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[November 07, 2012]

Bretford® Focuses on Agile Learning for Education This Week at EDUCAUSE, GaETC and NSSEA

CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--

It may be election day but Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, is on the road focusing on agile learning in the education marketplace at three industry shows starting today: EDUCAUSE, Nov. 6-9 in Denver, CO (Booth #1665), GaETC, Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta, GA (Booth #632) and NSSEA, Nov. 7-9 in Tampa, FL (Booth #634). During these shows, Bretford® will debut the newest additions to its successful EDU 2.0 line of mobile and powered furniture. In addition, the company will showcase its new online Learning Commons Resource Center, provide details on a fall/winter webinar series on Agile Learning and help attendees get started on their next education project with a new Discovery Guide tool book.

The EDU 2.0 line of furniture is comprised of tables, desks, presenters, and seating products with countless power and design options. It is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification for a greener school supply chain and healthier learning environment. Available later this year, the newest additions to the EDU 2.0 line include:


  • MOTIV™ 4-Leg Stool with Glides. Provides comfort and support along with flexibility for simple seating arrangements. Comes with an upholstered seat and powder painted legs to match any aesthetic.
  • MOTIV™ 4-Leg Stool with Casters. Lightweight and easy to move with the convenience for quick collaborative group work and the versatility for endless seating configurations.
  • Polyurethane Edge for EXPLORE™ Classroom Tables. With four colors and two new styles, the new design offers a different look for Bretford® tables. It's durable, abrasion-resistant and completely sealed onto a table, making it ideal for an education environment where children are present.
  • Tablet Mechanism for MOTIV™ Armed/Armless Tablet Models. The new mechanism offers a streamlined look and 360 degree rotation to outfit many body types and allow for maximum comfort.

Learning Commons is a new section on the Bretford.com website that contains a compilation of education resources and expertise for customers and partners. It is divided into five key areas to help customers and partners easily navigate the section:

  • Resources: Research data and resources like articles, interactive white papers, book references and videos.
  • Community: Features blogs that coincide with BretfordU webinar topics and the ability for customers and partners to ask questions and post comments with relevant content shared through the Bretford® Twitter (News - Alert) and Facebook pages.
  • Professional Development: Includes BretfordU online and live webinars and other events, along with Continuing Education Unit courses for architects and designers.
  • Referrals: Houses all case studies, references and testimonials.
  • Experts: Bios and contact information for the experts contributing to the BretfordU webinars, blog topics, research and other sections.

Bretford® has pumped up its BretfordUniversity webinar curriculum by adding an enhanced six-part fall/winter series that focuses on the "how to" and "design" of agile learning spaces. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Nov. 8, 2:00 p.m. E.T.: "Low Carbon Strategies, Fundamentals of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in the Built Environment"
  • Nov. 14, 2:00 p.m. E.T. "Teaching with Agility: Pedagogical Zen Masters"

To register, click here.

The Discovery Guide helps educators understand, create and implement the specific agile learning space that is right for them, using the EDU 2.0 line of furniture, which is built to be flexible and support the many changes that technology is bringing to the learning environment. It explores the trends and concepts uncovered in three years of Bretford® research, shows just how agile layouts affect learning then demonstrates how to implement change in a learning environment. The complete Discovery Guide is available by contacting a local Bretford® sales representative.

For more information about Bretford® visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford® can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.


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