Category AV in Education

AVI-SPL Welcomes New Education Consultant to Georgia

AVI-SPL is pleased to announce that Georganne Young will be joining our team as an Education Consultant for the state of Georgia. Georganne Young

Georganne joins AVI-SPL with 35 years of experience in education, including administrative positions at the middle and high school levels.

The implementation of technology into instruction is a passion of special interest to Georganne.  As the principal of a middle school designated as one of the pilot schools for Cobb’s 21st Century Technology initiative, she was involved in the implementation of SMART technology into the classroom from the actual installation of the products, through the training (which she completed along with the teachers), to the evaluation of teacher use of this technology in daily classroom teaching.  Noting a significant increase in student engagement and a corresponding rise in test scores, Georganne supports Marzano’s studies of the impact of technology in the classroom.  She eagerly welcomes the chance to help others move into the 21st century of instruction and engagement.

 A few goals for the Professional Development Team for 2012 will be to host Technology Conferences,  Workshops, Integration Institutes, support sales, and build ongoing professional development plans for schools and districts that will generate revenue for AVI-SPL.

Georganne states:  “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to become the AVI-SPL Education Consultant for Georgia! Moving into my dream job will allow me to share my passion for technology in the classroom and let me continue to mentor others as we (the wonderful AVI-SPL Education Consultant team!) facilitate the seamless integration of technological innovations into instructional practices. I can’t wait to work with the AVI-SPL team and especially with Jodi Carroll, the Education Marketing Manager for Georgia. Look out, Georgia — we are ready to hit the road with technology for the classroom!  Just watch student engagement, achievement and success hit new heights in the classrooms with our products!”

Improve Your Classroom With AV Solutions by AVI-SPL

Take a look at our featured SMART solutions and discover how easy it is to enhance your learning environment with the latest interactive technology that benefits both students and teachers. Call one our experts at 1-800-282-6733 or email us at

Classroom Controllers Just Got Easier on the Budget

Consolidate control of you classroom’s A/V equipment in one convenient location with Cables to Go’s TruLink A/V Controller. No more searching for remotes, replacing expensive batteries or fumbling with small remote keys that are in a different position on each different remote. Cables to Go’s TruLink A/V Controller provides the features a teacher needs without the cost and complexity associated with “higher end” solutions – because a teacher should always have control of their classroom. Click here to read more about choosing the right controller.

Specifically engineered (built/constructed) for use in K-12 classrooms, the TruLink controller is innovatively simple to install, program and operate.

TruLink product highlights include:

  • Large, backlit buttons for easy identification and quick operation
  • On-board real-time clock for easy time and date programming, including automatic start-up and shut-down capability, ensures equipment is ready when needed and powered off at the end of the day to extend equipment life
  • Backup capability eliminates the need for reprogramming in the event of a power failure
  • Up to 32 commands for control of numerous A/V devices
  • Durable construction backed by a five year warranty ensures consistent operation in the demanding classroom environment


Ready to Take Control of Your Classroom?

For more information on the TruLink controller, contact an AVI-SPL sales rep by calling 800-282-6733, or click here to request a quote!


Panama City, Florida Schools go High Tech

Bay County School district in Panama City, Florida is going high tech in every classroom!  AVI-SPL has had the great fortune to work in this wonderful community where the educators are committed to providing every child with the opportunity to learn with audio visual technology like SMART Boards through all grade levels.

I had the privilege of working with the TOSA’s, or Teachers on Special Assignment, who will deliver professional development on education technology throughout the district. These teachers dedicated the majority of their summer to learning new AV technologies, and how to embed new strategies into the curriculum. They even traveled to Florida Southern College to attend the week long Summer Institute for Technology Integration sponsored by AVI-SPL.

What a wonderful group of people from our Panhandle. We look forward to continuing to assist their TOSA’s, teachers, administrators and staff as they continue on the journey of transforming the learning experiences for all of their teachers and students.

Watch and listen to a few of the 5th graders in the first fully equipped classroom in Bay County, and how they feel about learning now!!

Do a “180” on Classroom Technology – Let the Students Teach You

Student Ownership, A Constructivist Learning Environment,  call it what you like – it’s all about the kids. Students at SMART whiteboard

You create lessons and assessments based on their needs,  you work with their parents, and your total focus is on “what’s best for my kids.”  A strategy that gives students true ownership of the technology you have in your classroom:

• Promotes higher order thinking by allowing students to create own digital lessons
• Fosters a sense of ownership, involvement and confidence
• Provides you with your own classroom “Geek Squad”

Tips for doing a “180” and allowing students to be your Tech Coaches

• Think of that one (or two or three, or more!) students with behavior issues. Assign them specific tasks related to technology maintenance. If you have an interactive whiteboard,  allow them to stand by the board and turn the pages for you. (You know your kids, you’ll know what tasks they can handle.)
• Rotating Tech Squads. Each week, assign 4 or 5 students to be the designated Tech Squad
• Give students the Quick Reference Guides for your particular hardware, such as SMART QR Guides and training. Assign cooperative learning groups to each guide. Have the groups present and demonstrate what they learned. (Now you’ve incorporated non-fiction reading comprehension)
• Have students create their own lessons and quizzes using digital content. Then really use what they made!

With a little creativity and student input, you and your students can work together to embed technology into the curriculum.  The kids are learning more of the content by using the technology, and you’re learning more about your equipment, all at the same time!

Enhance Your Learning Environment With Classroom AV

Take a look at our selection of SMART Interactive Whiteboards and other SMART products for the classroom. If you have any questions or would like to receive a quote, please call us at 1-800-282-6733.

Summer Institute for Technology Integration Week in Review

The Summer Institute for Technology Integration (SiTi), sponsored by AVI-SPL and hosted by Florida Southern College in Lakeland July 11-15, welcomed eighty educators from as far away as Taiwan to this residential-based immersive professional development experience. Teachers spent the week creating engaging lessons using SMART Notebook Software, digital cameras, document cameras, and SMART Response Software.

The motivational Keynote address, led by Dr. Jennifer Brown King, professor and author of TechXtraordinary Integration inspired and prepared the audience to be HOT teachers; that’s right, as Dr. King stated, “You will all be smokin’ HOT teachers by end of the week!” She was referring to Bloom’s Taxonomy, which the SiTi instructors used to move attendees from teaching their students Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) through instructional technology best practices. By the end of the week, there were eighty smokin’ HOT teachers equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement technology effectively in their classrooms!

Sessions were led by eight extraordinary teacher teams (pictured below) from Hillsborough County Schools, who spent not just five days, but the evenings coaching and encouraging their students.

Florida Southern College; AVI-SPL; Summer Institute for Technology Integration; Professional Development for Teachers
L-R: Jenny Simmonds, Ora Tanner, Rachel Motomal, Kelly Derushia, Danny Lott (FSC), Dr. Jennifer Brown King (FSC), Michelle Clinton, Tina Hancock, Lisa Pennington, Lee Collier

Click here to watch an Animoto video of the SiTi week! >>

Florida Southern College staff generously provided beautiful accommodations at Nicholas Hall, with breathtaking views of Lake Hollingsworth. Attendees were also treated to delicious meals and scrumptious desserts in the dining hall and during session breaks. (No dieting that week!)

FSC Tech Buddies, students of Dr. King’s Education Courses, spent the week assisting attendees throughout the day and late into the evening with creating their final Showcase Project which the attendees presented on Friday morning. The closing ceremony on Friday featured Showcase Presentations where a few lucky attendees took home some cool new technology for their classrooms!

The Summer Institute for Technology Integration theme of partnership, friendship, community, education resonated throughout the week as attendees, coaches and tech buddies formed bonds through living and working together that will last long after the event ended.

We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Dr. Jennifer Brown King and Florida Southern College, and to take the Institute “on the road” to replicate in other areas of Florida and beyond!

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