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VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Professional Development

Why Choose Cold Lamination vs. Hot?

By: VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools
September 13th, 2018

Most of us have experience with "hot" lamination. You plug these machines in, wait for them to warm up, smell the hot plastic (which is a good indicator it's "ready"), then run your papers through to preserve projects, posters, reusable handouts, etc. And while this does typically work for the finished product you need, there is a better way - and we'll tell you why.  Cold Lamination. Requiring no electricity, powered by a hand-crank and lasting longer than their hot counterparts, here's why you should consider a cold laminator - the lesser-known, more efficient alternative...

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Academic Subject: Mathematics | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | VariQuest Tools: Trifecta 800 3D Printer | 3D Printing | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Common Core | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Common Core

[Lesson Plan] Order of Operations

By: Carman Le
March 15th, 2018

"Class, what is the Order of Operations?" My energetic class of fifth graders shouted out loud, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!" What? Who is Aunt Sally? When students initially learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, they are taught to perform those skills using two numbers and one operation. As they progress to the next levels, they begin to see numerical expressions with more than one operation and word problems that involve multiple steps. Introduce your students to the Order of Operations - and help them memorize the "PEMDAS" or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" acronym as early as third grade. Putting this memory into practice can be more of a challenge - so we've come up with some tips and a fun lesson plan activity for your students to drive the concept home!

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Interactive Bulletin Board: Tweet About It!

By: Margo Ensz
July 23rd, 2015

Bulletin boards are a classic staple of the K-12 classroom. Over the years, educators have spiced things up and made their bulletin boards interactive, so they are a dynamic part of visual and kinesthetic learning in addition to an anchor visual. One fun way to do this? Bring the hashtag into your classroom--make a tweet board! 

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Featured Topics: Character Education | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510

Is PBIS Still Relevant?

By: Margo Ensz
April 14th, 2015

“One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.” (source)

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510

Rural High School Engages District & Community with Student-Based Enterprise

By: Margo Ensz
November 10th, 2014

Rural Otterville, Missouri has a new business in town, and its location may surprise you! November's VariQuest Super School belongs to a district with a K-12 student population of about 250. The high school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter encourages and fosters student leadership by using VariQuest Visual Learning Tools to teach business skills. Otterville High School FBLA Chapter: Meeting School Needs & Engaging the Community

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VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Professional Development

VariQuest Highlighted on TechFaster Preview of ISTE

By: Margo Ensz
July 8th, 2014

We were thrilled to be an Editor's Choice for TechFaster's preview of this year's ISTE conference. Ashley Allen, a staff writer for TechFaster, spoke to our Director of Marketing and New Product Development, Nina Swienton mid June. Check it out! You can see the original article here.

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Academic Subject: Special Education | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510

Case Study: Minnesota Vocational Program Students Learn Real-World Job Skills, Build Confidence With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

By: Lindsey Graff
November 18th, 2013

Osseo Area Schools District 279 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Professional Development

5 Back-to-school Tips from VariQuest Featuring Wise County Public Schools

By: Lindsey Graff
September 10th, 2013

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Professional Development

Instructional Strategies for ELL Students Using VariQuest

By: Lindsey Graff
August 31st, 2013

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