Category AV in Education

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!

Register Now for the Summer Institute for Technology and Save Big

Make this summer one to remember and join us for the Summer Institute for Technology.  In Dunedin, Fla., and Detroit, Mich., K-12 educators will learn hands-on, in-depth and practical education in technology integration for the classroom. Join us this July 23 through 26 in Dunedin, or August 23 and 24 in Detroit.

After attending this event, teachers will understand how to apply technology into their classrooms in order to enhance the teaching and learning processes.

Tuition includes lunch and 24 component credit hours.  

Sign Up Now and Save

Register for the Dunedin Summer Institute for Technology by June 8 to save big!

Register for the Summer Institute for Technology in Detroit.

Watch the video to learn more about this valuable program for educators.

Sharp Projectors Offer Teachers a Clear View on 3D

Research has shown test scores may increase where classroom lessons are presented in 3D. The beauty of 3D technology is that it has the ability to change the way students learn by “immersing” them as a part of the on-screen classroom presentation. Science, math, geography and art education are just a few subject areas where 3D can help better captivate students.

As an example, Sharp’s PG education series of projectors includes the 3D Ready Sharp PG-D45X3D BrilliantColor™ DLP® Projector, offering a range of options – including portability, connectivity and high brightness — that’s well suited for K-12 classrooms and small auditoriums.

Key features include:

• 4500 lumens, XGA Resolution (1024 x 768, 4:3)
• 3D Ready with DLP® Link™ Technology
• BrilliantColor™ DLP Technology (2500:1 contrast ratio)
• Sealed DLP chip with filter-free design
• Wide connectivity including DVI-I and RJ-45
• High output 10 watt audio system (Stereo – 5W/Ch)
• Presentation assist remote with PC/mouse control

Sharp 3D Ready projectors incorporate DLP® Link™ technology which has become the 3D standard among many manufacturers – particularly for educational use. These projectors, when used with compatible 3D content, PC/graphics card and optional 3D active shutter glasses, project captivating 3D imagery – from a single projector – that literally appears to come to life.

As an optional accessory, Sharp offers their XpanD™ brand X102 3D Active Shutter glasses. These come individually boxed, and include a spare battery, a special tool to change the battery and wipes to keep the glasses clean. These glasses are waterproof, enabling them to be cleaned in a sink or dishwasher.

Ready to Learn More?

For more information on Sharp’s 3D ready projectors, contact an AVI-SPL representative at 800-559-8197, or click here to request a quote today!

Students Give Their Thoughts on Classrooom Technology

If you want to know how students learn, just ask them. Their opinions and insights are authentic and more valuable than just about anyone else’s!  I had the privilege to interview a few sixth-grade students in Ms. Janet Tolson’s math class at Seven Springs Middle School in Pasco County. I wanted to know what they thought about using technology in the classroom to improve their learning.

I asked Rachel, a student in Ms. Tolson’s class, what technology she already uses at school to improve learning:

“We do research on the computer, we have two computers in this classroom, and a computer lab we can go do,” Rachel told me. “One of my teachers has a SMART board which helps me to understand things better. I do well in all of my classes,  and most of my tests are paper and pencil.  I have an iPad and can purchase books to read on it. My sister is in high school, and she has an iPad and uses it there. I also use technology at home for learning, like Study Island, and Coolmath.com for math facts, and games for learning math.”

When I asked what she thought it would be like to have all of her textbooks on a digital device, Rachel answered that while it would be nice not having to carry around a backpack, students might not be prepared to take care of technology devices. She also said she’d still like to use textbooks.

Emma, Ellen and Chandler from Ms. Tolson’s class provided me with more valuable insight.  Here are a few of their quotes:

“Having an iPad would keep you from carrying books. We could get digital books from the school website. Kids would know how to use any device if their teachers know what websites to show us.”

 “SMART boards would help to visualize concepts, because you can write on them better than a regular erase board.” 

 “We use the computer lab but are allowed to bring digital readers to school.”

 “I like computers for some things but not all.  I would rather have paper and pencil for FCAT to help you focus more. Looking at a screen hurts your eyes.”

 “Kindles look more like a book than an iPad.”

 “SMART boards help if you interact with it.”

 “We use Study Island for homework.”

 “If you have a device, you might get distracted.”

 “Teachers should use apps so kids could play and learn.”

I was also lucky enough to talk with Ms. Tolson to find out what type of professional development would really help her to use technology more effectively. Ms. Tolson has been teaching for over 20 years and is a Pasco County Teacher of the Year finalist. In summary:  “At least one full week with one team at one school, of co-teach work-embedded lesson planning and delivery would help to change the way we teach and the students learn.  Or spend the week with department heads who can then model for their teachers.  I need someone ‘on call’ who can come assist me and help to move the lesson forward.  I can take it from there.”

To learn what is really happening in school today, ask to visit and spend time with the folks that matter – the students, who really do know more than adults about how they learn; and the professional educators, who know what would help them to use technology. Listening and providing a variety of opportunities for all teachers, such as onsite co-teach, can help reach more educators and make a difference.

Epson Debuts New BrightLink Interactive Projectors with Built-In Annotation

For Epson, this month’s TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition served as the debut of their expanded BrightLink education projectors, featuring their all new interactive projector and pen combination.

Epson’s three short throw models – the BrightLink 425Wi, 430i and 435Wi – come with a wall mount and two interactive pens. These models deliver a large interactive learning area at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems with variable image sizes from 68-inches to 113-inches diagonal (WXGA) or 63-inches to 106-inches diagonal (XGA).

In addition, Epson’s ultra-short throw series – the BrightLink 475Wi, 480i and 485Wi – offer several new features that bring interactive technology unlike any other to the classroom:

Built-in Annotation: Allows teachers to connect the BrightLink to a variety of devices, including an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, document camera, DVD player, and more, to share and engage with more content; annotate over the network via a wired or wireless LAN, or annotate using the built-in tools PC-free

Dual Pen Interactivity: Two users can work simultaneously, or independently, with dual pen support and Epson’s Easy Interactive Tools (EIT2) software

Interactive Table: When used with the BrightLink table mount, the ultra-short throw models can transform a table into an interactive surface for small group learning centers or collaborative workspaces

Auto Calibration: Models perform automatic calibration for seamless interaction with the pens

Ultra-Short Throw Distance: Can be mounted as close as 2.8-inches away from the wall to accommodate smaller classrooms or meetings rooms; can create a widescreen interactive area up to 100-inches diagonally and enables users to stand as close as 6-inches away, virtually eliminating hardware and shadow interference

The new BrightLink series of projectors are expected to ship this spring. For more information, click here to request a quote, or contact an AVI-SPL representative by calling (866) 559-8197 today!