Category AV in Education

Haven’t Decided on the Microsoft Surface Hub? Read This

Let’s assume you already know you want to make the Microsoft Surface Hub a part of your organization. In that case, here’s the link to our Surface Hub page, where you can order as many as you’ll need from the outstanding systems integration company I work for, AVI-SPL. We have elite partner status with Microsoft and are one of the few channels through which you can purchase the Surface Hub.

But let’s entertain another scenario. Perhaps you’ve heard bits and pieces about the Microsoft Surface Hub — how it’s been touted as “disruptive,” and that it’s going to make organizations change the way they operate, and how it was one of the best products at InfoComm, the annual tradeshow for the latest pro AV products. You’re wondering just what makes this so special, aside from the Microsoft name?

I’ve shared with you the list of features. Now let me present a picture: You’ve got many departments in your company (or school or agency). And within those departments, you have people that are — ideally — working toward a common goal. Rather, many common goals. And to reach those goals, and complete the projects that lead to those goals, department members have to work together. They may also have to work across departments. They have to give status updates, or propose plans of action, or brainstorm ways to reach a particular end result.

And so individuals need to meet, whether for a few hours or just a few minutes. Some may be in the office, while others might be working remotely from home or while at another company location.

This is where the Surface Hub reveals its value, because no matter where those team members are located, the Surface Hub brings them together via video conferencing, and provides them a digital canvas on which to share documents, images, videos — you name it — that all attendees can see and annotate. If you have teams that need to meet in large conference rooms, there’s an 84-inch version of the Surface Hub that you’ll want to get. But let’s say you have small conference rooms or perhaps no conference rooms. Maybe you work within an open office plan that has the meeting nook or huddle space. The Surface Hub works there too, because it also comes in a 55-inch size.

Head over to our Microsoft page, and see why the Surface Hub might be the best business decision you make all year.

Q&A on Funding for Video Collaboration

In this Q&A, Tracie Bryant, VP of Sales, State & Local Government, and Education, offers her insight into federal grant programs that can provide the funding for video collaboration systems for higher education. She also discusses the types of programs that qualify for funds, how unified communications is supporting school curricula, and the benefits of collaboration technology for communities.

Read this Q&A on funding video collaboration in higher education >

North Carolina State’s Hunt Library Continues to Amaze

When the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University had its grand opening in the spring of 2013, it marked another in a timeline of proud moments for AVI-SPL.

That’s because we integrated collaboration and visualization systems that would help redefine and expand the idea of what a library could be. It won awards. It received praise in the media. We filmed a video case story that shared the library’s vision, what it would offer guests, and why it was so special.

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SMART kapp iQ Reinvents the Whiteboard

Over 250 collaborators. That’s the number the immediately made an impression as soon as it was spoken.

At last week’s InfoComm tradeshow in Orlando, I was given a demo of the SMART kapp iQ. It was during that demo that the SMART rep informed me of how many collaborators it can accommodate. Think about the value of that in business and higher education, and how it involves those in the classroom or lecture hall, distance-learning students and remote participants.

Write on a connected device and the content appears on the SMART kapp iQ and everyone else’s device. And you don’t have to worry about losing work, because it can be saved at any time. Features include:

  • Responsive touch experience
  • Write simultaneously using different colors of digital ink
  • Natural write and erase features – use finger, pen or palm
  • 4K Ultra HD resolution – glare-free and supports HD and SD content

To bring the SMART kapp iQ onto your campus, contact Erin Minich, AVI-SPL director of education technology, at erin.minich@avispl.com.

Why Video Conferencing Is Best for Distance Learning

In Polycom’s Public Sector View, AVI-SPL Sales Engineer Martin Lois explains why video conferencing is the most effective form of distance learning, how it’s helping students at Florida International University, and the valuable role of a systems integrator in projects that involve video conferencing.

Read the Q&A interview with Martin.

You can also read the case story about the integration at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.