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Thursday, September 27, 2012

AmpliVox Launches "The 12 for 12/2013!" New Product Line Up

We are very pleased to announce "The 12 for 12/2013!" product line-up, 12 new products that dramatically expand our capabilities as a premier audio equipment provider. The new products include elegant lecterns and podiums, high-tech public safety sound systems and versatile audio products to enhance multi-media presentations. This is the largest expansion of our line in our 60-year history, and we are very excited to share it with you.
“Sound system technology has taken another dramatic paradigm leap,” commented CEO Don Roth. “It’s our mission at AmpliVox to make the best presentation and sound amplification systems available to our customers. We are constantly striving to make our products simple, versatile, and easy to operate so that anyone can use them with a minimal learning curve.”
The leading products of our expansion effort fall into three main categories. Click the name of each product to review a detailed PDF:
AmpliVox’s Radio Hailer, for school and corporate application, enables emergency responders to coordinate efforts and issue crowd instructions from up to a mile away.

Lecterns: AmpliVox has added to its most popular podiums with:
Acrylic Lecterns- Unique design with 14 choices in clear or tinted.
Euro-Contemporary Lecterns- Contoured, modern designs in a selection of upscale finishes.
Pinnacle Lecterns- Classic, versatile lecterns formed in durable, lightweight hard shell plastic and available in an assortment of colors and in tabletop size.
Visionary Lecterns- Dynamic presentation vehicle with breakthrough design that includes an integrated 17-inch LCD screen for Power Point, photo, or logo displays.  Use your laptop for instant content updates.

Public Safety: AmpliVox continues to be a leader in the emergency management industry with new products that improve communication, crowd control, and efficiency in emergency situations, including:
The Radio Hailer- A groundbreaking system that links emergency personnel to leadership through a combination of MURS handheld radios and loudspeaker stations.
The Emergency Strobe Mity-Meg- AmpliVox’s powerful 10-Watt megaphone fully outfitted for safety with strobe light, siren, whistle, talk, and record/playback functions.

Multi-Media: AmpliVox offers a range of products designed to make multi-media presentations easy and seamless, including:
Line Array Speaker- Three varieties of compact 30-watt stereo speakers with passive, wired or wireless mics. Designed for use with whiteboards and flat panel displays.  2U rackmount sized for carts and lecterns.
Our Compact Line Array Speaker
Wireless Multimedia Amplifier- Standard 50 watt stereo amplifier now upgraded from 2-channel VHF frequency to 16-channel UHF receiver compatibility with wireless mic frequency spectrum from 584 to 608 MHz.
Mity-Box Speaker-- A compact passive or amplified speaker for small venues, including classrooms and meeting rooms.
Multimedia Computer Lecterns- Attractive lecterns to support and store multiple devices for multimedia presentations, including a rack-mount amplifier and data ports.
Powered Desk/Wall Mount Stereo Computer Speaker- Crystal clear sound with wired connections.
iPod Adapter Cable- A single split-cable design that allows users to power and play iPods simultaneously.

To learn more about the exciting new developments in our product line, visit http://www.ampli.com/. If you have specific questions and would like to speak to us directly, give us a call at (800) 267-5486.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Top 100 Education Blog Posts and Links for Teachers

AmpliVox Portable Sound Systems loves educators and students alike and produce many products perfect for educators including:
After looking through our bookmarks and seeing a bunch of really helpful blog posts for educators, we thought we would throw them into a blog post and share with the educational community:

Top Education Themed Blogs from AmpliVox
1. Top 10 Reasons for Integrating Technology in Education

2. Top 10 Classroom Management Tips for Teachers

3. Top 15 Albert Einstein Quotes on Education

4. 20 Motivational Quotes and Sayings on Education

5. iPads in Education: Top 10 Interesting Uses of the iPad

6. 10 Ways to Use iPods in the Classroom

7. The Best School Lecterns and Podiums

8. The Best School Portable PA Systems

9. The Best School Computer Carts and Desks

10. iPod Listening Center Meets 4 Key Criteria for Learning Through Technology

11. School Listening Centers and Stations with Head phones, Splitters and a List of Ideas and Resources

12. Marching Band PA Systems

13. How Amplified Classrooms Benefit Everybody (Amplified Classroom Statistics)

Technology and Social Media in Education

14. Edtech Magazine 50 Must Read K-12 Education IT Blogs

15. DailyTekk: 100 Tech Tools for Teachers and Students

16. Emerging Ed Tech: 100 Ideas for Using Twitter in the Classroom

17. Social Media Explorer: Top Education Blogs

18. eSchool News: Ten Education Blogs worth Following

19. EdTech Magazine: 50 Must Read Higher Education Blogs

20. 100 Best Blogs for Teachers of the Future

21. edcetera: 30 Edtech Experts on Twitter

22. 3 Ways to Use Pinterest in Education

23. 100 Seriously Cool Classroom Blogs for Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

24. Edutopia: Five Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms

25. Education in the Cloud: How One School is Revolutionizing the Classroom

26. How to Leverage Tech to Keep Students Focused

27. Leadership in Technology is Really Leadership in Learning

28. Mashable: 8 Ways Technology is Advancing Education

29. Certification Map: 5 Education Technology Blogs

30. USNews: 3 Tips for Integrating Technology in Education

Infographics on Education

31. Infographic on Flipped Classrooms

32. Infographic: The History of Technology in Education

33. How to Choose and use a Backpack

34. How has the Internet Changed Education

35. The Learning Power of LEGO

36. Student Bullying Infographic

37. The ABCs of the SAT Infographic

38. Education's Effect on Education

39. Technology Enhances Education

40. How Apple is Revolutionizing Education

41. Straight Facts on American Teachers

Resources for Teaching

42. Resources for Teaching Middle School

43. 5 Ways to Spice up your Teaching via SchoolsIn

44. 6 Ways to Make a Classroom Lecture Interesting

45. 80 Plus Google Forms for the Classroom

46. Emergency Communication Systems for Schools

47. 50 Little Known Ways Google Docs can help in Education

48. Story: 7th Graders Publish their Own Textbook

AmpliVox Digital iPod Listening Center
49. Mashable: 100+ Online Resources that are Transforming Education

50. Video: TedTalk | Inspiring Youth Through Inspiring Education

51. Leamore Primary School's Online Tutorials

52. TeachHub: 65 Interactive Whiteboard Resources

53. PBS: Teachers Classroom Resources

54. TES: Teacher's TV Video Collection

55. Education World: Educator's Best Friend

56. BestEdSites: List of Teacher Resources

Awesome EduBlogs from Real Teachers!

57. Larry Ferlazzo Education Blog | Twitter

58. Kleinspiration: Connecting Tradition and Technology to Inspire the Seeds we Plant today | Twitter

59. Principal's Page | Twitter

60. Two Teachers who Read a Lot | Follow Franki Sibberson and MaryLeeHahn

61. A Principal's Reflection: 10 Roadblocks to Change | Twitter

62. Science Fix | Twitter

63. Regurgitated AlphaBits | Twitter

64. 99 Motivators for College Success | Twitter

65. Help Kids Learn | Twitter

66. Cool Cat Teacher Blog | Twitter

67. The Innovative Educator | Twitter

iPod Portable PA System
68. Tech Blog: The Nerdy Teacher | Twitter

69. Web 2.0 Classroom by Steven W. Anderson | Twitter

70. Hooked on Innovation | Twitter

The Importance of Education

71. Pick the Brain: The Importance of Continuing Education and How to Achieve It

72. Forbes: What does it mean to be educated?

73. The Lesson Locker: Why Be Educated? Show Me the Money Follow @TheLessonLocker

74. Should Boys and Girls Be Educated Separately?

75. Buzzle: The Importance of Physical Activity in Schools

76. Physical Education is Key to Complete Education

77. WebMD: Physical Education: What do you know about PE Class?

78. Video: Why is Student Engagement Important?

79. National Center for Education Statistics: Extracurricular Participation and Student Engagement

80. Why Teens Drop out of High School

Video Games in Education

81. Edutopia: Educational Resource Roundup: Video Games

82. Video: Best Educational Toys for Teens

83. 6 Unexpectedly Entertaining Educational Video Games for Kids

84. 12 Educational Video Games That Were Actually Fun

85. Top 20 Educational Video Games

86. Top Sites with Free Games that Make Learning Fun

87. Squidoo Lens: Educational Video Games for Kids

88. Research from Rice University: Video Games and the Future of Learning

89. YouTube Video: The Best PC Educational Games for Children...EVER!

90. The Today Show: Technology to Keep Kids Learning Year-Round

Fun Stuff
91. EdTechDigest 50 Fascinating Edupreneurs

92. Orangutans Communicate with Zookeepers via iPad

93. Video: Top 10 Things You Didn't Learn about Teaching in College!

94. 100 Video Sites Every Educator Should Know

95. 25 Funniest Academic Raps on YouTube

96. 100 Awesome YouTube Channels for Teachers

97. 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Students and Teachers

98. Video: How to Maintain Classroom Discipline (1950's Era)

99. 10 Education Blogs Worth Following

100. Education Week: 10 Tips for Selecting the Best Educational Video Games

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Friday, September 21, 2012

AmpliVox Attends Stampede's "Big Book of AV Tour 2012" in Detroit

AmpliVox attended Stampede’s “The Big Book of AV Tour 2012” in Detroit, Michigan on September 13th. The tradeshow, which was held at the Sheraton Detroit, was one stop in a nationwide tour that drew local audio-visual dealers to meet with some of the nation’s largest manufacturers in the industry, including Sony, LG, Sharp and Mitsubishi, as well as learn about new product offerings. Find out what we had on display after the break.

AmpliVox's new Line Array Speaker

AmpliVox was represented by account executive Dan Kreusch, who hosted a booth that showcased several AmpliVox products. Among them was the new Line Array Speaker, which has the flexibility to provide sound as an attachment for interactive whiteboards in classrooms and business settings, or as a standalone PA system for smaller venues. 
The S1732 iPod Charger/Adapter
utilizing our SW805 amp

The S1732 iPod Cable and Adapter Kit was another exciting product on hand, which enhances the capabilities of AmpliVox’s lecterns and speakers by providing an easy method to play music off your Apple mobile device (while it automatically charges!). Better yet, this adapter kit is no additional cost to dealers.

According to Kreusch, “The show was a great opportunity to showcase some exciting products and meet with local dealers, from owners to systems installers, who often are unable to attend bigger tradeshows like InfoComm and CES. Like Stampede, AmpliVox values any opportunity to have face-to-face interaction with our dealers.”

The “Big Book of AV Tour” is part of a larger effort by Stampede to provide regional tradeshows for smaller, local dealers so they can meet with manufacturers directly and learn about new products and opportunities. Stampede’s “Big Book of AV” is an online resource designed to help buyers select the right audio and video equipment for their needs. If you would like to view the book, which features several AmpliVox products, head to bigbookofav.com.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lectern Etiquette: 13 of the Best Suggestions for Speeches

Ever get nervous or worry about what you look like when you are presenting? Have a big presentation, speech, or proposal coming up?

Don't worry! 

Just read these tips and you will pass with flying colors.

Here are some tips to maintain a professional look and nail the presentation.

1. Do not lean on the Lectern. It makes you look uncomfortable as a speaker. Stand straight up with good posture to maintain a professional look.

2. Eliminate any habits that take the attention of yourself (the speaker). Do not fiddle with a pen or any other object. Fiddling with something shows you are nervous. Be yourself and look confident.

3. Men, have your suit coat buttoned up when approaching the lectern. If your need to unbutton it while you are presenting that is fine. But, it is proper to have your suit coat buttoned up when you are announced.

4. Do not free walk or pace without a purpose. Move to demonstrate or emphasize a point. Moving without purpose will take away from you as a presenter and cause your audience to loose focus.

5. Thank the person who introduced you. It is proper, shows good manners, and will make a good first impression on your audience. It will make you look better and it will open a gait way to starting your speech.

6. Rehearse your speech. It makes you look confident, will insure that you will not stutter, and will help your nerves. You do not need to memorize your speech word for word. Just remember your key points and the order they are in.

7. Make eye contact. It will help direct attention to an individual and will give you cues to improve your speech. It will also personalize the presentation to everyone you make eye contact with.

8. Use gestures, looks, and sounds to elaborate a point. Volume and physical movement will place emphasis on a point in your speech. If a point in your speech is important raise the volume of your voice and throw in some hand gestures.

9. The closing line of your speech should not be thank you. It is not proper to end your presentation in "thank you". (See tip number 10 for how to close out a speech)

10. Use lines like I will now turn it over to (blank) to end your speech. It properly ends your speech and sounds professional. This will create a good last impression on your audience and will end the presentation in an original way.

11. Do not use a verbal or physical crutches. Habits such as hands in your pockets, jingling change, using words like "um" and "uh" can take away from your speech. It shows that your are nervous and do not know your speech well. It is more professional to leave these habits out.

12. Do not apologize for a mistake. It is unprofessional and is not good presenting etiquette. Most people will not even recognize if you mess up. Continue on in your presentation like nothing happened.

13. Be polite and courteous to your audience. It is implied to be kind to your audience, it will let them feel like you care about your presentation and them.

Here are some Lecterns that make your presentation even better:

The Executive Column Wood Lectern has a great professional look. With optional sound which allows your voice to be heard thought the room. It comes in four different wood finishes to fit your every need.

We also offer Acrylic Lecterns. These lecterns have a contemporary look and would look great in any room. They are lightweight so they can be moved from room to room with ease.

Related Links:
Blog: Professional Presentation Tips from Kay Meyer
Blog: Presentation Tips for the Size and Shape of Rooms