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SMART Board, Professional Development Series to kick off Monday… Book now!

Starting Monday, September 29th, Toronto-based audio visual specialists, Advanced Presentation Solutions (APS), is set to embark on another of its highly regarded ‘SMART Board Professional Development (PD) Series’.

As Canada’s audio visual products and solutions leader for educators, our mission is “to turn any classroom, training room or lecture hall into an extraordinary environment.”

What is the objective of the ‘PD Series’?

Working on the principle that “SMART Classrooms + Advanced Technology = Enhanced Learning”, the ‘PD Series’ initiative is aimed at providing help and support to educators as they integrate SMART boards into their teaching practices.

Who should attend?

Whether you are a novice or experienced SMART Board user, you will learn from an Advanced Inc. SMART Master trainer a range of practical strategies and techniques for using the SMART Board as a tool to engage and motivate students.

Enhance your teaching practice and expand your skills with this remarkable technology

Offering a robust feature set, SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards enable teachers to address multiple learning styles. Researchers report improved student engagement, higher motivation, and better attendance in classrooms with SMART Boards. Benefit from the SMART Board Professional Learning community.

Focus on education

APS is dedicated to supporting the academic use of SMART products through curriculum-focused professional development. For over 10 years, we have delivered professional development, training, and support to K-12 institutions across Ontario.

  • Advanced have a full-time team of SMART certified trainers
  • We are the largest SMART training provider in Ontario
  • Education Consultants at Advanced Presentation Products have a Bachelor of Education degree earned at an Ontario University, with at least five years of experience in Adult Education providing Professional Development to Ontario teachers.

Why Advanced Presentation Solutions (APS)?

  • Designated by SMART with the Dealer of Distinction award
  • Advanced is the #1 SMART reseller in Canada
  • Advanced is a certified vendor of record for the Ontario Government including the Ministry of Education
  • Over 20 years specializing in presentation solutions, service and support for education
  • Over 10 years delivering superior service and support to K-12
  • Gold Certified Solutions Provider as designated by Infocomm International.

Advanced is the #1 SMART reseller in Canada

When and where can I attend the Series?

The PD series will be running in various locations throughout Ontario during September and October. For more detailed information see our scheduled dates and locations.

  • Barrie, ON – September 29
  • Barrie, ON – September 30 (Event FULL)
  • Burlington, ON – October 1
  • Windsor, ON – October 7
  • Kingston, ON – October 15
  • Ottawa, ON – October 17
  • Toronto, ON – October 21 (Exclusive event for Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS))
  • Peterborough, ON – October 22.

What content is contained within the workshops?

See detailed information on the Series workshop content, timings and speakers.

How can I register?

It couldn’t be easier… REGISTER HERE for your certified training from Advanced Inc. – Canada’s #1 SMART reseller.

Got any questions?

If you have any questions regarding Advanced Presentation Solutions’ SMART Board Professional Development (PD) Series, please contact us or call toll free: (800) 436-6239.

As Canada’s audio visual products and solutions leader for educators, Advanced’s mission is “to turn any classroom, training room or lecture hall into an extraordinary environment.”

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2008 Toronto International Film Festival Event Features Advanced Products Group

Advanced Products Group (APG) had a starring role at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with products featured at the film party for the premiere of the Bahamian movie “Rain.”

“It’s Better in The Bahamas” and APG made it a dynamic reception for the premiere of “Rain” at an exclusive reception at Six Steps restaurant. The event was hosted by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Film Commission to celebrate their first film at TIFF. Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods flew in from Nassau along with the movie’s stars Marion Bethel, Renal Brown and Ron Butler. The film was shown on a 60” NEC Plasma provided by APG.

APG Solution (Rental):

For the event for the film “Rain,” APG set up a 60” NEC Plasma TV to show the film as the crowd mixed and mingled.

For more details on this event or to request information on Advanced Product Group’s range of commercial services, please contact esales@advanced-inc.com or call (905) 502-1110.

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Rain TIFF premiere

Rain TIFF premiere

Rain TIFF premiere

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Walk Amongst Giants – Introducing the NEC MultiSync® LCD8205

Introducing the giant 82-inch professional-grade LCD for digital signage and corporate information display from Advanced Inc, Canada’s leading provider of audio visual products and services.

Introducing the giant 82-inch professional-grade LCD for digital signage and corporate information display from Advanced Inc., Canada’s leading provider of audio visual products and services.

82” professional-grade LCD display ideal for corporate and digital signage applications.

Enhance your image in a big way. The 82” NEC MultiSync LCD8205 delivers big-screen performance and capabilities for your corporate and digital signage applications.

Its sheer size (landscape orientation provides an active screen area of almost six feet in width and more than three feet in height) captures the attention of audiences both near and far. And with full high-definition resolution, lightning-quick response times, the widest possible viewing angles and high brightness/contrast, your images and messaging keep all eyes on the screen.

This level of performance makes this display ideal for corporate lobbies and boardrooms, digital signage applications and tradeshows/events, leaving positive, lasting impressions.

  • High brightness (600 cd/m2) helps overcome ambient lighting obstacles for distraction-free viewing
  • Remarkable contrast (5000:1) provides for staggeringly deep blacks and improved color depth
  • Thermal protection includes fan-based technology specially designed to work in both landscape and portrait modes and be controlled locally or remotely. Internal temperature sensors control self-protective circuits, while special self-diagnostics communicate the status of the thermal characteristics
  • Protective panel (optional; LCD8205-P) creates new display opportunities in high-traffic or potentially hazardous environments
  • TileMatrix™ allows you to create video walls (up to 16 displays in a 4×4 matrix equaling 27 ft. diagonal)
  • TileComp™ works in tandem with TileMatrix to compensate for the bezel width and create a more seamless video wall
  • Five picture and audio modes adjust the picture and sound, optimizing for the best viewer experience
  • Color temperature adjustable from 2600 – 10,000K, allowing for perfect whitepoint matching across screens as well as matching to source devices
  • AmbiBright™ technology automatically adjusts the backlight depending on ambient lighting brightness for optimal picture quality and viewing.

For more information on NEC LCD Displays, contact Advanced Inc. or call 905-502-1110.

Advanced Products Group. Audio Visual Displays, Products, Services & Solutions – Right Across Canada.

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UK Study: Computerized Whiteboards Improve Classroom Learning

Interactive whiteboard from Advanced Inc. partner SMART Technologies

Interactive whiteboard from Advanced Inc. partner SMART Technologies

In the UK, the British government has invested more money in Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) in its schools than any other government in the world.

However, questions remain. Is the huge investment worth it and have the new data projection technologies allowed students to learn more effectively?

Sara Hennessy, who carried out the project with Rosemary Deaney of Cambridge University said, “These IWBs have had a meteoric rise in popularity in schools but, until recently, assumptions about how they have transformed teaching were not based on hard evidence.”

The system consists of a computer linked to a data projector and a large touch-sensitive board, which displays images, graphics, animations and videos. You can write captions directly onto the board and instantly convert your handwriting to type. You can also create suspense by hiding and revealing text and graphics.

They can also be used with a special camera so that pupils can develop their own written ideas and images and then share them with the class by projecting their work onto the IWB.

Sara added, “We explored how teachers might use projection technology to give space, time and status to pupils’ contributions to lessons. We wanted to look at the ways in which it could be used to challenge and develop pupils’ thinking”. The research also discusses the dangers of technology-driven teaching and warns that time constraints can lead to superficial use of the technology.

In the study, English, history, mathematics and science teachers used interactive whiteboards and data projectors in a number of different ways:

  • Circling and highlighting make complex ideas more concrete and draw attention to particular features
  • Spotlighting, enlarging and zooming can help to investigate detail and keep attention on key concepts
  • Dragging and dropping are used to classify objects.

A unique strength of IWB technology is that it allows teachers and students to revisit previous sessions of saved activity, which helps to reignite and build on earlier learning.

The researchers also found that using IWBs can:

  • Provide new opportunities for learners to express themselves publicly, receive critical feedback and reformulate their thoughts.
  • Stimulate discussion.
  • Allow teachers to adapt to individual learning needs.

The results of the project has generated interest from academics, trainees and teacher educators and interactive CD-ROMs have been developed for teachers designed to stimulate debate around key issues rather than offering models of ‘best practice’ and they are already proving influential in teacher education. The researchers are confident that the project will be welcomed by policymakers seeking a return on investment.

“We have shown that in the right hands the IWB can be a motivating and immensely powerful tool,” says Dr Hennessy. “It allows teachers and pupils to build and test complex ideas together, and supports active learning in new ways.”

For more information on how interactive whiteboard (IWB) technologies can help your business or place of learning, contact Advanced Presentation Products or call (800) 436-6239.

This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK’s leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.

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Zellers ‘Request’ APG for Ashlee Simpson fashion event

Advanced Products Group (APG) played a vital supporting role during A-list celebrity Ashlee Simpson’s recent visit to fashion chain Zellers in Toronto.

The renowned audio video specialist provided a large format, state-of-the-art HD plasma screen as a backdrop to the ‘Request’ fashion line promo in which Ms. Simpson also sang a snippet of “Pieces Of Me”.

Ashlee Simpson and Rick Campanelli at Zellers’ fashion promo in front of Advanced Inc. 103” plasma screen

Ashlee Simpson starred at a Zellers’ fashion promo in front of an Advanced Inc. 103” plasma screen.

The Event:
The 23-year-old singer was in town to promote Zellers’ ‘Request’ line of fashion and accessory products at Square One Shopping Centre, located in Mississauga, Ontario and home to Canada’s largest Zellers store at 163,000 square feet.

About Zellers:
Zellers Inc. is Canada’s second-largest chain of mass merchandise department stores, with 282 locations in communities across Canada. Zellers is headquartered in the Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ontario, and is a subsidiary of Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”). The chain offers customers value, stylish brands, service, price competitiveness and great value through “Every Day Low Prices”.

Project Details:
APG was contacted by HBC to once again provide a cutting edge, show-stopping, digital display for a marketing event they were planning; the event was a high-profile Ashlee Simpson appearance at the Square One Zellers location where she promoted Zellers’ new ‘Request’ clothing line and was interviewed by Rick Campanelli – host of CTV’s ‘Entertainment Tonight’.

Previous projects with HBC included an 18’ wide Infinite Plasma video wall, used as the stage backdrop during the fashion-show press launch of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games ‘Team Canada’ uniforms.

APG Solution (Rental):
The 103” plasma was decided upon as the best solution for what HBC wanted to accomplish – a high-profile, larger than life display, while taking up a minimal footprint on stage and a lightning-fast setup and dismantle time. Due to the event taking place in the middle of Zellers’ retail floor, lengthy setup and dismantle times were out of the question.

The 103” displayed 1080p video loops of Zellers’ Ashlee Simpson ‘Request’ clothing TV commercials, as well as other custom-created High Definition HBC content. Two separate video sources were fed into a Folsom Image Pro unit, and then exported to the 103” Plasma via RGB. Operating resolution was 1920 x 1080.

As Ashlee Simpson fans began arriving at 7:30am for her noon appearance, the  provided the audience with fantastic visual stimulation while they waited, displaying a 44-minute video loop of Zellers and Ashlee Simpson related advertising spots and information. It also provided an amazing background during the press conference for Ashlee Simpson.

For more details on this event or to request information on Advanced Product Group’s range of commercial services, please contact esales@advanced-inc.com or call (905) 502-1110.

Advanced Products Group. Audio Visual Displays, Products, Services & Solutions – Right Across Canada.

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Introducing the NEW 22-inch widescreen NEC MultiSync EA221WM LCD monitor

Introducing the NEW 22″ widescreen NEC MultiSync EA221WM LCD monitor

Energize your desktop computing experience with the 22″ NEC MultiSync EA221WM, a widescreen LCD desktop monitor that combines cutting-edge technologies with dynamic design accents.

The display’s wide-format screen provides a viewable area significantly larger than standard aspect ratio screens, allowing users to work simultaneously in multiple/side-by-side application windows. This model, which touts flexibility for any number of applications and environments, meets the diverse needs of businesses of all kinds.

  • 4-way ergonomic design (110mm height-adjust, pivot, tilt & swivel)
  • Integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub
  • Space-saving, down-firing multimedia speakers with headphone jack
  • Multi-directional NaViKeyTM
  • Dynamic Video Mode with 5 presets for real-time optimization of image quality
  • Built-in carrying handle
  • ECO ModeTM  for significant power consumption savings.

A new perspective on productivity

These displays’ wide-format screens provide roughly the same work area as two smaller-sized LCD screens, allowing you to work simultaneously in multiple/side-by-side application windows.

Enhanced screen performance

With a contrast ratio of 1000:1 (typical) and brightness quality of up to 400 cd/m2, outstanding LCD monitor front-of-screen visual performance is NEC Display Solutions’ #1 goal. Rapid ResponseTM technology provides for lifelike full-motion video display without distortion at a swift response time of 5ms.

Wide compatibility for today and tomorrow

With Ambix® dual-input technology – which utilizes both DVI-D and traditional 15-pin VGA connectors – you can bridge the gap between analog and digital systems by allowing the same monitor to work seamlessly in either environment. Ambix provides compatibility with today’s computer systems and is on the forefront of tomorrow’s digital output.

For further information on this or any of the NEC MultiSync® EA Series, contact Advanced Presentation Products or call (905) 502-1110 today.

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