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EdTech Show Daily ISTE June 29 2014

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E d Te c h S h o w D a i l y S u n d a y, J u n e 2 9 , 2 0 1 4 6 CUSTOM TIMEKEEPING FROM AMERICAN TIME An interview with Amber Prescott, South Central Region Sales Director, American Time. ESD: What does American Time do? AP: American Time manufactures and markets integrated, custom timekeeping systems and accessories for education, healthcare, government and manufactur- ing organizations. We are the only compa- ny that offers a master controller clock, called SiteSync IQ, which has the ability to run a pre-existing wired system concur- rently with a new wireless clock system. Synchronized time is a huge benefit for schools. When all of the clocks dis- play the same time, it helps optimize the flow of students throughout the building, reduce tardiness and improve efficiencies with bus schedules. Our system can even control other areas of a facility, such as lighting, HVAC/cooling and door locks. This removes the need for manual activa- tion of systems at exact times, which saves a huge amount of time, personnel and energy costs. ESD: What is your role? AP: I am the sales director for the south central region. I live and work in beauti- ful Austin, Texas and oversee all of the sales within my multi-state region. ESD: What are some of your biggest markets? AP: We have been serving the K-12 industry for more than 30 years, and they continue to be a strong part of our busi- ness. We are also growing quickly in the higher education market, healthcare and manufacturing. ESD: What was the most signifi- cant trend or event to affect American Time in the last year? AP: This year, we launched our newest offering that has proven to be extremely popular: Wi-Fi clocks. These clocks don't require a system controller or any extra infra- structure that a wired or wireless time- keeping system needs. Instead, the clocks arrive pre-configured to a school's Wi-Fi network. They are literally plug-and- play. They have a five-year battery life, update automatically for daylight saving time and have staggered wake times so the impact on the network is unnotice- able. We are really excited about the Wi- Fi clocks because they open up the bene- fits of synchronized time to schools that require clocks to show the same, precise time but may not have the budget for investing in the infrastructure needed for a more comprehensive system. We've seen huge demand and lots of excitement around this technology! ESD: Discuss the position of your products and technology compared to the current market. AP: American Time's SiteSync IQ offers a timekeeping solution that can run both a pre-existing wired system and a new wireless clock system. It can also integrate with other areas of a facility and control when they turn on and off, such as security, lighting and door locks. We are extremely proud that our innovative products are American-made, and that we provide quality jobs here in the U.S. ESD: Anything else you want readers to know? AP: I would love to meet them in person! Anyone can stop by booth 2760 and receive a free gift when they mention this article! For more information, visit booth 2760, go to www.atsclock.com, call 800-328-8996 or email theclockexperts@atsclock.com. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ONLINE Teachers today are busier than ever. McGraw-Hill Education's Professional Learning Environment (PLE) for grades K-12 empowers you to control your professional learning quickly and right from the start. Premiering at ISTE 2014, the online Professional Learning Environment is relevant, practical and directly connected to select McGraw- Hill Education programs. Best of all, teachers can access it 24/7. The PLE is initially available for these McGraw-Hill Education programs, and others will follow shortly: Reading Wonders, McGraw-Hill My Math, Glencoe Math, iScience and High School Science Programs. Program Mastery at Your Command The comprehensive PLE makes it easy to find information that supports profes- sional learning and to meet each school's or district's continuous improvement objectives. It includes: interactive modules and media-rich instructional resources that promote comprehensive program knowledge; discussion boards that facilitate connec- tions with your learning community and with other districts; progress monitor- ing that allows you to track program- specific professional development; and certificates of completion that provide a pathway to gaining CEU credits. Online professional development leverages the investment in McGraw- Hill Education programs by saving the cost of onsite train- ing, sustaining professional learning throughout the year, maximizing teaching rigor and driving peak student achieve- ment. Beyond the Basics McGraw-Hill Education pro- vides implementation features and ongoing support options to ensure pro- fessional learning success, every step of the way. The Professional Learning Environment includes: online program implementation with foundational training to support effective program use; back-to-school MOOCs connect- ing participants with a community of program experts and peers in a massive open online course (MOOC) focused on the tools and activities needed dur- ing the initial weeks of school; point- of-use support offering professional development resources within lesson planning tools and aligning effective teaching strategies with content; and ongoing profes- sional learning to build teaching mastery through modeled instruction, applied practice and collaboration. Explore Professional Learning Now Gain a deeper understanding of program strategies, collaborate with other educa- tors and get better results in the class- room. The Professional Learning Environment from McGraw-Hill Education gives you the power to inspire a new generation of students to lead and succeed. Visit McGraw-Hill Education at booth 1532. For more information, go to www.mheonline.com. CLEAN SLATE SUPERIOR AT PROTECTING SCHOOL COMPUTERS Achieve reliable Windows computer security to reduce support costs and elim- inate computer downtime. Clean Slate is ideal to secure school computers. Students are allowed full computer access to learn and explore, then at log off and reboot, the computers return to the original configuration, removing all changes the user made. Keeping your lab and 1:1 computers free of accidental or mischievous changes is an ongoing bat- tle. With Clean Slate desktop protection software, your computers are secure all day, every day—really. The benefits of using Clean Slate to protect school computers are: user changes are cleared at reboot and logoff, providing a clean and trouble free com- puter for every user; students have full computer access to learn; computers are safe from accidental or mischievous use; computers are virus free; computers look and act the same for every user, no m a t t e r w h a t c h a n g e s the previ- ous user m a d e ; drastically reduces help desk calls; ideal for 1:1 computing; and the computers always work. Clean Slate offers many advantages over traditional reboot to restore products: all user changes are cleared at log off pro- viding a clean, consistent, and virus free computer for every user instantly, no need to waste time to reboot to restore; Windows Updates run normally and are Continued on Page 14

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