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Is Your Laptop Giving You HOLS?

That’s Hunched Over Laptop Syndrome.
With the increased use of laptops over desktop computers, we begin to adjust to our technology in unhealthy ways.
Looking “down” at screens for long periods of time causes neck and shoulder tension.
Flat laptop keyboards force us to bend our wrists in awkward positions in order to type, leading to wrist and arm pain.
And with the mobility of laptops, we work on them on sofas, on coffee tables and pretty much anywhere, thinking we are making ourselves more comfortable, but in fact, twisting our bodies into unrelaxed positions as we strain to work.

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Eliminating HOLS

Laptop Lifts raise your monitor to an ideal height, reducing neck and shoulder tension.
Lifts also angle the keyboard for more comfortable typing.
Most importantly, Laptop Lifts keep you working in a healthier, less strained sitting position so you can enjoy the mobility without the pain.

Learn More about Laptop Lifts: Click here: Laptop Comfort Solutions

 

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Flashcards help with learning languages

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Teaching Spanish with a Laminator

Language education always works better with teaching tools. Laminators allow educators to make useful flashcards that are durable and waterproof, sparing classroom budgets for more important things (like class trips to a Spanish restaurant!) In fact, 93% of all teachers say flashcards help students learn languages.

Here are some great flash card templates that can get teachers started introducing Spanish to students:

 

Months of the Year can be taught with these Spanish-English Month of the Year Flash Cards

Learning numbers in Spanish can be fun with these Spanish-English Counting Flash Cards

The names of animals in Spanish is a helpful approach to teaching young children Spanish. Use Animal Name Flash Cards  to make a game out of learning.

Learning words useful for travel makes that class trip more meaningful. Use Spanish-English Travel Flash Cards to get kids ready to speak fluently to the waiter at the Spanish restaurant.

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

 


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Encourage Reading. Let Kids Make Custom Laminated Bookmarks

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One way to keep kids reading is to turn it into a fun and easy craft project. With a laminator and your personal computer, you can get the kids creating cool and interesting bookmarks that they can say they made themselves.

On your computer create a document in a word processing program or paint program that is 2.78” wide by 6.47” long. This is your bookmark template.

You can decorate it on the computer with images, quotes from favorite books or designs. You can also print the templates and let the kids design the templates with crayons or markers.

They can make scary bookmarks for scary books and silly ones for silly books. The possibilities are endless.

Once the kids are done decorating, insert the pages into your Fellowes laminator.

Trim the edges for cool, durable bookmarks that will last  the new school year.

For free bookmark templates  that are already designed, click here: bookmark templates

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.


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Laminating Fun ID Badges for Kids

badgesDo your kids what to be members of a secret club? Have special crime-fighting skills? With a little imagination and a laminator you can make this happen.

Creating fantasy ID badges lets kids imagination soar. And it’s easy.

  1. Help kids create a wallet-sized photo ID in a word or paint program on the computer
  2. Make sure to use a cool photo. Make spaces for name, special powers, secret agent abilities and secret club membership
  3. Print the document on index cards.
  4. Laminate to create awesome ID cards they can keep in a wallet.

 

Birthday Party ID Cards

For a birthday party, collect photos of all the kids invited and laminate special  VIP Members ID Cards to get into the party. Kids can flash their B-day ID at school so everybody knows they were there!

 

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

 

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

Get the special laminator offer: Laminator Sale

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Flash Cards Are Essential for Home Based Education

Keep Kids Learning with Homemade Flash Cards

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Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. So how can learning over the summer be fun?  Here are some fun homemade flash cards you can make in minutes with a laminator.

 

Try flashcards for basic English. These free downloadable templates can get young minds thinking.

 

Want kids to start Spanish? Try these fun and stimulating flash card templates.

 

For some kids, it will be their first day of school ever. Get them confident for preschool or kindergarten with alphabet flashcards.

If your kids struggle with math, these fun math flash cards make the subject accessible and fun.

Multiplication Flash Cards

Division Flash Cards

Addition Flash Cards

Subtraction Flash Cards

 

Some other helpful links:

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Some Home Laminating Ideas


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How Laminators Solve the Summer Doldrums

 

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I’m bored…It’s the classic moan of late summer. The holidays are over. Pools? Been there, done that. So they come to you, the household entertainment director. Here’s a solution that will keep them off video games and engaged with learning, which is also deceptively fun.

Create a Memory Card Game Animal/ABC game with your laminator. Perfect for pre-school to first grade!

1. Download the free memory card templates at the Idea Center:

2. Print the fronts and the backs of the cards.

3. Put a back to every front card.

4. Laminate together fronts and backs

5. Cut the cards.

The animal cards (vs. the Letter Cards) need additional corner trimming as shown. Help your kids find the letter that corresponds to every animal. Show them how to line up the animal card on top of the letter card so that the letter shows through the trimmed corner.

Now the kids are learning about animals, the ABC’s and having fun!

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center: Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

More Great Laminating Ideas!

Create Bingo Cards

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The Impact of Round Flashcards.

 

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Study Reveals How to Make Better Flashcards for Learning

In a  study of by the Montessori Primary Classroom of laminated teaching materials, square vs. rounded flashcards were tested for their engagement among children.

Results showed that children were more likely to handle and interact with the rounded cards. The study came as a result of children pricking their fingers on square edge flashcards and thus tending not to use them.

On average, each classroom saw the rounded cards used 1.54 times more per day or 7.7 times more per week. Between 80% and 100% of responding teachers rated the rounded corner cards excellent in the measured areas.

The children in the study commented on the edge of the square cards as being “pokey” while no comments were made on the rounded corner cards.

In addition the study revealed that cards laminated thinner than 1.5 mil became difficult for children to pick up, leading to a greater thickness recommendation for flash cards overall.

“Teachers may improve student interest in and repeated use of card  materials if they use a laminate thicker than 1.5 mil and round the corners. Rounding the corners will not detract from the appeal or usability of the cards, will overcome the resistance some children stated to squared  corners, and will remove the tactile distraction of “pokey” corners,” Julia Volkman, Montessori Primary Classroom Researcher

Get free flash card templates here: Free Flash card templates

See the videos for using laminated teaching materials in class: Video Demo

Recommended 5 Mil classroom laminator: The Saturn

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