October 2016 - Advanced AV

Apps and Tools For A BYOD Classroom

Bring your own device (BYOD) classrooms are quickly becoming popular in school systems. These programs allow students to use their own devices – iPads, Chromebooks, smartphones, and more – to access materials provided by their teachers and interact with it in various ways that are difficult or impossible to do with traditional methods.

Expand Learning with BYOD Classrooms

To make the most out of BYOD classrooms, teachers should have a variety of tools and applications available, which allows them to present different subjects in memorable but effective ways. Finding applications for teachers isn’t too difficult, but discerning which ones are worth using is a challenge. Here are some of the best apps and tools for BYOD classrooms.

Use BYOD Creation Applications for Successful Integration

These applications allow students to express themselves creatively in a variety of ways. It also makes the learning process much more personal, which means students get the individualized instruction they need. Consider these options.

This application allows students to upload digital work, take photos and videos of their creations, and share them. It allows parents and teachers to look at what an individual student is learning and how, and it gives the student an audience for the work.
Adobe Spark. This is a suite of tools that contains Spark Video, Spark Page, and Spark Post. Spark Video lets students narrate slides and create videos. With Spark Page, students can create simple web pages, and then use Spark Post for image creation.
Drawp for Schools. This program allows teachers to create worksheets and send them to their students’ devices. The students can then interact with the assignment in a variety of ways and return the finished product to the teacher. Teachers can easily distribute homework – […]

By |October 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Creating a Culture That Supports Transformation

Think you’re the kind of company that supports transformation? Research suggests you’re probably wrong.

Nearly 75 percent of all business transformations fail. What’s the biggest roadblock to success? Your company culture. A company unwilling to embrace change is one that fails to pivot and, ultimately, transform. Transformation is an essential part of business success – especially in times of volatility.

The good news is that any enterprise can support transformation with the right mindset. Here’s how.

Start with Your Employees

There’s a saying in business: “hire people, not skills.” Skills can be taught, but personality traits are ingrained. Hire and retain employees who are flexible, enjoy challenges, and don’t shrink from adversity.

Do your part as well by fostering employees who are innovative and adaptable. Employees are more likely to help if they feel valued and engaged with their work. Most importantly, it imbues them with a shared sense of importance. A strong shared vision helps alleviate any obstacles to innovation, including one major hurdle: internal politics. Company infighting is an incredible hindrance to transformation, while shared purpose moves employees in the right direction.

Never Fear Failure

Employees should also have the freedom to experiment. When people are awarded this freedom, they become more adept at prioritizing and begin taking the initiative. It’s easy to fall into a “this is the way we’ve always done it” mindset, but this only hinders progress. Businesses shouldn’t fear failure, as it is an essential step in the innovation process. Consider, for example, the failures of Bill Gates before he championed Microsoft. Companies that support innovation are also ones that support calculated failure. Remember: failure at the early stages of the innovation process is far easier to overcome than failure at rollout.

Value Streamlined Collaboration

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Keeping Up with Changes to Collaboration

In the world of technology, change is the only constant on which we can rely. And this constantly changing technology has a tremendous impact on the workplace and on how we work together. Today we’re able to do so much more than we once did, without ever leaving our offices. Advances in technology have made enormous changes to collaboration, making it possible to communicate seamlessly with a remote workforce.

Think of how we collaborated twenty, ten, and even five years ago. We’re no longer constrained by geographical boundaries. We can now communicate with team members and subject experts in multiple locations using video and other technologies. Even long email conversations are disappearing. Thanks to apps like Slack, we message instantly and over mobile. This evolution in communications technology is having a direct and positive impact on the bottom line.

Say Goodbye to Traditional Conferencing

Conferencing is one place where we’ve experienced a revolution in the workplace. Ten years ago, we would fly to physical meeting spaces, but new video collaboration tools now save us both money and time. Today, we’re on the precipice of another collaboration revolution: virtual reality. The recent adoption of VR in the entertainment and sports industry has made enterprises consider its potential.

Virtual reality gives the benefit of a face-to-face meeting without ever having to leave the building. VR headsets are becoming increasingly affordable, and soon we’ll see them in mid-sized and small businesses.

We also use video conference technology more frequently thanks to mobile. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement has helped create a seamless workflow in which we can collaborate from anywhere. The BYOD movement has also contributed to making our workforce more widespread. Indeed, telecommuting and flexible scheduling have never been more […]

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Why Your School Needs a Systems Integrator

Educators today have a full plate, made over-full, perhaps, by the increase usage of education technology in the classroom. Education technology has many moving parts, from hardware like Chromebooks and iPads to software and applications. Staying on top of all of it, and of its upgrades and download, can feel overwhelming, which is why your school needs a systems integrator. A systems integrator will streamline your processes and manage all aspects of your IT, enabling your teachers to dedicate their time to what they do best.

Create Smooth Technology Workflows

Technology has completely changed the way we think and work. When we integrate it into the curriculum successfully, we improve the learning process. We know that the right technology improves performance outcomes and helps teachers by allowing students to become creators in their learning—they’re no longer just consumers of content.

Tech solutions in the classroom also teach students valuable 21st-century skills, from personal and social responsibility to knowing how to identify which software or hardware is best to complete a task. We stand to gain a lot from tech, but only when we use it effectively.

In some cases, tech workflows are simple. For example, one student may take notes on a computer and share with another student. Others solutions are complex: A teacher’s capture and re-sharing of images from digital microscopes to students’ iPads through mobile apps so the students can annotate and capture images for future use.

In these scenarios, smooth technology workflows are paramount. A systems integrator will manage your tech workflows and ensure that schools are using the right tools to their full potential.

Manage All Your Technologies from One Place

Project management and execution are two different skills sets, and a good systems integrator has both. Systems […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

What Adaptability Means Now in the C-Suite

In today’s tech-driven world, few qualities matter more than adaptability. So what does that mean for the C-suite?

The ability to pivot in response to the markets and with technology marks the difference between companies that survive and those that thrive. The digital transformation requires more than just keeping up with current technology—businesses must shapeshift to rise above their competition. The new definition of adaptability is digital agility. But how can the C-suite encourage this transformation?

Create an Adaptable Infrastructure

Your business, at its core, must embrace the digital transformation. The only certainty in technology is that the future is uncertain—so frame your business infrastructure around that principle. This is a hard concept for many companies to grasp. In fact, research suggests that organizations invest as much as 80 percent of their IT budgets in maintaining legacy systems. This way of thinking must go. Open development, DevOps, open APIs, and data analytics allow enterprises to adapt, so CIOs should lead the charge in making their business infrastructure adaptable.

Focus on five key areas of adaptability: organization, processes, technology, data, and measurement. Since we live in a world of digital Darwinism, take a Darwinian approach: it’s not the biggest or strongest who necessarily survive, but those who are most responsive to change.

Establish a Clear Vision

Though the future of business processes and technology are unclear, there’s one thing about your enterprise that should always be transparent: your vision. If you know where you want your company to go, you will be better equipped to create processes that get it there. According to a recent Gartner survey, only 13 percent of respondents said they knew their next big digital business investment. Almost two-thirds said they didn’t know much about the possibilities of […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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