BRETFORD FOCUSES ON SOCIAL LEARNING AT ISTE 2011

Highlights EDU 2.0, First Comprehensive Powered and Modular Technology Furniture System; Showcases Powermat Partnership; Introduces New PowerSync Tray for iPad

CHICAGO — June 27, 2011 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of furniture for both classroom and work environments, this week is giving a live look at EDU 2.0., the world’s first comprehensive powered and modular technology furniture system designed for the social aspects of learning in education during ISTE (#2725), June 27-29, in Philadelphia Pa.

Bretford is also showcasing its new partnership with Powermat for K-12 and higher education markets. The Powermat wireless charging products have been built into the Bretford EDU 2.0 line and are available for attendees to use as charging stations for their mobile devices during the show. Additionally, Bretford’s new PowerSync Tray for iPad will be shown with the EDU 2.0 products during ISTE 2011.

According to Mikel Briggs, president of Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., social learning is a term that Bretford chose to recognize the significance of learning through sharing with groups and teams. “Participation is the primary way we all master skills and acquire knowledge. Social learning directly reflects that experience,” he explained.

“For the past 50 years, Bretford has built products to help teachers prepare the students of today for tomorrow’s world,” said Briggs. “Our focus has been to develop furniture that supports the modern learning environment. As technology and teaching evolve, the need exists for a learning environment where there are no limitations caused by the furniture in the room. That’s exactly what the EDU 2.0 system does.”

About EDU 2.0
EDU 2.0 is the only complete technology furniture system currently available with products that have a common visual design, are created to be used together, and allow for the use of key mobility devices and supporting visual technologies. EDU 2.0 creates an environment that enables technology to be used to its fullest capabilities. It also allows for a space that supports interaction and helps create collaboration. When technology is at work in a collaborative setting, studies show that the learning experience is greatly enhanced. With EDU 2.0, Bretford strives to increase the experiential opportunities brought on by the social aspect of learning in an educational setting.

Products within the line include everything from tables for interaction and mobile device carts to presentation system furniture and soft seating with power. To view a full brochure on Bretford’s EDU 2.0 furniture line, click here.

Bretford PowerSync Tray for iPad
Designed for iPad, the Bretford PowerSync Tray for iPad neatly stores, charges and syncs up to 10 devices, keeping technology tools organized, elegant, and ready to go. Compatible with all models of iPad, a single PowerSync Tray for iPad allows for up to 10 iPad devices with iTunes to sync up according to specifications. Connecting multiple trays allows up to 30 iPad devices on a single USB port. For more information, go to www.bretford.com/apple.

Follow Bretford at ISTE 2011
Bretford news, videos, photos and other information will be shared live during ISTE 2011 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf. The complete Bretford press kit can be downloaded here.

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