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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

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

Advanced AV, LLC Welcomes Jason Stoltzfus as Central PA Account Executive

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.

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Press contact:
Marina Gregory
Marketing Director, Advanced AV, LLC
610.431.6157
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By |August 31st, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Another Year, Another Opportunity to Volunteer

Often, we take for granted the most basic necessities—reliable shelter, refuge from a storm, or an education, for example. Volunteering can provide us with some perspective and help others along the way, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more familiar with this type of hands-on work than AAV Sales Engineer Darren Brown.

In March, we profiled Darren’s 2015 trip to poverty-stricken Belize. There, along with his group from Victory Church in Audubon, PA and in partnership with Oasis Ministries, he took part in building the foundation of a home for a local family and also worked on the construction of a preschool for the village children.

Fast-forward to today, and Darren has just recently returned from his second trip to Belize—this time, accompanied by his 13-year-old son, Elijah.

For the first three days of the journey, the group ran a vacation Bible school for almost 100 children from the surrounding villages (see photo 1). Some members of the team also worked on a building that will soon serve as an office for the ministry’s church, and others painted a house for a local family.

Photo 1: VBS

When they heard that rapidly approaching Tropical Storm Earl (see photo 2) could potentially turn into a hurricane sweeping through the country, though, plans changed—and they replaced painting with storm proofing some recently constructed school buildings.

Photo 2: Before the Storm

When Hurricane Earl hit around 4 am on Thursday morning, Darren’s compound lost power and water but otherwise suffered minimal damage. Others in the vicinity, though, were not as lucky. The team visited a few homes that had water damage, many because dirt floors had eroded into streams, ruining their food. Numerous roads were impassible because bridges were underwater. Also, some local banana […]

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

Improved Classrooms: The Benefits of Redesigned Learning Spaces

Trends are powerful—we anticipate them, we monitor them, and we use them to make proactive decisions. This is especially true for tech trends in higher education, as they influence teaching and learning experiences on college and university campuses across the globe.

Earlier this year, the New Media Consortium (NMC), in conjunction with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, released its 13th annual trend appraisal, titled NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. The report looks ahead over the next five years and identifies the trends and technological developments that will drive educational change. One of those mid-term impact trends—that is, one we can expect to see within the next three to five years—is redesigning learning spaces.

In today’s digital landscape, reenergizing how and where students learn is crucial for educational institutions that want to stay ahead of the game. Redesigning learning spaces, then, is a logical first step, and a hot trend to watch. What’s more, teachers must learn how to adapt to these new spaces—particularly open learning spaces, which are becoming more and more popular in higher education development.

A New Kind of Learning Environment

Unlike the more authoritarian classrooms of the past, open learning typically refers to “a style of teaching involving flexibility of space, student choice of activity, richness of learning materials, integration of curriculum areas, and more individual or small-group rather than large-group instruction.”

Designers take many factors into consideration when creating an open college or university learning environment, and today’s technology plays a major role in those decisions. A case study of a school from the Bendigo Education Plan (BEP) in Australia revealed a need for greater teacher adaptability in response to the flexibility of an open learning environment.

Here’s what’s coming down the pike for students, and […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Remote Workforce is a Reality: How Leaders Can Inspire and Motivate Their Remote Teams

Virtual workplaces are more common now than ever—thanks, in large part, to a surge in collaborative technologies and the coming of age of a generation born into an increasingly digital marketplace. Both employers and employees are drawn to these types of arrangements for different reasons.

Remote team members often enjoy more flexibility in their schedules and can actually be more efficient when tasked with managing their own time. In turn, companies can hire candidates based on skill sets and not proximities, widening the talent pool and leading to higher productivity. To get the most out of a remote workforce, though, leaders must be able to inspire, motivate, and hold accountable their remote team members. Let’s talk about how to do that.

The Rise of the Remote Workforce

Remote teams are not the future—they are the present. In fact, a Gallup poll from last year found that a substantial 37 percent of U.S. workers have telecommuted, with the average worker logging in remotely at least two days per month. Many work entirely from home-based offices and check-in with colleagues daily. Regardless of how often team members telecommute, it’s vitally important that they receive support and engagement from management.

Time out—I know what you might be thinking: Why the emphasis on leadership strategies strictly for remote teams? Don’t the same principles of teamwork and accountability apply to the entire workforce, whether they’re eight feet or 800 miles away? My answer is that yes, of course they do. However, managing a remote workforce brings about a slew of unique challenges—and there’s a lot more to it than simply not being able to take your department out for coffee to show appreciation for a job well done.

Let’s explore some strategies leaders can use […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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