Posts tagged K-12

Summer Time is Learning Time for Teachers

Two Summer Institutes are planned for the Tampa and Detroit areas this year.  Dunedin Highland Middle School located in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, is the host site for our four-day event, July 23rd to 26th. The prestigious Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is the site for the Summer Institute, held August 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of teachers are expected to gather and work in Professional Learning Communities and create engaging strategies that support higher-order thinking skills for their students. And the cool thing is they will be learning how to use the latest in classroom technology at the same time!

Registration is currently open for both events.  To learn more about the Summer Institutes, select one of these links:

Summer Series Events

This year’s Summer Series event locations have doubled!  There are four areas where you can learn more about integrating technology into your teaching practice during three-hour sessions.  Topics will include:  SMART Notebook Software,  SMART Response software, iPad apps for education and creating digital content for your classroom.  Select the links below to see what you can learn this summer!

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!

Interested in Interactive Technology for Your K-12 School?

With the proven benefits of advanced audiovisual technologies in the classroom, including increased test scores and interactivity, Principal Russ Brown wanted to bring these results to his campus. He heads Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School, located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation in Glades County, Fla.

The K-8 campus opened in August 2007 and today teaches 233 students. Founded by the Seminole Tribe in order to maintain the tribe’s cultural identity with future generations, Pemayetv Emahakv fills its curriculum with Seminole culture, language, and arts and crafts classes.

“Our motto here at school is to build successful leaders today, so that they can be unconquered leaders tomorrow,” says Brown. “When we can incorporate experiences of everyday life here at school, it makes assignments more interesting for the students. It also helps to keep them focused longer as they learn new lessons,” he adds.

Their Solution

Today, advanced audiovisual technology can be found in every classroom at Pemayetv Emahakv. The school’s cutting-edge solution focuses on the implementation of SMART interactive whiteboards, Elmo document cameras and high lumens XGA projectors from Dukane and Vivitek. SMART wireless slates, as well as the SMART Response system, were introduced into the curriculum as well.

Hear More About this Success Story!

Watch a video about the exciting changes brought to Pemayetv Emahakv, courtesy of AV leader AVI-SPL.

How Can I Get This Technology At My School?

To bring the latest audiovisual technology to your school, please feel free to reach out to an AVI-SPL representative at 866-559-8197, or click here to request a quote.

AV Week 2010 Wrap-Up

…And just like that, AV Week 2010 has passed. Here’s a quick look back at all of the fun we had this year.

AV Week Projector Giveaway

In honor of AV Week 2010, AVI-SPL teamed up with NEC Display to award a brand new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school here in the United States. We received more than 40 entries in total and, after a close race, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Okeechobee, FL, was named the winner. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted! We’ll post photos of the winner accepting the projector soon.

AV Trivia

AV Week isn’t just about giveaways — it’s about educating everyone about the AV industry. In keeping with this theme, we asked our online followers and employees various trivia questions all week. To keep it fun, we gave away cool prize packs, too!

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AV Spirit Days

AVI-SPL employees showed their AV pride all week with our themed Spirit Days. We posted all of the entries (nearly 60 in all!) on Facebook and let our fans pick their favorites. Click the thumbnails to view full-size photos of our winners!

In keeping with the educational focus of AV Week, we posted relevant facts on our employee portal for each day, including tidbits about manufacturer partners, products, company history, training and certification. Our CEO John Zettel wrapped up the week with an employee address about his vision for the future of AVI-SPL and the AV industry.

Manufacturer Monday

On Monday, employees sported manufacturer attire. AVI-SPL’s Denver office put on a great show and was our clear Manufacturer Monday winner! One employee didn’t have any gear from his favorite manufacturers (Revolabs & Biamp), so he grabbed some boxes and jumped in the photo!

Team Tuesday

We’ve got spirit – yes we do, we’ve got spirit – how ‘bout you? On Tuesday, we asked employees to show their AVI-SPL pride by wearing our signature blue and green. Our winner was Phil from our Dubai office, who paired a blue & green tie with a sharp black suit. Our employees are lookin’ good all around the world.

Geek It Up Wednesday

Horn-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, bowties, oh my! AV is typically seen as an industry for geeks, so we decided to embrace the stereotype for Geek It Up Wednesday! A few of our employees proved that geek can be chic in this challenge. Jessica in Tampa took home the prize.

Throwback Thursday

AV people just love technology. On Thursday, we challenged employees to show off their most prized vintage piece of equipment. We were blown away by the 30+ pieces of old tech that were submitted! Slide projectors, record players, Apple computers from the 1980s, and even an 8-track of the original Star Wars soundtrack were submitted (along with LOTS of other stuff!). The voting was tight, but Frank from our Boston office won with his entry– a stereo amplifier that he bought with money earned from his paper route in 1965. Cool!

Future Friday

On Friday, we asked employees to submit photos of their most high-tech piece of equipment. Dave from Creative Show Services submitted a photo of his new iPad and took home Friday’s prize.

Click here to see more AV Spirit Days entries on Facebook!

AV Week Proclamation

Much to our delight, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio signed a proclamation declaring October 17-23, 2010 to be officially AV Week across the city.

“Mayor Iorio’s proclamation further solidifies the immense impact the audiovisual industry has on the public,” said John Zettel, CEO, AVI-SPL. “With companies looking at ways to reduce travel costs and be more environmentally friendly, we’re seeing more and more adoption of videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions.” Zettel added, “We’re very proud to be headquartered in Tampa. The region’s diverse industry landscape combined with the abundance of talented professionals makes Tampa an ideal place to lay down a company’s roots.”

So, what did you think about AV Week at
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