2017 Top Products
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.
Every December, we give you our roundup of some of the hottest products that came across our desks from manufacturers and dealers in the education market. This list reflects the "best of the best."
Here are some of the products and services that stood out to us this year.
The purpose at Displays2go is simple – connecting people and brands. They continue to expand their product line to meet the ever-evolving needs of businesses across every industry. Their comprehensive selection spans from retail counters to digital signage – everything a business needs to connect their brand with their target audience!
Made from natural, renewable ingredients, Forbo’s MCT linoleum tile features inherit anti-static properties that repel dust, making it easier to maintain a healthier environment for students and staff. MCT is naturally free from PVC, phthalates, pesticides, and other harmful additives. It’s sustainable, water-based Topshield 2 finish provides occupancy-ready installation and exceptional performance against soiling, staining, scratching, scuffing and squeaking.
New Customized Bleacher Wraps by Kay Park are a multifunctional way to add a display of your school spirit at your facility! Wraps block view of unsightly trash that falls beneath bleachers. Also prevents children from climbing around under bleachers, while also providing a place for extra storage. Made of heavy duty printable mesh fabric with durable grommets to attach to frame.
AmpliVox produces top-quality sound systems as well as versatile furniture options that enhance learning. AmpliVox offers portable PA systems to fit venues from small classrooms to auditoriums up to 10,000 square feet. AmpliVox also supplies lecterns in a variety of styles, including models with height adjustability, multimedia compatibility, and ADA-compliant design.
EverAlert by American Time delivers three communications systems in one, keeping everyone safe, informed and on time. Together, its emergency/safety notification system, digital signage system and synchronized clock system deliver one platform for your communications needs – from daily news to emergency instructions. Streamline complexity with a three-in-one communications system!
Video security is just one layer of a total strategy to provide safety and protection for staff and students. ATV-NLSS’s simple-to-use video systems are a perfect starting place for schools. They can help assess your needs and recommend as few as four camera systems or review options for greater protection including access control. These systems can be viewed with your mobile phone or tablet.
The ListenIR assistive listening system offers exceptional infrared (IR) coverage and the most cost-effective and easy to install solution for assistive listening, language translation or other wireless audio applications. It performs like no other IR system on the market, with RF-like sound, twice the power and massive coverage, transmitting clear, focused audio privately to the intended audience and no one else.
All Campus Security
All Campus Security is a unique security systems dealer/designer/integrator. ACS serves customers who have the desire, skills or ability to install their systems themselves, DIY. ACS can design new or upgraded physical security systems (video surveillance & door control) as well as the wired & wireless network infrastructure to support them. ACS can arrange local installation specialists to work with customers on larger or more complicated projects.
HSA helps keep audio visual systems and equipment safe and secure. They create specialized furnishings to contain the Audio, Video, Computer & Control Technologies vital to today’s Christian school. Whether the application calls for their comprehensive workcenter Rolltop Desks or their vertical Presentation Racks or Lecterns, choose HSA for ingenious solutions for technology housing.
For over 20 years, ResourceMate Library Software has been helping librarians put the right information into the right hands. Ensure the success of your library with an automation software program that provides you with easy cataloguing, efficient circulation, intuitive reports, and extensive searching capabilities.
Rediker Software’s AdminPlus SIS is an integrated software solution including demographics, web gradebook, parent and student web portals, mobile apps, attendance, schedule building, report cards, online applications and more. Rediker Software provides a total solution for Christian schools with admissions, online applications, evaluations and walkthroughs, accounting, cafeteria, development and more.
Varco Pruden Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered steel systems construction for low-rise, nonresidential buildings. Working closely with architects, engineers, and contractors, they offer buildings that combine extraordinary aesthetic appeal with optimum functionality. With their advanced construction methods, they can incorporate glass, brick, stone, or pre-cast concrete for special purpose or distinctive appeal.
Sell useful kitchen items for your next school fundraiser! The Rada Cutlery pizza cutter is one of more than 150 products available in the 32 page fundraising catalog. Earn 40 percent profit selling 100 percent Made in the USA products (cooking utensils, kitchen knives, gift sets, cookbooks and quick mixes).
The Agora Premier Pro Goal features an all-aluminum frame with protective white powder-coated finish, full channel net clip system, and sleek backdrop. Meets NFHS, NCAA, and FIFA standards. Backed by the Agora Lifetime Guarantee (visit website for details). All division sizes available.
SwingSetMall.com can design, produce, and install the Custom Tube Slide of your dreams! For both indoor and outdoor settings, as a fun feature for your school – they have the expertise to accomplish the project. Choose from pre-designed options, or contact them for a FREE quote and drawing for your custom project.
Royal Basket Trucks
Their carts provide an efficient way to sort and organize all types of athletic equipment. The standard casters on the carts are non-marking polyurethane. This means a high-quality, long-lasting wheel that fits well in areas with wood flooring and courts. It is a very friendly solution to storage that will not damage your flooring investment.
DuroBase is the ultimate wall protection! Made from solid plastic 1/4" to 5/8" thick, it can be custom designed to any height. It will deflect almost anything--a floor polisher, a pallet jack, a cart, or a kick. Available in 4 standard colors--black, white, almond and gray. Patterns and other solid colors can be special ordered.
In the new Talking Shapes program from educational publisher, Talking Fingers Inc., PreK-K students discover that the words they say can be turned into words they see by building words with the letters they draw. Highly interactive stories and games let children practice drawing letters, reading, spelling, phonemic awareness and phonics.
The abstract, geometric designs of GeoPlex by Landscape Structures deliver climbing fun for kids ages 5 to 12. GeoPlex climbing panels come together in so many different ways to create endless patterns of visual and physical texture. Built-in hand- and foot-holds accommodate plenty of active kids and strategically placed holes provide excellent sightlines.
Flexible classrooms require more options for flexible active seating. Smith System is answering the call by introducing oodle, a contemporary, new K12 stool line that meets a range of alternative seating needs. Foremost, oodle is the education industry’s first stackable stool that offers two-in-one seating: stationary or 10-degrees of multidirectional “wiggle.” The basic oodle features three disc-shaped components, each 17 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches high.
The Brighton collection offers modular and lounge in both conventional and non-traditional environments. The emphasis is on meeting spaces at all levels, with a more relaxed and inviting platform. Gathering together with Brighton will create a comfortable place with the option to power up and a fun space for collaboration.
Bill of Rights Institute
Established in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a non-profit organization that works to educate and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources and programs for over 50,000 civics, history and social studies educators across the U.S.
The McCourt Wide Auditorium chair is perfect for schools. The new wider chair is popular for more comfort and durability. These chairs are made in the USA and offer excellent lumbar support. Tested to hold over 1500 pounds, these chairs can be ganged together for “bench like” seating. With a rear access book rack, the McCourt chairs are built to last.
Live loud without the noise! Creating an environment where good communication can occur is important for any classroom or place of learning. When classroom acoustics are poor, important messages can get lost due to sound interference. By reducing noise and reverberation in spaces used for community buildings, classrooms, and places of worship, we eliminate the problem.