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The 6 best things at Campus Tech 2015

Kacy Zurkus | Aug. 12, 2015
The 22nd annual education technology conference, Campus Technology 2015, took place in Boston the last week of July. It brought together some of the most influential leaders in technology for higher education and offered innovative solutions to the myriad of challenges for IT professionals, faculty, staff and students.

4. Will educators scream bravo for Grovo?

Grovo is both an online resource as well as a video training platform, and is heavily invested in professional development for educators. Its director of education, Andy Auerbach, says, "Our platform is a learning management system where teachers can customize learning, manage users and track progress. We can build certificate programs around the competencies you deem most important." It's not just aimed at the higher ed space, either; Grovo's coursework may also appeal to organizations looking to help their employees or teams learn new digital skills.

5. Going digital with event planning

Guidebook proffers an easy way for universities and organizations to build a mobile guide for just about anything. Sareena Helton, account executive at GuidebookEDU, talked about Guidebook's campus apps, which help take the logistical pain out of organizing everything from freshman orientation to alumni events.

"If you're looking to connect people with your message on their mobile phones, there is no other solution that is as simple and as fast," said Helton. Boasting what Helton referred to as an "insanely user-friendly" set of tools, "Guidebook Builder takes the technical difficulty out of building an app, gives you unbelievable control over your events and offers precise insight into your users' behaviors."

6. Why pay for cable when the university has a network?

Philo is an Internet TV amenity for campuses that lets students watch TV on almost every device, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and even television sets themselves. 

Philo's Garren Hilow noted that the experience includes HD picture, social features and network DVR, allowing students to watch recordings across devices while they're connected to the campus network. "We work on top of your current cable or satellite TV provider to enable an amenity that students love."

According to Hilow, such Ivy League schools as Harvard and Brown have already embraced Philo, and more than 30 other colleges and universities are poised to follow suit.

 

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