September 2016 - Advanced AV

Another Reason We’re Proud: AAV Staffer Coaches, Mentors At-Risk Youth

Here at Advanced AV, we pride ourselves on our commitment to supporting our people, and part of that support involves recognizing them for the amazing things they do outside of work. Recently, we profiled Jason Holbrook, an account executive who encourages healthy kids and healthy families by managing a youth running program. This month, we’ve got another coach and mentor to recognize: Gerald Savage, Service Coordinator, coaches at-risk high school students at Kensington Soccer Club, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization helping to serve one of the poorest and most underserved communities in America.

Kensington Soccer Club was founded in 2009. It was a product of the vision of Kensington High School teacher Jim Hardy, who wanted to give students safe, structured activities during the time school was out. The club’s core values then are their core values now: leadership, teamwork, and community.

“The club now uses soccer to help empower young children to be active in their communities, avoid the dangers of a life lived on the streets, and to live a full and healthy lifestyle,” Gerald said.

A coach since 2010 and board member since 2011, Gerald says he takes pride in not only his two tournament victories, two district championships, and the club’s first-ever trophy, but also the relationships he forms with his players.

“As a mentor, my greatest victory has been seeing each player I’ve coached graduate from high school in an area where less than 50 percent receive their high school diploma,” Gerald said. “To me, coaching these kids gives me an indescribable feeling. Even though these children are not my sons and daughters, I have a love for them like a father would. When they succeed, I succeed, and even if we fail, as long […]

By |September 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Technology Aiding Personalized Learning Experiences

Businesses may be all about personalization today, but in the field of education, it’s still relatively uncharted territory.

Personalized learning practices are experiencing slow adoption rates, likely because they’re a source of some confusion. What makes personalized learning so different from more traditional experiences? The answer is simple and lies in technology.

When teachers have the technical and digital infrastructure to create personalized learning experiences, the potential is limitless. Students can work on different subjects at their own pace. Instead of catering lessons to a standardized denominator, teachers are free to educate students based on students’ unique skill levels. Here’s how technology is reshaping the face of education.

Access a Digital Curriculum Anywhere, Anytime

Students enrolling in higher education come from different walks of life and have different schedules. They’re united, however, in a common goal: to graduate. Technology allows students to access classes from anywhere based on their unique programs. Some students may have to work full-time to support their families and take their classes at night, while others may live with their parents and complete their assignments during traditional school hours.

Personalized teaching also allows for competency-based education so each student can move at his or her own speed. Rather than statically instructing a group of students and administering tests, teachers can craft dynamic lessons that allow students to engage with the material fully—and to spend as much time as needed to learn and apply it correctly.

Create Digital Tools for Instruction

Modern students require more than just lectures to keep them engaged. As children of the digital age, their attention spans are notoriously shorter than previous generations. Teachers can use digital tools to create dynamic instruction and personalized learning environments. By creating interactive learning environments and assignments, teachers can […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Encouraging Work-Life Balance in an Over-Connected World

The digital transformation has connected us like never before.

No matter our location—home, the beach, or even the subway—we can stay connected to our workplaces. The modern business world moves at the speed of technology, necessitating constant interaction.

On the flip side, this connectivity can exhaust employees. Workers may feel guilty about disconnecting for a while, or they may be resigned to never having another true day off. Our interconnected world makes achieving work-life balance even more challenging. What can you, as a business leader, do to help your employees stay happy and well-adjusted?

Set Disconnect Expectations

Some employees continuously monitor work email and respond to queries because they feel too guilty or even afraid to take a break. As a manager, it’s your responsibility to encourage employees to disconnect once in a while. This is especially true for remote teams that don’t always have the benefit of face-to-face interactions. Give your employees a clear sense of when they should work—and when they should unplug and enjoy other activities.

Provide Opportunities for Autonomy

Flexible work schedules allow employees to be more productive since they can, in theory, work on their own time and terms. Giving your teams some flexibility in their work schedules increases overall efficiency and lets your workers feel valued, boosting your productivity. Take care in executing a flexible work schedule. However—a little planning goes a long way. While employees may like full autonomy in their work schedules, you still have deadlines to meet and projects to complete. Create plans that are achievable, and give everyone an opportunity to maintain a work-life balance, whether they’re prone to underworking or overworking.

Create a Conducive Work Culture

Changes in technology might affect your business’ day-to-day operations, but it shouldn’t have an impact on […]

By |September 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Digital Transformation Shifting How We Communicate

It’s no secret that digital transformation has impacted every aspect of operating a modern business.

We know that the digital age affects every department in an enterprise, from human resources to c-suite execs—but we hear less about how it shifts an organization as a whole, and even less about the ways in which it communicates. Mobility in communication creates the greatest change, as employees are more connected than ever before. With business right at our fingertips via tablet, smartphone, and laptop, how has the digital transformation affected internal and external enterprise communication?

Changing the Way We Communicate Internally

The digital age has a profound effect on the way we conduct business within an organization. A recent survey by Omobono shows that, in terms of communication, departments are becoming increasingly less siloed. An average of 62 percent of a business’ internal communication budget was for digital, among the highest of any department. Intranet remains a primary mode of digital investment, but interestingly, so is social media. Internal communications are changing in subtle ways as well: we use Slack instead of email and intranet instead of paper and physical mailboxes.

The way we collaborate and conduct meetings is also changing. Rather than holding phone meetings, we meet via video conference. This kind of collaboration allows for the nuances and facial cues of a face-to-face meeting without the travel time and expense.

The digital transformation even affects the way we train employees. Instead of gathering everyone in a single conference room, workers can attend webinars right from their cubicles or even their couches. Today’s technology allows businesses to communicate and collaborate more efficiently within the internal space.

Improving Your Communication with Customers

Just like employees are more connected, so are consumers. As such, contemporary consumers […]

By |September 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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