Disparate devices and platforms can pose serious challenges in learning environments. Not every academic setting offers all students the same computer, and sometimes students may forget their laptops and have just a mobile phone or tablet for classroom interaction. In an administrative setting, meetings can get bogged down if there are myriad devices in play, especially if they require disparate cables, dongles or adapters.
The Intel Unite® solution gives you the ability to integrate all class or meeting participants seamlessly, first by bridging the gap between devices and operating systems. As long as users have downloaded the Intel Unite software, they can enter a meeting—in person or remotely—with any smart phone, tablet, laptop, or mobile device running any major operating system, be it Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, or Linux. All they need to do is launch the app and enter a six-digit PIN, and they’ve joined the meeting.
A key feature of the Intel Unite solution is that it works with all your familiar remote conferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Webex. By combining wireless content sharing software with an enabled hub computer, you can quickly and easily convert any classroom or meeting room into an intelligent collaboration space. You can effortlessly connect displays and mixed technology environments so students, teachers, and administrators can share and collaborate seamlessly, whether they’re on site or remote.
Integrate Other Capabilities as Well
While integrating all your students or staff in the session easily, Intel also offers a number of apps that can enhance your Intel Unite experience. Here are just some of the apps that can help you make your learning environment more immersive and engaging—or make staff meetings more productive:
AirServer. This app’s universal screen mirroring receiver works with the Intel Unite solution to help guest participants easily join meetings, view content, and present.
AVer. This plugin enables teachers or administrators to seamlessly control AVer cameras and speakerphones from the Intel Unite solution, making it easier to create and oversee sessions by eliminating complexity.
Bluescape. Use this plugin to easily start meetings and launch Bluescape Workspaces within Intel Unite-enabled meeting rooms to better support sharing of content, connecting to third-party apps, and presenting to teammates, whether local or remote.
HoverCam. Designed specifically for classrooms, this plugin integrates control of HoverCam’s document camera to give teachers more control over how they engage and share information with their students.
But the flexibility and adaptability of the Intel Unite solution doesn’t end with the widely available apps offered through Intel. Because of its open architecture, the Intel Unite solution is highly customizable. Using the publicly available Intel Unite® Plugin Software Development Kit (SDK), developers can create apps that expand the software’s capabilities to address their school or district’s specific needs.
For example, using the SDK, users have developed custom apps to manage audio, video, lighting, and even HVAC controls. One user created a custom app that activates a room’s lights so they brighten when meeting participants physically enter the space; another app triggers the lights to dim as soon as someone starts presenting. Both concepts could be easily adapted to lecture halls or similar settings.
Keep Your Instructors in Control of Their Classrooms
The Intel Unite solution also puts instructors in control. Teachers always initiate the sessions and manage what’s shared. Built-in education settings let them preview what students want to display, block inappropriate content, and help younger children share. They can easily switch the focus of the display to direct students’ attention to digital content, a whiteboard, or a camera view. They’re also able to annotate on displays in real time to draw attention to anything on the screen, circling, underlining, or jotting notes just like on a whiteboard.
Working Better, Together
Many schools have already made substantial investments in digital technology and can’t afford to start from scratch—with the Intel Unite solution, they no longer have to. Whether you select the on-premises or cloud option, the Intel Unite solution works with your existing technologies for controlled collaboration and content sharing while being easy to use and requiring no training for most users. If you’re looking for a new or improved collaboration tool, the Intel Unite solution, with its lower total cost of ownership and ability to integrate with your existing infrastructure, could be what your school system needs.
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