A Review of VIVI in Education

VIVI is a wireless presentation solution, a simple blue box connected to a Data Projector or TV which allows a teacher or presenter to roam about the classroom and remain wirelessly connected to the TV or Data Projector.

Vivi is a wireless presentation solution, with features quite similar to ‘AirPlay’ on an Apple TV, with a few extra features thrown in for good measure.

Background: We had endless trouble with our Apple TVs in 2014 and 2015, you can read about our Apple TV Experience (nightmare) here and if I ever work out what the issue was I will gladly share the solution on this Blog – until then, believe me Apple TV’s don’t work in an education environment.

Questions about VIVI

VIVI make some bold statements on their website so I’ll evaluate VIVI using the same questions they present on their website http://vivi.io – I will answer each question by presenting my own experiences with VIVI.

Does it offer true screen mirroring?

VIVI marketing: Vivi offers true full screen mirroring.

  • It transfers exactly what is on your screen to a data projector.
  • It appears to support higher resolutions better than Apple TV.

How reliable is the solution’s wireless connectivity?

VIVI marketing: We won’t bore you with technical details, other than to say our purpose-built technology is as reliable as it gets.

Is it easy to use? Really easy to use?

VIVI marketing: Vivi is the simplest wireless presenting software on the market and requires no user training.

I proved this with the welcome email I sent out. (please see below).

The whole point about choosing VIVI is that it should be easy enough to use without further instruction, so please give it a go.  

On the first day I sent out a technician to assist staff.  It seemed fitting that Ryan should be available to ensure it works as expected.

Does it stream smooth, high quality video?

VIVI marketing: Vivi plays videos directly over the wired network like a media player – freeing up your mobile device for other tasks.

Direct Play from YouTube.com – We love this feature, when you play YouTube videos it plays directly from YouTube using the wired network.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

Not sure how other networks function, may need to test this further.

Can it capture and save screens for future reference?

VIVI marketing: Vivi is one of the few solutions on the market that does.

How easy will it be to introduce and integrate into your school or workplace?

VIVI marketing: But because Vivi supports AD/SAML single sign on, your staff will be set to go from day one – using their existing usernames and passwords.

Is it constantly evolving?

VIVI marketing: And we never stop listening to what our customers want.

How easy is it to maintain?

VIVI marketing: Vivi’s cloud-based administration portal makes it easy to manage your Vivi fleet, rename units, perform bulk updates – and assess the health of all units in an instant.

Why choose VIVI?

I was at AIS ICT Conference in Canberra 2017 listening in on a discussion about Wireless Projection, various schools were offering up suggestions and the conversation weighed in on quality, performance and price.

I installed VIVI in L8, a large teaching space with 8 x 75 inch TV’s on mobile stands.

L8 a Large Learning Space with 8 TV’s

L8 is flexible learning space in which I’ve installed 8 large 75″ TV’s I’ve also provided microphones and sound system to help teachers present more easily

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8 TV’s with VIVI at the front, side and back of flexible learning space.

VIVI Installation

  • I gave Ryan the VIVI box and asked him to find out how it worked and to please install it in L8.
  • We wanted teachers and students to login to VIVI with their usernames and network accounts so some Active Directory configuration was required.
  • We enabled SAML, our two choices were using SAML or exposing SAML externally, we chose to use SAML because we had it available for other products.
  • We allowed VIVI through our Firewall,  and made a reservation so VIVI can get to YouTube.
  • Uploaded the VIVI Software Package to Self Services – Self Service is a Jamf Pro / Casper page from which our staff and students can easily download designated software.

Training Staff

I wanted to be sure that Teachers would use VIVI so we removed the Apple Mini Display Port / HTMI Cable from the Room.

If teachers or students want to use the Projector + 8 broadcast TV’s scattered in the room they would need to install and use VIVI software.

I took VIVI at their word “Vivi is the simplest wireless presenting software on the market and requires no user training” so I send out the following notice to let staff know about VIVI.

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Week Two

Teacher are having Student present and because of familiarity an time they are simply are reverting back to the HDMI Cable, because its quicker and easier than getting the students ton install and use VIVI.   – (VIVI is still in use more than 80 % of the week.)

Week Three, Four, Five and Six

The testing process stretched out longer than we though it would,  but there in was the success.

All the users in L8, about 200 students and teachers, have used VIVI without complaint for the past 6 weeks.

Cost Considerations

We’re a College with over 60 Learning Spaces,  (including our Large 75 inch TV’s we might have about 80 screens we want to use VIVI on).  That’s a lot of money to spend.

The BETA Program

I contacted VIVI about splitting the screen given that I have 8 screens in L8 so I might occasionally want the to group 2 of the screen separately and then broadcast to both screens separately form the the other five screen.

VIVI invited us to be part of this Beta Program, and I will report on how this goes in week three, they also very kindly sent me a second VIVI box to run trials with.  (already I have sufficient evidence to suggest VIVI is a product worth investing in).

Summary

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

VIVI is a very well thought out product,

 

 

 

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Thank you Julian at St Teresa, Noosaville

I’ve known Julian the IT Manager at St Teresa’s to be kind and generous with his knowledge and information and I’ve have long admired his positive attitude and approach to overcoming hurdles and providing efficient services to the staff and students at St Teresa’s.

Julian he was instrumental in providing me with quality information about starting and managing a 1 to 1 program when I first rolled our our 1:1 program in 2010.

We met again this week to discuss technologies and compare notes and we touched on some of the following subjects.

  • NAPLAN and the future of using iPads and Macbooks for assessment.
  • Risks of using email as a communication tool for students, a preferred option would be to use a blogging program of some sort where all student are able to see a teacher response to an academic question.
  • The MAC SHACK and using students to assist with technology.
  • Deep Freeze and how it can help avoid re-imaging  student loan computers.
  • The possibility of meeting us with Redlands College to examine how they use iPads in Education and for accessment i.e NAPLAN.

I had a productive couple of hours and hope to do this again in the future.

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DAYTiME: A Day of Technology in Music Education (2017)

I had a wonderful time at the “A Day of Technology in Music Education”, – Friday, June 2, 2017. – I particularly enjoyed the Key Note by Andrew Brown, “Amplifying Musicality” as well as Keith Huxtable’s talk about “Preparing for the future“.

DAYTiME has become the No. 1 conference in the region focusing on music technology in music education with the 2016 series attracting over 500 attendees.

What did I attend?

  • Andrew Brown – Amplifiying Musicality.
  • Keith Huxtable – Preparing for the future.
  • Katie Wardrobe – Remixing NASA samples and found sounds.
  • Kye Thomas – Technology in Music Making.
  • Darrin Wood – Using Technology as a Teaching Tool.
  • Keith Huxtable – Closing Presentation and prizes.

What did I learn?

  • The Challenge Music Directors and teachers face is space and resourcing.
  • Music is arguably the most important of the Arts – (evidence provided).
  • Garageband is still the ‘boss’, and can be used to demonstrate most things.

Observations:

  • There was a very high percentage of State schools represented,
  • Music Teachers appear not to be as chatty as Technology people,
  • State Schools are disadvantaged because of bureaucracy,

The limitations placed up the sensible use of technology in the state system is crippling the Arts & I could not possibly imagine being productive working under those sorts of restrictions.  – (someone has to say it).

Is it worth going to?

  • Yes – presentations are recorded and shared after the event.
  • Food was excellent.

Notes

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http://www.musicednet.com/

What I took away?

http://www.whosampled.com/  – Who Sampled who, – Discover Music through Samples, Cover Songs and Remixes

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Glasshouse Technology Showcase 2016

I’ve often wanted to share some of the things we do with Technology and Apple at Glasshouse and on Friday 19th of May 2017 I  had an opportunity to present some of what we’ve done with Apple at our College.

This is the second event we have done like this and I hope to do more in the future.

Speakers Include:

  • Roland, Josh and Rob from Glasshouse,
  • Vasco from Jamf,
  • Harold from CompNow
  • Dave Wells from Apple

Glasshouse IT Managers Event

Most of the Managers present were from the Sunshine Coast.

Glasshouse Tecnology Showcase 2017

CompNow have been our provider for many years and we have been more than happy with the service they give us.

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Our Invitation

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AIS ICT Conference 2017: Reflections and Thoughts

An IT Managers Conference arranged by IT Managers for IT Managers.

I had an amazing time at the AIS/ICT Manager Conference in Canberra from the 3rd till the 4th of May 2017. This is my first AIS Canberra Conference and plan to go every year and apart from the Key Notes most of the presentations were given by IT Managers which I feel makes the event particularly helpful.

Day 1 – Pre Conference (3rd May)

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Day 2 – Thursday 4th May

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Day 3 – Friday 5th May

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My Sessions were as follows:

Pre Conference

  • 11:00 – 13:00 : Developing and Refining your ICT Strategy
  • 02:30 – 04:30 : Tour of Australian Institute of Sport
  • 19:00 – 22:00 : Dinner at the Canberra Portrait Gallery

Day 1

  • 11:00 – 12:00 : Rolling out a new Wireless Network  (Mitch Miller / Doug Price)
  • 12:15 – 13:15 : Architecture and Building Design – (Rory Chapman/ Kate Kirby)
  • 19:00 – 22:00 : Dinner at Parliament House Canberra

Day 2

  • 10:20 – 11:10 : Knowledge Management – (Brenton Harty)
  • 12:40 – 13:30 : Effective Communication / Decision Making – (Jenni-Lee Williams)
  • 02:35 – 03:05 : Final Keynote Summary
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Early Documentaries about Technology

Early Documentaries about Computers and Technology

I find myself in the curious position of having been around shortly after the technology began to speed up and I quite enjoy an occasional melancholy glance at our common history.

Introduction to the Internet video (1994)

The 90’s Tech – History Of Internet Documentary

1970s in Science and Technology | 1970’s Technology Documentary – Documentary Films

History of Personal Computers Part 1

History of Personal Computers Part 2

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Classic Macintosh Links

Classic Apple Macintosh Links I use very occasionally. I have an SE and a Classic

Emulation

Experience System 7 + Software and Apps https://archive.org/details/mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation

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