Reading, Writing and…. iPads?

It certainly comes as no surprise that The Beaver Lake Middle School in Issaquah Washington uses iPads in their library.

This amazing middle school boasting 600 students is involved in some incredible things.  They’ve spearheaded major humanitarian projects such as the “Africa Project” where students collect and send supplies of all kinds to South Africa.  Beaver Lake Middle School was among the first in the state to launch a Respect & Responsibility leadership program that has become a regional leadership model.

Of course there are a few fun facts as well..Beaver Lake is one of only a few schools in Washington state to have a Wood and Metals shop, AND the only school to have a live mascot!  Buddy the Bulldog!

Library catalog, quick reference and more - all iPad accessible!
Library catalog, quick reference and more – all iPad accessible!

“I chose to use your brackets for the library to enable students to access our card catalog quickly” says Amber Peterson, the school librarian.  “Previously students could access the catalog on the desktop computers in our lab but they had to log-on and wait for the computers to warm up.”

“With the instant “on” of the iPads I am finding students are using the catalog much, much more than they did in the past.”
The iPads in the school’s library are securely mounted on the table in sleek and modern desk-mounted brackets that complement any academic decor and setting, giving students easy access to the iPad, and allowing the staff to feel confident that the iPads will remain safely in place.

“Students also use the iPad stations for quick look-ups.  For example, looking up the capital of Indonesia or how to translate a phrase to Spanish. They are going to the iPads first before asking me for help, which is great.  I love the self-sufficiency”

Amber also shared with us a picture of a tall stack of reference books and catalog computer that the iPad stations have replaced. She enthusiastically commented “Pretty Cool!”   We couldn’t agree more, Amber!

Educators now realize that the iPad is an excellent and effective tool for learning,  and are appearing in schools across the world. The iPad wallmount bracket and its many accessories is the perfect complement to showcase and display these iPads while keeping them securely in place as well as preventing unauthorized software to be accessed.

iPads stations replace desktop computers and reference books.
iPads stations replace desktop computers and reference books.

Look it up!  Learn what Beaver Lake Middle School already knows… iPads in school, mounted in brackets to safeguard them.  A+!

Make it a 5-Star!

iPad Mounting Brackets for Hotels

Last week I  traveled to Monterey, California on business (yes it was a pleasure!)  I stayed in a very well-known, luxury hotel overlooking a gorgeous golf course. This hotel had many of the usual amenities: Room service, a huge spa-like marble bath, laundry service, cable TV, even free in-room WiFi.

iPads at hotels
Just add some iPads to this and I’m good.

This hotel was luxurious and comfortable and I enjoyed my (way too short) stay very much.

But…In my opinion, this hotel was lacking a very important feature: Convenience.

When I visited the lobby, or meeting rooms,  and even in my room, I wanted information and it wasn’t conveniently available in any one place.. I wanted to browse through services;  local Chamber of Commerce websites, schedule a business meeting or reserve a conference room, or even order room service…all without the need to ask, call or stand in line to be helped.  What I really wanted was an iPad available wherever possible with the hotel’s software running, allowing me to search, read, schedule or do whatever I needed with information the hotel can provide.

So here’s my system description and wish list for hotels worldwide:

iPad. No need to have it handheld or moved from place to place. Secure it in its own bracket in lobbies, in all rooms, in corridors, even by the elevators.  Why not?  Securing multiple iPads for guests’ use in the common areas of the hotel would be excellent!  Offer them in sitting areas, even in the hotel bars!  I’ll spend way more time (and money!)  if I have an iPad to play with. 

This is what I want accessible on the iPad: 
  • Hotel restaurants’ location, hours of operation and menu. Option for reservation if needed.
  • Room service information, menus and ordering option.
  • Hotel services information. Laundry, swimming pools, WiFi, golf, sauna…
  • Local area information, with links to Chamber of Commerce – Restaurants, taxi service, attractions, driving directions.
  • My guest specific information, rates, self checkout.
  • Request for late checkout, extra towels, pillows.
  • Rate my stay…Add a hotel review!

Much more information and detail can be added.  The list is endless!
Any hotel will benefit GREATLY by mounting iPads in secure and sleek brackets.  By tracking guests’ requests, and satisfaction,  it allows the hotel to offer impeccable customer service, virtually guaranteeing repeat bookings and 5-star reviews!

So, hotels worldwide, please listen!  Today millions of people are using iPads to do just about anything you can imagine. Give us more reasons to do what comes naturally to us all  – Give us iPads!  

Smile!

Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile?  It’s one of the first things people notice. Everyone also knows that getting (and keeping!)  that beautiful smile means spending time in the dentist’s office.

The professionals at a large Minnesota medical and dental group want their patients to spend as little time on the sign-in process as possible. So this state of the art facility has discovered a way to virtually eliminate waiting time by utilizing iPads to make this process happen quickly and efficiently.  Now patients are seen
almost immediately!

By now iPads are everywhere, and there’s nothing quite like them!  We don’t think twice when seeing them in corporate offices, medical and dental clinics, schools and even restaurants.

People love using iPads, and because people love them so much it means that they’re now doing more than ever – iPads are as common as toothbrushes it seems!

iPad Wall Mounting Bracket at the Dentist
iPad Wall Mounting Bracket at the Dentist
Smile Back!

As patients enter these comfortable and personalized medical and dental offices, they see an iPad mounted securely at the front desk in its sleek and stylish bracket. 

By simply typing in their name,  the appointment time and the medical professional they are visiting pops up automatically. Once confirmed, all that information is electronically sent directly to the treatment room, where another iPad, mounted on the wall, alerts the staff to their arrival, allowing the dentist or doctor  to access each patient’s chart before treatment is started, then easily update all records post-treatment, immediately and efficiently.  This system saves time and further eliminates the need for files upon files stacked up on a desk!

Since this iPad is mounted to the wall with an angled Desk/Wall attachment,  the convenience of it is truly state of the art. The mounting brackets come in various colors and finishes, including sleek matte or gloss black, silver and bright-smile white.

Another innovative medical office is taking full advantage of everything the iPad has to offer. A large dental practice in Nevada mounts an iPad at their check-out desk where patients are encouraged to log in to their website and enter the Smile Gallery to read (and add their own!) testimonials of satisfied patients. Log on to their Facebook page, or Yelp and write a review, or share an experience.  This is a great way to bring new business to the practice, as well as involve current patients in the complete and positive experience!

These Board Certified Dental professionals have dedicated their careers to helping their patients achieve beautiful smiles, as well as creating a comfortable and positive atmosphere for every patient.

Visiting the dentist or doctor does not have to be a stressful occasion. The whole painless experience starts with the ease of signing-in or registering for your appointment on an iPad professionally mounted in its bracket,  and continues with comfortable and personalized dental and medical care.

That makes us smile…beautifully!