18 Sep Synergy Media Group Honored as Top Higher-Education Classroom Technology Integrator in the US
Synergy Media Group Honored as Top Higher-Education Classroom Technology Integrator in the US by Commercial Integrator Magazine
Synergy Media Group was recently recognized by Commercial Integrator Magazine as one of the top higher-education audio visual integrators in the United States capable of engineering, installing, programming, and maintaining cutting-edge technology for high-profile educational classrooms.
As one of five firms in the United States receiving this award, Synergy Media Group was selected based on the firms dynamic, effective approach at delivering successful technology systems for higher education clients. It is Synergy Media Group’s focus on supplementing in-classroom collaboration and small group interaction with user-friendly technology systems that has made Synergy Media Group standout among competitors on a national scale.
Synergy Media Group has designed a number of collaborative university classrooms that include interactive 4″ Crestron touchpanels at every student seat location. When the student arrives, the individual types their name into the touchpanel which is then displayed on a LED panel in front of the student so the professor can immediately begin putting names to faces. The student touchpanels also allow for real time polling so professors can ask questions anytime during the lecture and students can anonymously respond. The professor receives real time feedback on all answers which helps the professor determine if the topic being delivered is being understood. Additionally, students can use the touchpanels to help guide the speed of the lecture by indicating if the pace of the presenter is too slow, too fast, or just right. All of these features are completely customizable since Synergy Media Group creates all custom code in-house by its certified Crestron programmers.
Another style of pedagogy is small group teamwork. Synergy Media Group has helped numerous colleges and universities design a classroom environment that facilitates this learning technique while enhancing it usefulness with technology. Often a LED display is installed at each small group’s circular table so that all students in the group can view their laptop on a local monitor. The professor simply walks the classroom with a custom programmed iPad that provides control over all of the technology in the classroom. For example, the professor can route any student’s display to any or all of the other displays to share with the class. When a student group is presenting, the professor can dim the lights in the room, but raise the lights in the presenting group’s area so all attention is focused on the presenters. A local newspaper article outlines the benefits of increased attendance and higher student success rates by implementing a high-tech classroom provided by Synergy Media Group.
“Commercial Integrator Magazine is a well-respected industry publication that carries significant weight in the AV industry. Our entire team takes great pride in the innovative technology classrooms we create and we are humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” says Bill McIntosh, President and Co-Founder of Synergy Media Group.
ABOUT SYNERGY MEDIA GROUP
Synergy Media Group designs and installs high-end, custom audio visual systems for colleges and corporations throughout the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, with a branch office in Columbus, OH, Synergy Media Group specializes in providing user-friendly video conferencing, audio conferencing, collaboration, and technology systems. For more information, please contact Bill McIntosh at 412-517-8334 or billmcintosh(at)synmediagroup(dot)com. Visit: http://www.synmediagroup.com.