Category AVI-SPL in the News

SMART Table Helps Increase Collaborative Learning

“It’s really cool,” says one shy youngster, a pre-schooler at the exclusive Baldwin Academy in Pacific Beach. “It’s a lot of fun,” adds another, breaking into a smile. When Baldwin became selected as the only pilot school for the SMART Table in Southern California, these precocious learners immediately demonstrated the rewards. AVI-SPL’s Education Market Manager, Maggie McGill, was instrumental in helping to make a difference.

“The best benefit of the SMART Table is its ability to promote collaborative learning, with room for up to eight students to interact,” says McGill. With a format similar to that of an iPhone, the SMART Table is the first multitouch, multiuser interactive learning center that allows groups of primary school students to work simultaneously on its surface. From math to social studies to art, the SMART Table allows the youngest of learners to take a fun, hands-on approach to their activities. Best of all, it helps teachers create new and unique collaborative learning activities with minimal preparation time.

“For me to be able to work with their pre-K teacher and get her true feedback has been phenomenal,” adds McGill. “Both she and the kids absolutely love it.”

The SMART Table has currently been on loan to Baldwin since August; they hope to purchase the technology in the near future.

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SMART Notebook SE Bracelets Bridge Home-School Divide

In only their second year in operation, Nantucket Elementary School has quickly grown a reputation for being one of the most technologically-savvy in the area. AVI-SPL’s Education Market Manager, Erin Minich, has nurtured the relationship, working with them to integrate SMART interactive whiteboards in every classroom and launch their status as a SMART showcase school.

So when she informed Nantucket of the exciting technology behind SMART bracelets, school administrators were eager to introduce this new resource SMART braceletto their students. Equipped with a 2GB hard drive within their bands, the bracelets have easily become one of the most popular items within the SMART Notebook Student Edition (SE) package. At 50 bracelets for only $50 each, Nantucket Principal Diana Strohecker sees it as an invaluable investment for her fifth graders.

As a true plug-n-play innovation, students using the bracelets have the ability to create assignments in school and take it home to work on, or even at the library. Once plugged into any USB port – regardless of platform – students can use the bracelets’ pre-packaged software to create presentations that featured embedded videos, links, images and more.

“As I tell our educators, the SMART bracelet is almost like a ‘digital binder’ that they can take with them anywhere they go, easily putting control in the hands of the students,” says Minich. “There’s so much technology available in the schools, but students can be at a disadvantage if they don’t have that same level of technology at home,” she adds. “These bracelets are a wonderful tool, greatly helping to bridge the home-school divide when it comes to educational technology.”

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AVI-SPL Designated as TANDBERG T3 Certified Partner

AVI-SPL has joined a select list in being credited as a TANDBERG Telepresence T3 Install and Maintenance Certified Partner in the Americas. With this designation, AVI-SPL can now offer installation and maintenance support for the award-winning TANDBERG Telepresence T3 system. This exclusive solution delivers an easy-to-use and natural forum for conference participants to meet, no matter their location.

“Our goal is to be the definitive leader in the video services industry,” said Mike Brandofino, EVP of Video and Unified Communications, AVI-SPL. “With each new certification, we continue to differentiate ourselves from the smaller players in the space who do not have the depth and the financial resources to invest in staying on top of the latest technologies.”

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Key Initiatives Highlight AVI-SPL’s Presence at InfoComm ’09

As the AV industry’s most anticipated event, InfoComm ’09 delivered a prime opportunity for AVI-SPL to connect with innovative manufacturers and a diverse range of clients. With the recent launch of ConferencePoint managed conferencing services, Cisco inter-operability services and a Polycom/Glowpoint “TEN Alliance,” AVI-SPL leads in the seamless integration of audiovisual systems and services, designed for the ultimate level of customer success.

AVI-SPL InfoComm ’09 Highlights:

AVI-SPL Distinguished with Polycom’s Integrator of the Year Award for 2008

Recognition highlights outstanding customer service, ability to provide complete end-to-end video communications solutions

TAMPA, FL, June 23, 2009 – Leading audio and video communications provider AVI-SPL was recently named “Integrator of the Year” by Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. Announced last week during the Infocomm 2009 conference and expo in Orlando, Fla., Polycom’s award recognizes AVI-SPL for outstanding customer service, highlighting the company’s ability to create innovative solutions that support the unique needs of a diverse range of markets, including the corporate, education and government sectors.

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