Category Smart Technologies

FAU Goes Green: Transforming Higher Ed Presentation Technology with LEED

Based in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Engineering & Computer Science is committed to sustainability. The college’s 97,000 square foot structure, opened in 2010, infuses the university’s “green” principles, and leads the way as the first academic building in the State of Florida designed and built to LEED Platinum standards.

“In working with AVI-SPL, we initially chose the building’s technology because we were striving for the USGBC LEED platinum level certification,” says Brenda Coto, managing director of technology and innovation, FAU. “What we ultimately found is that we were able to change the way that professors teach, as well as change the way students are learning.” Technology integrated by AVI-SPL includes Tandberg video conferencing, Crestron DigitalMedia, the SMART Sympodium, Mitsubishi LaserVue’s for energy savings and more.

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AVI-SPL Heads to Detroit to Showcase Professional Development Courses

How 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 training teachers so they’re getting the maximum benefits from their technology. That’s why AVI-SPL is heading to MACUL 2011 at Cobo Center in Detroit, March 16-18, where they’ll demonstrate professional development courses.

“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 Thursday, March 17, AVI-SPL will host 20-minute Professional Development presentations at booth #445 at MACUL throughout the 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.

Also at AVI-SPL’s booth, AMX will demonstrate SchoolView, a solution that aligns with green-building initiatives that many school districts are facing.  SchoolView automates management of energy-consuming resources like PCs and AV equipment, and further increases cost reductions by simplifying maintenance and support, which extends technology lifecycles. Did you know a school with 200 PCs left in sleep mode overnight during a typical school year will still consume approximately $3,000 of power? The AMX SchoolView solution is a scalable approach that takes advantage of existing school data networks by streamlining bell schedules, bringing network precision to clocks, and delivering audio paging and streaming video.

Beginning Thursday, March 17, AMX will host 20-minute SchoolView presentations entitled I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected at booth #445 at MACUL throughout the show. For a complete schedule, see below.

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 and stand, SMART document camera, SMART Response, SMART Slate, Chief® CoPilot™, InFocus interactive projector, Balt® ReFlex™ chairs and presentation cart.
  • A Copernicus i-Rover

 To learn how to be eligible to win, be sure to visit AVI-SPL’s booth (#455) at the show.

Thursday, March 17th

Show hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Raffle: 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m.     Professional Development, AVI-SPL

10:30 a.m.      I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

11:00 a.m.       Professional Development, AVI-SPL

11:30 a.m.       I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

12:00 p.m.      Professional Development, AVI-SPL

12:30 p.m.      I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

1:00 p.m.         Professional Development, AVI-SPL

1:30 p.m.         I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

2:00 p.m.        Professional Development, AVI-SPL

2:30 p.m.        I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

3:00 p.m.        Professional Development, AVI-SPL

3:30 p.m.        I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

4:00 p.m.        Professional Development, AVI-SPL


Friday, March 18th

Show hours: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Raffle: 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.        Professional Development, AVI-SPL

9:30 a.m.        I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

10:00 a.m.     Professional Development, AVI-SPL

10:30 a.m.     I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

11:00 a.m.      Professional Development, AVI-SPL

11:30 a.m.      I Want to Be Automated, Safe, Green and Connected, AMX

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.

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.