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 – […]
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
Gone are the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2016
West Chester, PA – August 31, 2016 – Advanced AV, LLC welcomes Jason Stoltzfus as Central PA Account Executive. Jason brings with him over 15 years of technical and account management experience. In his new role, he will be responsible for growing the business in the Central Pennsylvania area, while continuing to provide excellent service to existing customers. Jason previously worked as a Systems Specialist for an AV integrator. He is a graduate of Messiah College.
“We have created this new role to meet the demands of our ever-growing presence in Central Pennsylvania,” said John Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced AV, LLC. “Jason will be an excellent addition to our team and we look forward to his success!”
About Advanced AV, LLC
Advanced AV, LLC has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities. Serving the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Advanced AV has long proven track record of transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Advanced AV, LLC also offers Advanced Advantage, a fully customizable service solution. The range of offerings include; fully managed service operations with on-site staffing, remote monitoring via our state of the art Video Network Operations Center (VNOC), as well as maintenance and repairs. Today Advanced AV engineered systems and staffing can be found in boardrooms, conference centers, classrooms, auditoriums, and many other venues that have benefited from the company’s sound, video, and networking expertise.
Marketing Director, Advanced AV, LLC