Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Vendor Feature: SHI International

SHI International is one of AEA Purchasing's awarded vendors serving your school technology needs. From charging carts to 3D printers, SHI International is here to help Iowa schools keep up to speed with the latest and greatest technology!

Contract benefits include line-item pricing on the following items:

Anywhere Charging Carts
SeaGate External Hard Drive
Kensington Presentation Remote & Splitter
Multi-Card Reader
Digital Storage
                                                      MakerBot 3D Printer
                                                      Wireless Adapter
                                                      Logitech Video Collaboration Camera

For more information on what's available under our contract with SHI International and how to SAVE on your future technology purchases, visit SHI International's profile page on our website or contact:

SHI International
Bid Reference: STB2020AEAPURCH 
Kyle Thomas
SM SLED Manager

Happy saving!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Summer 2021 Paper Buy is Open NOW!

AEA Purchasing is pleased to announce that our Summer 2021 Paper Buy is NOW open! 

This season's buy will be serviced through our competitively bid and awarded contract with The Paper Corporation out of Des Moines.

Orders may be submitted now through May 21, 2021. 

Complete details, along with order forms, can be found online here.

*Look under the pricing tab for the link to download the order form.

+All deliveries are planned to be completed by September 3, 2021.

Should you have questions regarding how to order, your order status, or about the paper options specifically, please contact The Paper Corporation directly.  

The Paper Corporation
Mary Cross (Ordering Questions)
(800) 369-8733 ext. 419

Richard Johnson (Paper Questions)
(800) 369-8733 ext. 425

If you have questions regarding the bid process please feel free to contact AEA Purchasing.  

Finally, we'd hate for any school to miss out on this great purchasing opportunity! Please be sure to check with anyone in your district who orders cut paper and make sure they receive this message. Order forms are available ONLINE ONLY. There will be no hard copies delivered via AEA van mail delivery. 

AEA Purchasing! | Strategic Sourcing. Sensational Service!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

How to Handle YouTube at School and at Home

YouTube...It's a land of opportunity with access to educational content and at the same time, is a land that, at times, can be problematic when it comes to filtering content when at school and at home. 

If you use on-premise network devices (e.g. firewall) or proxy-level filters as your content filter, it's probably hard to meet the varying expectations from students, staff and parents. However, don't give up! Deledao can help you meet those expectations. 

For more information on how Deledao can help manage YouTube content at school and at home, check out this post featured on the company's blog. (How to Handle YouTube at School and at Home)

Through the AEA Purchasing contract with Deledao, Iowa schools can save on digital security and wellness solutions from Deledao. For quotes, contract pricing and other information, contact:

Deledao Education
Kevin Kuckkan
Bid Reference: AEPA021-G

Happy saving!

Monday, March 29, 2021

New Contracts For Digital Security

Earlier this month, AEA Purchasing welcomed THREE new contracts and vendor partners to our vetted roster! Capitol Electronics, Centegix and Deledao Education are all eager to serve Iowa schools in creating safer communities and workspaces. 

Capitol Electronics specializes in emergency notification systems, non-contact thermal temperature scanners, lightning suppression technology and virus/pathogen eliminating technology. For more information, contact, Mary McGhiey at (Bid Reference: #021).

Centegix offers a wearable crisis alert badge and technology to ensure staff never have to worry about finding help when they need the most. For more information, contact Tara Heaton at (Bid Reference: AEPA021-G).

Deledao Education provides a state-of-the-art, browser-level AI solution that monitors and alerts (in real time) when student web/email activity involves self-harm, drugs or related content. For more information, contact Kevin Kuckkan at (Bid Reference: AEPA021-G).

All vendors have contracts and extensions possible through February 2025 and were awarded as part of our participation with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). For questions related to AEA Purchasing, AEPA and our bid process, please contact Joni at

Happy saving!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Want to Save on Projector Lamps?

If your school is looking for low prices on projector bulbs, lamps and accessories, look no further than the AEA Purchasing contract with Scott Electric!

As part of our Statewide Technology Buy, Scott Electric has been awarded the following items:
  • AV projection lamps
  • OEM projector lamps and aftermarket cages with lamps
  • HOP brand laminating filmu
  • 10% off MSRP on ALL catalog items
Sign in to the AEA Purchasing Marketplace to search for products, pricing and to place orders.

You may also reach out to the contact below for quotes, especially if ordering multiple quantities of the same item. Reference contract number "STB2020AEAPURCH" on all correspondence.

Scott Electric
Mark Troutman
1000 South Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Free Seeds for Schools!

Spring is here! We all deserve a pat on the back for making it through yet another winter. 

This spring, we will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day 🌎 on Wednesday, April 21. Like every special day, this one also has a theme -- "Restore our Earth".  

AEA Purchasing is pleased to share a unique opportunity for Iowa schools wishing to connect their students, faculty and staff to caring for our planet and getting involved in spring planting. 

If you haven't already become familiar with your local Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Office, we encourage you to do so. This year they have all kinds of ideas and resources to help you plan your Earth Day celebrations. One such opportunity available just for schools is the chance to receive FREE SEEDS from the Seed Savers Exchange, located in Decorah, IA. Schools interested in receiving seed donations through the Herman's Garden Seed Donation Program do need to submit an application. More information is available here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Vendor Feature: School Health

School Health is one of AEA Purchasing's awarded vendors serving all your school nursing supply needs. From the basic first aid supplies and PPE to larger furniture and equipment, School Health is here to help Iowa schools keep their students, faculty and staff healthy all year long!

Contract benefits include:
  • Market basket/hot list pricing (request a price list here)
  • 13% discount off entire catalog (*Some exclusions apply)
  • Free shipping on orders over $125
For more information on how to keep your school's first-aid kits and medicine cabinets stocked...and SAVE money while doing so, visit School Health's profile page on our website or contact:

School Health
Bid Reference: Quote 3354243

Happy saving!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Bee-Bot® Buzz at PITSCO

Pitsco's Bee-Bot® is ALL the buzz...especially for the youngest of learners! 

"Bee-Bot is a programmable floor robot that is a must-have for any early learner. Recommended for pre-K to Grade 2, it’s a fantastic starting point for developing the basic building blocks for programming skills, understanding logical sequences, and problem-solving." (Pitsco blog post, "There’s a BUZZ around Pitsco: Meet Bee-Bot®")

To catch up on the latest buzz about Bee-Bot®, get all the information you need here in a dedicated post on Pitsco's blog.

As an awarded vendor partner with AEA Purchasing, Pitsco offers all Iowa schools a discount off catalog pricing. For more information, view their contract profile on or contact:

Pitsco Education
Preston Frazier
800-835-0686 Ext. 4559

Be sure to reference bid code #716331 on all communication.

Happy saving!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dude University 2021

Our partner, Dude Solutions, is hosting Dude University 2021 this year VIRTUALLY!  

Dude University is one of the largest operations management conferences for facilities, operations and technology professionals who come together to share industry best practices, connect with peers, and learn about trends and tools. This is more than just a conference, it’s an accelerator to owning their operations and doing the best work of their lives.  

Interested in attending? Registration is OPEN!

About Dude Solutions: 
Dude Solutions is a leading global software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of operations management solutions to education, government, healthcare, senior living, manufacturing and membership-based organizations. For over 20 years and 12K+ clients, we have been providing award-winning software to manage maintenance, assets, energy, events and more. We partner with organizations who share core values in service, ingenuity and integrity and help us reach new markets, innovate and deliver new offerings and improve competitive advantage.  AEPA is a critical partner in our ecosystem, providing nationally bid, locally awarded contracts.  

Dude Solutions is an awarded vendor to provide Facility Management software to AEPA and AEA Purchasing members under AEPA's Solicitation #020-D

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Enhance Collaboration with iboss Classroom Management

Enhance how teachers collaborate with their distance learning students through iboss’s classroom management tool!

Whether your students are in the classroom or in a remote setting, iboss Classroom Management allows you to visually monitor student activity in real time, from any location.

With iboss, teachers can ensure students are focused and engaged - resulting in increased productivity. Students benefit from fast, secure and uninterrupted connections to achieve efficient and effective learning. 

iboss Classroom Management Key Features:
  • View the screens of all students in Google classroom from a single dashboard
  • Remotely close browser tabs to keep students focused on their work
  • Send an optional message that appears on the student’s screen when a tab is closed
  • Add multiple teachers to monitor a classroom or assign a single teacher to monitor multiple classrooms
  • Natively integrates with Google Classroom

To learn more:
Contact our team today at for a free demo!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Stay Safe and Healthy in School with!

As schools continue to make plans for a safe return to in-person learning, consider’s ability to provide health and safety solutions for students, faculty and staff. is highly capable in providing creative solutions for school districts while leveraging the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract. Also, their on staff Quote Specialists can provide great value when it comes to sourcing specific products at competitive pricing. 

If you are looking for:

  • PPE Items
  • Temperature Kiosks
  • Sneeze Guards
  • Free-standing Portable Room Dividers
  • Commercial Air Purifiers
  • Sanitizers & Wipes
  • Personal Storage Solutions
  • Touch-less Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
  • Quote specialist team - works with's variety of suppliers on sourcing and pricing of all large volume needs

Check out this flyer dedicated to in-school safety solutions from!

Friday, February 19, 2021

February Deals from Husqvarna!

Get ready for spring and save! Check out the February promotions from Husqvarna and AEA Purchasing. 

Equipment included:
  • Zero-turn mowers
  • String trimmers
  • Backpack leaf blowers
  • Pressure washers
  • Wet/Dry vacs

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Pitsco’s 2021 Big Book Catalog Now Available!

Cheers to a new year – and to 50 years of leading education! Why not begin this year of celebration with a brand-new Pitsco Big Book catalog! 

Pitsco's 2021 Big Book offers products for any age or grade. From preschool to high school and individual kits to classroom sets, we’ve got you covered!

What’s NEW:

We’ve recently partnered with TTS to provide Pre-K to 5th grade STEM and Coding products that will spark student’s creativity through play and hands-on learning.
After 50 years in education, we have seen STEM learning any place, in any space! STEM Packs can help you get there. Use promo code STEMPACK30 to take $30 off your choice of Explorer, Creator, or Innovator Packs.
Searching for ways to connect student’s learning to the community? Then check out the brand-new STEM PBL Units for grades 6-9! STEM PBL Units not only enable students to learn within and across disciplines, but the units allow students to innovate and apply what they learn to solve a relevant problem or explore a new situation.  After presenting their results to an authentic audience you can be sure that real-world problem solving has made an impact!
TETRIX PRIME has launched a limited-edition robot set- say hello to Echo! This uniquely crafted robotics set was created for any type of learning environment- classroom, blended, homeschool, remote – you can now take robotics learning anywhere you go. With over 36 days of activities and challenges, this set encourages students to put their knowledge to the test by re-engineering and reprogramming the Echo bot- and it also includes an alternative build for extended learning!

Adding STEM, coding, and robotics products to any learning environment has never been easier. Get started today and receive the AEA Purchasing/AEPA exclusive discount of 2% off your purchase along with free shipping! *Remember to enter promo code AEPA22 during checkout!

If you haven’t received the 2021 Big Book in the mail, please request a copy here or browse our digital version immediately. 

From all of us at Pitsco Education, we wish you the best of luck in 2021!