Saturday, August 26

Creston Presentation

When I worked remotely for a previous company, the wourl fly emplyees to their offices in California periodically to meet face to face. One of the activities we would do was to gather in the conference room that had a projector. Employees would be asked to present on project status, new information, and other topics of interest to the group. As speakers switched in and out there were that lull as a laptop was disconnected from the cable leading to the projector and another laptop connected. Each time this happened attendees would break off to check email or respond to messages. It always intteruped the flow of the meeting.

The Air Media box connects to a project or monitor and makes it available through the local WIFI network. It uses the existing nework to there is no need to logic to another network with a different user id and password. It allows for up to 32 devices to connect to one box and displays can be switched easily. 

Connecting that may desvices can be used for collaboration spaces. Small tables or workstations are used by groups for students to work togehter on a task, assignment, or project. Traditionally, if a group wished to share a finding to the class, they would need to gather everyone around the one table, or wires would need to be run to connect to a big screen. Air Media eliminates the wires and allows more flexible ways to present information.

There are free apps for IPad and Android tables as will and phones. Personally, I don't think I would be able to read notes from a phone. This does allow an instructor to pick up a tablet and move among the class to keep students engaged and learning.

Open collaboration is not always appropriate in all settings. An instructor can deliver a lecture from a podium in the traditional manner. Howerver, no more trying to find the video cable and where to connect it to a laptop, much less how to connect the cable to a tablet or IPad.

Having given you and example of Air Media's use, I will now show the steps to connect to one. Here is the screen that the projecto will show. At the top is the devices address. On your computer, you would enter the address in a web browser. A small app will download and you will need to run it. The app may prompt you for a code displayed in the upper right hand corner of the big screen. This code insures that you are connecting to the intended screen. Having a business calls accidentally displaying a spreadsheet in an anatomy class is bad, and may worse showing an anatomy diagram in a business class.

Click connect and your display is show on the screen. You can load up the lectures, photos, and other materials to begin teaching.

This concludes the presentation.

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