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Aug 4 15

How Cities Can Use Technology to Enhance Citizen Engagement

by SUMMIT

How Cities Can Use Technology to Enhance Citizen Engagement

Government agencies are embracing various technology strategies, particularly digital signage, to improve collaboration and communication in transportation, utilities, and health care.

AV systems are often used for displaying information in real-time in command and control centers, public services collaboration rooms, and law enforcement. However, engaging citizens is one area where agencies have not fully realized the effectiveness and power of digital media. The National Citizen Survey 2015 by the National Research Center found citizen engagement to be abysmally low across the nation. How can local governments close the gap? How can they better engage with their residents?

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Jul 28 15

Can Interactive Whiteboards Enhance Learning? Yes.

by SUMMIT

Can Interactive Whiteboards Enhance Learning? Yes.

Classrooms have come a long way from the dusty chalkboard. In most classrooms, the chalkboard has bowed down in favor of interactive whiteboards. And whiteboards aren’t just “next generation” places to write out the day’s lesson plans. A recent study at the University of Adelaide demonstrated that when used correctly, interactive whiteboards can help students adopt a deeper approach to learning and lead to a more collaborative classroom.

Interactive whiteboards, essentially large touch screens connected to the Internet and controlled with electronic pens, are becoming more popular in classrooms, and teachers and students are seeing some real advantages from using them.

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Jul 22 15

How Technology is Benefiting Today’s Modern House of Worship

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How Technology is Benefiting Today’s Modern House of Worship

Houses of Worship (HOWs) are continuing to better use digital platforms to get their message out to their faith communities. The advantages technology has provided congregation members and HOWs alike, allows for an immersive, purpose driven, and charitable experience for congregants no matter where they are located, or even if they are able to physically attend services each week.

Here are seven inspirational ways HOWs are using technology, and the benefits of doing so:

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Jul 15 15

AV Support: How Top Level Service Will Result in Sales

by SUMMIT

How can I help you?

While launching AV products, organizations need to make sure that a top notch customer service package is part of the equation. Besides helping customers use the product, good service speaks volumes about the organization’s professionalism. It also shows how well equipped they are in addressing specific issues that customers could potentially encounter. On the whole, this helps to not only increase customer interest in your product but also builds brand loyalty. Both will help provide a boost to your sales graph.

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Jul 7 15

How Videoconferencing is Changing Higher Education

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How Videoconferencing is Changing Higher Education

More colleges and universities are using videoconferencing in order to enhance communication between students and faculties, as well as reduce infrastructure costs. While it is true videoconferencing is becoming more mainstream, most institutions do not have the budget or resources required for onsite deployment.

This is where cloud-based video technology steps in as a more affordable solution. Apart from being cost-effective, cloud videoconferencing is also more scalable and reliable, making it the preferred choice for organizations of all types, and the driving force behind its growing popularity.

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Jun 30 15

Classroom Amplification Helps Students Learn and Teachers Teach

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Classroom Amplification Helps Students Learn and Teachers Teach

This year in the United States, students will spend around 943 hours in elementary school. The majority of time will be spent sitting in a classroom listening to lessons. Background noise, instrument noise, and reverberation (when sound in an enclosed space reflects off hard surfaces like walls) can make paying attention to what teachers have to say extremely difficult. Classroom amplification systems are a useful audio technology that helps students learn and teachers teach.

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Jun 23 15

Three Trends to Watch in Online Higher Education

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Three Trends to Watch in Online Higher Education

The online enrollment has slowed down in the past few years. Therefore, online education programs are exploring new formats that are more appealing to students. New models of online higher education are incorporating more real-time instruction. Not only does this turn course work into competition, it also broadens the definition itself.

The following are three emerging trends you should watch for in the online higher education space:

Gamification

Many online higher education institutes are now incorporating game-like modules in their programs. These leverage students’ ambition. For example, the New England College of Business and Finance provides such modules for their undergraduate and graduate students.

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Jun 16 15

Enterprise HD Videoconferencing: Should You Invest?

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Enterprise HD Videoconferencing Should You Invest?

The undeniable benefits of videoconferencing has brought it to the forefront of workplace technologies, and in less than 10 years made it commonplace in a vast majority of offices. And why wouldn’t it be? A Nemertes Research study found that an overwhelming 89 percent of organizations classified themselves as “virtual workplaces,” and 85 percent are committed to increasing the number of telecommuters in their employ. It is clear that everyone involved sees the value of virtual technologies, and more importantly, the value of video. From home to work people are engaging more than ever in video communication technology.

Here are some of the reasons your business should invest in high definition video conferencing:

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Jun 9 15

The Church of YouTube: What You Need to Launch Your Video Ministry

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The Church of YouTube What You Need to Launch Your Video Ministry

Video content is one the most consumed types of content online. Predictably, churches are catching on to this trend and setting up their own video ministries. What better place to deliver such videos than the second largest search engine in the world, YouTube. Key messages from the pulpit, highlights taken from important events, and even full church services can be broadcast to thousands or even millions via personalized YouTube channels.
In this article, we discuss what it takes to start your own video ministry, no matter your level of expertise or budget. What follows is a look at what equipment you need, an exploration of effective and ethical filming, editing software needs, and video delivery considerations.

Essential Video Equipment

First and foremost, you need a video camera. Your camera is your most valuable investment. A poorly put together camera creates poor quality videos. Purchasing a high quality, HD camera is now more affordable than ever. These cameras help produce top quality video content. When choosing a camera, consider those with external microphones, lights and digital zooms. Costs range from $200 and $600. An industry-standard and an ideal starting place for product reviews and recommendations is cnet.com.

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Jun 2 15

Digital Signage Needs to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

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Digital Signage Needs to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

According to a Gallup poll, companies that engage their employees have greater work productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction. The survey also said it brought about lower absenteeism and job turnover and less safety incidents in the workplace. However, the poll shows only 29 % percent of employees in the U.S. are truly engaged at their jobs. This means that more than 70 percent are not fulfilling their potential at work. This creates an adverse effect on the overall performance of U.S. companies as well as the economy as a whole.

In light of such compelling data, many businesses are turning to interesting and interactive digital signage as a way to motivate employees. There is so much technology competing for our attention right at our fingertips. Companies need to find a way for digital messaging to stand out from all the noise and engage employees to help them stay active and motivated at work. Here are some tips to capture people’s attention with digital messaging.

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