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Las Pantallas Interactivas ViewBoard de ViewSonic Ayudan a Impulsar la participación/colaboración? en el Aula para el Colegio Bautista de Temuco

CASE STUDY

Las Pantallas Interactivas ViewBoard de ViewSonic Ayudan a Impulsar la participación/colaboración? en el Aula para el Colegio Bautista de Temuco

PERFIL

El Colegio Bautista de Temuco es una universidad bautista ubicada en Temuco, Chile, y fue fundada por un misionero llamado Guillermo Mac Donald. A través de su trabajo, Mac Donald estableció contactos con la Convención Bautista del Sur de los Estados Unidos y logró obtener recursos para comprar terrenos y construir el primer edificio del Colegio Bautista, hoy conocido como el "edificio Guillermo Mac Donald".

Las clases en el Colegio Bautista empezaron el 15 de marzo de 1922, con diez externos y diez internas. El primer edificio se inauguró el 12 de octubre de 1922. El Colegio Bautista de Temuco es una comunidad que tiene un gran compromiso con sus estudiantes, cuerpo docente y administrativos. Juntos esperan lograr una educación integral para sus alumnos que cursan desde kinder hasta cuarto medio.

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"Buscábamos algo que se adaptara a la realidad de la escuela y a nuestras expectativas, y ViewSonic superó esas expectativas”.


— José Luis Salinas, rector del Colegio Bautista de Temuco

DESAFÍO

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  • Los estudiantes y los docentes debían adaptarse a la enseñanza y el aprendizaje en línea durante la pandemia.

  • Mejorar la enseñanza de habilidades tecnológicas.

Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, Chile, como muchos otros países, buscó proteger a sus ciudadanos a través de cuarentenas, cierres de escuelas y acciones similares. Por lo mismo es que uno de los mayores afectados fueron los estudiantes y profesores, quienes tuvieron que adaptarse para lograr aprender y enseñar a través de clases en línea; y no solo eso, también debieron ser autodidactas para encajar y unir la tecnología en sus métodos de enseñanza. Esto motivó al Colegio Bautista mejorar la enseñanza de habilidades tecnológicas a sus estudiantes para que de esta manera cualquier equipo, aplicación o sistema de mundo de la tecnología no fuera desconocido para ellos.

El Colegio Bautista comenzó a buscar pantallas interactivas que pudieran ayudar mejor a los docentes a impartir sus lecciones desde cualquier lugar. Con una resolución de 4K UltraHD, una pantalla táctil de 20 puntos con gran capacidad de respuesta y el software myViewBoard® incluido, que permitía a los docentes impartir clases a distancia, las pantallas interactivas ViewBoard® de ViewSonic® eran exactamente lo que la escuela necesitaba.

"Buscábamos algo que se acomodara a la realidad del colegio y a las expectativas que también teníamos, y Viewsonic respondió a esas expectativas”, dijo José Luis Salinas, Rector del Colegio Bautista de Temuco."

SOLUCIÓN

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  • Instalación de 15 pantallas interactivas ViewBoard IFP7550 de 75 pulgadas en las aulas.

  • Implementación del software de pizarra digital myViewBoard.

La administración del Colegio Bautista de Temuco buscó pantallas interactivas y eligió la pantalla ViewBoard® IFP7550 de 75 pulgadas. La escuela se reunió con ViewSonic para hablar sobre las características de las pantallas, conocer el ecosistema de software myViewBoard que se usa en las pantallas ViewBoard y comprobar de primera mano fuente cómo funcionaba todo.

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Salinas descubrió que las pantallas ViewBoard no solo servirían como una excelente herramienta de colaboración en el aula, sino que también ayudarían a los estudiantes del Colegio Bautista de Temuco a familiarizarse más con las tecnologías interactivas.

La escuela instaló 15 pantallas ViewBoard IFP7550 y capacitó a 72 miembros de su cuerpo docente y de su personal sobre cómo usar estas y el ecosistema de software myViewBoard incluido. Actualmente, las pantallas se usan en aulas de cuarto a octavo básico durante esta primera etapa de implementación.

Se instalarán otras 12 pantallas ViewBoard en las aulas de primero a cuarto grado durante una segunda etapa. Además, se instalarán otras 15 pantallas con ViewBoard en las aulas desde preescolar hasta tercer grado en una implementación final prevista para 2023.

RESULTADOS

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  • Lecciones interactivas fáciles de compartir y de impartir.

  • Mayor compromiso y enfoque de la lección.

  • La escuela cumple su misión de integrar la tecnología en sus aulas y de mejorar las habilidades tecnológicas de los estudiantes.

Gracias a la pantalla ViewBoard IFP7550 y al ecosistema de software myViewBoard, los docentes del Colegio Bautista pueden grabar sus clases y anotaciones directamente en la pantalla y, luego, compartirlas fácilmente con los alumnos que se encuentran en el aula y con los que estudian a distancia. A pesar de las dudas iniciales que tenían los docentes sobre la nueva tecnología, descubrieron que la solución de ViewSonic es fácil de usar y que hace que sus estudiantes disfruten más de las clases.

"Llama mucho la atención de los estudiantes, por lo que puede facilitar el aprendizaje para ellos. Para los profesores es cómodo, tiene buena imagen, tiene buena calidad de sonido, y ha sido una excelente herramienta y plataforma para poder acercarnos más a la tecnología”, comentó la profesora de educación básica, Javiera Larraguibel, quien es parte del cuerpo docente del colegio".

Javiera también explicó que la pantalla interactiva ViewBoard IFP7550 y el software myViewBoard le permiten aplicar fácil y dinámicamente diferentes tácticas de aprendizaje, como la auditiva, la kinéstica y la visual, en su clase. Esto, en definitiva, potencia la atención de sus alumnos para que las clases sean más eficaces.

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Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) Finds Versatile Hybrid Education Solution in ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) Finds Versatile Hybrid Education Solution in ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) was founded in 1994 and has been a member of Laureate International Universities, the largest network of private universities in the world, since September 2004. UPC’s vision is to be at the forefront of higher education for its academic excellence and innovation. UPC currently has over 60,000 students, 58 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate programs across four campuses in Lima, Peru.

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"We decided to use the ViewBoard interactive displays because they gave us the ease of connecting any type of device. It was also from one of the few brands that could provide the equipment quickly during the pandemic, coupled with our trust in ViewSonic and the relationship we had already built”


— SILVANA BALAREZO, UPC DIGITAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE MANAGER

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Leverage professors’ digital literacy and use of technology during the pandemic. 

  • Engage in hybrid education that is neither complex for teachers to use nor a distraction in their teaching process. 

Following the pandemic, UPC leaders wanted to foster a return to in-person education, without losing the technology literacy they had gained after two years of lockdown.

“We were looking for a technological proposal that would not be complex for teachers to use or distract them from their teaching process, and we wanted a technology that could be feasible over time to take advantage of all the lessons learned by teachers and students,” says Silvana Balarezo, Digital Learning Experience Manager at UPC.

UPC had already been using ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays in academic environments, creative rooms and a pilot student project which still continues today.

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“We decided to use the ViewBoard interactive displays because they gave us the ease of connecting any type of device. It was also from one of the few brands that could provide the equipment quickly during the pandemic, coupled with our trust in ViewSonic and the relationship we had already built,” Balarezo said.

One of UPC’s main objectives was that students benefit from any education mode. If a student attended face-to-face lessons, they should feel that it was worth coming to the campus, and an online student should feel as if they were inside the classroom sharing the same experience as their classmates, with no need to come to the physical classroom. 

This is the reason why UPC adopted the Hyflex concept in which hybrid classrooms are designed to function as physical, 100% remote or both, without affecting education quality or the learning experience in thanks to the equipment used.

“Our mission was to make professors feel comfortable in the classroom. We didn’t want them to feel that they were in a recording studio,” said Balarezo. “The classroom needed to have the technological tools to motivate learning and support collaborative activities between face-to-face and online students.”

THE SOLUTION

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  • Leverage professors’ digital literacy and use of technology during the pandemic. 

  • Engage in hybrid education that is neither complex for teachers to use nor a distraction in their teaching process. 

ViewSonic set up 72 classrooms with ViewBoard IFP8650 86” Ultra HD 4K displays, along with VPC25-W33-P1 slot-in PCs with Windows 10 Pro, and Viewboard Cast™ software for Windows licenses. This setup allowed students and teachers to make wireless presentations from any of their devices to the displays using a licensed application.

In addition, UPC added wireless physical classroom microphones for teachers and students, a pro camera for streaming and a secondary display so that the teacher can view and manage remote students. This very successful layout was designed after taking into account UPC’s previous experiences with online and hybrid classrooms.

“We should highlight that the ViewSonic slot-in PCs, which are installed on the back of the ViewBoard display, deliver computing power without the traditional wiring required to connect a PC,” said Balarezo. “This provides a user-friendly environment for professors to manage the display, the online sessions, and the use of online classrooms and videoconferences.” 

In addition, a teacher certification process was implemented for the ViewBoard displays. UPC currently has 200 certified professors and 800 teachers undergoing the certification process. 

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“Our professors were initially apprehensive because of what we had experienced during the pandemic, but once classes started, students also accepted the new education mode. Today, faculty members encourage diversified student interaction in the classroom, including online and face-to-face student groups and work, in addition to promoting autonomous learning,” said Balarezo. 

THE RESULTS

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  • Customized learning, access to different educational services and review with recorded lessons.

  • Teacher-friendly technology as if they were using a PC, tablet or cell phone.

  • UPC became a modern, diverse and inclusive teaching university.

Students highly value the possibility of choosing between face-to-face or online learning, with the same advantages and benefits in either learning mode. 

Professors value the convenience and agility with which they work using the ViewBoard interactive displays, including the myViewBoard® Whiteboard software for highlighting and creating content, which helps to provide better presentations. 

“Having a group of face-to-face and online students provides a lot of flexibility to interact. It is essential for the development of autonomous learning and also for students to feel engaged and identify with the university,” said Elías Neira, Education History and Philosophy Professor at UPC. 

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ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays Bring 21st Century Presentation Capabilities to the Greater LA Council of the Boy Scouts of America

CASE STUDY

ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays Bring 21st Century Presentation Capabilities to the Greater LA Council of the Boy Scouts of America

COMPANY

Founded in 1915, the Greater Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The program presents fun, engaging, and valuable experiences directed at the maturity and interests of the young people at their appropriate age and ability levels. The purpose of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council is to meaningfully and proactively offer leadership for the delivery and quality of the program, to assemble and train volunteers, and to gather resources to implement and promote the program to parents, youth, and the general community in the Greater Los Angeles Areas.

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"The 4K images are beautiful and the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays are so easy to use. They’re great for hybrid as well as in-person meetings, when some participants can’t be there in the room with us.”


— KEVIN BURTON, GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA COUNCIL IT ANALYST

PROBLEM

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  • The Greater LA Council’s presentation technology was aging and in need of an upgrade. 
  • Existing technology limited resource sharing and had limited presentation capabilities. 

Effective meetings are critical to the operations of Boy Scouts of America Councils across the country. Regularly scheduled volunteer training sessions, as well as staff and Scout and Board of Directors meetings, keep the Councils on track and achieving their youth service goals. At the Greater Los Angeles Area Council building, the main training space was in clear need of an upgrade. Dating back to the building’s grand opening in 2008, the wiring was becoming glitchy and the presentation technology was more than outdated.

“We were making do with screens and projectors that were arleady old when they were donated,” said Charlie Wilson, the Council’s Director of Finance and Performance Management, who noted that as thrifty Scouts, they rely heavily on donations. “By the time we were thinking about upgrading, it was a very old system. The wiring was going bad. The colors were going bad. The mic wasn’t working. It was, to put it simply, a disaster.”

The disaster cleanup plan called for an up-to-date mobile solution that could be used throughout the facility, in addition to the large main meeting and training space, which itself could be bisected into two smaller spaces.

“We wanted to achieve an upgrade that would meet our needs now and for a long time coming,” said Kevin Burton, the Council’s IT Analyst. “At minimum we needed a new screen and a new sound system, so we looked to a third party for help.”

SOLUTION

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  • Two ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 interactive flat panel displays mounted on ViewSonic VB-STND-001 rolling carts

Wilson, Burton, and the Council’s Director of Support Service, Steve Smith, reached out to AV expert and Eagle Scout, John Brown, to provide that assistance.

“John is a big fan of Scouting and he’s CEO of The Showpros, an AV company that’s donated a lot of work to our Council,” said Burton. “It turned out that he’s also a big fan of ViewSonic and their products, and with his connections we were able to receive two donated ViewSonic® ViewBoard® displays and mobile carts.” 

Set up, said Burton, was fast and easy.

“Our ViewSonic rep offered to come help,” he said. “But we didn’t need it. John and I just got out our screwdrivers, assembled the stands, and had the ViewBoard interactive flat panel displays up and going in no time.”

RESULTS

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  • Embedded ViewBoard features boost the efficiency and productivity of Board meetings, staff meetings and volunteer trainings
  • Presentations are easy to view, with crisp 4K images and the ability to position the displays based on seating/goals
  • Mobile carts enable cost-effective resource sharing

Since the deployment of the new displays, the Council has used them for every training, staff meeting and board of directors meeting.

“The 4K images are beautiful and the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays are so easy to use,” said Burton. “They’re great for hybrid as well as in-person meetings, when some participants can’t be there in the room with us.”

Flexibility, the Council team agreed, is another valuable feature of the new presentation equipment.

“Not only can we deliver outstanding meetings and presentations, but these displays are also terrific when used like a whiteboard,” said Burton. “For example, the Board members like to put a PowerPoint presentation on one screen and take notes on the other screen.”

Annotating directly onto presentation content also comes in handy, he added, noting a recent website redesign meeting where the team was able to highlight and draw directly on the proposed designs.

Beyond the flexibility of features inherent to the ViewBoard displays, the ViewSonic mobile carts enable the Council to use the displays in a number of ways, extending the value of the resource.

“We can use one in each of the main training rooms, or use them together as mentioned,” said Burton. “Then, when they’re needed in another space in our facilities, it’s simple to move them there as well. It’s also handy to be able to reposition them within a room, depending on the seating arrangement and goals of the meeting. We could even use them outside in our pocket park.”

The team looks forward to finding additional ways to leverage their new cutting-edge presentation technology.

“We are so grateful to ViewSonic and The Showpros,” said Burton. “We are getting so much use out of these displays, and we know we’ll keep finding ways to use them, including having more Scouts themselves use them to give presentations.”

The capabilities of their new presentation system outshine anything any of them have seen at other regional Council meetings. While maintaining the humbleness of Scouts, the team is clearly pleased with being a trailblazer in Scouting presentation technology.

“These presentation capabilities are a first for the Scouts,” said Smith. “I’ve worked at several Councils and have been to many Scout meetings. This is the first one to have this level of AV equipment available to its staff and volunteers.”

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Gatineau-Based Private School Adopts ViewSonic Digital Learning Solution to Navigate A Changing Landscape



Case Study

Gatineau-Based Private School Adopts ViewSonic Digital Learning Solution to Navigate A Changing Landscape

Company

For the Collège Nouvelles-Frontières private high school in Gatineau, the pandemic has proven to be a catalyst for innovation. Like many schools, Nouvelles-Frontières had to quickly adapt its existing technology resources to accommodate a distance learning model. The early months of the pandemic were the ideal starting point for the school to develop an entirely new, flexible approach to distance learning that would serve the students’ and teachers’ needs in both the short and long term. One key to its successful transition was investing in ViewSonic’s interactive teaching platform to improve collaboration, increase engagement and ensure that learning could continue uninterrupted – whether students were in the classroom or at home.

Overview

Problem:

  • The technology they had previously had limited applications for distance learning due to issues around image quality, camera performance and connectivity

Solution:

  • ViewSonic ViewBoard® and myViewBoard™ Software

Result:

  • All requirements were met and/or exceeded
  • School’s administration team can remotely control its displays
  • Students are more engaged and can concentrate more easily from home
  • Mac, iOS, Android and Windows formats accommodate presentations and guest speakers

We realized that providing state-of-the-art tools to teachers would be beneficial in managing future waves of the pandemic and would ensure that we could always deliver quality teaching to our students whatever the situation.

— Serge Lévesque, Coordinator of Computer and Material Resources

Problem

According to Serge Lévesque, coordinator of computer and material resources at the Collège Nouvelles-Frontières, the early days of distance learning were difficult because of technological limitations. When Gatineau went into lockdown in the spring, the school was already using projectors and tablets. However, due to issues around image quality, camera performance and connectivity, the technology had limited applications for distance learning.

“It became more difficult when we moved to combined distance and in-class education, with students at school and others at home,” says Lévesque. “We realized that providing state-of-the-art tools to teachers would be beneficial in managing future waves of the pandemic and would ensure that we could always deliver quality teaching to our students whatever the situation.”

The quest was on to find a platform that met the needs of educators, engaged students and was simple to use. After conducting an exhaustive search of different technology platforms, the Collège Nouvelles-Frontières chose the ViewSonic® ViewBoard® advanced interactive teaching platform.

The ViewSonic ViewBoard® education ecosystem includes platform-agnostic interactive flat panel displays and digital whiteboarding software designed for the rapidly evolving needs of today’s education environments. The myViewBoard™ software platform is full-featured, connecting the school’s students and teachers in a more dynamic and engaging way by enabling real-time collaboration from any location, with cloud-based portability, screen mirroring/sharing and digital whiteboarding.

Today, all classes at Collège Nouvelles-Frontières use ViewSonic ViewBoard displays. Because the technology is wireless, it reduces the need for additional projectors and speakers. “Previously we had a lot of wires, and a lot of technical problems,” recalls Lévesque, who says he appreciates the ability to simplify their systems through a single product that meets all the needs of students and teachers, “The ViewSonic solution replaces everything.”

Optional features include the ability to import files, such as lecture notes, from third-party software. Teachers can also browse the web or open apps directly from the interactive screen, saving time that would have otherwise been spent repurposing content. In addition, educators are empowered to choose the collaboration software they need based on their specific requirements. Using vCast™ software, students can even share content from their tablet or computer onto the classroom whiteboard.

Solution

myViewBoard software supports both Mac and iOS environments and is also compatible with Android and Windows formats. Lévesque says this feature was critical in accommodating the presentations of invited external speakers who use different platforms.

Using the myViewBoard.com website, the school’s administration team can remotely control its displays. Administrators and staff can open, close, broadcast and update content without having to physically move to each room.

In the event of a return to remote learning, myViewBoard will enable teachers to run an effective and efficient virtual classroom. With features like virtual discussion groups and warnings when a student is not paying attention, teachers are able to create a more informed learning experience tailored to students’ needs.

As the year progresses, the administration will also be able to use interactive whiteboards to disseminate promotional material and relevant information during open houses and parent meetings. “We will be able to move them everywhere depending on how we need to use them,” says Lévesque.

Lévesque notes that the interactive ViewSonic learning platform stimulates students and improves their concentration, regardless of whether the teaching is done in the classroom, at home, or across different places simultaneously.

Result

Lévesque adds that the Collège Nouvelles-Frontières is known within the education sector as a leader in integrating new technologies, “It’s always been our trademark, but it has to make sense for students.”

In fact, Collège Nouvelles-Frontières showcases its latest investment in ViewSonic solutions in its recruitment campaigns as a way to distinguish itself from other schools.

Whether the school year is managed in class or remotely, Collège Nouvelles- Frontières is ready for any situation that might arise in the coming year, says Lévesque. “Everyone’s tasks will be optimized with this new technology.”

ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays Help Boost Classroom Engagement for Colegio Bautista de Tamuco




Case Study

ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays Help Boost Classroom Engagement for Colegio Bautista de Tamuco








Company

Colegio Bautista de Temuco is a Baptist college located in Temuco, Chile and was founded by a missionary named Guillermo Mac Donald. Through his missionary work, Mac Donald established contacts with the Southern Baptist Convention of the United States and managed to receive resources to buy land and build the first building of the Baptist College, today known as the Guillermo Mac Donald building.

Classes at the Colegio Bautista began on March 15, 1922, with 10 externs and 10 interns. Today, Colegio Bautista de Temuco is deeply committed to its students, faculty and administration. Together, they hope to successfully deliver comprehensive education for its students in kindergarten through high school.





Overview



Problem:

  • Students and teachers needed to adapt to online teaching and learning during the pandemic
  • Staff needed to improve technology skills teaching




Solution:

  • Installation of 15 ViewBoard IFP7550 75-inch interactive displays in classrooms
  • Deployment of myViewBoard digital whiteboard software




Result:

  • Interactive lessons that are easy to share and deliver
  • Increased lesson engagement and focus
  • The school is fulfilling its mission to integrate technology into its classrooms, and
  • improving students’ technology skills











We were looking for something that would accommodate the school’s reality as well as our expectations, and ViewSonic exceeded those expectations.

— José Luis Salinas, Rector of Colegio Bautista de Temuco




Problem




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile, like many other countries, sought to protect its citizens via quarantines, school closings and similar actions. As a result, students and teachers needed to adapt quickly to online learning and teaching. In addition, students and teachers needed to learn how to use new technologies that enabled remote education.

Colegio Bautista began looking for interactive displays that could better help its teachers deliver their lessons from any location. Featuring 4K Ultra HD resolution, a responsive 20-point touchscreen, and included myViewBoard® software that enabled teachers to deliver remote lessons, ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays were exactly what the school needed.




“We were looking for something that would accommodate the school’s reality as well as our expectations, and ViewSonic exceeded those expectations,” said José Luis Salinas, Rector of Colegio Bautista de Temuco.











Solution




Colegio Bautista de Temuco’s administration searched for interactive displays, and the 75-inch ViewBoard® IFP7550 display won them over. The school met with ViewSonic to discuss display features, learn about the myViewBoard software ecosystem that runs on the ViewBoard displays, and find out first-hand how everything worked.




Salinas learned that not only would the ViewBoard displays serve as a great classroom collaboration tool, but they would also help Colegio Bautista de Temuco’s students become more familiar with interactive technologies.

The school installed 15 ViewBoard IFP7550 displays, and trained 72 of its teachers and staff on how to use the displays and the included myViewBoard software suite. The displays are currently used in fourth through eighth-grade classrooms during this first stage of implementation.

12 more ViewBoard displays will be installed in first through fourth-grade classrooms during a second stage of implementation. Furthermore, 15 additional ViewBoard displays will be installed in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms in a final implementation scheduled for 2023.












Result




Thanks to the ViewBoard IFP7550 and the myViewBoard software suite, teachers at Colegio Bautista can record their lessons and annotations directly on the screen, and then easily share these lessons with both in-classroom and remote students. Despite the teachers’ initial fear of the new technology, they’ve found the ViewSonic solution to be easy-to-use, and that it makes lessons more enjoyable for their students.




“It is a real head-turner for students, so it immediately engages them and makes learning easier for them,” said Javiera Larraguibel, elementary school teacher at Colegio Bautista. “For teachers, the solution is convenient, it has great image and sound quality, and it has been an excellent tool and platform for familiarizing our staff with new technologies.”

Javiera also explained that the ViewBoard IFP7550 interactive display and myViewBoard software allow her to easily and dynamically apply different learning tactics including auditory, kinesthetic and visual, to her classroom. This ultimately boosts the attention of her students for lessons that are more effective.














ViewSonic Helps Create an Immersive Visual Exhibition at German Museum



Case Study

ViewSonic Helps Create an Immersive Visual Exhibition at German Museum

Company

The A.M. Architekturmuseum was established in 1868 as a teaching collective for students of architecture at the present-day Technical University. When Friedrich von Thiersch erected a new building for the University in Gabelsbergerstrasse in 1912, the architectural collection was accommodated in a large, representative wing of the building and formed the center of the Department of Architecture. The museum advanced its programs in September 2002 by opening its own dedicated presentation rooms in the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Overview

Problem:

  • Simplify the art curation workflow and enhance the agility of the “Taiwan Acts!” exhibition at the Architekturmuseum der TUM in Germany
  • Minimize installation time for the visual-based event

Solution:

  • The ViewSonic® LD135-152 is a 135” All-in-One Direct View LED Display Solution Kit that provided easy delivery, installation, and maintenance.

Result:

  • Quick and convenient installation of the LED Display Solution Kit reduced the setup time to a minimum, significantly improving facilitation of the exhibition tour
  • High-level immersive storytelling thanks to advanced visual display technology
  • Stunning visual quality and performance that captivated and charmed over 30,000 visitors at the Architekturmuseum der TUM

ViewSonic’s All-in-One Direct View LED Display Solution Kit really enhances the exhibition space. The audience gets the spirit of the event and is much closer to the artwork with the huge format of the immersive video display. I think that really makes a big difference.

— Dr. Andres Lepik, Director of A.M. Architekturmuseum der TUM

Problem

”Taiwan Acts!” is a visual spectacle curated at the Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich, Germany. This international exhibition showcases multiple architectural initiatives created after the devastating earthquake in Taiwan on September 21, 1999. The show aims to raise awareness about the role of architecture through social dialogue.

The curators of the exhibit needed to find a way to provide an easy and intuitive installation for an exhibition that will travel across the globe. They also wanted to bring Taiwanese art and culture to an international audience via advanced visual technology solutions.

Solution

The ViewSonic® LD135-152 is a 135” All-in-One Direct View LED Display Solution Kit that provides easy delivery, installation, and maintenance. The pre- assembled, modular design allows for easy setup within minutes from unboxing, while the movable flight case makes for easy transport. With 360° rotational mobility and a built-in motorized height-adjustable stand, this display effortlessly moves through different exhibit layouts, while elevating the curation experience to the next level.

With a huge, bezel-free 135’’ screen size, Full HD resolution, high brightness, and vivid colors, this solution kit meets and exceeds the high quality required within visual arts, creating an immersive atmosphere and engaging visitors on a deeper level, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The preassembled kit lowers the technical barrier for installers, making setup simple and efficient. With just a single click, the large 135” LED display is ready for instant use and comes with built-in power supplies, control systems and stitching machines.

With a built-in motorized floor stand, curators were able to easily adjust the height of the display up to a maximum range of nearly 24-inches with the simple press of a button. Up to four different sets of height preferences can be saved for convenient recurring use.

Result

During the exhibit, various documentaries were played on the massive 135” Direct View LED Display. The museum saw over 30,000 visitors during the exhibit, each of them wowed by the impactful storytelling and immersive visual experience delivered by the ViewSonic display. Over 100 Taiwanese architectural projects were featured, each emphasizing social dialog and engagement including social, economic, humanitarian and cultural topics.

“We’re very happy to collaborate with ViewSonic to prepare this kind of large exhibition,” said Dr. Chen-Yu Chiu, curator of Taiwan Acts! “We used the 135-inch All-in-One Direct View LED Display Solution Kit to play documentary videos showing Taiwan’s urban landscape. It provided a breathtaking viewing experience and simplified the installation time to 10 minutes.”

Because the LD135-152 kit comes pre-assembled, it was quickly installed and allowed the museum staff to focus on the most important part of the exhibit: creating the best visual setup for its visitors. Experimenting with different height adjustments and angles, the staff customized the display according to the exhibit’s objectives and the unique museum space. The ideal position was secured and stabilized with the press of a button.

The Direct View LED Display was ready to go with a single cable plug-in. This reduced the need for multiple cables and provided a cleaner overall installation. Because the kit’s storage space could keep multiple digital files, it granted peace of mind to those managing such a large art event. No additional components or space was required either, maximizing the possible number of visitors. The intuitive use of the display also benefited the museum on a day-to-day basis, by giving operational ease for staff working different shifts.

“I think it made a huge difference compared to exhibitions we’ve done so far,” said Dr. Andres Lepik, Director of A.M. Architekturmuseum der TUM. “ViewSonic’s All-in-One Direct View LED Display Solution Kit really enhances the exhibition space. The audience gets the spirit of the event and is much closer to the artwork with the huge format of the immersive video display. I think that really makes a big difference.”

CSUDH Esports Association Grows with ViewSonic Gaming Monitors and a Vision of Student Success



Case Study

CSUDH Esports Association Grows with ViewSonic Gaming Monitors and a Vision of Student Success

Company

California State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is a public university serving over 17,000 students, located in the Los Angeles metro area, in Carson, California. CSUDH is part of the largest system of public higher education in the United States. The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial and transportation complex amidst an international and multiethnic population, and cultural pluralism is a major characteristic of the university. CSUDH provides education, scholarship and service that is, by design, accessible and transformative. The university welcomes students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.

Overview

Problem:

  • CSUDH needed esports equipment including computers, peripherals, furniture, audio, networking and most importantly state-of-the art displays

Solution:

  • ViewSonic gaming monitors, large screen digital displays and interactive whiteboards

Result:

  • Esports Incubator Lab was equipped with ViewSonic solutions to better serve esports athletes
  • Esports Incubator Lab designed to be creative epicenter for the cultivation of ideas, the promotion of student projects, and a showcase for competitive gaming
  • Internship pipeline for CSUDH students was developed

I couldn’t be happier with the ViewSonic team, they are terrific
to work with. Their vision parallels ours. In addition to their
generous product and apparel support, ViewSonic is working
with us to develop an internship pipeline for CSUDH students,
which will allow them to begin to transfer the skills they’re
learning in esports to the workplace.

— Ruben Caputo, CSUDH Esports Academic Advisor

Problem

The CSUDH esports program began as a grassroots club in 2017 with three student participants. By 2019 it had grown to over 200 members, but lacked a consistent meeting place. For a time, a corner in the lower level of the Student Union became their home, until once again the organization (now known as the CSUDH Esports Association) was bursting at the seams. They needed more space, and they needed more equipment to accommodate growing interest in what has become over a 1.1 billion-dollar industry.

Logistical challenges around space and equipment notwithstanding, possibly the greatest challenge the esports program at CSUDH faced in its first few years was to nurture its growth in a way that would meet the core program tenets set by the administration: academics and research; community engagement; competition, and entertainment, in roughly that order.

“When people think about esports, they think competition and they think about having fun,” said Ruben Caputo, CSUDH Esports Academic Advisor and team general manager, “But esports offers so much more, and we wanted our program to reflect that. First and foremost, we wanted it to provide students with experiences they could readily translate into life skills and career opportunities. Equally important to us was that we spark engagement both within the program and the university, as well as the community at large.”

The objectives below the surface of these four tenets were ambitious.

Under the first pillar, program administrators sought to provide an environment that would promote and enable the development of multidisciplinary competencies, as well as extend their vision of education through esports to other educational organizations. Community engagement would entail fostering a compassionate, multigenerational community rich with community service.
To engage in competition, the program planned to welcome and coach gamers of all experience levels to become a new breed of elite gamers with an appreciation for diversity, healthy living, academic success and life balance. Even entertainment would not be purely for fun – students would directly participate in and develop capabilities around how to broadcast and host high-quality events. Throughout their engagement with these four pillars of the program, student members would develop interpersonal and technical skills.

In the pursuit of these objectives, Caputo and his team encountered both anticipated and unforeseen obstacles, including the pandemic, parental concerns, preconceptions about gaming, and at times the very nature of many gamers themselves. To grow the program as envisioned, Caputo would need to convince students and parents of the many social, academic and career-focused benefits of organized gaming. He would need to find sufficient space, technology and resources to support the group’s goals.

Solution

Looking back over the formative years that led to the CSUDH Esports Association’s third consecutive crowning as the NECC National Gaming Competition champion in 2021, Caputo reflects that the key has been to grow organically. To an outsider looking in, it’s clear that having a passionate advocate like Caputo, paired with strong administrative support, were also prime components of the organization’s success. In 2018, when CSUDH President Dr. Thomas Parham assumed leadership of the university, he and Caputo met to discuss the trajectory of the program, forming the four domains that would guide its ongoing development.

Dr. Parham recalled during a speech at the presentation of the first team jerseys that he had invited potential supporters to consider that, “…gaming…is a strategy not just an outcome. If we can create opportunity through gaming for our students to learn coding, there’s a transferable asset in there to get them through these courses and to get them into that workforce later on once they graduate,” said Parham, adding that, “[esports] is not simply competition, it is about ways in which we as an institution can enhance the lives of our students through gaming.”

The first step toward the program they envisioned, said Caputo, was to explore interest within the university community, which they found to be overwhelming. Next, he brought in faculty from diverse departments to join the Esports Association board and provide multidisciplinary expertise. These 20 individuals now enhance the Association with the unique perspective of fields ranging from computer science, design and communications to marketing, psychology and civic engagement.

The path from there included events and activities to foster dialog with families, community educators, and industry personnel. It was around this time that the organization reached 200 members and received its first official home in the student union, outfitted with a small amount of permanent equipment. The group became more organized, setting up its own Discord communication portal, holding regular meetings and hosting small, casual gaming events on campus.

“Before this, students brought their own equipment with them, lugging in consoles and even monitors,” said Caputo. “With the added stability of our own space, I started to think about how we could get these kids, who tend to be introverted and often shy and reserved, more involved in the processes around the esports industry; to get them problem solving, gaining transferrable skills
and gaining confidence.”

Much of the students’ growth came from the very act of belonging to the club; many had never participated in extracurricular activities and tended to spend their free time gaming alone from home. More learning came from the inherent problem solving and critical thinking required to excel at the games. Even more transformative education occurred as the Association expanded and the students learned to work together as teams, host large events, design promotional materials, program, broadcast competitions, and the many other activities related to the world of esports.

One unique project that Caputo facilitated with the group provided a notable springboard for learning and community building.

“At a group meeting we began talking about the barriers to entry into esports, which can be cost-prohibitive for many students,” said Caputo. “I asked them, how could we lower those barriers and pushed them to do some out-of-the-box thinking. We unpacked the problem without actually using any technology, just sticky notes and a whiteboard.”

Together they dove into the concept of design thinking, while enjoying some carryout pizza. The empty box became their inspiration.

“One student commented that at tournaments you had to bring your own controller, which usually cost around $60, and suggested the idea of making their own, making sure it conformed to the rules but was low cost,” said Caputo. “Another student jumped in and said, ‘Hey, pizza and gaming go together – let’s turn this box into a controller.’ ”

And so they did, market testing their unique controller and a branded model
by surveying fellow gamers. The pizza box won out – whether due to novelty or the added palm space students cited, we will never know. What is certain is that this project helped put the CSUDH esports program into the limelight.

First, a student who worked at Pizza Hut showed the team’s social posts to
their manager, who shared them with the corporate office. This led to a community partnership with Pizza Hut in 2020 that led to the creation of a locally aired commercial.

“The students had the opportunity to participate in the entire process,”
said Caputo. “They worked up the concepts, created the storyboards,
and earned pizzas and pizza boxes to use for more controllers. It was our first mentorship program.”

Next, the pizza-box controller became a showpiece at an alumni event, which was attended by hundreds of parents. It was here that barriers between the Esports Association and families began to crumble, as parents gained clarity about the program and its benefits, recognizing that it was a way for their children to develop passions and skills with a high probability of leading them to job opportunities. From the parents whose children were already participating in CSUDH esports, Caputo heard repeated comments like, “I have never seen my son/daughter be this social before,” and, “They’ve been so much happier since joining the club.”

As the program continued to flourish, its multidisciplinary structure enabled it to add components like health and wellness support, a mentorship program serving local high school students, and professional development curriculum for educators. The program’s efforts and unique focus caught the attention of monitor manufacturer ViewSonic.

“ViewSonic approached us after seeing our social media posts highlighting
the ways in which we’re using esports as a student success strategy,” said Caputo. “Our mentoring program with Compton Unified School District convinced them that CSUDH would be a like-minded partner in developing esports.”

Initial conversations led to a partnership, with ViewSonic serving as the official monitor sponsor for the CSUDH Esports Association, and providing technology and support for career-building opportunities and activities.

Result

It couldn’t have happened at a better time. Concurrent with the ViewSonic- CSUDH Esports Association discussions, the university was in the process of implementing several facilities expansions, including an Esports Incubator Lab. ViewSonic agreed to outfit the new lab with gaming monitors, large screen digital displays, and an interactive whiteboard, as well as to fund team jerseys and other apparel.

“I couldn’t be happier with the ViewSonic team, they are terrific to work with,” said Caputo. “Their vision parallels ours. In addition to their generous product and apparel support, ViewSonic is working with us to develop an internship pipeline for CSUDH students, which will allow them to begin to transfer the skills they’re learning in esports to the workplace. That’s exactly how we want to be supporting our students.”

As the CSUDH Esports Association continues to organically take shape, the Incubator Lab, set to open its doors in the spring of 2022, is destined to become the creative epicenter for the cultivation of ideas, the promotion of student projects, and a showcase for competitive gaming. Caputo looks forward to finding new ways to engage students in the enriching world of esports.

“I’ve had the great joy of seeing so many kids build confidence and competencies through their participation in esports,” he said. “Even those who were once incredibly shy, or had parents who were wary that ‘video games’ are a waste of time. The esports narrative is so much more complex than that. I am thrilled to be a steward of this amazing program.”

Mariscal Caceres de Ayacucho School Transforms its Classrooms with ViewSonic Collaborative Solutions



Case Study

Mariscal Caceres de Ayacucho School Transforms its Classrooms with ViewSonic Collaborative Solutions

Company

SCHOOL
The Mariscal Caceres de Ayacucho School was founded on August 31, 1848, under the name “San Ramon School”. In April 1938, the school changed its name to “Mariscal Caceres School” in honor of Andres Avelino Caceres, a Peruvian military and political leader who served as the constitutional President of Peru during two different terms.

The Mariscal Caceres School provides education services to more than 5,000 students at the primary, secondary, and alternative basic education levels, while also serving as a Productive Technical Education Center. It currently has more than 260 faculty and administrative staff members who are fully committed to pursuing educational excellence.

RESELLER
Tecnologia y Creatividad SAC, a company that has been in business for over 13 years, is a ViewSonic Certified Reseller. It provides technology solutions based on a three-layer model: hardware and software, educational content, and applications. Acting as a project leader, T&C was in charge of deploying equipment in 118 classrooms and took on the enormous challenge of completing one of the largest training programs in the region—on the ViewSonic® myViewBoard™ platform.

Overview

Problem:

  • To modernize and transform classrooms for both students and teachers
  • To provide video collaboration and technology tools that support hybrid learning
  • To equip classrooms with 4K Ultra HD multimedia content capabilities,including stereo sound
  • To provide training for the 200+ faculty members

Solution:

  • Installation of 118 ViewBoard® IFP7550 4K Interactive Displays, 118 VB- STND-001 Mobile Trolley Carts, and 118 LB-WIFI-001 WiFi Adapters in the classrooms
  • Deployment of the myViewBoard Premium digital whiteboard software
  • Training teachers and assistants on the use of
    the myViewBoard platform

Result:

  • Students will be able to take classes in hybrid learning settings, with remote, semi in-person or fully in-person sessions
  • Teachers can now use the myViewBoard platform for teaching teaching, content creation and developing interactive classes
  • Development of social skills based on high quality education parameters
  • Training: all of the school’s 209 teachers and assistants can now use the ViewBoard software

As students gradually return to the traditional classroom setting, this upgraded equipment will be key to encouraging their engagement in both the education process and the development of social skills.

— Felix Valer Torres, Mariscal Caceres de Ayacucho School Principal

Problem

Located in the Huamanga Ayacucho District, the Mariscal Caceres School was looking for modern and interactive collaboration and presentation solutions to transform their traditional classrooms into powerful hybrid classrooms. The school also wanted to boost its faculty’s abilities to present content via interactive displays. With that in mind, they contacted the regional government of Ayacucho and requested their support for this sizable investment.

The school has 118 classrooms and was looking to equip them all with interactive displays, including hardware and software, while also developing an advanced training program for their faculty of over 200 members.

Solution

Along with 18 ViewBoard® interactive displays purchased in 2020, a total of 118 ViewBoard IFP7550 interactive displays were installed. Students were able to enjoy more modern classrooms equipped with video collaboration tools that support hybrid learning. The new platform allowed teachers to teach using interactive content through remote, hybrid or fully in-person sessions.

The ViewBoard displays delivered a major upgrade with 4K Ultra HD, or 3840 x 2160-pixel, resolution, which is 10-times as high as the resolution of the XGA projectors that were traditionally used in class (1024 x 768). These displays provided an enhanced surround sound experience in the classroom thanks to their integrated speakers and sub-woofer configuration.

The myViewBoard™ digital whiteboard software allows for the creation of multimedia content through interactivity, artificial intelligence, cloud-based integration and a built-in browser for downloading videos, images and/or text, which enables collaboration and also promotes student acceptance and engagement.

The casting feature can be used to wirelessly stream and present multimedia content from any device (notebook, tablet or smartphone) to the main display through the school’s WiFi or LAN networks. This makes it easy for students to share and present content on the displays from their desks or even from home, thus transforming classrooms into true hybrid platforms.

Result

Tecnologia y Creatividad, an integrator of ViewSonic® visual solutions, trained a total of 209 teachers and assistants in the use of the myViewBoard software. Training focused on topics such as toolbars, templates, the Magic Box, browser and content search, insertion of videos and images, Artificial Intelligence (AI), myViewBoard Clips, original content and more. The goal was for teachers to use myViewBoard as their main platform for content and lesson creation in hybrid learning settings.

The school’s principal, Felix Valer Torres, said that as students gradually return to the traditional classroom setting, this upgraded equipment will be key to encouraging their engagement in both the education process and the development of social skills. “This undoubtedly helps the process of completing a robust academic, moral and emotional training so that students can achieve personal and professional success in today’s rapidly changing society, in which technology plays a critical role,” he said.

Alex Carlos, ViewSonic Territory Manager for Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, expressed his enthusiasm for boosting digital interaction in Peruvian classrooms.

“It is very important for us to have cities that prioritize their investments in education, as is the case of Ayacucho, a modern region that now also recognizes the value of technology in its education proposal,” said Carlos. “We are confident that with our ViewBoard and myViewBoard platform, teacher training programs, and the natural ease with which today’s young people embrace new technologies, will all help to create genuine 21st century learning environments.”

Torres, who managed and led this project, claimed that “This educational institution has become the most technologically equipped school nationwide with the deployment of ViewSonic IFP7550 displays and ViewSonic myViewBoard digital whiteboard software.”

ViewSonic Direct View LED Display Brightens Up College President’s Boardroom



Case Study

ViewSonic Direct View LED Display Brightens Up College President’s Boardroom

Company

Georgia Military College (GMC) is an accredited public military junior college with twelve community college campuses throughout the state of Georgia, a Global Online College and a flagship campus in Milledgeville. GMC’s Milledgeville campus serves a combination of residential cadets, commuter students and intercollegiate athletes.

Recognized by the federal government as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), 56% of GMC’s student body is made up of minority students. The primary goal of GMC is to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university.
In addition to associate degrees, Georgia Military College also offers a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program.

Georgia Military College’s mission is to produce educated citizens and contributing members of society in an environment conducive to the development of the intellect and character of its students.

Overview

Problem:

  • Upgrade display in a boardroom with strong ambient lighting

Solution:

  • ViewSonic 163” Direct View LED display

Result:

  • All requirements were met and/or exceeded.
  • Setup was streamlined thanks to pre-calibrated panels.
  • Large screen size made small text legible.
  • High brightness delivered outstanding images in any lighting conditions.
  • Ultra-slim design added cutting-edge style.

We wanted something document friendly and this solution is definitely that and so much more,” said Milner. “In addition to how great the display is, working with ViewSonic has been a pleasure, as always, and the president now has leading collaboration technology in his boardroom that easily connects to laptops.

— Brian Milner, Georgia Military College Director of Technical Support

Problem

The motor on the projection screen in the president’s boardroom had broken and it was the last straw. For years, GMC’s president, William B. Caldwell IV and the staff responsible for setting up his meeting space had been dealing with an unsatisfactory boardroom display. With a projector mounted 30 feet from the screen, images and text were often grainy and difficult to make out even under the best of conditions.

Depending on the time of day or ambient light, visibility could be slightly better or much, much worse.

“The projector had aged and become dimmer and this room has challenges with ambient light,” said Brian Milner, GMC Director of Technical Support Services, “Besides providing a large image, it never really fit what they wanted, although it was the best choice at the time it was installed.”

What’s more, said Milner, the projector had turned into a time-consuming hassle for the support staff, who wasted time every day focusing and refocusing the projector in an attempt to clearly display calendars and spreadsheets.

The death of the screen motor coincided with a visit by President Caldwell to a neighboring university, where he was impressed with a colleague’s boardroom display. This, said Milner, set off the hunt for a suitable new solution.

Solution

Initially, said Milner, President Caldwell was interested in a 98” LCD display - the prevalent technology at the time for this type of installation. Milner and his team began researching various manufacturers and options before turning to long-time partner ViewSonic for pricing and advice.

“We’ve been standardized in all our classrooms with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP8650 interactive displays and ViewSonic CDE8600/8620 commercial displays for about three years,” said Milner. “We initially looked at them because of ViewSonic’s reputation for making great monitors as well as their warranty and we ended up being very impressed with their digital signage and ViewBoard displays.”

On a visit to the conference room, GMC’s ViewSonic rep Ben Pearson confirmed the installation challenges and Milner expected him to recommend ViewSonic’s 98-inch 4K commercial display. Instead, Pearson suggested the latest ViewSonic technology that had launched in Q3 of 2020: Direct View LED displays.

“We turned on the projector and Ben measured the image out at 163 inches,” said Milner. “He said he could offer a Direct View LED wall of the exact same size that would be bright enough to let us keep the lights on and blinds open all the time.”

The benefits of the Direct View LED (DVLED) display didn’t stop there. With an ultra-fine pixel pitch, small text was more legible than ever. And as an all-in-one solution with built-in software, the DVLED display could connect wirelessly to mobile devices and enable multiple users to easily share screens and collaborate. With greater energy efficiency than LCD technology, the DVLED display would be less costly to operate than the proposed 98” display. Fast, easy installation of pre-calibrated panels would also reduce costs compared to a typical wall-mounted LCD installation. Finally, the new technology offered the best color accuracy and refresh rates of any display type currently available.

On paper, the DVLED solution seemed ideal, with outstanding specs and benefits, said Milner. He recommended it to President Caldwell, saying “From what I’ve seen and heard, you’re going to love it.” Caldwell signed off on the purchase and a short while later, GMC had its very own 163” ViewSonic Direct View LED display.

Result

Milner’s prediction was right on the money. As soon as the installation was complete, Caldwell commended the tech team and began sending photos to friends and colleagues.

“He has a group chat with university and college Senior VPs and directors and right away he texted them photos and told them how amazing the screen was,” said Milner. “He told us the images are even better than he expected, and he loves to brag about it.”

With its powerful brightness, seamless images and stunning resolution, it’s easy to see why.

“The resolution and clarity are amazing and it only extends from the wall 1.4 inches. It’s very sleek and high-end looking, which is great for impressing visitors,” said Milner. Plus, it’s so bright, we’re no longer fighting sunlight and ambient light throughout the day.”

The office staff are equally pleased, according to Milner, with an intuitive display solution that’s easy to use and requires virtually no set up or adjusting.

In every way, the ViewSonic DVLED display has met or exceeded expectations. The enormous screen is just as large as the previous projection screen. Text on documents, spreadsheets and calendars is clear, crisp and easily legible in all circumstances. And images stay clear without having to close the blinds or lower the lights.

“We wanted something document-friendly and this solution is definitely that and so much more,” said Milner. “In addition to how great the display is, working with ViewSonic has been a pleasure, as always, and the president now has leading collaboration technology in his boardroom that easily connects to laptops.”

What could be better than exceeding all expectations? The “WOW” factor, of course. “Other college presidents are going to be jealous and want one, we’re sure of it,” said Milner.

ViewSonic Delivers Immersive Classroom Experiences for Teachers and Students at Montevideo’s Colegio y Liceo José Artigas



Case Study

ViewSonic Delivers Immersive Classroom Experiences for Teachers and Students at Montevideo’s Colegio y Liceo José Artigas

Company

Elementary and Middle School
Founded in 1956 as a lay institution, the Colegio y Liceo José Artigas is located in Montevideo City, Uruguay and has approximately 400 students enrolled, ranging from preschool up to the middle school level. The school began operation on March 7, 1956 in the living room of a married couple’s house and was originally called “Escuela José Artigas.”

The middle school curriculum was added in 1999, and the name of the institution was changed to “Colegio y Liceo José Artigas.”

The school continued to grow. Over the years it added a computer room, laboratory, building and perimeter security and fire protection certification.

In 2020, following the events triggered by the global pandemic, the school underwent a major technical retrofitting, including a comprehensive expansion of the computer network and the addition of 13 interactive displays, with 11 ViewSonic® IFP7550 and two IFP6550 Interactive displays, each assigned to a classroom in the school.

Training programs were established for the school’s faculty, providing them with cutting-edge tools to help teach courses. The school became Uruguay’s first education center certified by ViewSonic in the use of specific instructional tools.

Reseller
SSI Ltda. (Information Systems Solutions), is a company operated by IT and communication professionals. It provides an option for companies and organizations to get qualified technical advice that enables them to achieve an optimal cost-benefit ratio. They have extensive experience and numerous clients in the education industry.

Overview

Problem:

  • To better support the teaching/learning process for both teachers and students.
  • To advance from a blackboard to a more modern and interactive learning experience.
  • To develop a more streamlined, dynamic and up-to-date teaching/learning process.

Solution:

  • 11 ViewBoard® IFP7550 interactive displays
  • 2 ViewBoard IFP6550 interactive displays
  • 13 ViewSonic VPC15-WP slot-in PCs
  • 13 ViewSonic VB-Cam-001 webcams
  • 1 ViewSonic VB-STND-001 trolley cart
  • Training of all of theschool’s teaching staff in the use of the ViewSonic myViewBoard™ software

Result:

  • Student engagement skyrocketed through the use of interactive classes, while creating dynamic learning sessions for both the teacher and their students
  • Effective remote learning
  • Trained teaching staff

The children just love it! They are already very acquainted with the displays and that makes the teaching and learning process more interesting

— Leonardo Isola, Board Member of Colegio y Liceo José Artigas

Problem

The Colegio y Liceo José Artigas wanted to implement a number of different IT solutions and new instructional tools that allowed for interactive learning.

To cater to the current reality of their students, the Colegio y Liceo José Artigas decided to replace their outdated blackboards and whiteboards with interactive displays that facilitate the development of a more streamlined, dynamic, interactive and current learning experience.

Solution

Acting as a Certified Reseller, SSI Ltda. introduced the ViewSonic ViewBoard® interactive flat panel displays to the school’s representatives, performing demos for both executives and the middle managers of the institution. SSI Ltda. highlighted the characteristics and benefits of both the hardware and the myViewBoard™ software solution.

The Colegio y Liceo José Artigas initially ordered a total of 11 ViewBoard IFP7550 units and two ViewBoard IFP6550 units.

According to Leonardo Isola, acting member of the school’s Board of Directors,
the ViewBoard interactive displays helped achieve several goals:

Enhanced engagement: The myViewBoard software suite, along with ViewBoard® Cast 4-way split screen content sharing, enhance students’ attention through interactive classes, while creating dynamic learning sessions for both the teacher and their students.

Effective remote learning: With the creation of digital content and the planning of digital tasks, teachers and students can interact with lessons from any location.

• Easy installation and setup: Upgrading firmware, installing each display on mobile mounts, updating and setting up all of the software on the slot-in PCs was all simple and straightforward.

• Trained faculty: Teachers participated in training courses led by ViewSonic-certified instructors. These courses use a combination of theory and hands-on learning to train teachers on how to effectively implement interactive learning solutions. Participants must be present for all hours of the course and take a final test to become certified. Course topics range from addressing all aspects related to using ViewSonic products to learning about the latest features in the myViewBoard software solution.

• Ongoing support: Technical assistance is readily available to answer any questions about both solution deployment and equipment installation, as well as questions on the training of the school’s teaching staff.

“The children just love it! They are already very acquainted with the displays and that makes the teaching and learning process more interesting,” said Isola. “And we can no longer imagine having a classroom without this kind of support.”

Result

The Colegio y Liceo José Artigas saw an immediate and positive impact on the teaching/learning process for both teachers and students.

“We chose ViewSonic because of their robust, reliable products, as well as their top quality guidance and support. As a Certified Reseller, SSI Ltda. was entrusted with the training of all teaching staff during long-hour sessions,” said Isola.

“We are very pleased to have provided the solution the school was in need of, especially in terms of comprehensively deploying both our ViewBoard displays and related accessories, and also our myViewBoard solution in all of the school’s classrooms,” said Marcos Paredes, ViewSonic’s Territory Sales Manager for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. “Also, we are very happy to see a quick adoption by teachers and students. With all the teaching staff trained in the use of myViewBoard as an interactive, collaboration tool, a more emotional and dynamic learning process is accomplished, both in-person and remotely.”

The school’s administrator is now considering further project expansion by adding more displays and providing frequent training in order to keep teachers up-to-date and motivated. Based on his experience, for these types of solutions to truly pay off, equipment should be available in all classrooms so that teachers and students can seamlessly integrate it into their way of working.

Upgrading to ViewSonic ViewBoard Displays Helps Langston University “Roll” With Remote and In-Person Learning



Case Study

Upgrading to ViewSonic ViewBoard Displays Helps Langston University “Roll” With Remote and In-Person Learning

Company

CONSULTANT
Founded in 1956 as a typewriter repair company, ImageNet Consulting has evolved to become one of the premier technology companies in the industry today.  With services ranging from IT management to 3D printing to enterprise content, ImageNet prides itself on its ability to use technology to create solutions that maximize efficiency and lower costs for its clients. Today, the company has offices across the United States and offers custom solutions for clients in education, government, manufacturing and financial services.

CUSTOMER
Established as part of a land grant in 1897, Langston University is a HBCU with campuses located in Langston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Ardmore. The Langston campus offers programs that cater to its vast international student body including chemistry, nursing, urban education, international studies and technology. Through a partnership with the University Center of Southern Oklahoma, the LU-Ardmore campus offers a degree in nursing.

The LU-OKC and LU-Tulsa campuses offer upper-division and graduate courses that are ideal for students who have completed their associate degree and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. Programs offered on these campuses include urban education, rehabilitation counseling and organizational leadership.

PROJECT TEAM
Monica Nichols – ImageNet Senior Solutions Consultant supporting the Langston University contract since 2007. Works directly with the University President’s staff on key innovative technology enhancements that affect the campus.

Ian Ramsey – ImageNet AV Specialist supporting consultants on AV projects throughout Oklahoma.

Kent Smith – Langston University President. Project approver.

Theresa Powell – Langston University Vice President for Operations. Primary influencer for project; supported advisor for funds allocation and project development.

Dr. Joshua Snavely – Langston University Dean of the School of Business. Primary influencer for project; supported advisor for funds allocation and project allocation. Provided hands-off support, product knowledge training and final device placements.

Overview

Problem:

  • Quickly upgrade technology to support remote learning in classrooms with unconventional shapes and multiple sizes.
  • Provide a blank slate deployment with professional-grade technology that is consistent across all classrooms.

Solution:

  • ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 75” 4K interactive flat panel display
  • ViewSonic VPC15-WP-4 Slot-In PC
  • ViewSonic VB-STND-001 mobile trolley cart

Result:

  • The university equipped 50 classrooms with the versatile cart-based solution, then equipped 27 more classrooms after the rousing success of the first deployment.
  • Deployment was significantly cheaper and faster to install than a full pro-AV solution.
  • Instructors are thrilled with the connectivity, content sharing and annotation capabilities.

If we had gone the traditional route of renovating and installing custom solutions for each type of classroom, we might still be in implementation stages. With this fully commercial-grade system on a cart, we were able to equip all 75 lecture halls and classrooms within 6 months.

— Monica Nichols, ImageNet Senior Solutions Consultant

Problem

When the COVID-19 pandemic began closing schools in the spring of 2020, Langston University quickly shifted its resources online to support a remote learning initiative. Although plans to upgrade their aging technology infrastructure were already in the works, the university was still working on defining their needs and creating timelines for implementation. That’s when Langston University turned to ImageNet Consulting for a consultation.

“We’ve worked with Langston for many years, providing a wide range of products and services,” said Ian Ramsey, ImageNet audio & video sales specialist. “Our senior solutions consultant for Langston, Monica Nichols, has built a great relationship with them.”

Thanks to funds from the CARES Act and additional grants, the university selected ImageNet as their partner to assess and solve their remote learning challenges. Langston’s dean of business, Joshua Snavely, and the President’s chief of staff, Theresa Powell, teamed up to spearhead the process within Langston. Working with key personnel throughout the university as well as university president Kent Smith, the team defined the project’s multiple goals:

To install professional-grade technology that would enable instructors to connect via Zoom or other videoconferencing platforms.
To enable teaching using an interactive touchscreen.
To implement a new system without changing existing programs and platforms.
To enable students to see both their instructors and content on the board.
To implement a standardized solution that would be consistent across all classrooms.

Together the ImageNet and Langston teams walked through the main campus to assess the spaces.

Nichols and Ramsey quickly recognized some hurdles that would need to be addressed during installation. Due to the unusual configurations in many classrooms and variety in classroom shapes and sizes, a full teardown and installation would be difficult. And because there was no existing technology that could be integrated into a new solution, this would have to be a blank slate deployment.

Solution

The ImageNet AV team put their heads together and recalled a previous solution they had considered for another client – a basic conference room AV setup on a rolling cart. Langston wanted a system that delivered more complexity, including more robust functionality and longer-lasting professional-grade materials.

“We asked ourselves whether we could create a mobile rolling cart that would be everything they needed,” said Ramsey. “We had never done that but thought it was possible. The critical factor would be delivering an outstanding user experience and for that we would need the right equipment.

“With all the chaos going on with COVID, we didn’t have time to waste. It came down to our relationship with ViewSonic. We knew that they make a great product and our ViewSonic reps have always been great – their support has been second to none for us.”

This, he said, along with ViewSonic’s history of being on the mark with pricing and inventory, makes it easy to put the ViewSonic product line in front of clients.

The right product for Langston University, said Ramsey, turned out to be the ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 75” 4K interactive flat panel display, combined with the ViewSonic VPC15-WP-4 Slot-In PC and a just-released beamforming microphone, mounted on a ViewSonic VB-STND-001 Mobile Trolley Cart.

Based on a wish list that the Langston University team had put together, the AV team built a proof-of-concept model and placed it in the president’s office. After testing and putting the demo unit through its paces, the trial run was deemed successful and the project was given the green light.

Result

The trolley units were a success. Both teachers and students reported outstanding user experiences and the university was able to rapidly equip their learning spaces with a fully functional professional-grade solution at a very reasonable price point.

The university ordered 50 mobile cart solutions over the summer of 2020. By the end of October, they had ordered another 27, for a total of just over 75 solutions across three campuses.

“LU named them ‘CTUs’ for ‘Classroom Technology Unit,’” said Ramsey, adding that at ImageNet they like to think of them as Conference Technology Units for the broader possibilities. “It’s been an incredible solution for them.”

The units have met the critical need to connect remote students and gone beyond even that, noted chemistry professor Dr. Nisa Ganewatta, who uses the CTUs in all her classes:

“The CTUs are very useful in teaching subjects like chemistry and physical sciences, which have lots of calculations that need to be explained and worked out on the board to support student understanding of the materials. All the content, visualizations and videos are clearly visible and audible to both the students who join via Zoom and the students who attend classes in-person,” said Ganewatta, adding that “The myViewBoard app in these CTUs is tremendously helpful in the above tasks. Powerful speakers, microphones, and the camera in the unit completes its job!”

The university has so much faith in their ViewSonic-powered CTUs that they now use them for everything, including connecting remote participants for their Board of Regents meetings, said Nichols.

Department of English Professor, Wonderful Faison, points out the ViewSonic ViewBoard display’s central role in remote learning:

“The CTUs give instructors a more realistic face-to-face classroom feel during remote learning. The size of the display lets instructors see their entire class, which makes the lecture more organic. Other CTU functions also allow instructors to write notes and highlight specific material to focus student’s attention on specific ideas or concepts.”

Biology professor, Dr. Julia Reed, praised the ViewSonic CTUs for their ability to share lab class content with remote students.

“I use a CTU for every Human Anatomy class, and they’re critical for lab classes,” said Reed. “The wide-angle camera enables my virtual students to see the bones, models and other objects that I present to the students that are present in class. I can walk around the classroom and students at home can see exactly what I’m doing.”

Not only does the innovative solution meet and exceed instructor needs, but its unique form also allowed the university to deploy it in time for the freshman class re-entry for the 2020-2021 school year.

“If we had gone the traditional route of renovating and installing custom solutions for each type of classroom, we might still be in implementation stages,” said Nichols. “With this fully commercial-grade system on a cart, we were able to equip all 75 lecture halls and classrooms within 6 months. We are very grateful to President Smith, Mrs. Powell, and Dean Snavely for their hard work, diligent efforts and prowess – and most especially for their partnership and trust to award ImageNet such an exciting and monumental project!”

The only thing a room needs, added Ramsey, is a wall outlet and available Wi-Fi. Outside of that, the mobile cart is an entire professional, commercial-grade videoconferencing system on a rolling platform.

“We’re thrilled that Langston has been so happy with it,” said Nichols, noting that they’ve already had interest in the solution from other clients. “The ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 75” 4K interactive flat panel display with slot-in PC alone gives clients an entire computer and with all the controls built-in on the cart.”

Despite the speed of deployment, Ramsey noted that this in no way represents a compromise in quality.

“There are some great ‘icing on the cake’ outcomes from this solution as well,” he said. “Langston University got all the upgraded professional-grade technology that they needed at an excellent price point. This increased the number of units they could place and assures them a long-term return on investment, with a high-quality product that will be long lasting and adaptable.”

What’s more, he added, these commercial-grade mobile technology units could be easily transformed into stationary, professional wall-mounted solutions at any time, for just the cost of additional labor.

“If Langston ever wants to create a clean, seamless, wall-mounted environment in any of the rooms, we can do that with a few ancillary parts,” said Ramsey. “On the other hand, the cart solution will never be useless. This solution represents a big value to all education sector clients with ‘technology on wheels.’”

UNT Expands Esports Success with ViewSonic® Gaming Monitors



Case Study

UNT Expands Esports Success with ViewSonic® Gaming Monitors

Company

The University of North Texas is located in Denton, a town of about 136,000 people only 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area. This metropolitan area offers a wealth of job opportunities, plus entertainment, culture, shopping and professional sports. A college town offers a peaceful haven for study and research. UNT has the advantages of both. As one of the nation’s largest universities, UNT offers 105 bachelor’s, 88 master’s and 37 doctoral degree programs.

Overview

Problem:

  • Support growing program with added practice space
  • Equip new facilitieswith state-of-the art gaming technology

Solution:

  • University support for providing a pathway to the growing billion-dollar esports industry delivers needed funding
  • ViewSonic XG2530 25-inch Full HD gaming monitors with 240Hz refresh rate deliver competitive advantage

Result:

  • The esports team unanimously favors the ViewSonic XG2530 monitors
  • The team has an added competitive advantage due to the ViewSonic XG2530 features
  • The 240Hz refresh rate enables nimbler, more nuanced gameplay
  • The large screen and high resolution deliver expansive, clear viewing
  • The swivel stand system enables rapid transport and setup
  • The high-quality design/build allows for easy adjustments and connectivity
  • Students enjoy flaunting the sleek, space-saving design with attractive red accents

Training on the ViewSonic monitors absolutely gives us an advantage at tournaments.

— Dylan Wray, University of North Texas Esports Coordinator

Problem

In 2018, UNT became the first public university in the state to launch a varsity- level collegiate esports program. A year later the university became the first in the state to offer esports scholarships to current and incoming students. The program’s rapid growth resulted in the need for added facilities.

“When the program began, the university opened a practice space called The Nest inside the Media Library,” said Dylan Wray, Esports Coordinator. “It’s a great space, but it’s open to anyone who enjoys gaming, or who wants do game design, multimedia work or 3D immersion. It’s not dedicated for our use alone.”

For the program to continue to expand, it needed more space and leading technology to support its players.

Solution

With ongoing support from UNT President Neal Smatresk, the esports program was granted space within the University’s POHL Recreation Center to renovate and call its own. The build-out and hardware was funded by the UNT Esports operational budget, with added support from UNT Division of Student Affairs.

Opened in December 2019 and given the moniker “the Eyrie,” (definition: a large nest of a bird of prey, especially an eagle), the space provides a home to varsity esports members and coaches.

“Our collegiate spirit animal is an eagle, and we wanted to maintain the theme begun with the Nest facility” said Wray, “It’s a fantastic space – glass-enclosed, like a fishbowl, and located at the entrance of the Rec Center. We get visibility from thousands of visitors every day.”

Working with ViewSonic marketing manager for gaming, Jason Maryne, Wray outfitted the new facilities with 15 ViewSonic XG2530 25-inch Full HD gaming monitors.

“Right away we found these to be outstanding gaming-quality monitors,” said Wray. “Everything about them seemed ideal for our needs. The 240Hz refresh rate is incredible and the image quality is fantastic. Plus, the design includes great added features like a headphone hook, adjustable stand, cable management – the little things that make life easier.”

Result

Now in its second competitive season, the UNT varsity esports program is going strong. More than 35 students participate on four teams, competing at Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League. The university offers 20k annually in scholarships to recruit and support high school esports athletes.

“It’s been a busy two years, taking over a club-level program and turning it into a winning varsity team,” said Wray. “Having a dedicated practice facility with leading gaming technology has played an important part in our success.”

The ViewSonic monitors help prepare players to be their best for competition, said Wray, noting that without exception the players are all big fans of the ViewSonic XG2530 gaming monitor’s 240Hz refresh rate.

“Immediately when they sit down to play, they notice the difference,” said Wray. “Even the monitors in the other facility don’t hold a candle to these.”

While there is no mandated standard for tournament play, most players agree that training on a high refresh rate boosts their competitive advantage.

“Training on the ViewSonic monitors absolutely gives us an advantage at tournaments,” said Wray. “At the competitions they usually have some form of gamer monitor. If players are used to being on a lower-grade set up, like they may have at their home, then when they go to a LAN experience, they’re at a disadvantage.”

As UNT Rocket League player Tristan King put it: “The 240-frame rate makes a massive difference in gameplay. Rocket League is a very fast-paced game, so it can be the difference between winning a challenge or getting beat.”

Fellow Rocket League player Dylan Windebank agrees.

“The higher refresh rate makes the game easier to process when I’m getting more information per second than if I was on a 144Hz monitor,” said Windebank. “It makes the game feel smoother and makes me play better. I don’t have the opportunity to play on a monitor this fast at home so being able to use a monitor that makes me play better at practices and CRL matches really improves my performance.”

The program’s content manager, Dylan Acrey is another of the many fans of the ViewSonic gaming monitors in the Eyrie practice facility.

“The monitor I use at home is only 75Hz,” said Acrey. “There’s a distinct advantage to using the ViewSonic XG2530, particularly in terms of player control and awareness of surroundings.”

Another big plus of the ViewSonic XG2530 gaming monitor is the swivel stand, said Wray, noting that it’s his staff’s favorite feature.

“It’s a great design. Picking it up and moving it is easy,” he said. “And to be able to flip it on the side, pull everything out and put it back together, without having to lift up the monitor is a huge help.”

Also charged with hauling and setting up monitors at events, Dylan Acrey couldn’t agree more.

“The stand/support system for the ViewSonic XG2530 monitor is great. My work program uses these monitors for public esports events and we often have to set up 20 to 30 of them at a time,” said Acrey. “Detaching and re-attaching screens from their stands is quick and easy, and is a lifesaver on the job.”

UNT varsity esports team members have noted many other positive features of the ViewSonic XG2530 monitors, said Wray. These include: the “exceptional build quality,” great visual clarity, easy height adjustability, tilting head and integrated USB connectivity. Many have commented on the slim, space-saving and attractive design.

“The 240Hz is by far my favorite thing about these ViewSonic monitors,” said League of Legends player Andrew Schmidhausler. “I also like the design, with the sparks of red with the black. It’s a great-looking monitor. A lot of people who make monitors just make them plain, when what many people are looking for is a nice monitor with a sleek look.”Himself a “laptop gamer,” Wray said his experience with the ViewSonic XG2530 gaming monitors has made him want to move up to big-screen gaming.

“These top-quality monitors definitely provide an edge over someone who doesn’t have a monitor like this,” he said. “It’s like in football, not all wide receivers use gloves, but gloves usually make it easier to catch so those who do use them have an edge over someone who doesn’t have them.”

ViewSonic® Gaming Monitors Help School District Develop Successful Esports League



Case Study

ViewSonic® Gaming Monitors Help School District Develop Successful Esports League

Company

Fresno Unified School District serves more than 74,000 students, from preschool through grade 12, preparing career-ready graduates through high-quality instruction, district programs and services, and resources. District administration is guided by four key goals designed to improve student outcomes, which state that all students will: 1. Excel in reading, writing, and math; 2. Engage in arts, activities,and athletics; 3. Demonstrate the character and competencies for workplace success; and 4. Stay in school on target to graduate. The district’s 66 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 9 high schools, 4 alternative schools and 3 special education schools are guided by these goals.

Overview

Problem:

  • Develop and equip an esports league to engage more students in extracurricular activities

Solution:

  • Administration and IT partnership enabled fast development and execution
  • ViewSonic XG2402 24” gaming monitors offered the ideal price point and features to support the league

Result:

  • By its 2nd season the league had over 185 participants
  • Attendance among members has increased considerably
  • Previously uninvolved students are gaining new skills for future success
  • The ViewSonic XG2402 gaming monitors deliver fast, clear images without lag to support league practices and tournament game play

The ViewSonic monitors are great: a quality product at a price that is right for us. With the 144 Hz and 1ms refresh rate, the images constantly refresh. Everything is nice and clear. The students enjoy competing on them.

— Don Soyinthisane, FUSD Director of Information Technology

Problem

Fresno Unified School District structures its administration around four key goals. The second of these states that “All students will engage in arts, activities, and athletics.” The growing popularity of esports presented a significant new opportunity to support Goal 2.

“The benefits of extracurricular involvement and a relationship with a coach to improve academics and social growth are well-documented,” said Joe DiFilippo, Vice Principal on Special Assignment. “From a Goal 2 point of view, esports offered a great opportunity to engage students who would typically hustle home to get on their computer and engage with friends online. We wanted to bring this to the high school campus, to get these students engaging face to face with their peers and an adult coach.”

The challenge was to develop a strong high school esports program at a time when few existed. Certain of the importance of the new activity (whether or not one agrees that it is truly a “sport”), the district was poised to be a trailblazer in this exciting new arena.

“We knew that developing an esports league would not only deliver all the benefits of extracurricular involvement,” said Don Soyinthisane, FUSD Director of Information Technology. “We also wanted to bring focus to a new lucrative and developing industry. We wanted our esports league to foster curiosity into technology and other STEM areas, as well as provide potential career paths to students.”

Solution

Goal 2 Administrator and Assistant Superintendent, Holland Locker, teamed up with the information technology department’s Chief Technology Officer, Kurt Madden, to tackle the task of developing a district-wide esports league. They chose to model their league after a traditional high school sport, which according to Soyinthisane, is somewhat unique among high school esports leagues.

“Our league operates at a district level, like traditional sports,” said Soyinthisane. “Students from each of our high schools can compete against teams from other schools, just like they would with tennis or baseball.”

Dubbed the Fresno Unified Esports League better known as FUeL, the fledgling program began in 2018 with members training and competing on Rocket League. Thirteen district high schools participate in the league, practicing weekly then competing across an 8-week season, at the end of which a final tournament determines the district champion.

The IT department handles arena set up and technology procurement and maintenance. The Goal 2 group develops the schedule, runs tournaments and reports stats. The Goal 2 group’s extensive experience managing other athletic teams made for an easy learning curve.

When it came to equipping the league with display technology, Soyinthisane turned to ViewSonic.

“We’re standardized on ViewSonic monitors across the district, with several models that we buy from CDW-G to equip classrooms, computer labs and administrative offices,” he said. “I was hopeful that they would have a gaming-quality option for us, which it turned out they definitely did.”

The IT Team selected the ViewSonic XG2402 24” gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync™ technology to equip FUeL.

Result

In a short period of time, FUeL has attracted a large participation base. Switching to the popular game League of Legends for their second year, increased membership to around 185 participants across 13 district high schools. The league’s size is matched by member diversity, which includes many female and special ed students as well as the traditional male esports athlete.“Our esports league is giving more students an outlet to participate, to feel
and to show school pride. They may not be kids who could make the soccer team, but they’re super stars at esports,” said Soyinthisane. “They have uniforms, just
like any other athlete, and they wear them with pride on game days. They take it very seriously.”

Seeing FUeL students represent their schools at tournaments exemplifies what the league’s founders hoped to accomplish. Another is a measurable increase in attendance. Among students at the district’s alternative education school, for example, a teacher reported that after joining FUeL student attendance rose from a discouragingly low 25% to around 92%.

“We’re definitely reaching more kids and getting more students to be more active in school,” said Soyinthisane. “These kids were probably gaming at home. Now they’re showcasing their skills to the school.”

The ViewSonic XG2402 24-inch gaming monitors have supported the league players well as they prepare for competition, said Soyinthisane.

“The ViewSonic monitors are great: a quality product at a price that is right for us. With the 144 Hz and 1ms refresh rate, the images constantly refresh. Everything is nice and clear. The students enjoy competing on them,” he said.

Team coaches have commented on the image quality as well, Soyinthisane added.

“Our coaches are a big part of the league success. They watch the students play. Rewind the game play and go over it with them – just like a traditional athletic coach would do after a game or training session.”

Soyinthisane and DiFilippo agree that their efforts to build the league have payed off beyond their initial expectations.

“The amount of engagement this program has created is incredible” said DiFilippo. “We’ve seen fantastic growth with these students in peer to peer interaction and school pride. Our eSports athletes wear their jerseys on Fridays with enthusiasm. The coaches are generally young – in their late 20s and early 30s – they are able to build a real connection with their students.”

Once they accomplish that, he added, everything else falls into place – greater focus in class, improved grades and better behavior – because just like with other school sports eligibility requirements apply.

Currently in the midst of its second year, FUeL has held two tournaments in each of the last two years. The Fall tournament is only open to Fresno Unified School District schools. The Spring tournament includes teams from other school districts that want to compete in a professional-level arena.

“The Fall tournament is huge,” said Soyinthisane. “We set up four arenas on a Saturday, equipped with gaming workstations and our ViewSonic monitors. We have ‘shout casters’ commenting throughout. We want to replicate all that in the Spring and just keep making the program bigger and better and involving more students.”

Beyond that, hopes for FUeL include building a dedicated esports arena and continuing to leverage the growth of the burgeoning industry to help students make the connection between their passion for gaming and real prospects for future career and college opportunities.

“There are more than 200 colleges and universities offering full ride scholarships for esports athletes. And there are opportunities beyond playing, such as coding, shout casting, the business aspects of gaming,” said DiFilippo. “We see parents connecting the dots and realizing that this activity can really point their kids on a path in life.”

Any expansion plans will most certainly involve ViewSonic gaming monitors, said Soyinthisane, who credits the monitor maker for a role in FUeL’s success.

“We have a great relationship with ViewSonic as a supplier and appreciate their support of the growth of our esports league,” he said. “They’re a very strategic partner. They deliver good quality product at a good price, and the support from our account manager Lena Cull has been truly awesome.”

Alma College Teams up with Unique Retail Venue and ViewSonic® to Provide Varsity Esports Facilities



Case Study

Alma College Teams up with Unique Retail Venue and ViewSonic® to Provide Varsity Esports Facilities

Company

COLLEGE
Located an hour north of Lansing, Michigan, Alma College is a private four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduate students from 30 states and 15 foreign countries. With a full-time teaching faculty of 103, Alma College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 and awards degrees including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

AV INTEGRATOR
Since 1991, CCS Presentation Systems has served customers in corporate, government and education markets. Located in Warren, MI, CCS Presentation Systems of Michigan provides full-service integration, installation, training and maintenance of a full range of audio and video equipment. From simple accessories to multi-million-dollar integration projects, school classrooms to world-class resorts, CCS of Michigan provides superior audio-video products, services and solutions to meet a wide variety of needs.

ESPORTS VENUE
Block House Esports opened on October 4, 2020, to serve as a community gathering place offering an internationally-inspired menu and a variety of video game entertainment options. Located in a storefront at the renovated historic opera house in downtown Alma, Block House also serves as the official training and competitive venue for the Alma College varsity esports team. Block House
welcomes neighborhood gamers and fans to play in matches, watch league tournaments and receive coaching. It is also equipped to host live performances and stream digitally.

Overview

Problem:

  • Transform an historic site into a vibrant esports facility
  • Equip space to be the competitive and practice facilities for local college esports team
  • Create an environment that further serves as a community gathering place

Solution:

  • 12 ViewSonic 24” LCD Gaming Monitors with ELITE RGB Technology
  • 13 ViewSonic 24” Gaming LED monitors
  • 2 ViewSonic 65” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Displays
  • 4 ViewSonic 50” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Displays
  • ViewSonic 75” 4K UHD Commercial Display
  • ViewSonic 86” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Display
  • ViewSonic 27” 4K UHD Monitor with SuperClear IPS Technology
  • ViewSonic 35” 1440p Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor with ELITE RGB Technology

Result:

  • Every aspect of the complex AV setup has lived up to and exceeded expectations
  • Alma College now has a formal esports team, with a place to practice and compete
  • The ViewBoard displays facilitated continued collaboration, learning and connection during pandemic conditions

The ViewSonic gaming monitors had great specs, but just to make sure we brought in coaches and members of the Alma College Overwatch and League of Legends teams and we did a brand-blind comparison with competitive products. It was incredible --- each and every one of them picked the 24-inch ViewSonic models.

— Anthony Collamati, Media Studies Professor Alma College

Problem

In 2010, the historic Wright Leppien Opera House in Alma Michigan suffered massive interior damage in a fire. Efforts to renovate the space languished and Alma College took ownership of the space in 2017, investing two years of work to bring it up to code. The upper floors became apartments for Alma College students. The ground floor became home to six storefronts, which the university sought to lease to local businesses that would benefit students and the community.

During renovation, the college asked New Media Studies Professor Anthony Collamati for his thoughts on how to use one of the spaces. The result of that exchange gave birth to an exciting idea: Transform the space into an esports environment that would serve as a practice and competition space for the
Alma College varsity esports team.

“The college didn’t actually have an esports team at that point, but they recognized the value of providing this opportunity to students and plans were in the works,” said Collamati. “One of the biggest roadblocks was the lack of facilities for the team.”

Collamati teamed up with friend and local business owner Nick Lux and leased the space from the university. The plan quickly expanded beyond a simple practice facility.

“As we talked through the options, we realized that we wanted to create a place that lived up to the original historic mission of the building, which was to be a community gathering place for residents to enjoy what was the dominant medium of the time,” said Collamati. “We live in a small town and there aren’t that many places to gather and we wanted to create a space where everyone would feel comfortable and welcome.”

Today’s medium, of course, is gaming. Whereas gaming was seen as a niche hobby for nerds and teenagers two decades ago, today esports has become a multi-billion dollar industry that is still growing. Creating a space that facilitated practice, competition and casual enjoyment – along with comfortable companionship for non-gamers – was an entirely new business and entertainment model.

“We wanted to create a space that would be inviting to anyone who walked in, along with the serious gamers and the Alma esports team,” said Collamati. “The vision encompassed multiple areas designed for different types of game play, as well as areas for the spectating and dining-only crowd.”

A critical component, said Collamati, was a stage area that would replicate the high-level competitive esports experience, which typically takes place in large halls or stadiums, is broadcast live and includes play-by-play “shoutcasting.”

Solution

While there were some challenges related to building on a historic site, building a bar and dining tables proved to be the easy part. Mapping out the varied game spaces, individual team practice stations, a pro-level gaming stage and the AV needed to tie it all together into a vibrant environment was beyond Lux and Collamati’s experience. For this, they turned to Matt Smiley, owner and president
of CCS Presentation Systems of Michigan.

“Matt was tremendous at helping us think through ideas and finding pitfalls before we fell into them,” said Collamati. “Typically, to create the type of environment we sought would require a giant broadcast switcher that costs as much as a house and could run AV feeds from many PCs, along with a control booth, command center and a few producers and operators to manage it all.”

Constrained by costs and space, this full-on esports broadcast approach wasn’t an option, said Collamati. “Our daily team would need to be just a couple of people to edit the broadcast, and we could only afford a dozen AV inputs,” he added.

That’s where CSS presentation systems came in. CSS utilized a dynamic AV over IP solution that used network switching to transition between SDI and HDMI, creating an immersive environment at a budget-friendly price point.

“To do this, we needed monitors and large screen displays with the appropriate integrated connectivity options and Anthony wanted top-notch graphics and color,” said AV pro Matt Smiley. “I’ve worked with ViewSonic for years and they’ve been my go-to monitor brand for some time now. Their products are very dependable, and every client we’ve sold ViewSonic displays to tells us they’re great.”

CCS suggested several ViewSonic® monitors and large screen displays to meet the varied requirements of the installation. Not only were the ViewSonic graphics displays beautiful and the gaming monitor specs up to par, said Collamati, the display’s enabled CCS to bring the entrepreneurs’ vision to life.
“ViewSonic did a great job of sending us demo equipment and helping us pick the right monitors and displays for each area,” said Smiley. “They went above and beyond and together we determined the displays that fit the budget and had the specs Anthony needed.

“A critical feature of the game displays was the refresh rate,” added Smiley.
“And ViewSonic had great monitors specifically for the gaming market.”
Before committing, Collamati put the ViewSonic gaming monitors to the test, determined to make sure that the technology was a good fit for the serious gamers.

“The ViewSonic gaming monitors had great specs, but just to make sure we brought in coaches and members of the Alma College Overwatch and League of Legends teams,” said Collamati. “We did a brand-blind comparison with competitive products. It was incredible --- each and every one of them picked the 24-inch ViewSonic models.”

Ultimately, the CCS and Collamati chose the following ViewSonic products to outfit Block House Esports:

• 12 ViewSonic 24” LCD Gaming Monitors with ELITE RGB Technology, 1920x1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, rapid response time (Model XG240R)

• 13 ViewSonic 24” Gaming LED monitors, 1920x1080 resolution, 144Hz ultra-fast refresh rate, 1ms response time (Model XG2401)

• 2 ViewSonic 65” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Displays (Model CDE6510)

• 4 ViewSonic 50” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Displays, 3840x2160 resolution, 350nits, built-in multi-core media player with 8gb storage
(Model CDE5010)

• 1 ViewSonic 75” 4K UHD Commercial Display (Model CDE7500)

• 1 ViewSonic 86” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Display (Model CDE8600)

• 1 ViewSonic 27” 4K UHD Monitor with SuperClear IPS Technology, 3840x2160 resolution (Model VX2776-4K-MHD)

• 1 ViewSonic 35” 1440p Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor with ELITE RGB Technology, 3440x1440 resolution, 100Hz refresh rate (Model XG350R-C)

Result

Despite delays and constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic, Block House officially opened on October 4, 2020. The response has been even better than he could have dreamed of, says Collamati.

“We host the Alma varsity team practices and competitions, just like a hockey team rents ice time at a rink,” he said. “Beyond this, the response from the community has been overwhelming. Whenever pandemic conditions have allowed us to serve them, we have people here enjoying the food or the bar, or gaming – or all three.”

The crowd ranges from families and groups of kids to couples on dates, said Collamati, who says he’s thrilled to be helping esports come out of the basement and become a social activity.

The space roughly breaks out into three activity-based areas: The bar/dining tables; gaming stations; and competitive streaming stage. To keep track of the large screen displays and facilitate easier communication and programming (while having fun to boot), Collamati and his team named the large ViewSonic commercial displays after the Greek Gods.

Upon entering the Block House, just inside the doorway, Hades, the massive 86” 4K Ultra HD commercial display greets visitors, provides a family- and group-friendly game zone, and captures the attention of passersby. To the left, drinking, dining and spectating visitors can choose from a bar, four-top tables and a large community high-top.

Two-person gaming nooks with ViewSonic XG2401 24” gaming monitors line the wall with larger ViewSonic 50” displays above that showcase the action to spectators. Venture further into the Block House and you’ll find more game stations nestled against historic bare brick walls and situated throughout open spaces. Couches in front of two pairs of ViewSonic 50” 4K Ultra HD Commercial Displays (Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo and Artemis) invite visitors to get comfortable and grab a controller.

The stage area comes to life with 12 ViewSonic 24” LCD gaming monitors with ELITE RGB Technology, which can be configured for a variety of live competitions ranging from 1v1 to 6v6. “These ViewSonic Elite RGB monitors are really terrific,” said Collamati. “We can program them to use our brand colors or can color code the teams so it’s easy to tell who’s home and who’s away.”

Above the stage and along the back wall of the Block House, Zeus, a ViewSonic 75” 4K UHD commercial display is flanked by Poseidon and Hera, ViewSonic’s 65” 4K Ultra HD commercial displays. Transmitters on top of every player station send signals to the control screen, where the Block House team uses a digital switcher to broadcast gameplay onto the big screens.

“The ViewSonic displays have been fantastic and they’re a big part of how the media staff is able to craft an exciting audio-visual experience for people coming into the venue,” said Collamati. “For example, say there’s a group of four battling it out on Valorant, we can stream their game to Zeus, Hera and Poseidon, amping up the competitive excitement.”

What’s more, Collamati adds, the content on the ViewSonic commercial displays can be easily adapted to fit the season, day or mood – as well as to deliver advertising and promotions. “We like to cycle through some branding for ourselves and our sponsors, like the Alma Esports Team, on at least one display,” said Collamati. “On others we could be running seasonal or themed movies. We can run a Twitch broadcast or a live or virtual football game on another. The possibilities are endless.”

One of the biggest thrills and most heartwarming aspect of the venue, says Collamati, is seeing the ways in which the games and the environment bring people together.

“Say we have a mom and daughter playing Mario Kart and we take their game and put it on a ton of screens around the space; it’s such a joy to see their reaction and the connection between the parent and child,” he said. “I knew we could do that – it was our goal all along to be able to show the game play around the space – but I didn’t realize the huge guest experience value it would bring.”

From start to finish, he added, Block House has been a labor of love. To date, their crew is still working out the kinks and looking forward to the post-COVID days when teams in the Block House can livestream their battles on Twitch, just like the pros. On days when Block House is able to open, the excitement just keeps going.

“We just love seeing people walk by, and the big 86-inch ViewSonic display in the front window catches their eye and draws them in,” said Collamati. “We’ve seen a family with young kids eyeing the couch and the rich colors on the display showcasing Donkey Kong or Mario Kart, and they come in and play together, smiling and laughing. Or a teen with his parents who convinces them to come in and they end up playing together. You gotta ask yourself – would those parents have ended up playing Among Us in their basement with their kid?”

Sports and Event Photography Company Grows Exponentially with ViewSonic Monitors



Case Study

Sports and Event Photography Company Grows Exponentially with ViewSonic Monitors

Company

Founded in 2015 by former Microsoft engineer Jason Asthon, Mad Moose Media is a sports and event photography company dedicated to quality, efficiency and “capturing the moment.” Mad Moose serves clients across the U.S. and has photographed everything from traditional youth sports programs to dirt bike racing to yacht tournaments. Drawing upon his skills as a professional photographer and graphic designer, Ashton runs the business with his extended family.

Overview

Problem:

  • Support growth of sports photography company with monitors
  • Provide an outstanding and reliable customer POS experience
  • Support display needs of staff on-site and in the office Support professional caliber photo editing

Solution:

  • 10 ViewSonic TD2730 10-point multi-touch displays for customer point-of-sale
  • 10 ViewSonic VA2256-mhd displays for use by sales team
  • 1 ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 75” interactive display for indoor events
  • 2 ViewSonic PX701-4K Ultra HD projectors to add excitement
  • 1 ViewSonic VP3881 38” Ultrawide ColorPro™ monitor for image editing
  • 1 ViewSonic VX4380-4K Ultra HD 43” monitor for general office use
  • 1 ViewSonic XG350R-C 35” Ultrawide ELITE gaming monitor for relaxing

Result:

  • Business needs have been successfully met and exceeded
  • Rapid, reliable touch response continue to deliver a satisfying POS experience
  • Zero in-field failures despite years of extreme outdoor conditions
  • Professional photo editing delivers what-you-see-is what-you-get quality that cuts expenses and satisfies customers
  • Large, vibrant images and responsive interactive touch displays drive business
    at indoor events
  • Greater legibility and reduced eyestrain during office work

These monitors – and the projectors – all do what they’re supposed to do, with outstanding quality and without fail,” said Ashton, summing up his experience with the many ViewSonic products he uses daily.  “I think one of the most incredible things is their reliability.  We’ve put them through the worst environments they could be through I’m often shocked that they still work.

— Jason Ashton, Founder, Mad Moose Media

Problem

While working as a Microsoft engineer, Ashton decided to keep his competitive spark alive by working part-time at an event photography company. Despite his enthusiasm, Ashton was frustrated by the lack of professionalism he encountered.

“I was not impressed by the way they went about things and I was constantly giving them ideas,” said Ashton. “They never listened, so my wife and I decided to do it ourselves.”

At the time, he said, there was no major software solution for the event photography space, so they developed their own. Along with their software (which was faster and more efficient than anything else on the market), they needed monitors that could be used for up to 20 hours a day in environments that were often dirty, dusty and wet. These monitors would also need to withstand the constant bumping and jostling that came with constant transportation to and from events – initially throughout the Southwest, then across the country as Mad Moose Media expanded.

Solution

In the early days of Mad Moose, said Ashton, everything was about the bottom line. Their Mad Moose POS, Sort and Photo Grab software was developed entirely in-house. Cost, rather than function, was the priority when it came to purchasing monitors.

“The first monitors we had were what we could get easily and inexpensively from Best Buy. As it turned out, some were from ViewSonic and others weren’t,” he said.

During that first year, Mad Moose Media went to any event they could find near their home base of Nevada and Southern California. At a mountain bike race in Orange County, Ashton met someone who would change his life. A Mad Moose customer noticed the ViewSonic monitors then brought his friend by to meet the Mad Moose crew. That friend turned out to be President of ViewSonic Americas, Jeff Volpe.

“He and I ended up having a lot of common interests,” said Ashton, “We had a great time talking, and of course he commented on how ViewSonic monitors could do a better job for us. I was thrilled to take his advice and try out the monitors he recommended as best for our different needs.”

With a range of vehicles, trailers and tents that traveled to events, Mad Moose Media needed a wide range of monitors to meet their needs. The final solution consisted of:

ViewSonic® TD2730 Multi-Touch Displays
The 10 TD2730 multi-touch displays being used for customer point-of-sale were the most critical component of the business, said Ashton, as they served the interface where customers could see, customize and order photos. Using the VESA compatible mounts on the displays, Ashton connected standard folding wall mounts, flipped them 180-degrees and attached them to a table instead of a wall, creating a fast and easy set-up process.

ViewSonic VA2256-mhd Displays
10 displays are used by the sales team from inside the tent or trailer, mirroring what the customer sees on the outside.

ViewSonic ViewBoard® IFP7550 75” Interactive Flat Panel Display
This giant display, said Ashton, is ideal for circumstances that bring Mad Moose inside to showcase and sell their photography. Mounted on the ViewSonic
LB-STND-003-S mobile stand, the 75” ViewBoard interactive display is quite literally a standout in conference rooms, convention centers and high-end award ceremonies.

ViewSonic PX701-4K Ultra HD Projectors
Two 4K projectors amp up the excitement during events by displaying content onto the ceiling of the tent. With nighttime images that reach up to 20 feet, Aston’s team can livestream races, showcase results and present highlights.

ViewSonic VP3881 38” ColorPro™ Monitor
This powerful color-accurate display is used for image editing in Ashton’s home office to produce pixel-perfect pictures every time.

ViewSonic VX4380-4K 43” Ultra HD Monitor
The Mad Moose team uses this 4K monitor for poster development and general in-office use.

ViewSonic XG350R-C 35” Ultrawide ELITE Gaming Monitor
Running a business is hard work. That’s why for Ashton, a gaming monitor was critical for self-care.

Result

Equipped with the right technology for each job and driven by a passion for excellence, Mad Moose Media has grown exponentially over the past five years. Some of the credit goes to the durability and performance of the ViewSonic displays, said Ashton.

“For one thing, without the touchscreen POS monitors we couldn’t do anything,” he said. “And these ViewSonic multi-touch models do everything we need. The images are great and the high nit count for brightness is very important because we’re outside. Even with the awning providing shade it’s still very bright.”

Not only do the ViewSonic TD2730 touch displays deliver everything needed for point-of-sale customer interaction, they do so again and again, without fail, at nearly 100 events per year.

“The durability of these monitors is mind-blowing,” said Ashton. “We’ve never had a failure in the field and we put them to work in the worst dust you can imagine. They’ve been through rain multiple times plus snow, 20-degree weather, 100-degree weather, you name it. They’ve had thousands of customers pushing on them and they’ve been driven across the country dozens of times.”

This, he said, is beyond critical for the company’s five concessions: A tent with five ViewSonic TD2730 touchscreen displays; two vending trailers, each with four to six TD2730 displays; a golf cart with two TD2730 displays; and the indoor concession: a 75” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 interactive display.

“We rely completely on our ViewSonic monitors. We can’t have low-quality monitors that break during an event,” said Ashton. “That would cost us thousands of dollars in a day.”

From small to large, outdoor to indoor, ViewSonic displays do not disappoint,
said Ashton, who is particularly fond of the 75” ViewBoard interactive display.

“It’s huge and vibrant and always catches peoples’ attention with its beautiful, massive screen,” he said. “We just push it into the meeting room or convention hall, put it in the corner, and people continually walk up and interact with it.”

While most of the company’s business - from order placement to the final printed product placed in the customers’ hands - is conducted and completed onsite, Mad Moose Media also specializes in creating customized posters produced off-site.

“We take a lot of pride in our posters,” said Ashton. “We know they can stay up
on walls for a long time and we work hard to make sure they’re perfect.”

This is where the ViewSonic VP3881 Ultrawide ColorPro™ monitor shines, enabling Ashton and his team to edit, color-correct and personalize photos taken in the toughest of conditions.

“None of our photographers get it easy. They have to work with odd lighting, dust and water reflections; we don’t get to set up a photoshoot,” Ashton said. “This is where the editing, color coding and color grading that we do on this monitor is critical.

For example, an image may be a bit hazy due to dust but also the best image from the event. The functionality of the ViewSonic VP3881 enables us to edit out the haze and get the colors perfect, said Ashton, adding that this is another important cost-saver for the company.

“When we generate the poster on our giant printer, we know that what we see on the monitor screen will be what we see on the final result. This is critical because we print thousands of posters per year. If it doesn’t look exactly right onscreen compared to what we print, we’d waste a lot of time and expensive paper.”

The Mad Moose headquarters is also home to a ViewSonic VX4380-4K Ultra HD monitor, which supports basic business functions as well as some poster design. “To be honest, I just love this monitor, it’s so easy to read everything on it,” said Ashton. “It’s my general office workstation so I use it daily for emails, PowerPoint, Excel, that sort of thing. The 4K is a whole different feel and I notice way less eye strain.”

Beyond the ViewSonic monitors that support his business, Ashton has one more that’s near and dear to his heart: the ViewSonic XG350R-C 35” Ultrawide ELITE gaming monitor. Designed to deliver an immersive experience for esports and gaming enthusiasts, this elegant, curved display includes ViewSonic exclusive RGB ELITE lighting technology, a 100Hz refresh rate and ClearMotion™ technology to reduce blur.

“I grew up racing and I’m a racer at heart. These days I do a lot of iRacing and sim racing online for fun,” Ashton said. “I’m at races and competitions every weekend, running the Mad Moose show, but when I want to race myself, I can do it anytime online with other people from around the world.”

What started as a pastime became something bigger when the COVID pandemic put a stop to many live events in early 2020. Because of his background, Ashton has become what he calls “tech support” for 20 or so NASCAR drivers, advising them on everything from the software to the workstation setup. And he always recommends the ViewSonic XG350R-C 35” Ultrawide ELITE gaming monitor.

“I tell them that this incredible 35” curved ViewSonic gaming monitor is absolutely what they need. It’s pretty much perfect for sim racing,” he said. “You need the ultrawide because you need to be able to easily see who’s to your left and right, and it gives you a tremendous field of view. It’s an amazing monitor and for the price point it’s even more amazing.”

With a thriving and expanding business, Mad Moose Media captures thousands of athletes and racers in the heat of the action. As soon as those shots are captured, ViewSonic monitors play a vital role in getting those images into the hands of athletes and their fans.

“These monitors – and the projectors – all do what they’re supposed to do, with outstanding quality and without fail,” said Ashton, summing up his experience with the many ViewSonic products he uses daily. “I think one of the most incredible things is their reliability. We’ve put them through the worst environments they could be through. I’m often shocked that they still work.”

Despite the damp, dust and grime spanning five-plus years, none of the ViewSonic monitors have ever been dismantled or professionally cleaned. “We just blow them off and wipe the screens, simple things,” said Ashton. “I joke that we put these monitors through more durability testing than when they’re manufactured. With us they go through hell and back – and keep working.”

Claremont Graduate University Creates Collaborative Learning Space with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays



Case Study

Claremont Graduate University Creates Collaborative Learning Space with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays

Company

Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University is a private all-graduate research university in Claremont, California. Founded in 1925, CGU is a member of the Claremont Colleges, which includes five undergraduate (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps and Pitzer) and two graduate (CGU and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences) institutions of higher education. CGU offers an intimate, high-touch academic research environment. The university’s unique brand of graduate-only scholarship transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to foster the creation of new knowledge—and new ways of seeing and improving the world.

Overview

Problem:

  • Create a collaborative learning space suited for university-level education

Solution:

  • One 86” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP8650 display
  • Four 75” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 displays
  • Two ViewSonic LS820 short-throw laser projectors 40 laptops

Result:

  • Huddle spaces provide efficient stations for group work.
  • Large screens increase visibility throughout the classroom.
  • Modular furniture and cart-mounted displays offer easy flexibility.
  • Exceeded the expectations of faculty, IT staff and CGU leadership team.
  • In high demand by faculty; was fully booked prior to COVID closures.
  • Faculty have saved time and increased student collaboration.
  • Provides collaborative space for board meetings, special events and faculty/staff training.

The professors really enjoy having a top tier, cutting-edge space that gives them so much teaching flexibility.

— Michael Thomas, Director of Educational Technology and Client Services

Problem

Interactive displays have become a gold standard for technology in K-12 education by empowering students and instructors to communicate and collaborate in ways that have been shown to increase educational outcomes and prepare students for career success. Would it be possible then, wondered Claremont Graduate University’s leadership team, for this technology to be applied to the unique environment of their institution?

What started off as a thought experiment quickly became reality when CGU board members, Trustee Weng Chan and university president Len Jessup met with ViewSonic leadership to discuss different possibilities. The members greenlit a project that would eventually become known as the Advanced Learning Environment (ALE), a room outfitted with several ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays and short-throw laser projectors, along with enough laptops to accommodate every student. If it worked as anticipated, it would become the prototype for future classrooms.

But before the ALE could change the way CGU approached technology, it first needed to pass muster with the IT team that would be responsible for implementation. Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration/Technology Services and Information Systems Manoj Chitre admits to being skeptical at first.

“ViewBoard displays have great capabilities and deliver a terrific, immersive classroom experience that’s great for K-12 education,” said Chitre. “As a graduate-only institution it wasn’t immediately apparent how our faculty would use the devices. I wondered, how applicable would they be to our class settings?”

Michael Thomas, Director of Educational Technology and Client Services, was of a similar mindset.

“These tools, the ViewBoard displays and myViewBoard™ software, were specifically designed for K-12,” said Thomas. “We were assured by the ViewSonic team that the software would translate well to pedagogy for adults and that it would be regularly updated for this use.”

With all the relevant stakeholders onboard with the project, the IT and leadership teams went to work.

Solution

The ALE was envisioned as an interactive space where teachers could have the flexibility to expand their teaching methods and foster creativity and collaboration individually and in groups.

ViewSonic worked with the CGU team to determine the best technology to bring this collaborative vision to life, ultimately selecting five interactive displays – an 86” ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP8650 to serve as the “teaching display” and four 75” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 displays for use by students – all featuring 4K Ultra HD resolution and immersive 20-point touchscreens. For flexibility, each display was mounted on a cart to enable teachers to move them around the room as desired. Two ViewSonic LS820 short-throw laser projectors and 40 laptops rounded out the room.

“We knew that for this room to embody our vision it needed to be highly versatile,” said Thomas. “My philosophy is that technology alone isn’t always the solution and to achieve our goals every element of the room needed to contribute to the modularity. To achieve this, CGU leadership ultimately invested in a complete remodel of the space.”

With financial backing from the University’s board, the team gave the room a modern makeover to make it more accessible for students. Whereas before there was a typical 800 sq. ft. lab with rows of tables and chairs, there now stood a vibrant, cutting-edge technology center. An electrified glass wall provided a sense of openness but also doubled as a privacy filter by being opaque at the push of a button. Window blinds (which normally took minutes to close) became motorized and could be remotely raised and lowered as a group. A browser-based system provided hassle-free room scheduling and cut down on many of the conflicts that came with booking a regular meeting space.

“The old room was very static. This one is modular and modern,” said Thomas. “The furniture is modular and easy to reconfigure. The ViewBoard displays are on rolling carts. Everything can be easily changed up to accommodate different needs.”

The CGU IT team completed the installation during the summer of 2019. In September, the Advanced Learning Environment was officially open for use. With help from ViewSonic, the IT team laid the groundwork for a successful launch.

“ViewSonic helped train my team members, who became trainers for the faculty,” said Thomas. “We also created documentation on how to use the tools and software in the room, including recommendations on how to use these resources for different teaching modalities.”

Result

The ALE quickly became one of the most popular spots on campus, with five months of increasing use before the university shut down in March of 2020
to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Pre-pandemic the ALE was being used daily by faculty across the campus,” said Thomas. “The Statistics professors were the first to use it extensively, but soon it was being used for every type of class as well as for board meetings, special events and training faculty and staff from our sister schools.”

It was so in-demand, says Thomas, that they regularly had to turn people away.

“This room provides the faculty with capabilities they didn’t have in the past, and it’s changing the way they teach,” he said. “Some use all the displays at once, for upgraded one-to-many teaching. For example, this approach is good for classes that use the Socratic method, and it adds visibility for vision-impaired students. Many use the displays separately for breakouts and group work, then have the students share their work onto the large screens using myViewBoard software.

In Professor Brian Hilton’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) class, ViewSonic ViewBoard displays have particularly been effective at saving time for both himself and his students. Consider this “then” versus “now” snapshot of group work in Hilton’s classes with and without the large screen huddle spaces.

“Before I had these resources to use, groups of students would share a single laptop to create the assigned GIS maps or apps. To demonstrate their work, they had to come to the front of the room, login to their account and find the correct content – all before they could begin discussing it, all of which took time,” said Hilton. “Now each group works at a large ViewSonic ViewBoard display, which has many benefits.”

“First of all, it gets them up and moving, getting into groups around their display – a good outcome for evening classes where almost everyone is coming from work at the end of a long day. They then proceed as before with the exercise, but since the screen is large, they have the ability to work together rather than just watch one person manipulate the application. Then, when it’s time for their demonstration, we just move between groups – it’s much more efficient.”

Hilton also talked about another unanticipated bonus, “The groups at each display can easily see what the others are doing, which creates some useful friendly competition.”

The results lived up to the high expectations that the CGU leadership had for the room. What the team couldn’t have anticipated was how useful the ALE would become in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This room has proved valuable in so many ways we didn’t imagine,” said Chitre. “For one thing, it was an ideal environment for training faculty in online learning tools and techniques before going home in March.”

“For another,” said Chitre, “ViewBoard displays have proven invaluable in facilitating remote teaching in new ways at the outset of the 2020-2021 school year, with the campus closed and the university offering online flexible learning.

“Some faculty can’t or don’t want to teach from home,” he said. “We’ve been able to bring them on campus and enable them to use the big screens to connect with remote students. They can talk to them easily and present though the ViewBoard displays. It’s really been a blessing for them.”

The combination of Zoom plus the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays has been tremendous, added Thomas.

“These tools together have been a huge win this fall for the faculty teaching from campus,” he said. “They wanted to be in a classroom to teach but many found it awkward lecturing on Zoom to an empty room. When we set them up on the ViewBoard displays with webcams and they were able to see a large gallery of their students’ faces and have bidirectional conversations -- definitely a more enjoyable teaching and learning experience.”

To maximize this benefit, the ViewBoard displays were moved to individual classrooms.

According to Thomas, whether it was late 2019, during the transition to remote learning, or in its current distributed locations, feedback has been “overwhelmingly fantastic.”

“The faculty really enjoy the modularity of the ALE and the touchscreen aspect of the displays has been one of the biggest wins,” he said. “The screens are absolutely gorgeous and the touchscreen capabilities are outstanding. We’ve had nothing but positive feedback about the displays.”

All in all (pandemic notwithstanding), the faculty’s expectations were overwhelmingly met, says Thomas.

“The professors really enjoy having a top tier, cutting-edge space that gives them so much teaching flexibility,” he said. “We’re looking forward to extending the concept and are working with ViewSonic to acquire more ViewBoard displays.”

The IT team has also been offering demos of the ALE for CGU’s sister colleges.

“Scripps just bought three and CMC is also in the process acquiring some ViewSonic ViewBoards,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting more – a lot more.”

ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Displays Open a World of Collaborative Learning for Small K-6 School



Case Study

ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Displays Open a World of Collaborative Learning for Small K-6 School

Company

Located in Dewitt, NY, the Syracuse Hebrew Day School (SHDS) is a K-6 independent, religious school serving Jewish and non-Jewish families in Central New York State. SHDS is dedicated to educating the whole child – mind, heart and soul – and providing a joyful and warm learning community. It prepares students for academic achievement through individualized, child-centered education with a focus on experiential learning; students learn to read, write, understand and speak both English and Hebrew every day.

Overview

Problem:

  • Upgrade classroom display technology
  • Prepare students for future technology use
  • Provide students the benefits of collaborative learning

Solution:

  • 75” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 4K interactive display
  • IFP7550-E2 bundle with display, mobile trolley cart and wireless AC adapter

Result:

  • ViewSonic PD and intuitive interface enabled teachers to quickly use the new resource
  • Teachers now integrate collaborative learning throughout their daily lessons
  • The ViewBoard displays facilitated continued collaboration, learning and connection during pandemic conditions

The ViewSonic ViewBoard displays boosted teacher capabilities both in terms of what they do in their classrooms and in terms of getting them adjusted to learning and teaching remotely through technology. These displays don’t just come in handy, they’re invaluable.

— Laura Lavine, Syracuse Hebrew Day School Head of School

Problem

Upon becoming Head of School at Syracuse Hebrew Day School, one of Laura Lavine’s first priorities was to upgrade classroom technology. A former public school superintendent, she recognized that her SHDS students were missing out on the benefits of interactive and collaborative technology.

“I wanted my students to be as adept at using these devices as other students, so that when they graduate and move on to seventh grade, they won’t have to face a challenging learning curve,” said Lavine. “They also deserved the educational benefits that come with using technology during their primary and intermediate grades.”

Additionally, Lavine wanted to prepare for potential remote learning due to snow days or extended student absences (a prescient move considering the pandemic that surfaced months later).

At that time, classrooms used a mix of old-school tools. The go-to for displaying content at the front of the room was a cart-mounted projector and a pull-down screen. Teachers shared lesson materials on a classic whiteboard.

Lavine was familiar with projector-based interactive whiteboards from her days as a public school superintendent, and began considering this type of solution for SHDS, while also evaluating 1:1 computing devices, taking steps to become a Google school, and beginning professional development to bring teachers up-to- date on the use of online resources.

Solution

In June 2019, as she began her research into technology and online solutions, Lavine visited an area high school. As she peered into classrooms along the way, she noticed teachers and students working at interactive whiteboards that lacked a separate projector.

“That’s when I first became aware of interactive whiteboards that don’t need a projector,” said Lavine. “They were slim, compact and looked easier to use.”

Her colleagues at the high school confirmed her initial impressions and spoke highly of their displays – ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive flat panel displays.

“I started looking at the various products available in this category,” said Lavine. “And I decided I didn’t want to do my usual lengthy amount of research. The school I visited is very large and loves their ViewSonic ViewBoard displays; I decided that if they were good enough for them, they would surely be good enough for our little gem of a school.”

Lavine purchased a 75” ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 4K interactive display within two weeks of her first glimpse of the technology. At the recommendation of her sales representative Nick Gugliuzza, she purchased the IFP7550-E2 bundle, which included everything needed to create an easy-to-use shared resource: the display, a mobile trolley cart and a wireless AC adapter.

It proved to be much more than “good enough” for SHDS.

Result

Thanks to excellent PD provided by Nick, said Lavine, teachers quickly began integrating the ViewBoard into their curriculum and were initially satisfied with using it as a shared resource. (“Back in the pre-COVID days we could do that,” noted Lavine.)

“Nick made the training very hands-on and everyone picked it up quickly,” Lavine said, acknowledging that she herself was a bit nervous about learning to use the display. “A teacher said, ‘Laura it’s just a big iPad’ – so I told myself, I can do this, and it ended up being easy. Our teachers took to it very quickly.”

Soon, however, teachers began asking to have one of their own, so Lavine purchased four more, equipping other classrooms – including every general education classroom – with a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display.

“They told me that there was so much more they could do if they had one full time in their rooms,” said Lavine. “Fortunately, we received a grant from an area bank that enabled us to purchase more.”

Along with outstanding customer service, Lavine said the displays themselves did not disappoint.

“The quality of the onscreen picture is extremely high, the sound is good, and the user interface is very intuitive,” she said. “Half of our faculty is over 60 yet everyone is using them. Everything about these displays is great. They are easy to use and there’s been nothing glitchy at all. We love them.”

When schools across the country began closing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020, Lavine said she was the first one in their county to announce the closing of a school.

“I was confident in doing so because I knew we could handle teaching remotely thanks to the technology and training we had invested in,” she said. “We closed school on Friday March 13th, then on Monday March 16th we were fully online for the next three and a half months.”

When the start of the next school year came around, Lavine opened the doors of SHDS knowing they had the pieces in place to keep everyone safe: small class sizes along with masking, maintaining socially-distanced classroom pods, and the addition of six-foot clear plexiglass booths around each student desk.

“When it came to teaching effectively under these conditions,” she said, “The ViewSonic ViewBoard displays helped tremendously – I don’t think it’s too much to say that they’ve saved our school day.”

In many ways, teachers used the ViewBoard displays exactly as they had for their first seven months at the school – working collaboratively with students using apps like Go Noodle, Brain Pop, Kahoot, Padlet and more. Under these new conditions, the large screen with crisp, clear images made it possible for every student to see and hear lessons clearly, said Lavine. Older students, who could be counted on to take care and use hand sanitizer appropriately, continue to get up and work at the boards.

What has made the biggest difference during the pandemic, said Lavine, is the ability to connect with those who used to come into the building – guest readers, authors and the like – along with the ability to connect to the world at large.

“Once a week, the cantor from an area synagogue came to school to teach Jewish music. Now she connects via Zoom so students get the that same half hour of music each week, displayed on the ViewBoard,” said Lavine. “The same goes for our monthly Kindergarten storyteller. These displays are allowing us to stay connected; they’ve opened up the world to us more than we would have thought possible during this pandemic.”

Another invaluable result of having ViewSonic ViewBoard displays in each classroom during these COVID times is the ability to keep the school’s traditions alive and well. One such tradition is the morning meeting, which, during typical times, brings students of all ages together in one room to get to know one another and share Torah portion lessons. It’s a tradition with countless student benefits, including the development of leadership and public speaking skills. The  ViewSonic ViewBoard displays have enabled a nearly seamless continuation of this tradition.

“Every classroom turns on their display and everyone is together virtually,” said Lavine. “The sixth graders still run the meeting and get the leadership experience. Even though the classrooms are just 20 feet apart, the ViewBoard displays are what bring us together as a community.”

Day-to-day instruction continues within each classroom “pod,” bolstered by the combined use of the ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays and individual student devices.

“A teacher’s creativity is the only thing that limits the use of the ViewBoard displays,” said Lavine. “And all of our teachers are really enjoying coming up with ways to use their ViewBoard for instruction.”

A Hebrew teacher uses the Padlet app for teaching Hebrew. Sixth graders read the book Wonder, then watched it on the classroom screen. First graders learn about nouns and verbs using the Kahoot app and respond to questions on the big board using their individual devices. Just about every teacher mines YouTube for resources to display on their classroom ViewBoard.

“These teachers are among the most collaborative and hard-working I have known in forty years, and they were - and are - eager to learn about new resources,” said Lavine. “The ViewSonic ViewBoard displays boosted their capabilities both in terms of what they do in their classrooms and in terms of getting them adjusted to learning and teaching remotely through technology.

“The ViewBoard displays don’t just come in handy, they’re invaluable.”

ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Solution Readies Secondary School



Case Study

ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Solution

Readies Secondary School for Interactive Adaptability Amidst COVID-19

Company

Serving students from Brentwood Tennessee and the surrounding community, Brentwood Academy is an independent co-educational college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Offering a full spectrum of classes including honors and Advanced Placement courses, Brentwood Academy
is located 15 miles south of Nashville.

Overview

Problem:

  • Develop a flexible teaching system to adapt to a changing climate
  • Prepare for in-person learning, while having the ability to shift to a hybrid learning solution

Solution:

  • 65-inch ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP6550 4K interactive displays
  • myViewBoardTM software

Result:

  • Brentwood Academy is ready to deliver top-notch education in any foreseeable circumstances
  • Easily accommodate those who need to learn or teach from home
  • Enhance student learning and allow interactivity in new ways that we and the teachers are very excited about

With this new system we’ll be able to more easily accommodate those
who need to learn or teach from home. We’ll also be able to meet the
needs of students who may need to recuperate or quarantine from
home, and we’ll be able to quickly pivot should we need to move to
100% remote learning.

— Jeff Bryant, Brentwood Academy Dean of Academics

Problem

Like thousands of schools across the country, in March of 2020 Brentwood Academy closed its doors and began an unprecedented experiment in distance  learning brought about by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. To quickly implement a solution, the IT team aligned teachers around Zoom as the distance learning platform to finish out the educational year.

With this stopgap in place, the team turned its sights on preparing for the upcoming school year. No one could predict whether the spread of COVID-19 would prevent the return of in-person learning in the fall or require another closure if the school was able to reopen as scheduled.

“We took the time to reflect on the current conditions with COVID-19 while school wasn’t in session,” said Brentwood Academy IT Director Chris Allen. “We were exploring options for systems that would enable us to adapt to a changing climate – whether during a complete lockdown or if staff or students needed to self-quarantine.”

The goal, said Allen, was to be ready for in-person learning, while having the ability to nimbly shift at any moment to hybrid or complete virtual learning.

Solution

To achieve their goal of delivering a highly flexible and adaptable teaching system, the Brentwood Academy team realized that they needed more than communication software. Likewise, their current projection system not only limited their options but had inherent in-classroom challenges. Cabled connectivity to laptops, VCR/DVD players and document cameras was cumbersome, messy and time consuming. The ceiling-mounted audio system radiated sound into surrounding classrooms while interactivity and annotation capabilities were limited.

Investing in interactive displays with robust connectivity, communications and annotation capabilities would enable teachers to bring an enhanced classroom- like experience to remote students.

The transition to Zoom for distance learning went well, leading Allen to initially consider a Zoom-based display solution. Then he discovered ViewSonic.

“I was looking into which companies were leveraging Zoom with their interactive displays,” said Allen. “When I discovered ViewSonic it became clear that their solution offered the adaptability that we were looking for. It was clear that ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays and myViewBoardTM software would open up many options and opportunities.”

More research and testing led to the final decision to create an adaptable system with several components, the centerpiece of which was the 65-inch ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP6550 4K interactive display.

“We put the 65-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard displays in every classroom. They are the core of our hybrid-ready virtual learning environment,” said Allen. “Along with the myViewBoard software, they connect all the pieces of the system together. Because they’re agnostic, they are very open to other tools that our teachers use, like document cameras and even legacy VCR players.”

Standardized around Microsoft 365 Education, they moved from Zoom to Microsoft Teams for video collaboration. No additional sound equipment was needed, said Allen, as the integrated ViewSonic® ViewBoard® audio was both sufficient for and contained within each classroom. Intel NUC small form factor PCs power each classroom setup while cloud-based ViewSonic® myViewBoard® software delivers in-person whiteboarding capabilities and the ability to prepare materials and present from anywhere.

“The myViewBoard software combines everything we needed to teach under any circumstances,” said Jeff Bryant, Brentwood Academy Dean of Academics who worked with Allen to develop the new system. “From the first time I saw it I was impressed with the ability of the ViewSonic solution to provide interactivity between teachers and students at a really responsive rate and be adaptable to hybrid scenarios.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge, said Allen, was authentication. While newer ViewBoard interactive displays have an integrated fingerprint reader, Brentwood Academy chose an earlier model to accommodate substitute personnel. The concern: password security. Their solution: Windows Hello, the authentication method integrated into Windows 10 Pro, in conjunction with a FIDO2 USB key.

“It’s essentially like a car key for the ViewBoard display, which has three easy- access USB ports. Each key is bound to a teacher’s Microsoft 365 identity,” said Allen. “Teachers can simply plug the key into any ViewBoard on campus, which then prompts for a PIN.”

Another point of pride in the unique system setup is the two strategically placed 105-degree field of view USB 3.0 webcams with built-in microphone arrays in each classroom.

“We have one webcam mounted on top of each ViewBoard display and another attached to the ceiling about 10 feet into the classroom,” said Allen. “This enables us to capture more than just what’s happening at the front of the room.”

The goal, said Allen, was to replicate seeing and interacting with each participant in a Zoom call.

“The Zoom concept of distance learning enables all the participating students to see and interact with one another,” said Allen. “With our dual-camera setup teachers can flip to the second camera to show the entire class during a discussion, enabling those participating from home or elsewhere to be more fully involved. If we only had the single camera facing the ViewBoard, remote students could only see the teacher and front of the room.”

Last but not least, the team purchased 75 ViewSonic WoodPad drawing tablets, which enable teachers to replicate the whiteboarding experience from home.

Result

While the realities of the 2020-2021 school year are far from certain, Brentwood Academy is ready to deliver top-notch education in any foreseeable circumstances. Teachers will train on the ViewSonic ViewBoard system beginning in early August, then set up their FIDO2 keys during orientation using help desk kiosks to walk them through the process of adding the key to their Microsoft profile.

“From day one we’ll have the added security of this multifactor authentication,” said Allen. “And the teachers will be able to securely launch any programs and apps they have associated with their Microsoft Education account profile from any ViewBoard on campus – including their personal myViewBoard hub and Microsoft OneDrive.”

Students who start the school year in-person will see an impressive new classroom setup and experience enhanced collaboration and interaction with content. Those who need to be out of the classroom for any reason will similarly enjoy enhanced collaborative and interactive learning benefits.

“With this new system we’ll be able to more easily accommodate those who need to learn or teach from home,” said Bryant, “We’ll also be able to meet the needs of students who may need to recuperate or quarantine from home, and we’ll be able to quickly pivot should we need to move to 100% remote learning.”

Those learning remotely (which Bryant points out includes students traveling during the school day for sports or a debate tournament) will receive synchronous learning complete with the sights and sounds of their teacher and classmates, along with full visibility to all content displayed and manipulated on the ViewSonic ViewBoard. For those that can’t sync up live, the solution provides the ability to record visual and auditory content, said Bryant.

“With our block schedule it can be difficult to catch up if a student misses even one class,” said Bryant. “With the myViewBoard and Microsoft Teams combination, they don’t have to wait to get the material second hand. Instructors can record key lesson material and make it available anytime, anywhere.”

This, he added, is a terrific tool for all students, who can use the recorded material for concept review and test prep.

The benefits for teachers are equally notable. First, said Allen, the IT team wanted to offer a solution that was easy for teachers to adapt to their instructional styles and existing toolkit.

“We wanted it to be pretty seamless for teachers. The myViewBoard software and ViewBoard displays are so intuitive they make this easy,” said Allen, adding that because it’s not a proprietary system it will be easy for the teachers to use any tools they are already using. When they walk into their classroom for the first time, everything will be setup and ready to go.

“With the setup we developed, the only thing teachers will need to do is come to class, log into Windows, launch Teams, and launch the myViewBoard software,” said Allen. “From that point they’ll already have a classroom session going within Teams and will be able to share their desktop, which is their myViewBoard whiteboard. They can easily display the myViewBoard session from within Teams as well as bounce in and out of the myViewBoard window to open a web browser, display a YouTube video or open an app. It’s all very straightforward.”

The flexible capabilities address another critical challenge for teachers during COVID-19: the strain of balancing work and family.

“If we do have to go into full distance learning,” said Allen, “teachers will be challenged by having to teach from home. With this system they can come into their classrooms and teach from their ViewBoard displays.”

The ViewBoard WoodPad tablets provide an additional level of flexibility, added Allen, by enabling instructors to interface with their myViewBoard software and develop visual materials from home, whether for advanced prep or because they are self-isolating due to potential coronavirus exposure.

Amid these uncertain times excitement is nonetheless building around the new system, said Allen.

“We had two instructors teaching summer enrichment classes using the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays,” he said. “Other teachers walked by and were mesmerized by it, then came and asked when they were getting one.”

Staff and faculty have been making the same request, leading Allen to put ViewSonic ViewBoard displays in the school’s dens and meeting spaces as well as every classroom.

“We’re all in with ViewSonic and we couldn’t be happier with this solution,” said Bryant. “Even if we never have to do hybrid or remote learning, the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays will enhance student learning and allow interactivity in new ways that we and the teachers are very excited about.”

And if distance learning is called for?

“I’m confident that we met our goal of best-in-class products that will help us deliver a top-notch learning experience whether in or out of the classroom,” Allen concluded.

Private Tutor Improves Student Satisfaction, Attention, and Comprehension in Virtual Classes



Case Study

Private Tutor Improves Student Satisfaction, Attention, and Comprehension in Virtual Classes

with ViewSonic® Interactive Displays

Company

Klicher Sanhueza has been a professor at the Gauss Pre-college School since 2011. With a Master’s in Education from the University of Santiago de Chile, Sanhueza has devoted his career to providing private classes and preparing students for the PSU (University Selection Test). In addition to teaching mathematics and physics to grade school students, Sanhueza also teaches calculus, algebra, and statistics to civil and commercial engineering college students.

Overview

Problem: Help Professor Sanhueza continue his private lessons online.

Solution: ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP6550 65-inch interactive display with 4K Ultra HD resolution.

Result:

  • Greater student participation and interactivity during lessons.
  • Feedback has been so positive that he plans to continue using both the IFP6550 interactive display and myViewBoard software to teach remotely after the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Less time spent traveling to classes, more time spent with his family.

With remote classes, since these kids are digital natives, they feel they are in a friendly environment and get excited with all the myViewBoard™ tools. The interactivity makes them constantly attentive

— Klicher Sanhueza, private professor with a Master’s in Education from the University of Santiago de Chile

Problem

In response to COVID-19, Chile began implementing various measures designed to slow the spread of the disease, such as enforcing social distancing, placing residents under quarantine, and closing schools, shops, and restaurants. While Sanhueza had always conducted his one-on-one private classes in person, Chile’s new restrictions forced him to adapt. As teaching was a fundamental part of his economic livelihood, stopping lessons was not an option. In March of 2020, Sanhueza decided to reinvent his teaching process through online classes.

Solution

While Sanhueza was aware of ViewSonic® interactive displays and myViewBoard™ software, he had never considered working with these tools before COVID-19. But since Sanhueza needed products that would enable him to teach his online classes just as effectively as he did in his in-person classes, he decided to invest in ViewSonic products.

On March 15th 2020, Sanhueza purchased a 65-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard® IFP7550 interactive display with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a 20-point immersive touchscreen, to be used in conjunction with Zoom Pro and ViewSonic's myViewBoard™ educational software, in order to teach remotely.

Result

For Sanhueza, acquiring the interactive display was one of the best investments he could have made. Before the pandemic, Sanhueza would spend hours traveling to reach his students. But with virtual classes, he is able to reach them instantly. Now, rather than wasting hours in traffic, Sanhueza is able to spend more time with his family in Peñalolén.

Thanks to the ViewBoard IFP6550 interactive display and myViewBoard software, the quality of his classes has also changed dramatically.

“In my face-to-face classes, the kids interrupted the class to go to the bathroom and look for food. They were not motivated and did everything to avoid the lessons. Instead, with remote classes, since these kids are digital natives, they feel they are in a friendly environment and get excited with all the myViewBoard tools. The interactivity makes them constantly attentive; they do not ask for permission to go to the bathroom or become unmotivated. Students who had two hours of classes started asking me for four, those who had one hour a week asked for two.” says Sanhueza.

The interactivity provided by both the interactive display and myViewBoard software excited students so much that many requested for classes to be continued over the winter holidays (something that had never happened to Sanhueza in his 15-year career as a teacher).

With myViewBoard, Sanhueza can send students and parents QR codes that link to all the work done during a study session, so that students can review their work, and parents can see exactly what is being taught to their children.

Sanhueza believes that once the pandemic is over, at least 80% of his classes will remain remote. One of the main reasons for sticking to remote classes is that the IFP6550 interactive display and myViewBoard enable him to both capture the attention of his students, and easily adapt to their learning style – whether it be audio, kinesthetic, or visual.

“Students have different ways of learning, some do it with the help of sounds, others through touch, or visually. The face-to-face classes are rather explanatory, but the virtual one is more experiential, where I am the intermediary between knowledge and the student, it is a constructive class in which we work together,” explains Sanhueza.

However, not all students liked the idea of having virtual private lessons at first. "There was a young student who wanted face-to-face classes, because supposedly he wasn't going to hook up with the virtual ones and I said, "let's try it.” “We did it and now he is fascinated, he has two classes a week,” says Sanhueza.

For Sanhueza, feedback from his private virtual classes has been so positive that he is now using both the IFP6550 interactive display and myViewBoard for his classes at the Gauss School. Administrators, noticing the substantial improvement among Sanhueza’s students, decided to acquire two more ViewSonic interactive displays for its classes.

“I was quite happy, I was a pioneer in the pre-college school, they congratulated me for my classes. They told me that the best pre-college school classes are the ones I teach using the interactive display. I went from having eight students in my class to having 12 the following week, because the kids spread the word that they were having spectacular classes with me,” says Sanhueza.

Deloitte Uruguay Modernizes Its Boardrooms, Conference Rooms, and Training Rooms



Case Study

Deloitte Uruguay Modernizes Its Boardrooms, Conference Rooms, and Training Rooms with ViewSonic® Interactive Displays

Company

Deloitte is a corporation where thousands of professionals, organized under independent firms, collaborate to offer auditing, consulting, financial advisory, risk management as well as fiscal and legal services.

In Uruguay, Deloitte provides services through Deloitte SC, a subsidiary of Deloitte Spanish Latin America (Deloitte S-LATAM), and a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited or “DTTL”.

Deloitte is one of the largest professional services firms in Uruguay. Driven by a dedication to excellence in the training and promotion of human capital, Deloitte is consistently recognized as a firm that goes the extra mile for its clients.

Overview

Problem: To help Deloitte Uruguay modernize its boardrooms, conferences and training rooms with interactive screens in order to make teamwork more interactive, productive and dynamic.

Solution: Equipped with ViewSonic 75, 65, and 55-inch IFP50 ViewBoard ™ interactive displays, touch screen and 4K Ultra HD resolution

Result: Deloitte Uruguay executives and employees were thrilled with the interactive displays as it allowed them to transition from using outdated projectors with poor resolution to state-of-the-art interactive displays that fostered teamwork.

With this ViewSonic solution we are able to satisfy the needs of
everyone, from board members to younger users such as users
of the training rooms or co-working [spaces]

— Rafael Charquero, IT Deloitte Uruguay

Problem

Deloitte (Uruguay) wanted to modernize its conference, training, and meeting rooms.

They were looking for a modern solution to replace the aging projector in their boardroom as well as a way to upgrade their training rooms in order to provide their employees with a more comprehensive training experience. Deloitte Uruguay also wanted to create an innovation center for employees to work, interact, and test the latest technology.

Solution

Representatives at Soluciones en Sistemas de Información (SSI Ltda.), a firm
that specializes in technology and communication, presented Deloitte Uruguay
with ViewSonic interactive displays.

Since their projectors displayed images poorly, Deloitte Uruguay wanted their new screens to be high resolution. These screens also had to be bright enough to be visible in a dark room.

While Deloitte Uruguay’s old projectors were not interactive, having interactivity in the new interactive displays quickly became an essential part of their company.

“We managed to achieve something we didn’t have before - interactivity with presentations - where the presenter can work on his or her presentation in a very easy way. And collaboration, so that participants can also interact with each other”, highlighted Rafael Charquero, IT Deloitte Uruguay.

Deloitte purchased four ViewSonic IFP50 ViewBoard® interactive displays including two 75-inch displays, one 65-inch display, and one 55-inch display as well as two display stands (VB-STND-001).

Each display came with 4K Ultra-HD resolution and a 20-point immersive touchscreen. The equipment was divided as follows: one IFP7550 was installed in the boardroom, the other IFP7550 was installed in the training room, one IFP6550 was installed in the conference room, while the IFP5550 was installed in the co-working space.

Result

Deloitte Uruguay executives and employees were thrilled with the interactive displays as it allowed them to transition from using outdated projectors with poor resolution to state-of-the-art interactive displays that fostered teamwork.

“We were looking for new tools that allow us to innovate our way of working, to make it dynamic, more productive and efficient. We have very different users within the company, and with this ViewSonic solution we are able to satisfy the needs of everyone, from board members to younger users such as users of the training rooms or co-working [spaces]”, highlighted Rafael Charquero.

As for the installation itself, there were no setbacks and the company leaders were satisfied with the training provided by the equipment vendor on how to use the screens.

Deloitte plans to continue modernizing its company and incorporate more IFP units in the following months, both in Uruguay and other countries on the continent.