JAR Systems Marks a Decade Charging Devices in Schools: Ten Years after the NetEducation Center’s release, many of the first carts are still in use

JAR Systems Marks a Decade Charging Devices in Schools
Ten Years after the NetEducation Center’s release, many of the first carts are still in use
TALLEVAST, FL. — Aug. 22, 2014—A decade ago, when teachers used laptops to help students learn, they used furniture called computers on wheels to move the devices around and sometimes to charge them. The founders of JAR Systems felt it was an underdeveloped market with room for improvement, and that’s where the company started—with product and industry research that led to the first JAR Cart.
JAR Systems began with the mission to seamlessly integrate information technology hardware and software for an enjoyable and truly unique teaching and learning experience. They wanted to improve upon existing storage equipment, and sought out a variety of professionals in the education and information technology industries. Consultation with educators and IT professionals allowed them to identify common issues with existing charging carts and they used that information to design an innovative product. Also known as the first JAR Cart, the NetEducation Center hit the US market in 2004.
That first cart had many features that make JAR Carts popular today, including pull-out trays, and sliding doors. The cart also offered a stark contrast to other carts available on the market—literally. It wore the company’s signature bright blue color. Built for quality, longevity, and versatility many of the first JAR Carts sold to the public are still being used in schools around the United States.
They also developed The Intelligent Charging System, which is now one of their most popular features. Unique to JAR Carts, the Intelligent Charging System is able to automatically monitor devices and distribute power where and when it is needed. This ensures that devices charge as quickly and efficiently as possible, and that customers don’t have to do a thing. With the intelligent charging feature in JAR Carts, customers find that their devices charge up to 60 percent faster than when stored in other carts. The intelligent charging system can also improve battery life as it measures demand for power, turning off when charging is complete.
“From consulting with educators and IT professionals, we saw a need for charge and store carts to evolve beyond the requirement of how many devices can it hold,” said Axel Zimmermann, one of the company’s founders. “Now, after ten years of working directly with schools to manage and overcome challenges we’ve been able to help many add value to their mobile device deployments and to see their choice of carts as a critical component of a complete mobile classroom solution.”
After a decade of work and experimentation, the company has expanded their product line from that single cart to a line of more than 10 models that can accommodate nearly any need. Whether educators are looking for carts with remote management capability, or a cart designed for storage and charging of electronic devices without taking up much room, JAR Systems can help solve any IT problem. The company even offers a wall-mounted cabinet.
About JAR Systems, LLC: JAR Systems LLC specializes in charging solutions for mobile technology. Founded in 2004, the company has spent the last decade focused on providing smarter, more versatile ways to charge and secure ever-evolving technologies. During this time JAR Systems has consulted educators of all kind to develop products that support and streamline how mobile technology is used for learning. The company’s goal is to deliver products that will work efficiently and dependably for many years down the road. For more information, visit www.jar-systems.com.


Google Classroom enhances teacher-student communication

Google for Education has made their Classroom service available to all users. What are the benefits?

google-classroom-studentsWith yet another year of school getting set to begin, this is a great time to take stock of the many ed-tech services that have the potential to transform the learning experience in the coming year and beyond.

One such service that is now available for all users is Google Classroom from Google Apps for Education. As the name suggests, the service is designed to act as a virtual classroom, making communication between students and teachers easier and helping to keep all parties more organized.

Though the service does not necessarily boast a multitude of new features, it is designed as a platform that combines the most useful aspects of Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Docs all into one complete package that simplifies any and all digital matters between students and teachers.

Any service that clarifies expectations and communication between students and teachers could prove useful, but why should colleges and universities consider adopting Google Classroom if they already have assignment management systems in place?

What’s so special about Google Classroom?

(Next Page: Learn about what exactly Google Classroom brings to the table)


States get funding to better align degrees with economy, K-12

State governors fund grants to help postsecondary collaboration, best practice creation, and alignment with public school curricula

governors-state-postsecondaryTo further governors’ efforts to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the National Governors Association (NGA) this week announced support for 14 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

By increasing the number of citizens with a postsecondary degree or relevant workforce certificate, the NGA hopes more people will have access to the middle class and beyond, companies will have a better prepared workforce and states will benefit from a stronger economy.

“A postsecondary degree or relevant workforce certificate is the ‘new minimum’ for the future workforce to achieve to meet the demands of the emerging job market and access a middle-class life or beyond,” the NGA said in a statement. “Fifty years ago, nearly 80 percent of jobs required only a high school diploma or less, and most paid a good wage. Today that number has dropped to 35 percent for jobs available to high school graduates and dropouts, and more than two-thirds of those jobs pay less than $25,000 a year. The emerging economy will provide few high-paying jobs for workers with a high school education or less.”

(Next page: What the funds will target)


Top universities’ new platform helps with retention, post-grad careers

New tech builds relationships, ePortfolios, and could help boost campus performance

LRM-students-institutionIt’s called an LRM (Learning Relationship Management) platform, and as its founder told me, does for learning what CRM did for sales: It boosts collaborative relationships, yields return-on-investment, and ultimately bolsters performance for all involved.

The LRM, called Fidelis, is the brainchild of Gunnar Counselman, a Harvard Business School student of Clay Christensen’s and original collaborator on his book, “Disrupting Class.” He’s also a frequent speaker on the topic of transforming training and education and a TEDx presenter. After spending years developing the LRM, reputable and innovative universities are eager to sample what the platform can really do.

After working with Christensen on the book, and during consulting for Bain as well as independently, “I evolved my thinking that the absence of appropriate learning relationships is the root of most educational problems. I saw first-hand how important the coaching relationship was while a VP at Inside Track, but through that students need more than just one coach to succeed,” explained Counselman. “I then developed the first version of the LRM in 2012 for our own use to build a scalable solution to the military to civilian career transition.”

And for Counselman, building a resource platform to help those interested in not just education, but career; not just in attending a postsecondary institution, but knowing why you were there, was the main idea behind the platform.

Now, colleges and universities are saying one of the most helpful, and innovative, aspects of the LRM is the ability for admin to track student progress of goals throughout their education and receive actionable data on student interactions with communities, businesses, and micro-credentialing opportunities…an incredible tool not just for all institutions, but especially for liberal arts.

“Fewer than 50 percent of students who start college graduate; fewer than one-third of those who graduate have jobs within 6 months of graduation,” said Counselman. “It turns out that all students need personal learning plans, mentors, advising, community, and industry connection, not just military students.”

(Next page: How it works)


Video Mount Products (VMP) Partners with Center Point Reps

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Aug. 28, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the education, security, A/V, and communications markets and celebrating its 20th anniversary, is proud to announce that it has named Memphis, Tenn.-based Center Point Reps to cover the Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama territories, effective immediately.

“As we look to further strengthen our standing in the security and AV accessories markets in the growing Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North and South Carolina territories, it was vital that VMP find a partner that knows our products and our customers,” said Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “We also needed a partner that could help us continue to grow by looking for and finding new customers through their experience and connections, and Center Point Reps met all of our needs. We are looking forward to working with the Center Point Rep team.”

Center Point Reps’ goal is to connect dealer, distributors, and manufacturers together using a combined 60+ years of experience. They deliver something different to the market by providing a very concentrated effort in smaller markets with select product lines and delivering a hands-on approach.

“We are excited to represent such a great line of products as VMP and feel that it is a privilege to do so,” said Center Point Reps owner Alan Whitby, who has 38 years in wholesale distribution experience and has three “Sales Manager of the Year” awards to his credit. “VMP is a very well-known name in the security and AV industries and we feel that we can boost even more sales through the very motto that we founded our company under: ‘Connecting Dealers, Distributors, and Manufacturers’.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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University of Dubai Selects Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise as Its Higher Education ERP System

Cites Ease of Use and Completeness of Integrated Offering as Key Decision Criteria

St. Louis, MO: The University of Dubai, a leading university in the United Arab Emirates that offers internationally accredited degree programs, has selected Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise as its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Located in the center of Dubai, the University of Dubai has achieved international distinction for its Business Administration and Computing and Information Systems programs, and draws talented students and faculty from around the world.

According to Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, the President of the University, “Our institution is in the midst of a strategic plan that includes building a state-of-the-art campus and aligning with leading companies to become a training center for technology innovation. We realized that the limitations of our current ERP system were not able to support our broader vision, so we started looking at alternative solutions. We ultimately chose CAMS Enterprise because it provided end-to-end functionality, was the easiest to use, and could be managed with fewer IT resources. It was an integrated solution that fully supports our long-term mission for growth and efficiency.”

Amir Tajkarimi, Founder and President of Three Rivers Systems, welcomed the University of Dubai to the CAMS Community. “The University of Dubai offers an extraordinary variety of business and IT programs and is unique among leading institutions of learning in the region. The university has matched the growth of the United Arab Emirates and has formed a close bond with the region’s business community. With a strong vision and experienced leadership, the future holds even greater promise for the institution. We’re honored that the University of Dubai has selected Three Rivers Systems to be its higher education software partner.”

About Three Rivers Systems, Inc.
Three Rivers Systems, Inc. is the only privately-held, independent provider of ERP software focused solely on higher education. Its ERP solution, CAMS Enterprise, liberates colleges and universities from the administrative labyrinth of complicated software systems. It is an easy-to-use, totally integrated academic management system with everything in one place to manage the entire student lifecycle – admissions, registration, billing, financial aid, student services, fundraising, and fiscal management with HR and payroll. The company has focused on innovation and service to its worldwide customers for more than 25 years from its St. Louis headquarters.


Contact: Jim Clayman, Three Rivers Systems, Inc., Director of Marketing & Communications, 636-386-8616 x1501 (office), 636-395-9619 (mobile), jimc@ThreeRiversSystems.com

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Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA. August 26, 2014- The Graziadio School of Business and Management, a top MBA program, recently launched a new e-catalog designed to make it easier for students and faculty to search, save, and share critical course, program, and policy information. The new academic catalog management system from Digital Architecture, Acalog ™, provides content-specific search, personalization features, social media links and mobile connectivity.

“After our 14-week implementation and training period, Acalog enabled our team to migrate from our antiquated print and PDF catalog delivery models and publish our new 2014-2015 e-catalog. Acalog empowered us to update and publish our catalog in half the time. Additionally, we are tremendously excited to see how Acalog will enhance the catalog experience for students,” said James Berneking, Academic Affairs Project Manager – Accreditation.
The Graziadio School, regularly ranked as one of the best MBA programs in California, joins more than 345 other higher education institutions that have adopted the Acalog e-catalog system. Ken Blais, president of Digital Architecture, explained that Acalog is designed specifically for academic catalog management and presentation, and will help the school “streamline catalog production, reduce reliance on printing, enhance student engagement, and help improve both the timeliness and accuracy of catalog information.”

About Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management
Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio (GRAT-ZEE-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven, and globally-oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited MBA, Masters of Science, and bachelor’s completion business programs. More information found at http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/.

About Digital Architecture

Digital Architecture is the leading provider of catalog management and curriculum solutions, serving more than 345 institutions of higher learning. The Acalog publishing system delivers thousands of e-catalogs at hundreds of colleges and universities. Acalog’s unique e-catalog Gateway enhances student engagement with powerful search, personalization, Web services, and a mobile interface. Curriculog™ is Digital Architecture’s curriculum management system offering institutions groundbreaking workflow, collaboration, and an approval-tracking platform with the flexibility to respond to evolving institutional and accreditation requirements. For more information, visit on the web at www.digarc.com.


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Director of Enrollment Marketing

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Director of Communications
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College presidents predict 4 new institutional models for higher-ed

Presidents say these new models could be the future of all colleges and universities in the next decade

model-institution-futureA new think-tank-esque collection of leading college and university presidents last year came together to discuss the trends and disruptions shaping higher education thanks to new technologies and the evolving global economy. Outside of just naming trends, they also predicted four new models of higher-ed that may exist in the next 10 years.

The brainstorming made formal can be found in a new series of papers called the Presidential Innovation Lab (PIL) White Paper Series, funded as part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by the American Council on Education (ACE).

14 chief executive officers from a diverse group of institutions participated in two separate sessions last year (2013)—institutions such as Northeastern University, MIT, Western Governors University, etc.—with the goal of engaging in a “robust and wide-ranging conversation about the various drivers of change and potential reactions to those drivers.”

“These are neither [absolutes] nor recommendations,” explains Cathy A. Sandeen, vice president for education attainment and Innovation at ACE, and editor of the last series of papers, “Signals and Shifts in Postsecondary Landscape,” “they are offered as food for thought—the context for potential future thinking and future planning.”

According to the paper, new technologies are challenging established models of knowledge delivery and pathways to degrees, as well as current assessment and certification systems.

“This ecosystem holds the promise of providing previously unimaginable access to learning resources to a wider-than-ever global population,” noted Sandeen, “[but] at the same time, it is challenging some of the business and pedagogical models of existing institutions. In this environment, few existing institutions have the luxury of remaining completely unchanged. All of today’s colleges and universities are engaged, to one degree or another, in rethinking the assumptions, structures, and principles that have guided them so far.”

(Next page: 4 new institutional models)


Why this type of university ranking may be more appealing

Unlike other university rankings, Washington Monthly magazine emphasizes socioeconimcs, favors public over private schools

university-rankingWhat is the most important factor when selecting a university?

In this depressed economic climate, tuition cost is a natural concern. Other issues ranging from degree completion rates to university reputation holds great weight.

It should be emphasized, however, that university rankings are arbitraily decided by individuals. There is no universally accepted metrics for evaluating academic excellence.

For instance, TIME has a controversial ranking system for those more interested in where alumni end up rather than university prestige.

Using an algorithm of all living people that list at least one alma mater in the United States, TIME’s ranking calculates alumni prominence based on the frequency of words they’ll have on Wikipedia pages and the more relationships they’ll have with other people and subject areas.

U.S. News & World Report ranks schools based on their mission and scholarly achievement. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that four out of the top 10 national university ranking are Ivy League Schools (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia).

(Next page: Washington Monthly’s unique university rankings)