SVRTC met virtually for their first monthly meeting for the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, hosted by ITTIP. This is the first virtual meeting in SVRTC’s history. There were 19 members from 11 school divisions (Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Greensville, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Sussex) present for the meeting. The professional development for the meeting was presented collaboratively by Chris Clayville, Audio Enhancement, and Johnny Sink, Clinton Learning Solutions.
Since school divisions are adjusting to modifying in person learning environments (e.g. speaking while wearing a mask, desks/students socially distanced), Mr. Clayville and Mr. Sink presented on four different products that could be purchased independently or as a module. The first system was Audio Solutions. Here, the presenters described the benefits of audio enhancements for the classroom. The second system, Education Paging and Intercom Communications (EPIC), was described. A few of the features of this system included having the capability to specify and stagger bell schedules, send audio notifications to school zones, and the integration of security systems such as phones or fire alarms with an additional solution Signal Alert for Education (SAFE) System. Features with the SAFE system would enable teachers to notify the front office or administration in the case of an emergency or discipline issue. In addition, the presenters discussed the Video Interactive Education Window (VIEW) Path platform, that enables teachers to video their lesson for live streaming or playback options.
The presenters ended the presentation by explaining how the audio solutions could be paired with other solutions presented. A video recording of the presentation on these audio enhancement solutions is available. You can also visit SVRTC’s Professional Development page to access the presenters’ slides and contact information if you want to learn more about their solutions. Additional video links and testimonies can be found below: