technologies, was recently granted a patent. The patent, awarded to Bauer Energy Design, Inc., includes claims to an enhanced type of steam vapor that can effectively kill a broad range of microorganisms within 3 to 5 seconds, reduce surface-mediated infection risks, and serve as a green alternative to chemical disinfectants.
Café Prepay is a Web site that enables parents to not only prepay by credit card for their children's school meals—and other school fees—but also to check their children's account balances and daily purchases. This is accomplished through integration with Comalex's Café Enterprise POS system. Schools benefit with more prepaid accounts, no bounced checks, and faster lunch lines.
Shurley Instructional Materials
For more than two decades, Shurley Instructional Materials, publisher of Shurley English and a newly published intervention program titled Shurley Grammar, has specialized in developing English curriculum for grades K-8. Their goal is to empower all students to reach their full potential through the mastery of the English language.
SofTILE is an exceptionally durable playground surfacing system that locks in place, is vandal resistant, class A fire rated, and provides fall protection performance ratings that exceed national standards by more than 40 percent. SofTILE carries a 10-year warranty, including compliance with fall protection standards.
Gold Medal Products
Heat up sales with more than 45 Sno-Kone flavors made from the finest ingredients, including all-natural AllCane syrup and sugar-free options. Pair these with any of the company's machines and quickly make 82 percent profits or more. Gold Medal has been the trusted, one-stop shop since 1931.
The ErgoStack Chair is ergonomically correct to maintain proper back alignment while sitting. The curve of the spine is maintained with the back against the lumbar support and feet flat on the floor. Adults and children work more efficiently, have increased attention spans, and fidget less!
Apologia provides students with high-quality, college preparatory, creation-based science curriculum. They currently offer six K-6 subjects, allowing students to explore Botany, Astronomy, three different areas of Zoology, and, new this year, Human Anatomy and Physiology. For junior high and high school students, Apologia offers General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Marine Biology.
Hamilton's MP3/iPod Docking Center offers any classroom the next level of listening center technology. The Docking Center allows you to play and charge your iPod. Or play any MP3 player with 1/8" line in. Share your audio with the whole class by using built-in speakers. Or use as a listening center for up to six with the built-in 1/8" headphone jacks. Available as individual dock/player or upgrade to a kit including carry case and headphones.
Nightly reading logs of 20 minutes or more are no longer work. This product records reading minutes at the touch of a button using either the countdown session timer with alarm or the cumulative timer, which stores up to 100 hours. Durable and priced right, this reading product makes a fantastic fundraiser.
The XLERATOR hand dryer dries hands completely in 10 to 15 seconds and uses 80 percent less energy than conventional dryers. XLERATOR represents a 95% cost savings vs. paper towels and eliminates their maintenance while improving restroom hygiene. XLERATOR is also GreenSpec Listed and helps qualify for several LEED for Schools Credits.
Amerex Corporation has manufactured high-quality fire protection products since 1971. Amerex meets or exceeds international standards - Quality (ISO 9001) and Environmental (ISO 14001). Products include a wide variety of fire extinguishers, fire suppressions systems for use in commercial kitchens, data centers, document storage, student transport vehicles, methane gas detection – natural gas or propane fueled vehicles, and industrial applications.
EverWhite is the manufacturer of whiteboards and dry erase resurfacing panels backed by a lifetime guarantee. While average whiteboards become discolored over time and require replacement, EverWhite dry erase boards are backed by a lifetime guarantee against staining. The unique EverWhite dry erase surface is designed to prevent penetration of marker ink, and even permanent marker ink can be removed.
Varco Pruden Buildings, a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, provides quality, affordable school facilities throughout the United States and Canada. With more than 60 years of experience, VP Buildings is one of the largest and most experienced suppliers of steel building systems in the construction industry. VP products are available through independent authorized builders.
Carolina Green Corp. is a full-service sports field construction company specializing in the design, construction, and renovation of both natural and synthetic turf fields. Services include field design and specifications, new field construction and renovation, laser grading, drainage system installation, synthetic infill systems, and field maintenance programs.
Sturdisteel is a leading manufacturer of aluminum bleachers and other stadium seating options. Whatever your stadium seating needs may be, Sturdisteel can assist you in getting the best seating option according to your budget. They provide customized bleachers to conform with your specialized needs for the stadium. Their angle frame bleacher provides ultimate portability, strength, crowd appeal, and cost-effective installation.
Mentoring Minds is an educational publisher focused on creating a successful learning environment for children. They consider themselves partners with educators in the continuous pursuit of providing a quality education for all students. It is their privilege, as former educators, to provide teaching tools that empower educators to positively impact the lives of children.
The Apologetics Study Bible for Students is designed to ground Christian students in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful, practical responses to difficult challenges to core issue of the faith. This study Bible helps students articulate their faith and explain to others what they believe, offer strong evidence for the Christian faith, and address critics of Christianity.
Astaro Security Gateway
The Astaro Security Gateway integrates network, web, and mail security through an intuitive GUI. It includes features such as content filtering, virus, spam and phishing protection, VPN, IPS, and WAN link balancing. This UTM appliance provides complete security with the lowest total cost of ownership.
Koru Fundraising is all about offering a better fundraiser for your school. They focus on offering eco-friendly, non-toxic and fair trade goods with profit margins of 40-50%. From non-toxic stainless food containers to bracelets supporting relief efforts in Darfur, each of their products not only makes a difference for your school but also for the people making the product and using it.
Matéflex ProGym is a state-of-the-art, multi-sport tile, engineered it to satisfy the needs of everyone, even the most demanding professionals. That means excellent traction and the comfort of superior resiliency. The tile is affordable and, with its redesigned interlocking system, easier to install. This floor is portable, very low maintenance, and has near bullet-proof durability. It is available in 16 standard colors.
When it comes to planning and designing labs, Sheldon has pioneered the field. They can craft a plan to help you make the most of your available space. Using NSTA guidelines, they ensure form, function, and attractive design work together for the lab that best suits your purposes. For more than a century, they have tracked the developments and trends in education and adapted their plans to new standards and ideas.
Visual Edge Slant Board
Pioneering experiments by Dr. Darrel Boyd Harmon and subsequent research by Drs. John Pierce and Steven Greenspan have positively proven there is an intimate relationship between posture, working distance, and desk surface. By writing on a sloped work surface, students will reduce the fatigue experienced during writing and increase control.
K12 is America's largest provider of online education for K-12. Private schools offer online courses from K12 for many reasons:
* A core science or math course
* AP or languages such as Chinese
* Electives (over 30 choices!)
* Credit recovery, or special needs
How can K12 partner with you?