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AVI-SPL Connects the Community: Higher-Ed

Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, Tracie Bryant, our vice president of sales for State and Local Government and Educationdiscusses trends and challenges in classroom and campus environments.

Higher Education environments are evolving to support collaborative and personalized learning through technology. In the past, classrooms were designed for an instructor-led one-to-many lecture format. Now classroom design is focused on fostering collaboration among small groups to promote active learning. Multiple displays in the classroom enable students to post content from round tables situated around the room where each individual is able to plug in their tablet or laptop through ports built into the tables. Technology allows teachers to be mobile, moving from table to table with their own tablet to advise students and facilitate collaboration.

After class, cloud-based learning management software allows cooperative projects to be worked on outside the classroom and then be presented during the next class. Research is conducted by students collaborating via video conferencing and chat, so infrastructure has to support mobility and multiple consumer devices.

Integrating these new collaboration tools comes with some obstacles. Major roadblocks include budget cuts and outdated policy. Fortunately, our education team can design solutions that address these concerns.

Shrinking technology budgets don’t necessarily require downsizing your collaboration goals. By integrating BYOD solutions, up-front costs for technology can be significantly reduced. Additionally, grants are available to fund technology programs in higher education. Understanding what our clients need to accomplish helps our team identify grants that supplement schools’ existing budgets or assist them with the development of programs they intend to launch. Rather than limiting them to one funding source, we’ll create a strategic grants roadmap involving multiple sources and extending throughout the phases of implementation of their technology plan.  The manufacturers we work with will provide grants consulting and application services at no charge to our customers.

Higher Education leaders often update school policies once they are aware of the positive impact that these collaborative technologies can have on learning. Our team can share examples of education case stories from similar clients to help you reach your goals.

Contact us for more information about our Higher Education solutions >

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InFocus Projector Earns High Marks

Projector expert InFocus has been highlighted in the Spring 2011 issue of Scholastic Administrator. In particular, its InFocus IN3916 interactive projector was singled out by a South Carolina educator for allowing students to help guide the learning process.

In this particular context, the reviewer explains, the IN3916 is used with Google Earth for virtual field trips, while students are able to work with the projector’s wand over a board. The educator reviewing the IN3916 praised it for being easy to use right out of the box, without the need for professional development.

The IN3916 is part of the InFocus 3900 short-throw series. Its LiteBoardTM interactive technology lets teachers and other professionals interact with the projected image – turning any surface into an  interactive workspace. The IN3916 also enables students and teachers to narrate over a visual or audio presentation. Other notable features:

  • Wand lets you control PC and Mac applications
  • Powerful audio
  • Connect up to 32 computers (giving multiple students the ability to control the presentation)

Find out more about the IN3916, including how to order, here.

VariQuest in the Math Classroom

The math classroom is great place to use visuals and manipulative to enrich lesson plans. If your school has the VariQuest Poster Maker or Cutout Maker, utilize these visual learning tools to make math more interactive.

Start by using your Poster Maker to create formulas posters. The students can refer back to these static visuals in the classroom while they’re learning. By allowing them the opportunity to see these formulas over and over, they’ll have a better chance of remembering them! So, when you ask them what the volume of a cylinder is, they’ll eventually be able to rattle it off to you. An easy way to help them out is by starting each lesson with a quick review of the poster you’ve created.

Do you want to have a poster that is up year round with helpful tips? Why not create a poster with the rules for zero. Those rules can be tricky and if you’ve posted it, your students will always know whether or not zero is an even number! For younger students, they may need help distinguishing between greater than or less than. Give them a poster with a great visual to help them remember which is which!

Other great uses for the Poster Maker can be to create interactive posters. Enlarge a grid so you and your students can go back to the poster to plot points, lines and equations. By utilizing a poster, you can keep yesterday’s work up to refer back to so they can see the progression of their learning. In an elementary classroom, create a number line banner or word problem posters that they can work in during group sessions.

If your school has the Cutout Maker, take some time to review the library of shapes. Do a search by keyword, and enter “math”. There are tons of manipulatives for the math classroom. For example, try a quick math game with students by giving each student a set of cutout symbols. Ask them to show you the plus sign, equal sign and so on. Make it harder by asking that student to give you an example of an equation using that symbol, and have a second student give you the answer for bonus points!

You can also find money shapes in the cutout maker’s library. This is another great tool to have on hand for group work. Give the students word problems involving money and have them show you with the cutout money what the answer is. You could also start the lesson with a task like asking them to show you four different ways to give fifty cents for change. The money shapes are a great way to add some hands on learning to your lessons!

For older students, there are even three-dimensional shapes for geometry lessons! Have them put the shapes together and ask them what the shape is called, how many sides it has, what the angles’ degrees are, and so on. Give them rulers to measure the sides to start computing the volume.

Another trouble spot for geometry students is circles. Remembering the area and circumference of a circle may be tough. Why not give them some hands on practice by cutting out some circles for them to measure and solve. Add some string to the mix to help them understand the concept of circumference. They could actually loop the string around the cutout shape, then flatten it out to check their math. And speaking of pi, liven your room up by creating cutouts of pi’s value that spans the perimeter of the room!

Poster Samples