AI Month 2023 | AI and Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

March 23, 2023

Everyone likely already knows that AI can be used to handle repetitive tasks across an organization making everyone more efficient, but that’s just the boring part of AI. AI can, and will, help businesses and schools accelerate voice control, solve ambient noise problems, simplify meeting and class notifications, help integrate NLP (Natural Language Processing), speed-up […]

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K-12 Curriculum Leaders Plan Further Spend on Admin Tools: New Futuresource Consulting Research

August 19, 2021

By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting EdTech purchase planning in K-12 schools across the USA is likely to deliver a raft of opportunities for technology vendors. Almost all curriculum leads are expecting to buy student-facing software applications, with school information systems (SIS) topping the list. That’s according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, based on […]

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Didn’t Catch SYNNEX COLLABSolv Education Day? Here’s What You Missed

July 23, 2020

If you missed SYNNEX’s first-ever COLLABSolv Education Day — part of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days series — then, boy, do we have the recap for you. Kicking off the day was a familiar face to rAVe: resident assistant editor Steph Beckett! After a warm intro to the day, Beckett pumped us up for the […]

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EdTech Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Hybrid, HyFlex and Where EdTech Is Headed

June 25, 2020

LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is moving right along, everybody. Thursday’s theme was EdTech Day — possible thanks to all the support from Intel, Nureva, NEC Display and our partner for the day: HETMA (Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance). Read on for our recap of the day. Keynote: Reimagining the Classroom It’s hard to reimagine what the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: 5 Questions With Colin Birney

June 21, 2020

Colin Birney is the principal at Birney Consulting and is an adjunct instructor for AVIXA — but before that, he worked for Google, Linn Energy and Hess. His career trajectory, like so many others in our industry, is super interesting. So, I’m pleased that he’ll be giving the LAVNCH & Learn discussion during EdTech Day […]

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A Short Conversation With James Ashby — Talking LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

June 21, 2020

James Ashby is the president of Edify Education Services — so, although he doesn’t necessarily work in the AV industry. But — he focuses heavily on data and helping education leaders around the world make decisions based on this data. So, it makes sense for him to deliver our keynote on reimagining the classroom during […]

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The Rise, Fall and Rise of the Interactive Display Market

April 20, 2020

By Colin Messenger Futuresource Consulting A month ago, 13 countries had complete school closures, affecting 19% of enrolled learners and placing an emphasis on the concern for adequate supply. As the peak of the crisis in China was just after Chinese New Year, vendors had plenty of inventory to cover the annual common shortage around […]

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Yamaha Communications Announces Discount Program for Education Customers

February 20, 2020

Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that all U.S. and Canada-based K-12 schools, colleges, universities and other qualified institutions will be able to experience Yamaha quality at reduced pricing. The Dean’s List Program lets educational organizations enhance the student learning experience with an additional 10% to 20% instant discount on any qualifying Yamaha product order. To […]

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BenQ Launches EW800ST Education Projector

February 19, 2020

BenQ has launched the EW800ST, an education projector with Google cloud account integration, screen-mirroring and wired as well as wireless connectivity for K-12 classrooms. Using its Dust Guard technology and Lamp Save mode, the short-throw projector also includes X-Sign Broadcast, a centralized messaging and display-scheduling system. The 1280×800 resolution 1-chip DLP EW800ST’s user interface is […]

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ScreenBeam Releases New Version of Classroom Commander with Chromebook Support

January 21, 2020

ScreenBeam will preview its latest version of ScreenBeam Classroom Commander (SBCC) with new support for Chromebook student devices at BETT 2020 in London. The platform combines the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU wireless display receiver with Classroom Commander student device orchestration software. ScreenBeam 1000 EDU plus Classroom Commander for Chromebook features include: Auto-rostering with Google Classroom or […]

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HETMA Virtual Conference

January 7, 2020

In April I wrote a blog about HETMA, a new association formed by Joe Way and BC Hatchett. Check out the blog to understand more about the association and why it was formed. In this blog, I want to draw your attention to the first-ever virtual conference that HETMA hosted December 9-11, 2019. By all […]

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Data Privacy Issues in Higher Ed

November 7, 2019

Management guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” I have long believed in this philosophy and work with my teams to make sure we are setting goals and measuring our success. While I think Drucker was right, he lived and worked in a much different […]

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AVer Echo360 Integration Announced

October 14, 2019

AVer today announced that its IP streaming cameras work with Echo360 to record video directly into the higher education video platform. With Echo360 IP camera support, instructors can now use any AVer Pro AV camera that supports RTSP streaming to record video in the Echo360 platform. Cameras connect to the Echo360 platform using the college […]

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Integrators and Higher Education: An Evolving Relationship

October 4, 2019

As long as I have been writing columns for rAVe ED, my aim has been to help integrators understand where they can provide value to the higher education market. The business has changed so drastically over the years, that the value propositions of ten years ago no longer exist. I write about this because I […]

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K-12 Version of NoviSign Digital Signage Offers Free Trial Option

September 17, 2019

NoviSign Digital Signage announced today a version of its cloud-based digital signage software specifically for schools to send content to any TV on campus. The software can be installed on any Chrome, Android or Windows device. Using the NoviSign’s online design studio from any computer, at any time, users can set up and send information […]

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The Most Dreaded Time of the Year

September 3, 2019

I have worked in education for over twenty years. When August hits, we know that summer has ended for us. The pace picks up quickly as the days get closer to September and the level of anxiety begins to rise. By the end of the month, we are in an all out sprint. Will all […]

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Collaboration Space Interface Design

July 22, 2019

For the past several years in higher education, the active learning classroom has grown in popularity. With these active learning classrooms comes an increase in technology. Many of the classrooms have multiple displays and multiple ways of getting your content onto those displays. These may consist of flat panels, projectors and interactive whiteboards. The expectation […]

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ScreenBeam Targets Education Market with ScreenBeam 1000 EDU 4K Wireless Collaboration Solution

June 24, 2019

ScreenBeam today launched an education-focused solution to wireless BYOD called the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU. The new 4K wireless collaboration solution allows for content sharing, without apps, on all devices including student Chromebooks. Specifically designed classrooms, the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU has both a local Wi-Fi mode and a Miracast mode for connectivity or network bridge functionality […]

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Higher Education Technology Managers Association

April 3, 2019

Over the past dozen years or so, technology managers in higher ed have grown more educated and become more visible in the industry. However, many feel that this group has never been looked at as equals in the industry. We have several organizations that represent us, including an AVIXA council, “Technology Managers Council.” There are […]

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Are Crowd Mics a Potential Game Changer?

March 7, 2019

A couple months ago, I wrote about the various problems that arise when people choose not to use microphones during large meetings or classes. In particular, I was discussing the negative impacts this choice has on people who have some type of hearing issue or hearing loss. I wrote about my belief that all rooms […]

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Collaboration Board Market Sees Nearly 40 Percent Growth in 2018

March 5, 2019

Interactive Flat Panel Displays (i.e., collaboration boards) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. 55 of the 67 countries that Futuresource track had […]

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Sony and UbiCast Join Forces

February 6, 2019

Sony and lecture capture solution provider UbiCast have announced the launch of Miris Netcapture software and Miris Video Platform. The new network-based lecture capture solution integrates with Vision Exchange, Sony’s active learning and interactive lecture solution. While Sony’s Vision Exchange allows students and teachers to share and annotate content wirelessly from their laptop, smartphone or […]

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ROI in Higher Education

February 2, 2019

If you are paying attention to the higher education world, you have noticed a pattern over the past few years. Since 2016, over 70 colleges have either merged or closed (the majority of them closing). While most would not call it a crisis quite yet, everyone in higher ed is paying attention and working to […]

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ISE: Create Real Value From Your Trip

January 23, 2019

This year at ISE, AVIXA will present a conference called, “What’s Next In Higher Ed.” AVIXA has presented unique sessions like this for the higher ed attendees of ISE for a couple of years, but this year looks like the best one AVIXA has presented yet. It has several well known educational technologists and will […]

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Listen to What Is Being Said (If You Can)

January 6, 2019

We recently had a email thread at my institution discussing whether people should use microphones as a standard at all meetings. The discussion started as a result of people having a hard time hearing during faculty meetings. Interestingly, this discussion took a different direction that previous ones had. It was focused on accessibility and how […]

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A Move Away From AV?

December 5, 2018

Throughout my entire career, I have been an advocate of using technology to help educate. When I was in college, training to be a teacher, I began thinking about this and then my first job out of college was helping teachers integrate and use tech in the classroom. That was a long time ago and […]

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Panopto and Matrox Announce Debut of Dedicated Media Capture Appliance

November 1, 2018

Panopto and Matrox Graphics announced the availability of the Matrox Maevex 6020 Remote Recorder, a new Panopto-certified media capture appliance. The media capture box is tightly integrated with Panopto and provides live streaming and video recording. Production units are entering the manufacturing process and will initially be available to customers in the United States, United […]

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BenQ’s New Interactive Laser Projectors Aimed at Education, Start at $1,299

October 25, 2018

BenQ today unveiled its first Blue Core interactive laser projector designed for the classroom market. The short-throw WXGA (1280×800) resolution LW890UST, full HD LH890UST (1920×1080) and the short-throw WXGA (1280×800) LW820ST are the first interactive K-12 laser projectors from the new Blue Core family that can be configured for either pen or touch interactivity. Using […]

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Barco Announces a SaaS-Based Virtual Classroom Solution with weConnect

October 19, 2018

Barco has re-launched its Virtual Classroom (with weConnect) system and, at the same time, announced its first install at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. The newest use case of the weConnect, cloud-based SaaS solution makes remote, higher education more interactive and engaging. Barco says the Virtual Classroom allows Business Schools, Universities and Corporate Learning […]

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BenQ Debuts Laser Projectors for Higher Education and Corporate Boardrooms

October 16, 2018

BenQ today unveiled its robust lineup of Blue Core laser projectors designed for higher education, installation and enterprise applications. Expanding on BenQ’s interactive Blue Core laser projector lineup, the short-throw WUXGA LU951ST, WUXGA LU950, full-HD LH720, WXGA LW720 and XGA LX720 are IP5X dustproof certification with brightness specs up to 5,000 ANSI lumens. The LW720, […]

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Writing and Recording in the Classroom – An Existing (Unsolved) Need

September 5, 2018

Last month, I wrote about how I don’t want to see another whiteboard advertised as THE solution for the classroom of the future. I stand by that, I still don’t like them, but I think I may have not been clear about one thing, the concept behind what they are trying to do makes sense. […]

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Spectrum Industries Intros EM Wireless Charging Pad for Tables or Lecterns

August 27, 2018

Spectrum Industries just launched the new EM Wireless Charging Pad. Once the EM Wireless Charging Pad is installed into one of Spectrum’s tables or lecterns, place a phone or computer on top of the pad and the device will begin to charge through electromagnetic fields. This charging pad allows any device that has Qi technology […]

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