Groundbreaking Educational Video Conferencing Platform InSpace Raises $6M in Seed Funding

Created by Educators for Educators, InSpace Innovates With Virtual Learning Solution 

Burlington, VT (June 8, 2021) – InSpace, a collaborative video conferencing platform that replicates personal interaction between students and teachers in virtual classrooms, today announcedthat the company has closed on $6 million in two rounds of seed funding. The funding is led by a $2.6 million investment from venture capital firm Boston Seed Capital and $1.5 million each from Gutbrain Ventures and PBJ Capital, in addition to other investors. The seed funding will expand educator support to keep pace with rapid growth and establish a resource network for users to share ideas and successes. Other improvements include streamlined registration and payment. 

Dr. Narine Hall, data science assistant professor and academic program director at Champlain College,and leading software and video engineer Haykanush Lputyan, launchedInSpace in 2020, sparked by frustrations with how existing virtual meeting platforms limited student-teacher interactions. Created by educators for educators, InSpace is used by thousands of professors in over 100 universities and K-12 schools worldwide. With a proudly bottom-up approach, InSpace crowdsources and implements features based on educator suggestions, tools, and solutions.  …Read More

FLVC offering College 101 video series

Tallahassee, FL – April 28, 2021 – The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) is offering a series of videos to help students get all the information they need to prepare, apply, and pay for college.
 
FLVC recently hosted “College 101: What to Do, When to Do it, and How,” a four-night virtual series that covered important steps of the college preparation process.
 
That series was followed up with another virtual College 101 event – Finishing the FAFSA.
 
Videos for each of these events can be viewed at https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/get-ready-for-college/college-101-event and https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/get-ready-for-college/college-101-finishing-the-fafsa.
 
In these videos, experts, and partners from around Florida help students explore their college options, including career and technical programs, understand and excel in the application process, learn about the three main ways to pay for college, and finish their senior year strong so they can start the fall semester on the right track. Students also learn step-by-step how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the best way to make college affordable.
 
Nearly 2,780 people registered to attend the live College 101 event.
 
Partners for these events included: AVID; Broward County Public Schools; Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Florida College Access Network; Florida Department of Education; Florida PTA; Florida School Counselor Association; FLORIDA TRIO; FloridaShines; The School District of Osceola County; Office of Student Financial Assistance; Polk County Schools and Take Stock in Children.

About Florida Virtual Campus: The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) is made up of several units that provide statewide innovative educational services for Florida’s K-adult students. Working collaboratively with Florida’s 12 public universities, 28 public colleges, K-12 school districts, and other partners, FLVC provides free services to help students go to college, succeed in school, prepare for career success, and in life after graduation.

Planar Expands Portfolio of Fine Pitch LED Display Solutions

Planar, a global leader in visualization technology, today announced an expansion to the company’s portfolio of fine pitch LED display solutions with the release of the Planar® MGP Series. The new family of fine pitch LED video wall displays introduces affordable solutions that are suitable for replacing legacy display technology. Planar MGP Series makes fine pitch LED an accessible alternative to formerly projection or tiled LCD environments including retail settings, classrooms, lecture halls and houses of worship, as well as digital signage applications replacing printed signage such as banner displays and ribbon boards.

Planar MGP Series is available in 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 millimeter pixel pitches and features a 27-inch diagonal, 16:9 cabinet that is designed to support full front-service, wall-mounted installation. The new series also introduces Planar® MGP Complete, a line of lightweight, pre-packaged LED video wall displays offered in 108-inch, 136-inch and 163-inch diagonal Full HD video wall sizes that are designed to reduce time and complexity of video wall design and installation.

“Today’s customers recognize the value of large-size, seamless LED video walls that can support next-level viewing experiences, but they’re also looking for ways to reduce the complexities that often come with deploying a video wall,” said Steve Seminario, vice president of product development at Planar. “The products introduced today allow us to offer more flexibility, simplify the buying process and make fine pitch LED the clear choice for an even broader set of customers and applications.”…Read More

Aver Launches Configurable 16 Device Build Your Own Cart Classroom Charging Solution

The AVerCharge X16 is an Adjustable and Configurable Student Device Charging and Storage Cart Designed for Today’s Ever-Changing Classroom

AVer Information Inc., the award-winning provider of video collaboration, distance learning and education technology solutions, announced today the launch of the innovative AVerCharge X16, a 16 device customizable charging and storage solution. Adjustable and configurable to meet the needs of today’s changing and uncertain student device requirements, the X16 offers a unique and flexible solution to manage student Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, or phones with up to a 15” screen.

The X16 boasts removeable and adjustable slot dividers, allowing educators to change the width of the slots as well as the number of devices the cabinet can hold for up to 16 devices. The unique peg board design provides a space where small shelves or pegs can be inserted to provide additional storage and easy access for small classroom items such as scissors, glue, rulers and other frequently used tools. Mountable, the X16 can be secured to a wall, or placed on a table for easy access to devices. If charging and securing more than 16 devices becomes necessary, additional cabinets can be stacked on top to accommodate the additional units. Optional 5” casters as well as a handle can be utilized to add mobility to the cart for classroom sharing or moving to long-term storage areas.  …Read More

Tightrope Brings Online and OTT Channel Publishing to Schools and More with Cablecast VIO Stream

Available immediately, new automated solution lets organizations efficiently deliver live and on-demand video across multiple platforms in their own sophisticated content portals

Tightrope Media Systems has unveiled Cablecast VIO Stream, a full-featured, automated solution for bringing live event streams and on-demand video to the web, social media, and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. Extending the “add once, publish everywhere” efficiency of Tightrope’s proven Cablecast broadcast automation solution to organizations that don’t have their own television channel, VIO Stream enables local governments, schools, churches, and businesses to dramatically expand the public’s access to their content with unprecedented ease.

“Many public sector organizations, institutions and enterprises already offer VOD content or a live stream through social media or their website, but OTT platforms such as Roku®, Apple TV®, Amazon Fire TV®, and Android TV™ have become very significant for reaching viewers,” said Steve Israelsky, President of Tightrope’s Cablecast Community Media division. “VIO Stream makes it easier and more efficient for them to present their content online in a branded, professional-looking format, while effortlessly extending their reach to OTT devices through the same workflow. From city council meetings and high school sports to worship services, users can broadcast live streams of their scheduled activities while building a rich library of VOD content.”…Read More

Owl Labs Unveils New Product Suite That Will Enhance Hybrid Learning in K-12 And University Classrooms

Biden Pledging To Open Schools In First 100 Days With In-Person Instruction Once A Week With Schools Needing to Bridge the Technology Gap

Owl Labs, the collaborative tech company revolutionizing how the world communicates with its inclusive and immersive video experiences, today announced a new suite of features that will support the needs of educators leveraging the Meeting Owl (the company’s flagship 360-degree camera, mic and speaker hardware product) for remote and hybrid learning.

As teachers continue to look to create an organic learning environment for students during remote and hybrid learning, the newly unveiled suite features the award-winning Owl Connect, Presenter Enhance and Digital Whiteboard products that will bring more immersive classroom enhancements to hybrid learning.…Read More

AVer Information Announces the Release of the M5 Distance Learning Document Camera

AVer Information Inc., the award-winning provider of video collaboration, distance learning and education technology solutions, announced today the release of the new M5 Distance Learning Document Camera.  

The new M5 Distance Learning Document Camera produces high quality document camera performance in a compact, foldable design that can easily fit in a backpack or purse to be carried between the classroom and home. The 360o swivel camera head makes it simple to use the camera to display documents or objects, but also to direct at the teacher or presenter as a distance learning web cam for students learning from home. The Ultra High Definition (UHD) 8MP camera produces high quality video that can show a clear view of documents, objects, teachers and student presenters, while reaching up to 60FPS for smooth, real-time video.

UVC and UAC compliant, the M5 works seamlessly with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and all other major distance learning platforms, making it the perfect solution no matter where teaching and learning are taking place. USB powered, the M5 is also easily plugged into the teacher computer without an additional power source needed. The included free AVerTouch software provides additional tools and interactivity to keep students engaged with the curriculum. …Read More