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Looking for that perfect cooperative for your IT and Av needs? Look no further than the National IPA.

National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA) is available to public agencies, educational institutions and non-profit entities nationwide. National IPA saves you time and money. Participating in the cooperative buying power of more than 48,000 entities allows you to pay less for products and reduce administrative costs, which helps you do more with less. So why is National IPA so effective at creating more economical buying opportunities for you? Because we offer strength in numbers and years of government purchasing experience, you can have confidence in every contract.

Contracts are competitively solicited, evaluated and awarded by a government entity acting as the lead agency.

Contracts are awarded utilizing industry best practices, processes and procedures, ensuring maximum value and absolute security with complete transparency of the process.

Most experienced cooperative team in public procurement, cooperative purchasing and supply chain management.
In these days of dwindling dollars, you want a partner who can help strengthen your buying position, reliably and consistently.

What Differentiates National IPA?


Portfolio
National IPA has the most robust portfolio of quality contracts in the cooperative space! Our agreement portfolio has everything your organization needs to run efficiently and effectively.

People
National IPA has the most experienced cooperative team in public procurement, cooperative purchasing and supply chain management. With over 150 combined years of public procurement experience and over 275 years of cooperative purchasing experience, you can trust that you are in good hands with our team!

Process
Contracts are competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a government entity. Awards are made utilizing the best processes and procedures ensuring maximum value and absolute security with complete transparency of the process. The Lead Agency Model is considered to be a best practice in the industry!


Participation
Participating in the cooperative buying power of more than 48,000 entities allows you to pay less for products and reduce administrative costs, which helps you do more with less! We are the fastest growing in the market, resulting in the largest purchasing power to save you valuable time and resources!

Lead Agency Contracting Process
All agreements offered through National IPA have been awarded via a thorough Request for Proposal (RFP) competitive solicitation by a public agency/governmental entity (e.g. state‚ city‚ county‚ public university or school district). The contracting process is the foundation of National IPA and sets us apart from other cooperatives. In order for even the most restrictive agencies nationwide to realize the best value offered by cooperative procurement‚ National IPA ensures that industry best practices‚ processes and procedures are applied.

The Cooperative Contracting Process
1. The lead agency prepares a competitive solicitation, incorporating language to make the agreement accessible nationally to agencies in states that allow intergovernmental (i.e.: “piggyback”) contract usage.
2. The lead agency issues the solicitation and any required amendments and notifications‚ and conducts pre–proposal conferences/meetings.
3. Interested suppliers respond to the solicitation.
4. The lead agency evaluates the responses, negotiates the final terms and conditions and ultimately awards the master agreement.
5. All documentation is posted on the National IPA website and made available to the public.

National IPA is committed to the integrity of the procurement process. Access to solicitation and award documentation is always available in the Documentation sections of each awarded agreement. No FOIA or special request necessary.
The lead agency procurement teams and the National IPA team of certified public procurement officials are available to answer any questions you may have or discuss the process in detail.

The Lead Agencies
The lead agencies who currently solicit and award cooperative contracts available through National IPA are considered some of the best procurement teams in the nation. National IPA is honored to be partnered with the best–of–the–best when it comes to process‚ procedures and industry leaders. For more information on National IPA call 888-TOUGH-31.

Latest Classroom Technology from GovDirect

As the school year starts to wind down and you begin to plan for what’s next, we wanted to send a reminder of the technologies listed below that GovDirect offers for education:

  • Bretford rolling carts to securely lock and charge tablets up overnight and in between uses. You can see their store & charge cart line up here.
  • Security Cameras inside and outside the building. You can see dome camera specs here.
  • The Fujitsu lifebook here has a battery life of up to 12.5 hours and configurations start under 2 pounds!
  • Plantronics headsets that allow you to roam from your office without interrupting call connections.
  • We have a full services audio-visual design team to assist with technology like the Ormiboard Pro Whiteboard.

If you would like more information on demos or pricing, please reach out to sales@govdirect.com.

Off-The-Wall Whiteboarding

Ormiboard Pro extends interactive displays, projectors and Whiteboards, enabling users to easily create and share lessons, games and activities with just about any mobile device.

With 2-way, ping-pong and whole group collaboration, Ormiboard Pro captures student assignments, completed activities, assessments and attendance data, allowing users complete control over their history.

Responsive & Adaptive

Large interactive displays use Ormiboard Pro to its fullest potential, with up to four split-views on a single panel, or support for up to four users on the same multi-touch table. Ormiboard Pro’s library of resources includes multi-touch.

Sharing & Control

During live sessions, users may view all student sessions on one screen and select any individual’s activity to show on the front-of-class display. Students easily join sessions with a shared pin while each unique student’s session history is recorded and saved.

Extraordinary UI

All functionality springs from a simple, floating set of to0l pallets that adapt to any size screen or display. Select an object, and the tool pallet changes to show actions and options related to that item.

Create & Deliver

Ormiboard Pro pairs tools teachers love with an open canvas for easy sharing to any mobile device.

“With Ormiboard, EXO U is redefining how new and already existing displays and devices can work better together.”

-Ken Royal, Royal Reports

Authoring Tools

Use the unique pallet interface to save, play, and edit Ormiboard. Create shapes, write text, draw, and add clipart and pictures.

Interactivity Pallet

Enable custom actions and animations or embed external content such as web pages, video, and sound.

See Student Screens

Teachers can view simultaneous student sessions on a single screen, and select any student’s activity to appear at the display.

Advanced Activity Building

Create advanced and engaging activities using simple JavaScript code and publish as interactive mini-applications.

Collaboration

Sharing modes include interactive, play-based, and ping-pong for rapid back and forth collaboration.

Assessment

Enjoy easy to create, on the fly polling or self paced tests, as well as activity-driven assessments, and quizzing capabilities.

Access & Sharing

Easy Pin registration connects any device. Teachers can view all student sessions on a single screen, share it, and save it.

Multi-Touch Friendly

Editing is a breeze on multi-touch surfaces and games come to life on interactive tables. Split panels into 4 views for group activities.

Setup LAN/Group Wizard

Easily set up fast collaboration over local area network with server wizard. Teachers can form groups and collaborate.

Teacher Upgrade Path

Users can directly upgrade to the basic online edition of Ormiboard for 3rd party integrations.

For more information on what GovDirect can do for all of your AV needs call 402.323.4842 or email avsales@govdirect.com.

Supported OS

Android 4 and up

Mac OS 10 and up

Windows 7 and up

iOS 7 and up

Chromebook

Linux

 

Network

Online, public network

O_ine, local network

Hybrid

 

Output

Full HD

4k Support

Import and export

HTML Native

PDF

Image (JPG, PNG)

CFF

O_ce

Open O_ce

 

Supported Browsers

Firefox v43 and up

Safari v9and up

Chrome v49 and up

IE v11 and up

Edge v13 and up

 

Coding Capability

JavaScript

Events based

Rigid body physics engine

Classroom-level

communication layer

 

Supported media

Text + Web links

Images (JPG, SVG, PNG)

Pen input / Hand draw

Video (YouTube)

Audio (MP3)

 

Network

Online, public network

O_ine, local network

Hybrid

Output

Full HD

4k Support

Projectors and Physical Security Technology for Education

Just a reminder on the technology solutions GovDirect offers our education customers, such as:

  • Projectors, Smartboard displays and other AV solutions such as the Ormiboard pro here.
  • Physical security dome cameras and more to enhance surveillance.

Email sales@govdirect.com for more information about technology and access to contracts such as National IPA/TCPN and PEPPM.