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4 Things to Follow When Selecting an Emergency Mass Notification System
Emergency notification expert Jamie Underwood covers 4 key tips when picking a notification system for your college, including integration, notification coverage, alerting and notifying, and code compliance

Lock and Life Safety Code Considerations for Campuses
When considering security methods, campuses must be familiar with the code requirements that are in place to protect students, staff members and other occupants. The major codes colleges need to focus on entail life safety, fire protection, electrified hardware, and more. Even though they are lengthy, these codes are put in place to impact the devices used to secure doors. An understanding of the codes will help to ensure the selection of code-compliant security methods.

Facebook & Free Speech: When Colleges Cross the Line
When colleges don’t know how to react to or support their students’ social media usage, the relationship sours between the two. One example of this is found in the case of the University of Tulsa, where one student was suspended for Facebook comments that he was tagged in, but did not post himself. Freedom of expression expert Will Creeley from the Foundation for Individual Rights Education weighs in on college students’ expression on social media and how colleges can support students’ self-expression. He also offers tips to increase this support, which include keeping negative comments about a college on social media public, encouraging a conversation between college administrators and students about social media, and learning from other colleges’ mistakes with social media.

Penn State’s Pegula Arena Engages Hockey Fans with 95 HDTVs
The Pegula Arena is loaded with 95 HDTVs so hockey fans can keep their eyes on the game no matter where they are. Each T.V. functions off of Z-Band Video’s television distribution system, which connects to a Gen3GigaBOB and GigaBUD. The T.V.s enable fans to run to the restrooms or concession stands, and still watch the game with clear qualities and sharp details, creating an experience that might be better than watching it live. For other colleges looking to imitate the television distribution center at the Pegula Arena, Penn State and Claire Solutions (the system integrator) suggest keeping the project organized, studying how other colleges run their systems, and working with vendors that know what they’re doing.

10 Common Dorm Security Challenges and Solutions
Protecting on-campus residences is no easy task and requires the training of staff and students, appropriate policies and procedures, and the deployment of technology. Some specific wayscolleges can address your dorm security issues include finding creative ways to educate students to recognize and report other students of concern, establishing a security program that is predicated on prevention versus police response after an incident, assuring that appropriate protective and emergency planning services are provided by departments outside of residence life control and providing protection to students who likely value convenience and openness versus security and control.

Chief of District Security Chris Wynn Weighs In on the Who, What & Why of Campus Security Systems
Even though he works in the K-12 space, Chris Wynn shares his expertise on security systems, and how they can benefit college campuses. In a Q&A with HigherEdTD, Wynn talks about his law enforcement background, the types of security systems schools can have, access control tips, who should be involved in selecting security systems and suggestions on how to pick the security system that best fits a school’s needs.

EMK Institute Uses New Technology Install to Teach Visitors About U.S. Senate History
After undergoing a major technology install by Electrosonic, the EMK Institute opens to the public. This install included 750 Google Nexus tablets and interactive software by Control Group; three projection design projectors and tvONE CORIO Edge Blender display that all project content on a curved screen; a video wall that is made of five, 55-inch NEC Display video monitors; three video walls made of Sharp 60-inch video monitors, sound system and Sony cameras for content simulations; eight projectors; nine DHD555 Christie projectors that blend with Vista Systems’ Spyders; two ELO touchscreen kiosks; a pair of ceiling-mounted NEC projectors, cameras and AMX touch panels.

5 Ways to Light up Your College Classroom with a Projector
One of the most effective ways to keep students’ eyes locked on a lesson is through rich and colorful projector presentation.

Choosing Between Single-Chip DLP and LCD Projection Technology
Choosing a projector can be a difficult task, if you don’t know your requirements. The fundamental reason for the differences is the underlying technology.

How Colleges Can Pick out a Projector with the Experts
With thousands of students to teach every year, colleges rely on projectors to convey images to the masses in their classrooms. However, before a college invests in a new projector, projector experts say they should consider which spaces need that projector, what their Color Brightness needs are, and what their overall return on investment will be. Considering these three categories will help colleges decide what size their projector needs to be, how smoothly an installation will go, the amount of lumens the projector needs to display, an how much energy and money the projector will put back in their pockets. Plus, these considerations will help an instructor create an engaging experience for his or her students.

7 Steps to Setting up a Projector in a College Classroom
Setting up a new projector does not have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Colleges are often equipped with tech-savvy IT departments and faculty that know where the best location is in a classroom to install a projector and what buttons to press. Plus, projector experts are accessible and more than happy to share their know-how for the most rewarding projector installations. Projector experts recommend that colleges take the projector installation process in steps, which include: considering the environment, picking a space where the projector can ventilate, establishing the projector’s features, connecting the projector to the college’s network, matching the presentation’s resolution to the projector’s, involving IT, and getting the machine ready before class starts.

How to Draft Your College’s Projector Needs and Shopping List
Buying a projector can be a daunting task, especially if an end-user doesn’t know what he or she is looking for. Projector expert Paul Foschino shares research tips and questions to ask before buying a projector for a college setting. Some of his tips include listing features a college wants a projector to have, deciding what the projector’s function will be, deciding where the projector will be located in the classroom and determining how much natural light penetrates the classroom. He says after a college answers each of these questions, it will be ready to make a solid projector purchase.

5 Career Questions with AV Consultant Mike Tomei of Tomei AV Consulting
After a long career in AV that started in high school, Mike Tomei stepped off the ledge and started his own AV consulting business, Tomei AV Consulting. Tomei talks about his background in AV, and weighs in on the challenges and rewards of working as an AV consultant, especially in higher education. Tomei also offer advice to future AV consultants, and reveals what it takes for an AV consulting business to stay afloat.

Mersive Launches Solstice Pod as a Turnkey Solution for Classrooms
Mersive introduces a solution that comes with both software and hardware for easier classroom collaboration.

WPI Solves Note-Taking, Closed Captioning Concerns with Echo360’s Lecture Capture System
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) takes ADA compliance seriously. But, with note-taking and closed captioning services becoming burdensome and costly, the school invested in other assistive technologies to help its students. The investment included a lecture capture system by Echo360, which supports closed captioning, live broadcasting, the option to upload transcriptions, audio description, and live streaming for students to utilize their own devices. WPI administrators and lecture capture experts offer advice for other colleges looking to improve students’ experience with assistive technologies, including investing wisely, tightening on-campus partnerships and involving students with decision-making.

Colleges Implement New Green Technology to Save Energy and the Environment