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“The Display for the Connected World” – SMART Kapp IQ

 

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Having scheduling problems? Finding it hard to get everyone you need in a meeting all at the same time? Having to fork out for travel expenses for your employee overseas? Well SMART might just have the solution you’re looking for.

What is the SMART Kapp IQ?

“The SMART Kapp IQ is an ultra HD display built in whiteboard that enables multi-way inking between any combination of devices, anywhere in the world – simultaneously”*.

In other words, the SMART Kapp IQ is a whiteboard that can not only display your presentations, graphs and spreadsheets to a high quality but can also be used as a collaboration tool between yourself, your employees – remote and otherwise. It enables your employees to link into the SMART Kapp device via their own devices, such as laptops, smart phones, tablets or other SMART Kapp displays. Not only are they able to see your notes but are also able to contribute to the presentation via their own devices.

So…what does it do exactly?

  • You are able to share notes with up to 250 people worldwide.
  • Touch, write, swipe and control the Kapp IQ with your finger or a pen.
  • Save and organise notes on your devices.
  • Smoothly continue where you left off.
  • Send notes as PDFs or JPEGs.
  • Protect any sensitive work with encrypted connections.
  • Encourage active engagement within the workforce.
  • Colour-coding helps to differentiate between each individual person’s contributions to the notes.
  • Multi-way inking allows remote participants to write, save and share on the device in real-time.
  • Employees connect their device via an app which is available through the IPhone App Store or Google Play.

Where can I find out more?

Contact one of our team members on 0845 226 1675 or marketing@paragonmultimedia.com for more information, advice or to book a demo.

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*Information obtained from SMART’s download fact sheet available at http://smartkapp.com/en/products/kapp-iq (accessed on 08/02/16).

Google and Smart partner up for cloud collaborating – SMART Amp

smart ampCloud learning is slowly but surely making its way over our heads and can be beneficial for everyone involved in education, be it the learner, the teacher or the administrator. Being a web-based solution, the cloud can be accessed from any device in any location (that has permission) and has unlimited storage so that all work and lessons can be saved to one central point.

Although the concept of the cloud is by no means new, users have found problems along the way, with the variety of devices in particular being a problem. SMART have teamed up with Google to eliminate this problem and their SMART Amp software allows devices running on any operating system including iOS or Android to all have the same access to the data shared within it. Promoted as the “glue” that connects any device, the software allows a seamless transition for data, as well as allowing collaboration within a lesson. Being designed specifically for an educational environment, the SMART Amp takes into account problems administrators may face such as teacher training on particular devices, instead allowing the teacher to use their own personal device of choice. The BYOD concept also allows children to connect their learning world with the “real world” and with collaboration already proving to increase learning, why stop now?

Both cost effective and simple to use, the software will launch in April this year, so keep an eye out on our blog for updates in the next couple of months. If you would like more information on cloud learning or SMARTs product line, feel free to contact us.

Video conferencing to lead business communications by 2016

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A report completed by Redshift Research has confirmed that the desire for video conferencing in all business is growing and that by 2016; over half of the business managers questioned want to be using it as their preferred communications tool. At the moment email and voice/conference calls are more popular but 76 per cent have admitted to using video conferencing at work, 56 per cent of which utilize the equipment at least once a week.

Using video conferencing tools at home such as Skype is still more common than in the workplace, with 83 per cent using the systems and most of these were in the 20-30 age group. Although desktops and laptops were the primary source for business video conferencing, conference room usage is expected to rise to 55 per cent in three years’ time. Mobile devices are on similar figures to the conference rooms, showing how important further collaboration development is for the AV market.

The three main reasons that caused managers favoured video meetings was the ability to hear everyone coherently, see eye contact and body language and the fact it is easy to use. We can offer an array of different systems dependent on size and usage, so please feel free to contact us so that you beat the boom.

 

Tablet popularity continues to grow in UK

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According to a new report from eMarketer, a third of the British population now use a tablet at least once a month whether it’s their own, or shared by the family. It is predicted that by 2017 half of the population will be using a tablet regularly, due to a recent variety in prices. With the likes of Tesco’s small Hudl being far cheaper than current favourite iPad, it’s expected that Apple’s sales will drop in coming years.

The growing use of tablets in the education sector has had a real effect, with the under 12 audience rapidly growing and if these predictions are anything to go by, tablets will be a norm in every classroom. With this and the fact that several corporate companies are embracing the BYOD format, clients should be looking into future proofing their AV system. The majority of equipment on the market is now compatible with both Android and iOS devices and the applications are endless.

If you are interested using tablets for presentation, collaboration or control, please contact us and our consultants can arrange a free on site demo for your team.

The rise of tablets in education

It was obvious tablets were going to continue their popular demand in the education sector but for many it was a surprise just how quick the increase has occurred. The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) have compiled some interesting facts regarding the needs and hopes for schools, so we put a few of the important stats into an infographic for you.

For more information on school technology please feel free to contact us. We have a wide client base in the education sector and some of work can be found on our Education page.

BETT Focus: Classroom Collaboration and BYOD

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Despite a few visitors complaining about the lack of public Wi-Fi on offer at an event that promotes technology, the BETT show was trending on Twitter for the second day in a row! The demand for Wi-Fi is proof that BYOD (Bring your own device) is a theme that will occur in all sectors now – including education – as we see tablet computers being tapped all around the hall. Many studies including Ofsted reports confirm that a more interactive lesson engages students and therefore many companies have created software that incorporates BYOD into teaching time.

Most of the software exhibited today offers flexible access to collaborating via Apple, Android and Microsoft devices, so you do not have to supply the hardware to the pupil. Many of the manufacturers including the likes of Vivitek, DisplayNote and Samsung have created features which include allowing annotation from presenter and pupil, content sharing and instant response to quizzes and more, which all help the teacher to assess the grades of the class whilst still in the lesson. Although this interactive learning may seem fun to pupils, there will always be some that take advantage of a new medium and use in for non-educational purposes. Luckily the teacher is able to view and display anyone’s screen, as well as all their annotations being saved for you.

Using a tablet PC as a way to control your main screen gives the teacher mobility around the class and allows all forms of content to be streamed across the platforms, whether it’s a video on YouTube or and extract from a book. With all this in mind, it seems apparent that this will soon be the norm in all areas of education so if you would like to future-proof your classroom, please feel free to contact us for more information on the range of software available.

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Day 1 at BETT 2013

IMAG0251Despite clashing with equally popular AV event ISE this year, the DLR line was still rammed with teachers and techies heading to the opening day of BETT at its new home in the ExCel. Plenty of children were also in tow to check out the new technologies and were likely to have plenty of fun as once again the interactivity was in an abundance.

A new piece of jargon to many will be BYOD (standing for Bring Your Own Device), which is playing a dominant role on many manufacturers’ stalls. Brands such as Vivitek and Genee are showcasing their own new software that assists collaboration between teacher and pupils through tablet PCs, along with DisplayNote who seem slightly ahead of the game due to additional features, including the teacher being able to personally message a pupil if they have an incorrect answer, saving embarrassment in the classroom.

The evolution of lamp free projection continues with more products becoming more energy efficient thanks to higher lumens and less power consumption and visualisers are getting smaller despite the definition getting higher.

Wherever you turn you will see an interactive whiteboard being scribbled on by visitors, which is surprising considering the recent jump many brands have taken into using interactive LED and LCD screens instead. Many of the screens being demoed today are dual touch, however a few are yet to reach a true multi-touch experience unlike Clevertouch or the new Smart table, however we shall go hunting for this, along with other innovations again tomorrow.

The DisplayNote software in action on a tablet.

The DisplayNote software in action on a tablet.

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