I’m a sucker for great school supplies. I’ve been going to school all my life, from before I was born (my mom was a teacher) to the present day, with time off only during my preschool years and when I had my own babies. I am magnetically drawn to pretty pens and notebooks – which I used to “save” until I realized I should just go ahead and enjoy them! I also get excited about gadgets that can make teaching and learning easier and more fun, and couldn’t wait to receive EXPO’s latest invention: Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator.

There are many little “pet peeves” shared by teachers, and starting to use a dry erase marker during a lesson and then realizing that it is out of ink (or almost as bad, it’s dry and streaky and no one can read what you’re writing) ranks right up there. (You know, #TeacherFail.) Worse is when you hand out a class set of whiteboards and markers only to hear a chorus of:

“Mrs. Winn! Mine doesn’t work!”

“Neither does mine!”

With EXPO’s new Ink Indicator, the clear ink barrel tells both teachers and students how much link is left. They’re calling this #EXPOTeacherWin

Some other features of the new dry erase markers:

  • highly visible, low-odor ink
  • six different colours available
  • versatile chisel for fine, medium and broad lines
  • available at retailers nationwide including Staples, Loblaws, Walmart, London Drugs and Grand and Toy.
  • available in pack sizes from two to six markers, at suggested retail prices of $7.29 – $18.82

Since teachers often spend their own money on school supplies, donations to classrooms are always appreciated, and these would make a great gift, too. Definitely #EXPOTeacherWin!

Whiteboard tip: for a cost-effective class set of whiteboards, my dad bought a 4′ X 8′ panel at a hardware store for $29.99 and cut it into 12″ x 15″ rectangles, making a set of 24 boards. For 30 boards, you can just make them smaller, at 12″ x 12″. $5 worth of crafting tape on the edges finished them off!

Whiteboards and EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicators aren’t just for school. At home, you can have kids practice their letters and numbers, play games where they race with siblings to write correct answers, hone their artistic skills…the list goes on. When done, just wipe off and go. Plus you can leave little messages on the kitchen counter, like I do!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by EXPO. Opinions are, as always, my own.

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