In this episode of My TechDecisions Podcast, host Jonathan Blackwood interviews Mark McPherson of Advanced Inc. Advanced has grown to become one of the largest AV integrators in North America, with offices in Orlando, Ontario, London, and more, Advanced offers installation services across the USA and Canada.
Advanced Inc. also has created an initiative to partner with K-12 clients to really help teachers in the classroom. Any integrator has the ability to set up an interactive whiteboard or projector in a classroom. These are relatively simple AV installs that can be put into any boardroom, classroom, or meeting space.
What separated Advanced Inc. is its partnership with companies like EZ-Robot and Dremel to bring in specific learning tools to the classroom. Whether robotics or 3D printing, Advanced offers solutions for the classroom that specifically speak to STEM and STEAM learning. The integration firm offers technology tools that help kids learn to code, program and engineer.
Advanced Inc. takes it a step further, in fact, by offering training for teachers and K-12 institutions on how to use these products. Advanced hired a team of former educators to create training programs to help teachers introduce the technology they install into the classroom. They will even send these former educators to schools to work with teachers to develop curriculum specific to their learning environments.
Mark speaks about Advanced’s partnerships, its initiative to bring technology to K-12 schools and how ti began, how it develops these training programs, and more in the interview.
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(4:00) Interview begins
(4:50) Why Advanced decided to place an emphasis on K-12
(7:00) Advanced partnership with EZ-Robot, and brining robots into K-12 classrooms
(9:30) What Advanced offers in terms of products and training on products
(10:40) Advaced’s partnership with Dremel, and how K-12 schools are using 3D printers in the classroom
(16:20) What else does Advanced bring into the K-12 classroom
(18:00) Further explanation on how Advanced uses former educators to create training for products
(19:30) How people can get in touch with Mark and Advanced Inc.
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