Category AV in Education

Can Technology Combat Teacher Burnout?

We often think of teaching as a lifelong profession, with educators taking up post in a classroom and staying there for 30 years. But did you know that the teaching profession has the highest burnout rate of all public service careers?

An article in the November/December issue of THE Journal, titled “Combating Teacher Burnout,” reveals that the average new teacher tenure is three to five years, and that Gen-Y teachers (those under 30) account for one fifth of the workforce. Education policies and practices focus on student achievement and learning gains, while studies show that teacher turnover costs districts approximately 7 billion dollars a year.

The article also notes a study by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Institutes for Research, which found what teachers want most: time to collaborate, differentiated pay for high performance, and technology not only to provide engaging lessons, but for peer collaboration, such as video conferencing.

Education technology also provides teachers a method to quantify learning gains, give feedback to parents and administrators, and improve communication. Teachers who feel that they have, and are, making a difference in the lives of their students, often stay for just that reason. The intrinsic value of knowing your choice of career has changed lives can offset some of the profession’s stressors.

That being said, wouldn’t it be great if we all could take two minutes to remember a teacher who really did make a difference in our lives? Sometimes we relate a story to a friend about school and a particular teacher or coach, but it never gets back to the subject.  I’ll bet you could find some of your teachers on Facebook (or your children’s teachers) who you know made a difference, and thank them personally and wish them a happy holiday season.  That’s another way technology can help combat teacher burnout!

University Enhances Classroom With Cisco TelePresence

Cisco TelePresence 3210Through Cisco TelePresence, the American University in Dubai is bringing a world of education to its students.  The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication has deployed the Cisco TelePresence 3210 system into its Global Classroom, connecting it with education networks around the world.

One of those networks inlcudes the U.S.-based National Lambda Rail, a networking consortium.

Through this deployment, students at AUD will be able to participate in lifelike, interactive lectures from around the world.

AVI-SPL is the global leader in designing and deploying audio visual solutions for businesses and educational institutions. If you are considering adding distance learning technologies to your classroom, contact us at 1-800-282-6733 or email us at sales@avispl.com. Learn more about the Cisco TelePresence 3000 series at AVI-SPL.

 

Connecting Students and Lowering Costs With VTC

A story in the October issue of THE Journal focused on education in rural schools, with a look at schools on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Kodiak Island is approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, separated from the mainland by the Shelikof Strait. Seven out of the 15 schools are accessible only by air or boat. Each school has two teachers. During my tenure with SMART, I recall one of our education consultants, Jaimie Ashton,  telling the story about flying in a two-seater airplane to get to one of these schools for a professional development session, and having to sleep in the school’s locker facility!

No matter where they are, all children in the United States should have equal access to a quality education, and the Kodiak Island district is using distance learning technology through video conferencing (VTC) to reach that goal.  According to the October 2011 issue of THE Journal, “The use of distance learning technology has turned around once-struggling schools by not only enabling students to learn from better-qualified instructors, but also by expanding the breadth of content that can be offered.” Students are able to take Pre-Calculus,  participate in science labs in grades 3 through 8, Advanced Comp, Literature and Music.

AVI-SPL has the solutions to support distance learning through VTC for not only rural districts, but all districts that need to provide specialized classes to meet federal requirements. For example most, schools cannot afford to employ a highly qualified teacher for a limited number of students who need to take AP Calculus, Mandarin languages, or other specialized courses.  However, VTC can bring together several students throughout the district (or region, nation or world!) with one teacher!

Enhance your classroom education with distance learning technology implemented and supported by AVI-SPL. Speak to one of our experts at 1-800-282-6733 or send an email to sales@avispl.com, and we’ll show you how we can improve your learning environment.

Digital Signage Lights the Way for University of South Florida Student Center

As one of AVI-SPL’s top design/build projects, the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center is a stunning 233,000 square foot, four-story facility, an impressive showcase for USF’s drive towards innovation, not to mention a high-level partnership of AV/IT technologies.

As you enter the building, an eye-catching 4′ x 14′ digital signage display – in the midst of a 57′ atrium – offers an attractive multimedia collage of advertising and event highlights. Visix digital signage provides an additional medium for displaying messaging throughout the facility, including by the elevators on each floor.

In addition, the building features comprehensive presentation capabilities throughout the 1,100-seat ballroom, formal conference rooms, meeting rooms, 700-seat auditorium, senate chambers and sports bar. In addition, an RF distribution system provides cable routing throughout the facility.

“The changes implemented have provided that ‘wow’ factor, which is what today’s generation of students expect in a facility of this nature,” says Jennifer Hernandez, assistant director of operations. “Our old student union was limited to using AV carts to help transport presentation technologies. In comparison to these new systems, there’s a day and night difference in our service level capabilities.”

As an example, Biamp’s Audia system provides versatile audio configurations for the auditorium and ballroom. The digital platform solution delivers the powerful ability to combine a room’s audio, separate it, add microphone controls and expand other sound capabilities. This simplifies manageability because all audio configuration is done through software, with just a few clicks of the mouse or a few commands from the control system.

Their 1,100-seat ballroom is perfect for fundraising dinners, conferences and special guest lecturers. At approximately 10,200 square feet, the space is easily divisible into three areas, and features systems that can work independently and simultaneously, or as one large space. Highlights include lighting control, a high performance audio system, electric projection screens, 1080p projectors and a wireless control system.

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Schools Transitioning to Digital Content by 2015

Students in Florida schools will experience a digital learning environment by 2015. The Florida Department of Education is requiring schools to make a transition to all digital content within the next few years. The materials adoption process will no longer be in paper format, but through digital review. Major tasks include assessing district technology needs, identifying teacher preparation and professional development, and monitoring district pilot programs currently in place.

This is a major shift for educators and one that will take much assistance from experts. AVI-SPL has been helping school districts make this shift for many years. Now that the Florida Department of Education has mandated digital content delivery (with other states to follow), AVI-SPL can leverage our tools and professional development to make this transition for our existing and future clients. The digital classroom is right around the corner!