College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Campus Scene IN T HE SPOT LIGH T HotTips This Month Technology Considerations When Specifying Classroom AV THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHANGES happening in products supporting educational technologies and curriculums. While no one can reliably predict the future, here are a few technologies you should consider. Collaboration — Teaching pedagogy seems to be shifting away from lecture and towards collaborative or cooperative learning. These changes can have a dramatic impact on everything from technology used to the actual design of the classroom. Ensure your technology and design choices support the method of instruction. Distance Learning — Remote instruction also challenges the norms of the traditional classroom. Students may now be located in a classroom across town, in another state, or almost anywhere in the world. Distance learning relies heavily on a combination of video, audio, data, and telecommunications technologies to function, and thorough planning is required for it to be effective. Digital Video — It may be true that manufacturers are trending towards digital video outputs, such as DisplayPort and HDMI for PCs, laptops, and players. This transition does not mean that VGA and composite sources will stop working in the near future, and most existing projectors are not able to display high-definition content. Balance your video input and output requirements for today while making provisions for adding digital video support in the future. 3D Video — The immersive capabilities of this technology have the potential to greatly enhance the student experience. Still evolving 3D technologies and rapidly changing system prices can make the decision process difficult. When considering an investment in 3D video technology, make sure you understand the difference between active and passive standards, and verify there is sufficient content available to suit your instructional needs. Anthony Cortes is director of Sales & Marketing, K12 Classroom Systems for Extron (www.extronclassroom.com). Contact him at sales@extron. com or 714/491-1500. 8 { CONT. FROM PAGE 3 } will divert 42 tons of waste from the landfi ll in its first year. Besides funding to pay for one year of Missouri Organic service, the grant also provides funds for waste containers, signage, education, marketing, and student employees. Texas A&M Announces Workforce Training Partner Texas A&M University recently announced that the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) in College Station, TX, has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and awarded a $22.7M subcontract by the A&M System to lead and manage the therapeutics manufacturing and advanced development workforce training programs for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM). Through its comprehensive consortium of academic, private, and industry partners, the Texas A&M System is committed to developing and implementing interdisciplinary training and education programs that will recruit, prepare, train, and produce the nextgeneration workforce to meet the needs of existing and developing biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the U.S. As the engineering research agency of Texas and a member of the A&M System, TEES is uniquely qualified to develop these critical training programs in collaboration with industry. TEES promotes new technology education and investigates problems in health and the environment, and is currently sponsoring more than 4,000 ongoing research projects, 800 collaborations, 40 patent applications, and more than 1,000 students in research activities. International Student Enrollment Increases The recently released 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange fi nds that the number Frostburg State University 'Unplugs' Energy Research Facility Frostburg State University (FSU) in Western Maryland symbolically "unplugged" its Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) from the electrical grid on October 29. The completely off-grid building in the Allegany Business Center at Frostburg State University (ABC@FSU) will serve as home to a wide variety of renewable energy research projects and instructional classes, as well as being a demonstration and test site for technologies that allow buildings to be separate from the power grid. The 6,300-sq.-ft. building itself will be a demonstration and test center, as it will be entirely off-grid, powered and heated with all renewable sources, a combination of solar, wind, passive solar, and hydrogen fuel cell technology. The building also features a variety of conservation and energy storage options and will continue to develop as new technologies are added. This project has been five years in the making, as solutions to combining the various technologies not previously used together have been developed. For more information on the facility, visit www.frostburg.edu/renewable. COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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