Category Smart Technologies

Client Testimonial: K-12 Superintendent on the Advantages of Working with AVI-SPL

Superintendent Steve Edwards (Reeths-Puffer Schools) only had the summer to completely transform his K-12 classrooms with advanced audiovisual technology, including SMART interactive whiteboards, audio enhancements and Elmo document cameras. “It was a complex task, and they accomplished what I didn’t think was possible,” he says of working with AV leader AVI-SPL. Tune in to learn more about this collaboration!

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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.

SMART Notebook Tip – Handwriting Recognition Language

SMART Notebook (included with SMART Response and SMART Classroom Suite) supports handwriting recognition in English by default. If you want to use handwriting recognition in a language that isn’t listed under Handwriting Recognition in the Language Setup window, you must update handwriting recognition with additional languages.

To install a handwriting recognition language in SMART Notebook:

  • Select View > Language Setup. The Language Setup window appears.
  • Click Update Handwriting. The Handwriting Recognition Update window appears.
  • Click Check for updates.
  • Select the language you want to install from the list, and then click Install. The Language Installation dialog box appears, indicating that the update succeeded.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close to close the Handwriting Recognition Update window.
  • Click OK.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about what you just read, feel free to reach out to us! An AVI-SPL representative can be reached by calling 866.559.8197.

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

Michigan School District Improves Student Engagement with SMART Boards, Elmo Document Cameras

Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with several teachers at Reeths-Puffer school district have noticed a world of difference since SMART boards and Elmo document cameras were introduced into their curriculum, courtesy of AV leader AVI-SPL. From better manageability to increased attention from their students, discover the latest advances in classroom technology.

Says high school teacher Matt Kemp:

As an English teacher, you have different ways to actively engage the varied learning styles you have in your classroom. For the person that is more of a tactile learner, they can actually go up there, and watch and move things on the [interactive whiteboard] screen to adjust it to the way they can best understand.

Says elementary teacher Kelly Griswold:

[The kids] would love what they call the ‘book movie,’ where I put the book under the Elmo [document camera] and read it to them. It just has excited them. They love to go up and do SMART board lessons, and touch the screen, and it most definitely has made a huge impact.

To see this technology in action, and also hear more from the educators, play the video below!

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