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In the past, as we've written our "Focus on Active Learning" series, we've mainly talked about styles of teaching, but we've never really gone into the nuts and bolts of how to carry them out. Here, we'll take a look at 5 web applications that you can use in an active learning classroom, as well as give you a few tips on how to best use them during a lesson.
Here at wePresent, we've had a lot of reasons to celebrate this year: 8 awards on the American and European trade show circuits, the addition of two new products (the education-focused WiPG-1600, and the multipurpose SharePod), and the upcoming expansion of our European office, to name a few. Now we're adding yet another one: a partnership with Croma Digital to distribute wePresent solutions in Mexico.
Sometimes it isn't enough to have a presentation displayed up on the screen. Your screen might be too small, some in your audience could suffer from poor eyesight, or you might just be in a classroom where you need to engage mobile devices in order to keep the attention of your students. Recognizing all of these, plus the fact that it's just handy for your audience to have the ability to view your slides at their leisure, wePresent features a function we call WebSlides. Simply put, WebSlides is the ability to access and view the presentation from any device's browser at your own pace. It's very easy to use, so let's talk about how it works.
We talk a lot about the wePresent's ability to connect up to 64 users together for collaborative efforts, but what does it actually mean to work with that? Moderator control allows a teacher or meeting leader to choose which devices are displayed - up to 4 at a time - from a handy web control panel, meaning you'll be able to work together with your audience, rather than just talking to them. Learning how to use the moderator control panel is easy, and only takes a few minutes to master. Let's take a look.
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Space is still big news, that much hasn't changed. SpaceX recently experienced a string of high-publicity successes with their Falcon reuseable booster, and NASA has recently begun testing Bigelow Aerospace's BEAM inflatable habitats on the International Space Station. Commander Scott Kelly, along with his identical twin brother, Commander Mark Kelly, have both participated in the first experiment to test the effects of long-term space travel on humans, with Scott staying on board the ISS for a year to discover what kinds of hurdles that humanity must jump over to live among the stars.
Due to the easily affordable prices of flat panel displays, it has become increasingly popular to have several of those displays in a conference room, training room, or conference center.
Sometimes they are spread out across the room so no matter where you sit, you have a clear line if sight to the presentation. You can have a fancy (and pricey) matrix switcher with all of your devices plugged into it so you can shoot them to many displays, or you can use the WiPG-2000’s 1-to-Many feature. With the matrix switcher, you're limited by what is hardwired into the switcher, while with wePresent, you can break off any of your connected wePresent units displays use it to display other devices, allowing you to maintain dynamic control of the classroom or meeting area.
Summer has been a busy month for your favorite wireless presentation gateway, but we've managed to make some splashes here and there. We've been up to a lot after InfoComm and ISTE, including a golf tournament in Europe, a partner school being featured at Model Schools out in Orlando, and a couple more Best-Of-Show awards coming out of trade show season.
We've instituted the option to lock down your wePresent with a 4-digit code, in order to connect. With security concerns running so high these days, we thought it prudent to provide a way to ensure that the people connecting to the wePresent in your room were actually, you know, in your room. There's a few different options regarding the 4-digit code, however, and enabling it requires making some changes in the wePresent's web admin panel. Don't worry though, read on, and you'll see how easy it is...
There's no getting around it: meetings, outside of email, are where most communication happens inside of the workplace. While a lot of information gets conveyed via emails, text messages, and phone calls, a lot is lost in terms of communication, and meetings give us that physical space to share with each other while zinging information back and forth. There are those people who are annoyed by ineffective meetings, those that sometimes discount what they could be doing to make them better: they could just come prepared for those meetings.
What are the best ways to prepare for an effective meeting? Well, let's get into that, shall we?
Veni, Vidi, Vegas...
InfoComm 2016, the biggest AV show in North America, has come and gone. Of course, wePresent was in attendance, bringing the best in interactive wireless presentation to an incredibly receptive crowd. It wasn't just our US office either: wePresent representatives from Europe, South Africa, and Asia also joined the fray, helping us spread the word about wireless presentation and the future of BYOD. We showed everything we have on the market currently, and previewed some of the tricks up our sleeves for the eager awaiting masses, and the whole time, never forgot to have a bucketload of fun.