This summer 35 Polycom VSX7000s units & carts & TVs were installed in many of my elementary and middle school buildings as part of a USDA RUS DLT grant. During most of the installation time I was travelling, so now I’ve come back to lots of work testing and training! We still have some networking issues to work out in many of the buildings, but the equipment is there and the excitement is rising! This grant is unusual in that most of the buildings know what it is and what they can do with it. They are very anxious to use it. Unlike some grants were technology is purchased and the districts don’t know why they need it. Of course there is still lots of training to do, but it’s exciting to see the interest and anticipation.
Last week I got a chance (finally) to run over to one of my buildings and get a picture of the cart put together.
Here’s the whole cart. I was happy to feel how easy it is to push around. Many of our buildings will be using it as a mobile cart. I’ve heard several comments from my buildings on how cool they think it looks.
The principal who took this picture for me said, “Only techies want a picture of the wires!” But I thought this mount was pretty cool for putting the Polycom above the TV.
And my favorite feature – only two cables to plug in! Easy for teachers to use! Network & power.
We are looking forward to a great year of videoconferencing!
Sept. 18 Update.
Thanks for the comment Danny! Here’s the answers – and I’m putting them here because others may have the same questions.
1. The cart is the VFI C2736-42-VSX (with the cutout for the Polycom VSX speaker). It’s very likely your reseller is familiar with the cart. Our installation was through AVI Systems, and their installation included putting the cart together and mounting the TV & Polycom.
2. Document camera. The RUS grant funding has to be staggered across the 3 years of the grant, so we are buying the peripherals for these units next year. Our plan is to get a small document camera that also converts computer inputs to SVideo. It will be kept on the shelf of the cart and have a long S-Video cable to bring out into the classroom for presentations.
Thanks for asking the questions!
Thanks for the photos – the visuals really help. Where did you get the cart? Was it easy enough to put together? I love the fact that one mobile VC unit can now travel to any classroom in a school where the learning takes place, as opposed to students leaving their classroom to go to a special VC room. With a mobile unit such as the one above, do you give up things like a document camera or a connection to a computer to share a presentation or other files?
My school district recently installed 86 Polycoms also, as the result of USDA grant funds. Please let me know if you’d like to link up sometime and (possibly) connect our schools.
Judy – great idea! I think the USDA grant ought to require connections between the grants…. Think of the possibilities – PD, projects, sharing implementation plans & results, etc. Let’s think about this more – what can we design that will benefit our schools?