Category AV in the Classroom

Going to FETC 2015 in Orlando?

If you will be in Orlando, Fla., this week for the annual 2015 FETC, be sure to visit AVI-SPL at booths 767 and 842 inside the Orange County Convention Center.

At this technology-focused gathering of educators, administrators, and exhibitors, guests will learn about the role of video collaboration in supporting learning strategies inside and outside the classroom. We will also be demonstrating the latest iRover by Copernicus, Epson BrightLink projectors, a QOMO interactive display and products from VariQuest.

If you can’t see us in Orlando, visit our education case stories page to see how we’ve helped education institutions.

Education Grant Opportunities for Early 2015

Below is a list of three grant opportunities for the first part of 2015 designed to help fund technology initiatives in education.

For AVI-SPL’s assistance with finding and integrating the video collaboration tools that are right for your school or organization, contact AVI-SPL’s Tracie Bryant, VP of sales for state/local government and education, at

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (RUS-DLT) (Deadline: Spring 2015)

  • The Rural Utilities Service’s (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program is designed to fund advanced rural telecommunications
  • $19 million available for 80 awards
  • Award amount: from $50,000 to $500,000

Customer Eligibility:  Customers that have partnerships with rural entities and are currently delivering educational courses or telemedicine services to rural areas. For-profit organizations are eligible.

H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants (Deadline: Spring 2015)

  • Designed to provide education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such training.
  • Total funding available: $240 million for 90 awards
  • Award amounts varies between $1 million to $7 million

Customer Eligibility: Universities or community colleges with intern or business partner programs.  For profit organizations are eligible.

Title IV, Part B: 21st  Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) for North Dakota (Deadline March 1)

  • This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools
  • The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services
  • Total funding available varies by state

Customer Eligibility: K-12 schools with after-school programs.

Enhancing Online Learning With Video

In her recent blog post for Let’s Do Video, AVI-SPL Director of Education Collaboration Services Erin Minich looks at an issue challenging today’s educators: how do you take the team-based, project-based or problem-based learning strategies that work well in the classroom and replicate them in the online environment? She looks at video collaboration’s potential to do what email and chat rooms have failed to accomplish. Read Erin’s insight here. 

Contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 or for more information about how we can find the right collaboration tools for your educational mission.

Webinar: Audio Networked Media Systems in Higher Ed

Join us on Wed., Dec. 10 at 1 pm EST for a webinar that will take an application approach to understanding how Biamp Systems’ innovative products are addressing audio integrations for higher education institutions.  Campus-wide support connectivity will be explored along with integration approaches to building/campus paging. This webinar will be led by Michael Frank, mid-Atlantic regional manager for Biamp.

Register for “Audio Networked Media Systems in Higher Education.”

About the presenter

Michael Frank, Biamp Systems’ mid-Atlantic regional manager, has seen the AV business from a variety of vantage points throughout his career. Prior to joining the Biamp Systems team, Michael was Crestron’s Regional Manager – Consultant Marketing Development liaison for the 14-state Midwest Region.  Prior to Crestron, he was vice president of sales & marketing at Cleveland Corporate Services, a Northern Ohio integrator.  Currently, he also serves our country as a lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.  Michael retains the InfoComm International CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) certification.

Canon Introduces Five Projectors for Education, Corporate Markets

Canon recently introduced five new portable projectors for the education and corporate/small office markets. They include the  LV-X300, LV-X300ST, LV-S300, LV-WX300, LV-WX300ST.

Each projector shares the following features:

  • High 2300:1 contrast ratio 
  • Filter-free design
  • DLP BrilliantColor™ system technology
  • Advanced Color Adjustment
  • High brightness – 3000 lumens
  • RS-232 input
  • HDMI input
  • Crestron connectivity
The LV-WX300 and LV-WX300ST each have a native resolution of 1280×800. The LV-X300 and LV-X300ST offer 1024×768. The LV-S300 native resolution is 800×600.

Contact AVI-SPL to get the projector that’s right for your organization. Call us at 1-866-559-8197.