Category interactive displays

Webinar Recording: Collaboration for the 21st-Century Classroom

This AVI-SPL webinar looks at Newline Interactive’s TRUTOUCH X Series, an immersive collaboration system that makes students feel like they are in the same classroom with their remote peers and helps teachers focus on teaching.

Tim Garber, manager of professional development at Newline Interactive, explores the X Series’ educational applications, built-in whiteboard, and IdeaMax collaboration software. The X Series enables participants to interact via voice and video and to annotate shared content. Other features include:

  • InGlass interactive touch technology
  • Content annotation
  • Object recognition
  • Video conferencing
  • Windows shortcuts
  • Newline Assistant

Get the recording for “Collaboration for the 21st-Century Classroom” >

About the presenter
Tim Garber is the manager of professional development at Newline Interactive. He manages the day-to-day execution, priorities, and scheduling of the team conducting in-person training sessions. He has developed training materials for K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

Driving Change in the Workplace

You’re committed to improving the way people work at their jobs. How do you get those you’re trying to help — and those whose support you need — to share your enthusiasm for a vision of working smarter?

The term “digital workplace transformation” lends some industry weight to this vision.  But it doesn’t capture the complexities and obstacles different organizations may encounter as they try to improve their internal processes and their ability to interact with customers. It also doesn’t make a case for the benefits, which include helping companies connect with customers (through tools like video collaboration and interactive displays) and making it easier for individuals and teams to work together.

Let’s add some context to our consideration by addressing AVI-SPL’s perspective on — and contributions to — workplace transformation.

AVI-SPL designs, integrates, and supports the type of meeting spaces where it’s easy for participants to start video collaboration meetings, connect personal devices to room systems, and present materials to in-room and remote participants. Among AVI-SPL’s case studies, you’ll find many examples of corporations, museums, and schools using interactive displays to engage their guests so they can find information and get a favorable view of the organization.

As you commit to workplace transformation, consider the value your business provides and how that value could change or be delivered more effectively. AVI-SPL helps companies improve their ability to collaborate in teams because it gives them the technology tools that today’s workers expect to have, and it makes them easy to use. One reason for that ease is automation, where rooms are designed for a minimum number of user interactions to engage any of the major functions. And scalable cloud-based services automate the scheduling, launching, and management of meetings so that they start on time and with no inconvenience to the participants.

Gaining consensus for workplace transformation

Digital workplace transformation requires people and an organizational structure that are open to change and are willing to put in the work to achieve it. To gain consensus for workplace transformation, learn how people want to work, their current struggles, and what kind of functions they expect of their technology systems. By collaborating with consultants and internal focus groups, you’ll identify areas for improvement. The solutions providing that improvement may include a catalog of meeting spaces with systems for video collaboration, simple control of room devices, interactive touch panels, and wireless presentation systems.

Always remember that the end goal is a better way of working together. Don’t undergo a process of change for its own sake, just to say that you’ve done it. The technology systems should fit the workplace culture (be it the current culture or the culture the company wants to emulate).  Because change will affect the entire company, give a voice to different stakeholders, including representatives from HR, marketing, finance, operations, and the like.

Once you’ve determined that change is necessary to improve the way people work, follow these steps laid out by JLL:

  • Those in leadership positions must endorse the commitment to change. If the executives don’t believe in the plan, why should the rest of the company?
  • Understand why employees might be resistant to change. If they are resisting because they think they don’t have the ability to change, or because they won’t have sufficient support, work through these obstacles through workshops and training sessions.
  • The resistance can be cultural (“this is how we’ve always done things”) and personal (“we don’t have the skills “). When you understand different cultures and how they can affect your strategy, you can address employee resistance through training and new processes.
  • Your company’s circumstances should dictate how you implement change. Some companies can change quickly, while others would be better off with an incremental process.
  • Manage your strategy. Be flexible and willing to change the strategy as you learn more about the way your company operates.

The entire business doesn’t have to be ready for change. To make changes on a small scale, focus on a couple of internal groups or departments that would benefit from better collaboration with one another. As they are successful, they can be part of the advocate groups who share the news of their success to the rest of the company.

In the comments, tell me about your challenges with improving the workplace through meeting spaces and collaboration systems. You can also fill out this form and share your questions with AVI-SPL’s collaboration experts.

See AVI-SPL Solutions and Services for Workplace Transformation at ISE 2019

We hope to see you at Integrated Systems Europe, also known as ISE, the world’s largest AV integration show.  For businesses of all types, and IT and AV professionals, ISE is a great opportunity to network with colleagues while learning about the new technology solutions that companies have created to improve the way organisations do business.

This year’s event will be Feb. 5-8 at the RAI Amsterdam. You’ll find AVI-SPL at booth 11-C155. AVI-SPL is one of the world’s best known providers of AV and collaboration solutions to organisations of all types around the world. Our teams from the U.K., Germany, UAE, and the U.S. will be at the exhibition to share our services and answer attendee questions.

Schedule of events

All events are at booth 11-C155 in the Unified Communications Theatre unless otherwise indicated.

10 am – 10:30 am (Feb. 5-8)
Digital Workplace Transformation. Learn what digital workplace transformation can mean for your organisation, like improving the way people in the company work together and helping them be more productive because they have the tools and environment to be engaged with their work.

10:30 am – 11 am (Feb. 5-8)
Meeting-Room Standards. Discover why standards are important to establish when you want to implement meeting rooms throughout your organisation. Learn about AVI-SPL’s approach to creating those standards for your company and our Smart Spaces meeting rooms.

11 am – 11:30 am and 3:30 pm – 4 pm (Feb. 5-8)
AVI-SPL Symphony Demonstration. See how AVI-SPL’s managed services platform improves your company’s team collaboration and the reliability of your AV and UC systems.

11:30 am – 12 pm (Feb. 5-8)
RMIT Presentation. Australia’s RMIT University is using the AVI-SPL Symphony platform to monitor thousands of devices across hundreds of room around the world.

1 pm – 1:30 pm (Feb. 5-8)
MultiTaction Presentation. See what’s possible with the MultiTaction board and how it can be used to share your company’s story.

1:30 pm – 2 pm (Feb. 5-8)
Business Intelligence. You’ll understand why it’s important to track the use and health of your AV and UC systems. You’ll also see how Symphony delivers the custom reports that you need to measure the ROI of those systems.

2 pm – 2:30 pm (Feb. 5-8)
Technology Services. Get an overview of AVI-SPL’s process for providing clients with technology solutions that improve your operations. We’ll take you from consultation through implementation, adoption training, and global support.

Use AVI-SPL code 912672 when you register for ISE 2019 and save on the €150 admission.

 

Increase Employee Engagement With the Tools They Want

Your company’s staff can’t collaborate with one another or develop knowledge if they don’t have the technology tools that are easy to use and give them the capabilities they need and expect. You’re likely familiar with these solutions, including video collaboration, interactive displays, advanced visualization and live video streaming. This AVI-SPL article looks at what you need to consider before implementing new collaboration technology, including:

  • How people want to work
  • The user experience
  • Interoperability with current systems

This article is part of AVI-SPL’s collection of resources for organizations that need to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in collaborating and communicating. AVI-SPL has dedicated a single landing page of articles and tech briefs as your convenient source for understanding how to attract and retain talent through digital workplace strategies.

When you have questions about improving, integrating and supporting your digital workplace, the experts at AVI-SPL are available. Contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.

 

Emerging Trends in Higher Education Technology

Teachers that use technology solutions like interactive whiteboards, video collaboration systems, and advanced visualization are creating learning spaces equipped for the way students want to learn. And as Brawn Consulting points out, they’re also taking important steps toward preparing their students for their lives after school.

Eighty-five percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 will be new — and will involve technology at a high level. Giving students access to technology solutions can also help them develop and hone life skills, including how to learn and think critically and create presentations.

Brawn Consulting, a venerable consultant to the audio-visual industry, has identified emerging trends in higher education, particularly those related to technology:

  • Students expect seamless technology in the classroom
  • Machine learning will predict student performance
  • Outsourcing more IT systems
  • Remote technical support will be more important to systems security
  • Increased group work and collaboration
  • BYOD adoption will be standard
  • Scalable school systems like cloud-based applications, infrastructure, and collaborative platforms
  • Collaboration tools and video communication will become more prevalent

In light of these trends, Brawn recommends that schools and their teachers:

  • Experiment with the technology that engages students and helps them retain their lessons
  • Focus on scalable cloud-based collaboration systems that include managed support
  • Rely on the International Society for Technology Education, a nonprofit that provides technology and learning resources

You can rely on AVI-SPL to help navigate these trends and integrate the seamless technology students expect and need. To create the classrooms that engage students and prepare them for the evolving job market, contact AVI-SPL at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.