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Video That’s Permanent

Lifesize Cloud Amplify - Embargo until 7-21-15 8am ETVideo conferences with parents, training sessions and even lessons for kids stuck at home sick can now be archived with Lifesize’s Cloud Amplify online service. Any participant in a conference can save the whole video chat with a single click and retain 15 hours of video. There’s a free trial to give it a test drive.



Digital Video Made Easier

Replacing analog video lines with a school’s networking cabling can not only cut costs and improve quality, but nobody said that the transition to using a network to distribute video throughout the campus was going to be easy. The latest gear can help with ways to put video in every classroom.

Startech hdmi with appStarTech’s latest HDMI over IP kit can not only distribute video over plain old network cabling, but with the company’s new apps, you can control it from a phone or tablet. The HDMI kit costs $430 and can be used with the company’s free StarTech.com Video Switching and Wall Control apps for iPhones, iPads and Android systems. At the touch of a finger, you can set up, control and choose among multimedia options as long as the tablet or phone is on the same network as the switching gear.

Tripp lite BHDBTKSILR-FRONT-LDistributing digital video often opens a can of worms because the signal needs to be periodically boosted. That’s where Tripp Lite’s family of HDBaseT extenders comes in. They support up to 4K resolutions and a variety of audio effects, like DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. The devices can transmit uncompressed HDMI audio and video over roughly 2,000-feet of network cabling.  

Classroom Instant Replay

OBSERVATION_Teacher Video ViewMost recorded classroom visits produce a view of what goes on in the class and not much more. Insight Advance Feedback takes the idea a step further with the ability to annotate the video and provide insight into a teacher’s personal and professional development. In addition to adding notes directly on the video stream about various techniques or student interactions, the software can identify goals. Insight Advance is delivered over the Web, works on a variety of platforms and doesn’t require any special software. After a $3,500 setup and training fee, the service costs $95 per user per year (unlimited observations/videos); there’s a free 30-day trial.

Start to Finish Lessons

Itunes for educatorsA great first step when trying to put together a multimedia lesson plan should be the iTunes For Educators page. It has thousands of lessons that range from a course in creating stop-action animation to algebra projects that can enhance learning. It’s all arranged by topic and you can search on things like cyberbullying. Most of the resources are free, but some require a small charge and require that you have the free iTunes U app running on your pad.


Instant TV

Tricaster Complete setupWhat principal hasn’t wanted to talk directly to students via an in-house TV network or have kids read the morning news to the entire school. NewTek’s TriCaster Mini lets them do it on a tight budget. The $8,000 Mini is a complete AV set up that includes an integrated display and enough storage space for 45-hours of video, but you will need to supply your own camera. You can do anything from a standard talking head in front of a green-screen artificial landscape to animation and complex transitions or playing a slide show. Anything can be sent to YouTube or several social media outlets and TriCaster Mini can even accommodate a video feed from a remote Web cam or Web site.

From Screen to Screen

MDB114 (1)Got something on your tablet, phone or notebook that you want on the classroom’s big screen? Ematic’s $30 MediaBeam can get it from one place to the other. It works with Android, iOS, Mac and PC systems and plugs right into a monitor, TV or projector’s HDMI port. It can mirror what’s on the host system’s display while sending along the system’s audio track.




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