Category Archives: Setting up a Testing Site

Review: Custom Educational Furnishings CEF LC-1-30 30 Tablet Security Charging Cart

Finding the right charging cart can be an endeavor for any tech department, especially when computers and tablets need to be transported safely, locked up securely, and serve many devices at once. Whether it’s for a hospital or a classroom, the right charging security cart should not be overlooked, especially as you expect a lot of travel and use from it. The new Custom Educational Furnishings CEF LC-1-30 30-Tablet Security Charging Cart is the answer for many challenges that a school, office, or business might face when storing a number of tablets securely.

The CEF LC-1-30 first of all is a compacted cart, with its size measuring 27″W x 30″D x 40″H. At this height, the cart can double as an instructor’s station, which allows the cart to be a multi-use piece of furniture for any space.  With the cable grommet on top, instructors can use the top of car for any device that also needs charging at the same time. With the two front and back locking doors, the devices inside can stay completely secure, without any risk of a break in.

The capacity of the cart includes 30 slots divided with PVC slot dividers, and can hold devices up to 16 inches in length, 11.5 inches tall and 1.375 inches thick. The space alloted for each slot can hold most tablets on the market (such as iPads and iPad minis), and even slim notebooks like Macbook Air and Google Chromebook. In addition, each numbered slot includes a cord keeper above it, allowing for easy cord management for every device in storage.

The back of the cart features even more easy-access cord management, with easy to use surge protected outlets, handle and cord wraps for tidying up cables, and optional AC adaptor brick storage trays for devices that use brick power supply. There is also extra storage space to allow for a mounted WAP, and other materials needed for the demanding classroom or office cart.

The cabinet’s durable construction is made with double faced Melamine laminate covering the 3/4″ and 1-1/8″ – 45-48 lb. industrial grade core. And unlike other carts, the CEF LC-1-30 provides 4 different finishes, allowing you to seamlessly integrate the cart with your current classroom or office, without it standing out against other furniture pieces. The four finishes include: grey nebula, natural oak, grey tenino, and cherry. The top and bottom of the cart is done in a black finish and with radius corners for safety and aesthetics, blending the entire look of the cart into a piece that is modern, functional, and consistent. The cart comes with four 5-inch soft balloon wheel casters that swivel and lock, while allows the cart to glide smoothly on all types of surfaces without damaging stored devices, and can stay mobile and stationary at a moment’s notice. Overall, it is a strong assembly that can withstand all types of environments, from a busy classroom with moving students, or quick and constant mobility up and down hospital floors.

Assembled by hand and made in the U.S., this cart can also be fitted with an optional 7 day programmable timer that can be programmed with different charging options, and wide spaced outlets that will allow wider plug heads to be plugged in at once and altogether. In addition, the cart comes with a 10 year warranty, a limited lifetime warranty on the surge protector, and a year warranty on the optional programmable timer. Overall, with its standard and custom options, the CEF LC-1-30 security charging cart can be a great asset to schools, hospitals, offices, libraries, and more. To order your cart today or see other security charging carts, check out our catalog or contact us.

Review: Hamilton Buhl Trios Multi-Media Headset w/ Gooseneck Mic

As technology use in the classroom grows, it is important to have quality equipment that will work with all your devices, old or new. In addition, you want your equipment to withstand the tests of time and continuous use. However, it can be difficult finding a model that will suit your needs, in quality and durability. If you’re looking for a headset that can easily connect to any device and stand up to all types of environments, you should look no further than the Hamilton Buhl Trios Multi-Media Headset with Gooseneck Mic.

The Trios Multimedia headset sets a new industry standard by providing all you need to connect to any device in one headset. The Trios provides three, color-coded plugs, held together using chew and kink-resistant Dura-cord. The special properties of the Dura-cord allow for the cables to stay intact and reduce wear and tear, time after time. The pink and green plugs provide a microphone and stereo audio option for computers with separate inputs, which will not compromise the sound quality to and from the headset. For devices that need only a TRRS plug (serving both stereo audio and microphone uses), the black plug is already built into the headset. By providing the three plugs, the Trios eliminates the need for other headsets, and saves classrooms, offices, or tech departments from switching between different models. For a classroom that might switch from using a PC to a iPad, the Trios makes the transition easy, saving the teacher and students time for learning. It also allows for the headset to easily be connected to media players or video game consoles–a must-have for a classroom that is expanding its device use.

The build of the headset makes for a sturdy yet comfortable fit. Using over-ear leatherette ear cushions, the headset is built for noise isolation, which allows for the 40mm ABS magnet speakers shine, making it perfect for a busy and load environment. The rest of the headset utilizes leatherette padding along the headband, making it comfortable for long-term use. The headband also folds up, making it easy to store away.

The gooseneck microphone is a smart design choice: its flexibility allows for the use of the microphone to be adjusted at any angle, or be moved away when not in use. So students can Skype their international penpals one hour, but move on to their audio language lesson the next, without changing their headsets.

The Trios headset is easy to sanitize. Using the Hamilton Buhl HygenX portable sanitizer system, or by using your own sanitary wipes and changing the disposable ear cushion covers, you can keep your headsets protected from germs and grime. The easy sanitation not only makes your classrooms safer, but the Trios can be utilized in public settings, such as libraries, testing centers, call centers and more.

Overall, it is built to last physically, and maintain a future-proof status by eliminating the need to switch out headsets. For a classroom that is growing its capacity and need for durable and high-quality technology, the Trios headset is worth its cost. Not only can it be a time saver in the classroom, but it can also travel safely from room to room, or in a student’s backpack. It’s made to last, especially since the tri-plug allows it to always be able to connect to a device, new or old.

We are selling the Hamilton Buhl Trios headset at only $19.99 each, with gives you almost $14 in savings per pair. So pre-order your Trios headsets today through our website for shipping by the end of February, or contact us for more information.

How to Set Up Your Educational Testing Site

Whether you need it for school assessments, standardized state exams, or national assessments like Advanced Placement or the GRE, having a well-equipped testing facility is important for maintaining the security of the tests according to their instructions, and for the comfort of the students. Here are a few things to  keep in mind when setting up your testing site.

1. Establish the space for the test site. 

Many standardized tests requires certain components for a testing site to be deemed appropriate for the test. The room for testing should be comfortable, but also lack distractions and follow the particular needs of the test.

For example, a test’s specifications might require that students be separated by at least 2 feet on each side to prevent cheating, or that at least 1 proctor be present for every 10 students in a large room. Students may be taking their exam on computers. Therefore, the normal computer lab might need to be re-oriented so it’s impossible for students to peer at other screens. Or, because you need more space, you might need to move the testing center into a bigger room than the normal computer lab.

Finding the right room, therefore, is an important part to establishing the right testing site. Having flexible furniture, especially for tech-assisted or tech-required exams, can help you prepare your examination room.

2. Have a logistics plan for the entire campus.

It’s a good idea to think about the test site within its broader context. This is especially important when only particular classes or grades are being tested, while the rest of the school undergoes normal operations. For example, are only 9th graders tested, while the rest of the school follows the regular class schedule? What can students and teachers do to minimize distraction when students move between classes, especially if other classrooms are in testing mode? Will the school bell be turned off, or will periods for particular classes grow longer while the testing is in effect?

Having a strategic plan in mind for those situations is important. Whether it’s assigning a new period schedule to keep students in class, or ensuring that quiet and respectful movement is done in the hallways to minimize noise, having a plan administered to teachers and staff will help reduce any stress or anxiety for students and teachers come testing day.

3. Make sure your equipment is compatible for the test.

Whether you need a tape player and recorder to administer and record individual student test responses, or must have the updated hardware and software on school computers with headphones for administrating online exams, make sure that your technology is up to speed come testing day.

The same goes for testing rooms, where exams might need a projector or large speaker system for students to listen to their questions. Make sure that your projector, visual presenter, or document camera can be used for your exam, and what other components need to be in the room. Test all components before exam day to ensure that nothing with go amiss or waste time during the testing.

In addition, it’s important to note what devices are prohibited while testing. For example, while you might use a wireless headphone system for in-school exams, it’s possible that your wireless headphone system is prohibited during a national exam. Or, personal headphones might be prohibited, while classroom-provided headphones are required in order for students to complete certain sections of the exam. Again, check the requirements and prohibited lists given by the test administrators, or call their support line. If some items are questionable, it’s better to err towards prohibiting them yourself in order to avoid invalidating the students’ exams.

Establishing ease and control of the assessment site is an important part for maintaining the integrity of the site and test results, which can help by providing quality sound and listening devices. For help picking out listening equipment, contact us. We can help you customize your options for your test specifications.