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Extron MediaLink Gives Teachers Instant Access to Classroom Technology

Extron MediaLink ControllerExtron technology played a key role in the success of AVI-SPL’s recent integration for Cranbrook Schools’ newest addition, the Kingswood School for Girls.

Cranbrook, a collection of private schools located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., needed to give its instructors at Kingswood full control of each classrooms’ presentation devices. Specifically, the school wanted its teachers to be able to operate devices from its room’s lectern. To accommodate, AVI-SPL installed Extron MediaLink controllers in each of the lecterns, allowing teachers to control SMART boards and projectors, laptops and media players from one location, and switch sources instantly. The Extron MLC 104 IP handles all signal control and features Ethernet control to facilitate remote AV resource management.

“Working with Extron made it all possible,” says AVI-SPL Systems Integration Engineer Mark Hothem.

 

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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Epson BrightLink Brings Interactive Projection to Walls, Tables

When the Epson BrightLink launched in 2010, it brought interactive content to educators who previously didn’t have the space or budget for an interactive whiteboard. To expand on the BrightLink’s functionality, Epson has introduced an optional table mount, allowing educators to transform a tabletop or desk into an interactive surface. This practical feature enables students of varying size and ability to interact with the projector during the lesson, expanding accessibility of the interactive content. Using the BrightLink on a table also helps to maximize limited space in the classroom.

The Epson BrightLink line of interactive projectors quickly became a favorite among educators looking for an alternative to the traditional interactive whiteboard for their classrooms. Teachers with limited space appreciate the BrightLink’s ultra-short throw (which allows the projector to be mounted as close as 2.8 inches from the wall). And with shrinking budgets, the projector’s budget-friendly pricing appealed to administrators.

Learn more about the features of the Epson BrightLink and how it can bring interactive content to your classroom!

Florida Educators Converge at FETC 2011

If you’re at FETC 2011 today, be sure to stop by booths 1413 and 1513 and see the great teaching tools available for educators like you from AVI-SPL, the leading provider of education technology products and classroom AV integration in Florida.

Over the next three days, we have professional development and AV classes scheduled, as well as contests to win an interactive classrooom and a Varitronics laminator.

And be sure to check out this testimonial on the advantages of working with AVI-SPL to integrate AV technology in a number of K-12 classrooms.