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Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

by Mark Valenti CTS, President and CEO, The Sextant Group

The next generation of learning spaces start with the same characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—but add an important difference: the capability of creating and making. While the concept is certainly not new, low-cost, high-performance technology is transforming the very nature of the create/make activities. In […]

Designing Modern Classrooms

SouthEast Education Network’s SEEN Magazine recently interviewed Senior Project Consultant David Barnett CTS-D for the feature “Designing Modern Classrooms.” An expert on transforming traditional classrooms into engaging, technology-infused learning environments, David addresses several key aspects of the design process, including the early integration of a technology design consultant. David suggests that in order to transform spaces into modern learning […]

TRUE NORTH | Higher Ed Classroom Revolution Informs Corporate Space Planning for Millennials

by Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group
This article originally appeared in RealcommEdge Magazine’s May 2015 issue.

In 2015, millennials will become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Since the majority of these millennials are technologically adept, their expectations of when, where and how we work are driving thinking on future office […]

TRUE NORTH | Collaboration’s Profound Impact on Tech Implementation… What a Difference an App Makes!

by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

From innovation to ubiquitous acceptance can be a long and circuitous path for new technologies. The hype of something new only rarely becomes the reality of something truly effective. Across the spectrum of all of our markets, we see growing interest in and application of “collaboration” that is having […]

Technology in Education: Teacher Tips for Integrating Technology

Integrating technology into the classroom is all about letting the students guide you instead of the other way around. Put technology tools in the hands of the students and ask, “What would you do with this?” They might come up with ideas you’ve never thought about. In this short video, Mark Valenti CTS, President and CEO of The Sextant […]

Technology in Education: Uses of Modern Technology in Classroom Teaching

Uses of modern technology in classroom teaching shouldn’t be complex or difficult. Flip your classroom or use Skype to bring an expert into the classroom. Leverage smartphones by sending your students out into the field to gather data. The Sextant Group’s President and CEO, Mark S. Valenti CTS, discusses the uses of modern technology in classroom teaching.

Uses of Modern […]

Cutting-Edge Technology Shapes the Future Of Learning

The Sextant Group invites architects, students, staff, and AV professionals to North Carolina State University’s new Hunt Library for an exclusive tour, demonstrations, presentations and a look behind the scenes at the technology driving “the library of the future.”

PITTSBURGH PA – The Sextant Group, the technology consultant responsible for the audiovisual, information technologies and acoustical design for the […]

TRUE NORTH | Active Learning: Transforms Environments

by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Change is in the air. Universities are rethinking the educational experience, watching technological innovations and building learning spaces that are challenging the traditional teaching methods on campus. Changes in pedagogy, student expectations, campus culture, and corporate competition are resulting in fundamental shifts of mission, culture and process at many institutions. Colleges and […]

TRUE NORTH | Designing for Collaboration: Technology, Zen and Now

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

These prescient words, attributed to Confucius over twenty-five hundred years ago, are truer in 2011 than ever before. Over a decade ago, we were adapting buildings for the “Information Age.” Since then, we have seen the “Age of Collaboration” take over. If […]

TRUE NORTH | Looking Up in a Down Market: Forward-thinking Campuses Still Upgrading Classrooms

by The Sextant Group

In this difficult economic environment, many colleges and universities are searching for ways to upgrade facilities and improve student outcomes without expensive construction projects. We believe this is an opportunity to move beyond the simple “carpet and paint” Band-aid type renovations to a more meaningful re-design of yesterday’s classrooms and lecture halls.

To replace the old […]