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Join math educators from across the province at SMART’s Ontario Professional Development Series

You are invited to a one-day conference, hosted by SMART Technologies and Advanced Education, to learn how to get the most from SMART Notebook™A one-day conference, hosted by SMART Technologies Math Tools software in your classroom.

This new add-on to SMART Notebook collaborative learning software combines all the tools you need to teach math in a single application.
Meet other math teachers who will provide grade-specific examples to show how they use SMART products to engage students and improve learning outcomes. Discover how SMART Notebook Math Tools enables you to deliver lessons that appeal to all learning styles.
Space for this event is limited. To register, please visit this page to create a login. If you already have an account, register now.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers, principals, administrators and technology decision makers

Why you should attend?

  • Receive a full license to use SMART Notebook Math Tools at home and in your classroom
  • Get hands-on training on how to integrate SMART Notebook Math Tools into Ontario curriculum
  • Network and build relationships with other educators who use SMART products
  • Learn how to make the most of SMART content, services, professional development and community
  • Enter a draw for a chance to win more SMART products for your school

What topics will be covered?

  • Key tools and features of new SMART Notebook Math Tools software
  • Grade-specific best practices to help you get the most out of your SMART Notebook Math Tools software and SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard
  • Strategies for creating engaging, interactive lessons from teachers from across North America that use SMART products

Event Details

Date: Saturday March 6, 2010
Time: 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Place: International Centre,
6900 Airport Road,
Suite 120, Entrance 6B,
Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8
Cost: US$65

Visit the event website for further details.

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Announcing new visualisers from Wolfvision

Advanced partner, Wolfvision, has announced its new VZ-P18 and VZ-P38 models moving the visualiser concept onwards with several unique features.

Wolfvision visualizerKey features

  • The touch-screen remote controller with integrated live image preview monitor and a digital laser pointer which can be adjusted in both size and colour
  • A second touchscreen LCD monitor is found on the head of the units with the same functionality as the remote
  • The integrated, seamless switcher allows for fade-over effects between Visualiser and PowerPoint images and the new PIP function also merges both media seamlessly.

For further information on Wolfvision’s range of document cameras from Advanced Inc., contact Advanced Presentation Products now or call us TOLL FREE at (800) 436-6239.

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Announcing Microsoft ‘MindShare Learning’ ‘Classroom Challenge’ winners

Advanced Education, audio visual specialists to the Education sector and one of the sponsors of Microsoft Canada’s ‘Mindshare Learning’ program congratulates the winners of the ‘Classroom Challenge ‘contest aimed at finding Canada’s most ‘technology savvy’ educators.

Advanced Education - co-sponsors of Microsoft Canada’s ‘Classroom Challenge’Now in its second year, ‘MindShare Learning‘ is Canada’s premier event designed to inspire teachers and students from across the country to share their successful classroom practices using technology to help learners succeed in the emerging, knowledge-based, global economy.

The ‘Classroom Challenge’ contest:

Teachers from publicly funded schools entered to qualify to win one of three technology prize packs valued at over $15,000 for their school. They each had to submit a video explaining why they should be the winners.

After a rigorous judging process (that included celebrity judge, Marci Ien, news anchor with CTV’s Canada AM and CTV News Channel), three national winners (western, central, eastern) emerged as Canada‘s most ‘tech savvy’ teachers.

The winners:

  • Western Canadian Region: Kathy Cassidy Westmount School, Moose Jaw, SK
  • Central Canada: Zelia Capitao-Tavares & Kamla Rambaran, McMurrich Junior Public School, Toronto, ON
  • Eastern Canada: Reggie Cyr, L.E. Reinsborough School, St. Dalhousie, NB

Shann McGrail, Director of Education, Microsoft Canada said, “We applaud this year‘s winners who have aptly demonstrated how technology can be integrated into their classroom learning environment.”

Advanced Education makes a contribution

As a proud sponsor of the contest, Advanced Education is committed to providing a number of their highly acclaimed SMART Professional Development workshops for one of the winners.

For more information on our range of products and expert services for the education sector including our Professional Development workshops,  contact Advanced Education now or call us TOLL FREE at (800) 436-6239.

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Advanced Inc. installs AV solution into Canada’s largest university

Toronto-based, specialist audio visual consultants to the education sector, Advanced Inc., are pleased to announce the implementation of a number of value-add initiatives designed to rejuvenate and enhance students’ usage at the University of Toronto.

The deployment consisted of a ceiling-mounted projector and projector screen, a digital audio processor, a large flat-panel LCD screen and a multi-functional, portable, custom lectern for presenters.

The brief:
The two guiding principles set out by the University of Toronto before embarking on the project was:

  • Ease-of-use/user friendliness
  • Maintaining a low overall cost by using the most economical products.

The project in detail:

  • Ceiling-mounted projector & projection screen
    NEC ceiling-mounted projector fixed on a Draper motorized lift.A large Draper projection screen was installed on the east wall for presentations projected from an NEC ceiling-mounted projector fixed on a Draper motorized lift.The projector can be raised above the operating height when not in use however, the main purpose of the lift is to lower the projector to ground level for service and lamp replacement.
  • Digital audio processor
    The system is also equipped with a Biamp digital audio processor to control audio signals and matrix them to specific areas of the space used for the events taking place. Audio signals from the presentation system and voice support are processed through the d.a.p. and connected to Biamp power amplifiers that drive the room’s TOA speaker system.
  • Large, flat panel LCD monitor
    A large-format, NEC, 65″ flat panel LCD monitor was mounted on the side wall that will be used to display either the University’s branded digital signage or live TV.
  • Portable, custom lectern with touch panelToronto University Audio Visual Equipment - Portable, custom lectern with touch panel
    A portable custom lectern was provided for presenters. The lectern has the facility to connect a laptop to the system and a Crestron control touch panel on the lectern allows the presenter to control all aspects of the audio visual presentation. Additionally, the room environment can also be controlled including lighting levels along with motorized blinds.

For more details on our range of products and expert services for the education sector,  contact Advanced Presentation Products now or call us TOLL FREE at (800) 436-6239.

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Casio Claims World’s First Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors

At CES, Casio announced that it has created a mercury-free laser and LED hybrid light source, capable of high-brightness projection for use in the next-generation projectors the company has developed under its “clean & green” concept. Casio is releasing a line of GREEN SLIM projectors with the new light source, introducing the world’s first mercury-free high-brightness data projectors.

Casio Claims World’s First Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors

How?  Well, according to Casio, they have achieved this high brightness by combining a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED. Casio has achieved a high output of green light, which has been considered difficult with conventional semiconductor light sources, by very efficiently converting blue laser light into green light, using the fluorescent element. The high-brightness light of 2,000 or more lumens was then attained by projecting blue laser light, green light converted from blue laser light with the fluorescent element, and light emitted by a red LED through a DLP chip onto the screen.

Use of the laser and LED hybrid light source makes Casio’s GREEN SLIM projectors the world’s first data projectors bright enough (2,000-3,000 lumens) for projection in a well lit room without using a high-pressure mercury lamp.

At CES Casio actually showed nine different models of 2000-3000 ANSI lumen GREEN SLIM projectors; however, the only one that’s realistically going to ever be used in the home theater market would be the XJ-A240, a 2500 ANSI lumen 1280×800 projector – but even that is a stretch as it’s only 720p at best.  However, we bring you this news story to alert you to this new technological break-through as you are likely to see more LED-based laser projectors.

If you want to understand the technology in detail, you’re out of luck as Casio doesn’t have a whitepaper on the subject yet.  In the meantime, go read this release from Casio Japan:  http://www.casio.co.uk/News/Casio_Releases_Worlds_First_Mercury_Free_High-Brightness_Projectors/

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Herkimer teacher excels with SMART Board

As if more evidence were needed that SMART Board technologies, such as those provided by audio visual specialists Advanced Education, are having a dramatically positive impact on the education sector, read the following account of events from Herkimer Junior-Senior High School, NY, USA.

SMART Board technology at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School, NY, USASeventh-grader Chelsie Cotton stood in front of a giant flat-screen monitor at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School Tuesday and her teacher asked if she knew the right science term.

Cotton, 12, without hesitating touched the screen, picking the word protein from a list and by dragging her finger across the screen she filled in a blank line at the end of a sentence with the term.

After alternating the process with classmate Jordan Bauder, 12, several more times, their teacher, Susan Hayes-Manning, asked: “Drag the slide and let’s see how you did.”

Bauder with another touch of the screen dragged the answer sheet across the  quiz, revealing that all the terms were correct.

“Did you think you had them all right,” Hayes-Manning asked.

Smiling, both kids laughed and admitted they had their doubts. But when asked what they thought about the touch-screen lesson, made possible through SMART Board technology, both responded confidently. “It’s fun,” they said.

This kind of student involvement is exactly what Hayes-Manning strives for when developing lesson plans, and her success in reaching this goal recently gained recognition regionally.

Hayes-Manning was recognized by the Mohawk Regional Information Center’s Model School Program at the fifth annual T.H.E. Symposium at Utica College last week for her usage of SMART boards in the classroom. She and three other teachers were given the Award for Excellence in Technology Integration for their respective regions.

“I was overwhelmed, happy, shocked,” said Hayes-Manning.

Teachers in the Herkimer Central School District had the option to learn about SMART boards about two years ago. Hayes-Manning said she was excited to learn about it and shared a portable one with other teachers in her school until she got her own in December 2008. The SMART Board works as an interactive chalkboard where teachers can draw up a lesson plan, exercises and even post videos related to the subject being studied. Hayes-Manning said she can use them for several topics, including math, writing and even brainstorming.

“It takes hours and hours of planning and getting the material and figuring out what you’re going to do. I’m very passionate about it,” she said.

SMART boards have become a popular form of technology in the classroom, she said, with about 15 to 20 other teachers using the boards in both the high school and elementary school.

Hayes-Manning, a resource teacher for the past 15 years, said this kind of interactive teaching helps students with special needs.

“It’s a more involved learning process,” she said. “It’s not just sitting and listening to a lecture.”

Hayes-Manning also said this technology also allows for her to adapt to each student’s learning style – where some may learn better visually, others learn better by sound.

Heather Caufman, a representative for the Mohawk Regional Information Center, said in an e-mail that Hayes-Manning “has implemented several regional professional development workshops which have helped encourage teachers from 52 area school districts to consider new and innovative ways to improve student learning and achievement.”

Caufman said anyone from either of the school districts they represent can nominate teachers they feel “demonstrate leadership in the area of technology integration.” The other teachers to receive the award were Alicia Iannettoni, from the Oneida City Central School District, Mary Blow, of the Lowville Academy and Central School District and Lisa Davis, of the Oriskany Central School District.
Hayes-Manning said she was glad the hard work is being recognized.

“The pay-off is that the students are becoming more active participants in their learning,” she said. “And the more active they are, they are going to be more successful.”

For more information on how SMART Board technology can provide real benefit to your educational establishment, contact Advanced Education now or call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-436-6239.

Source: Herkimer Telegram

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Get Results with a New Trial Offer from Advanced Education and SMART

SMARTNow you can experience the benefits that instant assessment can bring to your classroom through a new trial offer from Advanced Education in partnership with SMART.

For a limited time, we’re inviting educators in Ontario to apply to try SMART Response™ interactive response system free for 30 days. There’s no charge and no obligation to purchase at the end of the trial.

Trying is believing

SMART products complement each other – and many of them extend the capabilities of the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard. These products support all modes of instruction and help teachers engage students who have varying abilities and learning styles.

After trying SMART Response in your classroom, we hope you’ll agree that it’s an easy and effective way to assess student learning. With instant insight into student understanding, teachers can adjust instruction to ensure all students grasp a concept before moving on to the next topic. Teachers are also able to track student performance and manage assessment results using the system’s comprehensive tracking and reporting features and built-in gradebook.

Learn more about SMART Response.

Don’t delay. Apply today.

SMART GirlThis offer is available only until February 8, 2010. To get started, simply complete the online application form. You’ll then be contacted by Advanced Education if you are chosen to participate.

If you are selected to be part of this free trial program, you’ll also have access to an exclusive website containing links to content, resources, training and professional development materials that can help you get the most from your experience with SMART Response. For additional information, please contact us at info@advanced-inc.com.

Apply Now.

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SPECIAL OFFER! Buy 7 Epson projectors and get one absolutely FREE!

Calling all educators…

Don’t miss this superb opportunity to claim a top quality projector for your school from one of the world’s leading manufacturers – totally FREE!

There are no catches, and no hidden extras – just 100% value for money!

Here’s the deal

Buy seven each of either the Epson PowerLite® 85, Epson PowerLite® 825 or Epson PowerLite® 826W projectors for any educational facility and receive the following back by mail: *

SPECIAL OFFER! Buy 7 Epson projectors and get one absolutely FREE!

Products must be purchased at the same time and appear on the same proof of purchase between January 1 2010 and February 28 2010.

How to claim your FREE Epson projector

For more information on this terrific offer including how to claim your FREE Epson projector, contact Advanced Education now or call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-436-6239.

* Please allow up to ten weeks for program fulfillment.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: This rebate offer applies only to qualifying purchases of the product models listed on this coupon when products are purchased and delivered in the U.S., Canada (subject to change) or Puerto Rico for educational institutions between January 1, 2010 and February 28, 2010. Any applicable Canadian sales tax (i.e., Goods and Services Tax, Quebec Sales Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax) are included in the rebated face value (subject to change). Fill out this coupon completely, including product serial numbers, and submit it along with 1) a copy of a valid invoice or receipt with the qualifying products circled; and 2) the original or a copy of the serial number labels from the product boxes. Claims must be postmarked by March 31, 2010. All rewards must be shipped to the same address as the projectors. For every seven of the same projector models purchased, customer is eligible for one projector of the same model by mail. There is no limit to the number of projectors available to purchasers under this program; however, each projector may only be counted toward one reward. For each claim submitted, the appropriate product quantity must be purchased at the same time and appear on the same receipt/invoice. Offer is not transferable. If this offer appears in more than one coupon, you may only take advantage of this particular offer once. Used and electronic auction products are not eligible. No substitutions or extensions. Offer is subject to product availability. Epson and its agents have the right to substantiate submissions and to reject claims that do not comply with these terms. Handwritten invoices or receipts will not be accepted. Epson is not responsible for lost, stolen, invalid or incomplete submissions. You should receive your projector or lamp within 10 weeks from receipt of a properly completed claim. Keep copies of all materials submitted; originals become the property of Epson and Epson may use the information provided in accordance with its privacy policy posted on its website. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Epson is a registered trademark and Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc.

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