Education Furniture System for Connected Learning Environments

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., today announced its EDU 2.0™ system of flexible furniture that supports technology for 21st century learning, is available for order starting February 20 and will begin shipping within 20 business days. The complete line, which is comprised of tables, desks, presenters, and seating products, is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification for a greener school supply chain and healthier learning environment. Bretford will show many of the EDU 2.0 furniture products in its 30' x 30' booth (#2365) during TCEA, February 8-10 in Austin, Texas.

“Bretford has been at the forefront of recognizing the paradigm shift in education and how the support for technology-enabled learning requires new ways of designing and furnishing learning spaces,” explained Dr. Tim Springer, president and founder of Human Environmental Research Organization — HERO, Inc. “Bretford uses evidence-based practices, and absorbs and integrates the latest thinking and relevant research into its process better than any manufacturer. The grand result is the first of its kind: the EDU 2.0 furniture line for education.” In the Bretford booth during TCEA, Springer will present mini sessions on mobile learning based on a new, collaborative iPaper entitled “Mobility & Learning in the Digital Age.”

As part of its dedication to taking care of the environment, the complete EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to receive CarbonNeutral® product certification. As a result, Bretford is working towards reducing its carbon footprint to net zero through a combination of internal efficiencies and external carbon offsets. This means that choosing the EDU 2.0 products allows educators to have healthier learning environments with furniture that is made using low-carbon production processes that help green their supply chain. Bretford has also earned CarbonNeutral® Company Certification. And many of the products in the EDU 2.0 line are pending GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) certification and Children & SchoolsSM product certification for low-emitting products.

Bretford has been selected as a preferred Powermat Technologies partner for the education market. The wireless power technology transforms the EDU 2.0 furnishings into readily accessible, invisible power stations. Powermat’s inductive coupling model for energy transfer eliminates wires, cords and hassle. It senses when a device is fully charged and halts power delivery effectively eliminating energy waste. And, it is backed by a one-year warranty. It is convenient and universal for students and educators and gives them technology at their fingertips so the focus is on learning instead of worrying about the battery life of the electronic components.

Products in the new EDU 2.0 line include:

  • EXPLORE™ T-Leg Computer and Collaborative Laptop Tables
  • EXPLORE™ Flip and Nest Table
  • EXPLORE™ 4-Leg SCALE-UP Active Learning, Voltea Computer Tables and Activity Tables
  • EXPLORE™ Pedestal Base Café and MOTIV™ Occasional Tables
  • EXPLORE™ Chair and Stool
  • Instructor Tech Desk
  • Mobile File Storage Ped
  • Presentation Shuttle
  • Mobile Interactive Whiteboard
  • MOTIV™ Modular Soft Seating
  • MOTIV™ Freestanding Soft Seating