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      Dorm Room Hacks: The #1 Dorm Room Essential You Need This Semester

      Dorm Room Hacks: The #1 Dorm Room Essential You Need This Semester

      College can be hectic enough as it is, especially if you’re a freshman. It’s your first year away from home, you have to share a dorm with a stranger, and you don’t really know what you’re doing (it’s OK; no one does their freshmen year).

      So, freshmen, you need all the dorm room hacks you can get! Don’t worry – Think Board is here to help. We’ve listed our favorite dorm room hacks, used with the help of the Think Board, to keep your semester running smoothly.

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      Think Board Dorm Room Hacks to Get You Through This Semester

      Keep A Calendar on Display

      Classes. Exams. Football Games. Social Events. Internships. Work. There’s always so much going on in college, and if you’re a freshman, it could take some getting used to such a busy schedule. The easiest solution? Stay on top of the game by writing down all of your events, classes, exams, etc. on a calendar that you view every day. The Think Board dry-erase calendar will help you keep your busy life on track.

      Write It Down

      Did you know that you’re 75% more likely to remember something if you write it down? Notes, equations, definitions – whatever it is you need to remember, the Think Board can help! Place the Think Board on your wall or desk, and draw out your math problems or formulas for more practice and a higher chance of remembering the material you’ve written down. That upcoming exam stands no chance against you!

      Stay Motivated

      We know how easy it can be to get discouraged at some points in the semester, especially around midterms and final exams. It may seem a little cheesy, but writing down simple motivational quotes where you can see them every day (cough, cough, on the Think Board) can make a HUGE difference. Thank us later.

      The Best Dorm Room Hacks – The Think Board Student Bundle

      Student? Parents of a student? Grandparent of a student? The Think Board Student Bundle is exactly what you’re looking for.

      Bundle Includes:

      • One Small Think Board (8"x11")
      • One Large Think Board (48"x24")
      • One Think Board Calendar (14"x14")
      • Think Board Kit (marker, spray & cleaning cloth)
      • Only $59.99 ($68.00 Value)
      • Free Shipping On All U.S. Orders

      Get It Now & Save 10% With Code: SCHOOL17

      Fun Fact: Think Board Was Invented to Be One of The Ultimate Dorm Room Hacks

      You’ll never guess where the Think Board was invented – in a dorm room! That’s right, Think Board’s creator, Hanson Grant, invented the Think Board his sophomore year in college because he simply needed a space to write down his ideas and stay organized from week to week.

      Just like other dorms, Hanson wasn’t allowed to drill holes in the wall to set up a massive whiteboard, and wasn’t allowed to paint his walls with whiteboard paint. The solution? The Think Board: a clear dry-erase film that was easy to install, looked great and worked like a charm.


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      Enter to Win the Think Board Ultimate Classroom Giveaway

      Enter to Win the Think Board Ultimate Classroom Giveaway

      What if we told you there was another fun way to engage students, improve test scores, save paper and increase efficiency in the classroom? Say hello to your new best friend – Think Board Dry Erase Desks! The Think Board converts traditional, boring desks into dry erase canvases for creativity. From May 22 to June 16, you can enter to win the Think Board Ultimate Classroom Giveaway for a chance to win a Think Board 24 classroom pack (a $350 value!).

      Having a Think Board Dry Erase Desk benefits both the students and the teachers. Instead of throwing out old desks, simply place the Think Board on them and boom – they’re a brand-new canvas for students to learn and express their creativity. Not to mention, you’ll be saving TONS of money on paper.

      All Shapes & Sizes

      Don’t worry about the Think Board Classroom Pack not fitting on your classroom’s desks. We have stock sizes for the standard desk, but we can also do other shapes and sizes!

      Teachers Love It

      With an increase in classroom engagement, test scores and the students’ knowledge of the subject, teachers love everything about the Think Board Dry Erase Desks!

      “Think Board is great for differentiating instructions for kids. It is 10 times better for muscle memory, and the kids have so much fun using it! They see a marker and immediately think 'It's going to be fun’”

      -Holly Cachimuel. 7th Grade Teacher. Watertown MA

      Students Love It

      Students love the Think Board because it turns their regular old school desk, into a creative workspace. The ability to write directly on the desk makes learning fun! Conjugating verbs, listening exercises, and writing exercises are more fun, engaging, and easy to monitor. Students love the freedom of writing on their desks, and are more than excited to learn!

      Benefits of Having Think Board Dry Erase Desks

      • Taking old school desks and bringing them into the 21st century, not the landfill. Also, you'll save thousands of pieces of paper, per classroom.
      • No ghosting – ever. We’ve created the highest quality dry erase film on the market. Plus, it works with every marker!
      • 100% satisfaction. If there is anything wrong with one of your boards - even the slightest defect - we'll replace it for free.
      • 5-year life span. We love whiteboards, and so should you, which is why we put the highest quality product in your classrooms.

      We’re so confident that you’re going to fall in love with the Think Board Dry Erase Desks that your first classroom is on us! 

      Education: 5 Simple Ways Teachers Can Motivate Their Students

      Education: 5 Simple Ways Teachers Can Motivate Their Students

      Education can be tricky and as a teacher it’s no secret that it can be difficult to motivate your students, and keep them motivated throughout the school year. When students are motivated, they are more eager to learn, and students who are more eager to learn tend to retain information better, and participate in classroom discussion more.

      So, the question is, how do we keep our students motivated? Education fuels our students' creative journeys, so it's important teachers keep them motivated on that journey. With a little nudge from you, the teacher, you can turn even the hardest days into successful classroom sessions. The Think Board team has gathered 5 simple tips and tricks on how teachers can motivate their students.

      Encourage Your Students

      Always recognize the work your students are doing, no matter how big or small. A simple “good job,” or “keep up the great work!” can go a long way in the classroom, especially for students who are searching for motivation. Give out awards, or write down positive education notes on your Think Board for the whole class to see!

      Get Creative

      There’s nothing like a good creative session to get the brain active. Sometimes just book work and solving problems can become tedious, and students can get bored – fast. Instead of lectures and notetaking, try teaching through games or visual aids. Get your students doodling on their Think Board dry erase desks, and before you know it their creativity levels will be skyrocketing.

      Set Goals

      During the tough days when no one is motivated, it can seem like a never-ending uphill battle, which is why it’s important to remind your students how far they’ve come. Set short-term goals that will show your students they’re heading in the right direction. Set achievable goals for your students, and watch how motivated they become when they accomplish those goals, and want to move onto the next one.

      A Little Friendly Competition

      A simple way to motivate your students? Friendly competition! There are tons of friendly ways for your students to compete in the classroom, such as games or prizes. No matter what the classroom is studying, there is some way to throw some friendly competition into the mix.

      Switch It Up

      It’s easy for students to lose motivation and get bored when they sit in the same spot and see the same things every day. If you have assigned seats, try rearranging them. Move the classroom furniture around to create a new learning space. Make sure that your classroom décor is never boring; Use fun posters; Decorate your classroom Think Board different every day; Have fun with decorating!

      Want more tips and tricks for the classroom or workplace? Check out the Think Board blog! If you want the Think Board in your home, office or classroom, request a free sample of the #ThinkBoard!


      5 Awesome Office Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now

      5 Awesome Office Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now

      Office supplies have the power to enhance every office and work area! Not to mention, they help increase your creativity. it’s difficult trying to work in a space that is cluttered and unorganized, which is why office supplies are the unsung hero of the work place. If you’re looking to dress up your office, but don’t want to break the bank, try out these five awesome office supplies you didn’t know you needed until now.

      1. Spaceman USB Light

      Image via store.moma.org.

      Bring this cute little guy into any workspace to brighten things up! This tiny spaceman receives power from your USB port to illuminate your desk with an LED light. Flip the little lunar explorer’s visor back and forth to turn the light on and off. The flexible cord can be adjusted so you can position the light wherever it’s needed. Buy here.

      2. The Think Board

      If your office has an old, dirty and outdated white board, it’s time to upgrade to a Think Board! The Think Board is a light-weight, inexpensive, peel-and-stick dry-erase board that allows you to turn any surface into a creative workspace! Not to mention, a Think Board can last up to 10 years without ghosting like your typical white board. Customize your Think Board any size you want! Shop all Think Board products here.

      3. Cable Box Organizer

      Photo via Amazon.com

      Organize your desk or office, and cover your wires in style with the E-BOX. This power cable box is great to organize and hide cables from your desk, TV and computer. Not to mention its super sleek design will give your office a modern edge. Shop the E-BOX cable organizer here. 

      4. Tabletop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

      Photo via Brookstone.com

      This desktop cool mist humidifier is the office supplies you’ve been looking for. Cleanse the air in your workspace, and get rid of dry sinuses, dry skin and cracked lips with this tiny cool mist humidifier. This light-weight humidifier is easy to move, and is ultra-quiet so you’ll have no distractions during work hours. Buy here. 

      5. Generic Mini USB Fridge

      Image via Amazon.com

      Two words: mini fridge! These office supplies bring fun into any workspace. This mini USB fridge requires no driver and is easy to install. Easily powered by your USB port, no batteries are required for this mini fridge. Keep your favorite can of soda cool, and ready-to-drink at all times! Buy here. 

      Whiteboard Desks For The Classroom!

      Whiteboard Desks For The Classroom!

      Converting Your Desks Into Whiteboard Desks!

      Thinking about turning your desks into whiteboard desks? Great idea! We see students and teachers light up with excitement every time we come do an install - that's why working in education is one of our passions :) As education moves in the direction of "project-based learning" and "flipped classrooms," converting traditional school desks into whiteboard desks has become more demanded across the board. Whiteboard desks are highly recommended by every teacher we work with. Here's why:

      More Engagement With In-Class Activities.

      Students love whiteboards and prefer to work on a whiteboard over paper any day of the week. The ability to write directly on the desk makes learning fun! Conjugating verbs, listening exercises, and writing exercises are more fun, engaging, and easy to monitor.

      Higher Test Scores

      With an increase in class engagement, test scores and the students’ knowledge of the subject will naturally increase. Teachers love the ability to quickly gauge how each student is performing. Also, since everything is dry erase, teachers are able to quickly correct students’ misspellings or errors with the swipe of a finger.

      Save Paper!

      With the ability to avoid paper for in-class activities, you could save roughly 50% of the paper currently consumed.

      Increased Efficiency in the Classroom

      There is no longer a need to pass out those old clunky whiteboards for in-class activities! Just grab your Expo marker and start collaborating :)

      More Fun!

      We don't get it. We really don't. But every time we see students interact with their whiteboard desks, we notice they proactively want to do math problems and conjugate verbs! Students love the freedom to write on the desk and are excited to learn!


      Here's an unbiased quote from Ms. Venturino - a teacher who made her own from Home Depot supplies.

      "With my new desks, not only is writing more pleasant but also it has brightened up my classroom. Since we did this in January 2017, I’ve used them multiple times with students. They’ve brainstormed for projects and given peer feedback (in a different color), drawn diagrams of science concepts, and reflected on their work. 
      My favorite part of it is that students can quickly do a gallery walk to see their peers’ work and add in comments and feedback in a different color marker. When they’re all done, they take a picture and we erase the desks."
      And here is a teacher's reaction after we installed our Think Board films onto her desks!
      And lastly, here's a quick video of our team converting this classroom into a whiteboard/Think Board classroom! (We covered the entire school!)
      Interested in learning more? Visit our page here, or shoot us an email at education@think-board.com!

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