School Supplies

School Supplies for Back to School Season

Back to School 2019 Product Roundup

By The Room 241 Team August 29, 2019

We’ve gathered the most amazing, adorable, and useful back-to-school classroom and organization finds on sale now. Happy shopping! Dry Erase Pockets Use these pockets for learning activities such as tracing letters and shapes, or any other activities in the classroom, without ruining your supplies. Wipeable and reusable, these pockets are perfect for dry erase writing.Price:… Read More

Proof that Teachers’ Donation Dreams Can Come True

By Nicole Mace, MEd September 25, 2018

Sometimes as teachers we feel alone when trying to find ways to give students everything they need and deserve. After all, we are but one passionate person to many young minds. While we all wish a lack of resources and supplies wasn’t an ongoing issue, we can at least ask for donations from parents and… Read More

Your Ultimate Classroom Prep Checklist for the New School Year

By The Room 241 Team August 1, 2018

The new school year is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to get your classroom ready! Here’s a totally doable 6-step classroom checklist, and some awesome products to get your learning space school-year ready! Step 1: Clean up! Every year, a classroom goes through a lot of wear and tear. After the summer, and while it’s… Read More

How To Innovate Against the Tide

By The Room 241 Team March 27, 2018

As teachers, we often have amazing ideas for the classroom, but often lack the freedom to truly pursue innovative projects in their school. Frequently, it comes down to the old refrains: “My principal won’t let me” or “People don’t want to change.” But creativity and experimentation are still possible, even against the tide. Here are… Read More

Schools may still have desks and students may still have notebooks, but a lot has changed in classrooms over the last 50 years! With “innovation” being a word we take very seriously here at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, we decided to take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More

With time in short supply for many teachers and administrators, deleting a few meetings from everyone’s calendars is likely to elicit sighs of relief — understandably! But less meetings doesn’t have to mean a weaker flow of information. In fact, there are plenty of tools that can help your team collaborate throughout the week, keeping… Read More

Updated September 19, 2019 School supplies, classroom crafts, poster boards — all necessary items for a fun and educational school year. But costs can add up quickly, and teachers are already spending an average of $500 out of their own pocket for school supplies each year. We know you’re not required to spend your own… Read More

Finding Free or Low-Cost School Supplies for Your Class

By The Room 241 Team August 16, 2016

Updated June 21, 2019 Getting the right supplies for the start of school isn’t just a challenge for parents and students, but increasingly for teachers, too. Teachers, especially those who work in underserved communities, must find ways to provide academic necessities like pencils, paper, and books for their students, often without funding from their school… Read More

What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop… Read More

2018 will introduce the arrival of new classroom technology tools. Despite the possibilities of their popularity, supposed ease-of-use, and predictions for improving student outcomes, we still face the same questions: Are they just another fad? How can we ensure they’re a good fit for our schools and staff? Classrooms, like the rest of our world,… Read More

Gone are the days of chalky hands and noisy slates. Though dry-erase boards remain, many students and teachers use interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, and Wi-Fi. Investment in educational technology, or ed tech, is at an all-time high, with numbers reaching $1.36 billion in 2014. Ed-tech investments are high, but most of the money doesn’t go into… Read More

Finding the Right Mix with Classroom Technology

By Brian Gatens March 9, 2015

A common drumbeat in American education is that newer and better technology (CHROMEBOOKS! iPADS! SMARTBOARDS!) will be the key to increased student performance. That if we just add…one….more…thing…we’ll have the results we’re looking for. That’s a mistake, and it’s largely the result of relentless marketing from an educational technology industry that knows we have budgets… Read More

In my posts for district leaders, I’ve raised a number of questions about the degree to which district-level employees believe their primary responsibility is to support schools so that students can learn. Some of these are issues related to customer service. Others arise from the need to help employees at all levels see and understand… Read More

OneNote App Can Boost Classroom Organization

By Rob Klindt August 6, 2014

For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources… Read More

When Clark Kent takes off his glasses, a sudden wave of energy rushes through him that prepares and enables him to conquer anything that lies ahead — much like what Concordia University-Portland aims for its students. His abrupt superpowers shocked and even surprised him at first. With devotion and persistence, he realized the potential of… Read More