Category AV Everywhere

Yes, We CANstruction

Chicago — What do you get when you bring professionals from the design and construction industry together with thousands of cans and a good cause?

The most unique food charity event in the world – CANstruction.

CANstruction held its sixth annual design competition where contestants built giant, intricate structures out of canned food that were all donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. AVI-SPL’s Chicago office took part in this worthy cause helping the organization to raise more than 94,436 cans!

The AVI-SPL/Harley Ellis Deveraux team built a giant grocery bag out of 3,152 canned foods. Our Hole Foods-themed bag was “torn” with food spilling out the side.

AVI-SPL’s contribution to the cause went beyond creating an exhibit. Besides the team’s $3,800 fundraised donation, our Chicago office developed the technology that CANstruction used to capture the votes for the crowd favorite. This AMX MXT-1900-PAN touch panel allowed visitors to view images, uncover details about each display and submit their names and email addresses to vote for their favorite.

Check out this video to see the touch panel in action!

Once all the votes were cast, CANstruction hosted the A-can-emy Awards Gala to recognize the year’s most creative structures. AVI-SPL’s sculpture was acknowledged by the event’s biggest sponsor, taking home the Whole Foods Market Chicago Award.

Congratulations Team AVI-SPL! We’re so proud of everyone’s hard work for this wonderful cause!

 

Telepresence Encourages Distance Learning in Rialto

Rialto, Cali. – In Sound & Communications’ May issue, the magazine features AVI-SPL’s AV transformation for Rialto Unified School District’s (USD). As more schools face increased budget cuts, district officials are looking at AV integration options to enhance communication efforts for the students and faculty throughout the community. Videoconferencing has led to fieldtrip and distant learning opportunities that schools have otherwise never been able to provide.  Learn more about the solutions today’s schools are considering to enrich the classroom experience.

Read the full feature story from Sound & Communications

Watch: Rialto Unified School District’s Use of Cisco Telepresence Technologies

Summer Time is Learning Time for Teachers

Two Summer Institutes are planned for the Tampa and Detroit areas this year.  Dunedin Highland Middle School located in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, is the host site for our four-day event, July 23rd to 26th. The prestigious Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is the site for the Summer Institute, held August 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of teachers are expected to gather and work in Professional Learning Communities and create engaging strategies that support higher-order thinking skills for their students. And the cool thing is they will be learning how to use the latest in classroom technology at the same time!

Registration is currently open for both events.  To learn more about the Summer Institutes, select one of these links:

Summer Series Events

This year’s Summer Series event locations have doubled!  There are four areas where you can learn more about integrating technology into your teaching practice during three-hour sessions.  Topics will include:  SMART Notebook Software,  SMART Response software, iPad apps for education and creating digital content for your classroom.  Select the links below to see what you can learn this summer!

AVI-SPL Launches Pinterest Account

AVI-SPL is launching a new way for users to connect with the company through its very own Pinterest account. With over 104 million users, Pinterest is not only considered the fastest growing social site, but, according to Experian Hitwise, it’s also just behind Facebook and Twitter in popularity.

From corporate boardrooms to churches to K-12 classrooms, AVI-SPL has done it all. With Pinterest, our boards provide a visual portfolio of projects we have taken on in the past. The pins will link visitors to other blog posts, articles AVI-SPL has been featured in and project profiles on the company’s website. We hope they offer some “pinspiration” for your organization’s future AV transformation.

The account will also touch on some of AVI-SPL’s partners and provide some insight to life around the office. We encourage you to follow our boards on Pinterest to discover the latest AVI-SPL and AV news.

 

Check it out now!

 

Inc. Magazine Spotlights Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes

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In Inc. magazine’s May issue, AVI-SPL is featured in a behind-the-scenes look of the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. The article recognizes four companies whose work came together to create a unique and authentic experience. Learn how Vegas shoppers, restaurant diners and gondola riders are being emerged into an Italian Renaissance.

Read the full feature story from Inc.