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FETC, iPads and Apps!

So much to learn at the Florida Education Technology Conference held in Orlando this past week! Many of the sessions showcased the iPad as the learning tool of choice for our students. However, there is so much more to using an iPad than meets the eye. Students love them, of course, which can be a double-edged sword!  There are the initial deployment issues, managing the hardware, curriculum integration, best practices for effective instruction, and much more involved in an iPad education initiative. We all know iPads are awesome, but how do teachers and schools use them for real student achievement?

Fortunately I was able to attend a session, “Using iPads for Online Learning,” presented by Jenna Linskens, assistant professor in the school of education, Marian University, Wisconsin. This was a BYOD session, or Bring Your Own Device. As she discussed the different categories of apps for education, I stopped taking notes and started downloading each one in rapid succession! Below are a few apps to download and try – most are free!

  • CourseSmart  e-textbooks
  • Inkling –Language Arts
  • Plizy – view videos from specific channels
  • Popplet – create graphic organizers
  • Teamviewer – computer remote control
  • Paperport notes – create, edit and annotate

And those are just a few of the apps for education available today; there are literally thousands of them to choose from!

Win a Laminator from AVI-SPL at FETC 2011

ProFinish Jr. Cold LaminatorIf you’ve been following this blog, you know the AVI-SPL team is excited about participating in FETC 2011. Teachers will benefit greatly from AVI-SPL’s presentations at booth 1413, where we’ll also be raffling off an interactive classroom.

AVI-SPL will also be at booth 1513, where the Varitronics team will display its valuable classroom equipment, including cutout makers, poster printers and more.  Follow the link to read all about the new VariQuest Cutout Maker.  Complete a raffle card at our booth and you can win prizes that include a Varitronics ProFinish Jr. Laminator and a Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS.

Let AVI-SPL Help You Find the Right VariQuest Product

VariQuest produces great tools for the classroom, including awards makers, cutout makers, laminators and poster makers. Visit AVI-SPL’s VariQuest products page to find the ones that are right for you. Fill out the products information form at the bottom of that page to ask any questions you may have. You can also call us at (866) 559-8197 or  email us at sales@avispl.com.

Win an Interactive Classroom from AVI-SPL

FETC 2011, the education technology showcase in Orlando, Fla., is just two weeks away. And that means your chance to meet with the helpful, friendly faces at AVI-SPL, the largest provider of classroom technology in Florida.

The Orange County Convention Center will be chock full of vendors and opportunities to get educated about the latest in classroom technology. When you stop by AVI-SPL’s booth, #1413, you’ll also have the opportunity to win great prizes, including an interactive classroom that features:

  • SMART Board 680 and stand
  • SMART document camera
  • SMART Response
  • SMART Slate
  • Chief® CoPilot™
  • InFocus interactive projector
  • Balt® ReFlex™ chairs
  • Presentation cart

We’ll also be giving away other great tools for teaching, including:

  • Copernicus i-Rover (mobile display stand for your whiteboard)
  • Flip™ cameras

 See AVI-SPL’s presentation schedule.

Get an Education from AVI-SPL

Wondering what kind of technology would work best in your school or classroom? Let our experts simplify the process and answer your questions. Take a moment to fill out our brief needs analysis form and one of our representatives will contact you. You can reach us at 866-559-8197 or drop us an email at sales@avispl.com.

Wise up with AVI-SPL’s Latest Education Technology Solutions at FETC 2011

FETC 2011 logoHow do you ensure students are learning in the most interactive and dynamic classroom possible? By integrating functional classroom technology that livens up the lesson plan and effectively train teachers so they’re getting the maximum benefits from their technology. That’s why AVI-SPL is heading to FETC 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., this Feb. 1-3, where they’ll demonstrate professional development courses in addition to illustrating the benefits of incorporating video production into the classroom.

“We want our teachers to learn as much as possible when it comes to technology’s versatility in the classroom, and to use this knowledge to help improve their interactions, as well as student engagement,” says Robert Moss, vice president of education sales, AVI-SPL. “Professional development training is a critical step in the right direction, one that can benefit not only teachers, but their students as well.”

Beginning Tuesday evening Feb. 1, AVI-SPL will host 30-minute Professional Development presentations at booth # 1413 at FETC throughout the 3-day show. For a complete schedule, see below.

AVI-SPL’s training and professional development classes, ranging from 30 minutes to full day courses, are taught by SMART-certified trainers. Training Courses include SMART Notebook Basics, SMART Table Basics and SMART Grade Level Specific Notebook Advanced, among others. Because learning doesn’t stop when class is over, registered participants gain access to an online database library of supporting training materials. They also receive a video of their training session for future reference.

Additionally, AVI-SPL’s booth will host presentations on the benefits of incorporating video production into the classroom. According to research, people tend to retain 70-90 percent of what we see, hear and do, so what better way to get students learning more than with the hands-on experience of producing a video. Led by Sony, the presentations will show how K-12 educators can bring video production into the learning environment whether it’s video book reports, video yearbooks or school TV news programs.

The Integrating Video Production into the Classroom presentations will also begin Tuesday evening on Feb. 1. Refer to the below list for the complete schedule.

In addition, AVI-SPL will be giving away several prizes at the show including:

  • A complete interactive classroom of the future featuring a SMART Board 680 with stand, a slate, response, document camera, Balt® ReFlex™ chairs, Balt presentation cart and a Chief® CoPilot™
  • A Copernicus i-Rover
  • An InFocus Interactive Projector
  • Flip™ Cams

To learn how to be eligible to win, be sure to visit AVI-SPL’s booth (#1413) at the show.

Presentation Schedule

Tuesday, February 1
Show hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
6:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

Wednesday, February 2
Show hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
10:15 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

11:00 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
11:45 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

12:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
1:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

2:00 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
2:45 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

3:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
4:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

Thursday, February 3
Show hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
10:15 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

11:00 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
11:45 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

12:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
1:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

FETC 2011 Showcases Technology for Teachers

Teachers and school administrators take note: FETC 2011 is right around the corner. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando will bring together educators and technology experts to exchange ideas and discover some of the latest tools for improving the classroom experience.

FETC 2011 promises to be an exciting, information-packed event.  Workshops and sessions will cover how to use and integrate technology in the classroom, while seminars will focus on solving technology-related problems in the K-12 environment.

AVI-SPL, the largest provider of classroom technology in Florida, will also be there. Throughout the month of January, look to this space for additional information about the products AVI-SPL will be showcasing at FETC 2011, as well as our unmatched ability to design and integrate AV solutions.

Get an Education

Wondering what kind of technology would work best in your school or classroom? Let our experts simplify the process and answer your questions . Take a moment to fill out our brief needs analysis form and one of our representatives will contact you. You can reach us at 866-559-8197 or drop us an email at sales@avispl.com .