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Discover how to use 21st century technology effectively in the classroom

Discover how to effectively use 21st century technology in the classroom

Toronto-based, audio visual specialists to the education sector, Advanced Education continues is committed to helping educators make the most of technology in learning.

Our new SMART Discovery Series is the best way to experience the power of SMART Board™ Interactive whiteboards, Document Cameras and other technology products for the classroom, including the Revolutionary SMART Table.

Whether you’re new to presentation technology in learning, or an administrator wanting to discover more, join Advanced Education as we bring our SMART Discovery Series to a city near you!

And the great news is that either of these events are completely FREE.

Applied learning opportunities in a half-day format

  • ‘Discovery Seminar’ – Discover how to use the latest in 21st Century technology effectively in the classroom. The seminar will focus on technology such as the SMART Board™, document cameras, the SMART Response, projectors, classroom audio and more.
  • ‘Discovery Product Showcase’ – During the Product Showcase, be one of the firsts to experience the NEW Dual SMART Board, the SMART Notebook Math and the revolutionary SMART Table.

Who should attend?

  • New SMART Board users
  • Administrators
  • Interested parents.

Itinerary

  • Morning Sessions: 9:00am to 12:00am
  • Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Locations

  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener/Waterloo
  • London
  • North Bay
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Sudbury
  • Toronto

Featured new products

  • Dual TouchTwo can be better than one when it comes to working on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. With the new SMART Board SBD600 series interactive whiteboard, two people can work on the board simultaneously, using either their finger or a pen tool.
  • SMART NotebookSMART Notebook Math extends the capabilities of SMART Notebook software with a dynamic set of math-specific tools and features, so when you create and explore lessons on your SMART Board interactive whiteboard, you only need one application.

Professional training

The Discovery Series Seminar and Product Showcase will be lead by our own experienced Education Consultants who are all former teachers and who have the experience to deliver curriculum-based professional development to teachers as they integrate technology into their teaching practice.

Need more information?

See detailed information about the Discovery Series Seminar and Product Showcase including dates, locations, featured products and workshop content.

Events are FREE but space is limited to 40 people per session. So don’t delay… register NOW!

Alternatively, either call us Toll Free: 1-800-436-6239 ext. 114 or send an e-mail to: info@advanced-inc.com.

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Come on board! Advanced launches new forum designed specifically for educators

Advanced Inc., one of Canada’s leading providers of specialist interactive audio visual equipment to the education sector, is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new public forum.

The forum has been conceived and designed specifically for professionals within the education sector who are looking to exchange information and ideas relating to the growing role technology plays within the classroom.

It’s the ideal place for anyone who is either looking for help, wants to offer advice or simply let others know about their experiences and discuss how they are using interactive technologies including whiteboards, SMART Tables and SMART Notebooks that all tap directly into the learning styles of ‘new generation’ students.

In particular, current sub-forums include:

  • SMART Board
    Forum for questions, ideas and suggestions on the use of a SMART Board in the classroom.
  • SMART Table
    Ideas, questions and experiences in using a SMART Table in the classroom.
  • SMART Notebook
    Lesson plans, questions, ideas, opinions on SMART Notebook topics.

Advanced’s Educator Forum is aimed at educators and administrators (in Canada) wishing to get the inside track on a wide range of topics surrounding all the latest classroom technologies.

Here, you can find out what’s hot and what’s what from like-minded people. People just like you – professional educators – along with people ‘in the know’ including our own education consultants (all former teachers themselves) who will be moderating the forum and answering specific questions.

It’s hoped that the forum will develop into a valuable resource which will serve as the first port-of-call for new and existing contributors interested in all aspects of interactive technologies for the modern classroom or lecture theater.

Join the forum today and have your say. It’s easy to sign up and it’s free.

Alternatively, if you prefer to contact Advanced Inc. with any questions you may have regarding SMART and other technologies, please visit our dedicated Advanced Education website, contact us now or call us Toll Free: (800) 436-6239.

Remember also, to check out Advanced Education’s Professional Development Series this Fall in selected cities right across Ontario.

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Coming to a city near you! Advanced’s Certified PD Courses.

Advanced Certified Professional Development CoursesAdvanced Education is pleased to announce its Fall Professional Development Series in selected cities right across Ontario.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned veteran, our SMART Certified Trainers help educators make the most effective use of whiteboard interactive technology that will enable you to:

  • Engage students with exciting multimedia that focuses the attention of the entire class
  • Save on preparation time by creating and delivering the lesson plan directly from the computer
  • Improve students’ performance by accessing a range of learning templates created by teachers based on standard curriculum.

Please join us in the city best suited to you from the list below where we will administer the SMART Intermediate Level Course.

See our complete calendar.

What’s the course agenda?

  • 9:30am – 12:00pm: Session
  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch
  • 12:45pm – 4:00pm: Session

Lunch and breakout snacks will be served.

What is the course’s content?

The SMART Intermediate Level Course focuses on:

  • A review of the concepts and features from the SMART Fundamentals session
  • Strategies for using SMART link features in the classroom
  • Integrating and updating existing resources for use with the SMART board
  • Downloading and modifying existing SMART lessons
  • Strategies for using PDF, Word, Excel, and PPT with the SMART board
  • Strategies for sharing lessons and activities with students and parents
  • Adding interactivity to any lesson
  • Organizing resources for re-use with SMART Notebook software
  • Grouping pages by category.

What you will receive?
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate, a notebook for personal notes from the workshop, a USB ‘stick’ for lessons created and the latest “SMART Board for Dummies” book.

Who are the trainers?
All our teachers are SMART Certified Trainers with extensive teaching experience at the K-12 level.

Access to equipment
Classes are strictly limited to just 20 attendees with a ratio of 3:1 per SMART Board.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

IMPORTANT: Please bring your own laptop.

How much does the course cost?

  • $245.00 (+GST) per person
  • All major credit cards are accepted
  • Discounts for 5 or more attendees.

REGISTER NOW!

Remember that our courses are extremely popular and space is limited, so don’t delay – book today!

Call Karen at 1-800-436-6239 ext. 114, email info@advanced-inc.com or register online.

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Advanced partner SMART continues to strengthen product category share in Q2

 Partner of Toronto-based audio visual specialist Advanced Inc., SMART Technologies

An established business partner of Toronto-based audio visual specialist Advanced Inc., SMART Technologies Inc. continues its trend of strong growth in the interactive whiteboard product category.

It has increased its global category share by 2.6 percentage points over Q1 to 52.8% in Q2 – more than twice that of its nearest competitor. Its interactive response systems are also making positive headway in global markets.

SMART Technologies Inc. is the world leader in interactive whiteboards and award-winning products which includes the SMART Board,  mobile multimedia furniture, whiteboard capture systems and software. These products enhance productivity and communication in meetings, education, presentations and training environments.

Breakdown in major markets

Q2 interactive whiteboard sales were particularly strong in the United States where SMART holds a 63.4% share, an increase of 3.3 points from Q1. The company also demonstrated strength in major geographies around the world with an 84.0% category share in Canada, 71.7% in Mexico, 57.5% in the UK and 50.6% in Australia and New Zealand combined. SMART also continues to be the leading interactive whiteboard provider across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia-Pacific.

Big gains in France and Brazil

SMART’s interactive whiteboard category share in France rose a dramatic 22.2 points to 36.2%. Similarly in Brazil, the company’s category share climbed 18.8 points over Q1 to reach 35.3%.

Futuresource predicts more room to grow

Futuresource forecasts over 320,000 interactive whiteboards will be sold in 2009 in the United States alone. It also predicts the global installed base will grow from the current two million units to seven million over the next five years, equipping one in every five classrooms worldwide with an interactive whiteboard.

Interactive response systems gain volume

In this category, SMART has made significant gains in sales volumes. North American volumes swelled 62.2% over Q1, while global numbers increased 52.0%. SMART interactive response systems product category shares rose 2.28 points in North America and 1.51 points globally.
Futuresource predicts nearly 8 million interactive response handsets will be sold in 2010, representing an estimated value of US$473 million.

Advanced Inc. More than just a SMART reseller…

As a fully authorized reseller, Advanced Inc. offers all the benefits of SMART Technologies’ world leading interactive whiteboard products and other group collaboration tools… and much more besides.

Consultancy services, expert installation and regular training programs are all part of the comprehensive range of services that Advanced provide to its customers. For more information, availability, pricing or any other enquiries on SMART Technologies’ products, contact Advanced Inc. now or call TOLL FREE: (800) 436-6239.

SMART Board is a registered trademark of SMART Technologies.

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NEC NP4100 installation projector takes on large venue integration projects

NEC 4100 Installation Projector

Audio visual specialist Advanced Inc. can now help customers tackle even the most demanding integration projects with the NEC NP4100 projector.

Designed to meet the needs of users requiring exceptionally bright light output for large venues and areas with high ambient light, this model features brightness up to 6200 lumens, making it ideal for larger-sized screens and rooms with minimal lighting control such as auditoriums and training and network centers.

NEC 4100 Tilt-Free InstallationTilt-free installation
The NP4100 can be rotated freely (360°) in order to point up or down depending on the installation requirements.

Flexibility enables performance

  • 6200 ANSI lumens
  • Vertical and horizontal lens shift enables flexible projector placement
  • Ships lensless with a complete line of optional bayonet style lenses (5) for quick and easy lens exchange. Optional lenses enable the user to determine the appropriate lens to cover projection distances between 2.6 – 283 feet.
  • Dual or single lamp operation. Selectable settings allow for multiple light outputs and extended lamp life
  • Power zoom and focus simplifies installation and operation
  • BrilliantColor™ technology can dramatically increase system brightness and color saturation at mid and low video levels, while optimizing color gain across the full color gamut
  • DynamicBlack™ technology allows for dramatic improvement in the black level of the video, producing incredible detail in dark scenes
  • Advanced color management adjusts for input type (high-bright, presentation, video, movie, graphics and sRGB)
  • For applications requiring maximum brightness, a 4-segment color wheel is pre-installed. For video quality color reproduction, a 6-segment color wheel is included.
  • 1W of power consumption while in stand-by mode.

Integrated networking and asset management

  • Integrated RJ45 connection for quick connection to the LAN (10/100 Base-T capability)
  • Remote diagnostics enable the user to monitor and make adjustments to the projector via the network from a remote location
  • Built-in HTTP page allows for control and monitoring over a LAN network. Email notification of error messages or lamp end-of-life can be sent to remote locations.

Extending the life of the projector

  • Extended use operation for the most demanding applications
  • ECO Mode™ technology extends lamp life by up to 25%
  • Quick Power Off protects the lamp during the cool down period if the power is removed by unplugging the power cord or when the power strip is switched off. Lamp temperature is monitored internally during this period to prevent unit power on until the lamp is properly cooled.
  • Sealed optical block minimizes the effects of dust, helping to ensure the delivery of crisp, distortion-free images
  • Lamp power switching timer control saves lamp life and reduces power consumption.

Unique features      

  • Automatic signal detection instantaneously connects with the live source
  • Flexible video/data connections, including S-Video, component video, three computer inputs (VGA, RGBHV, DVI with HDCP), and monitor output
  • Cabinet control lock setting enables user to deactivate buttons on cabinet to prevent unwanted changes to projector settings
  • Password protection restricts unauthorized use of projector
  • AutoSense™ automatically syncs with any computer signal and features one touch image optimization
  • VORTEX™ Technology Plus breakthrough image processing technology improves white level, color accuracy, dynamic range and varying levels of black in an image
  • ECO Mode technology extends lamp life, lowers audible noise and reduces total cost of ownership
  • Kensington lock slot enables security cable to be attached to projector
  • 64-step image magnification with location control.

NP4100 lens bundles are also available

  • NP4100-06FL
  • NP4100-07ZL
  • NP4100-08ZL
  • NP4100-09ZL
  • NP4100-10ZL.

Series features and benefits

  • Extended use operation
  • Complete line of (5) bayonet-style lenses
  • Powered vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • Power zoom and focus
  • Dual/single lamp operation
  • Built-in LAN connection for control
  • Comprehensive input panel
  • Dust-resistant design with sealed optical block.

Need help or advice?

For more information, availability, pricing or any other enquiries on the NEC NP4100 installation camera, contact Advanced Inc. now or call TOLL FREE: (800) 436-6239.

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