For the next few months I’m delighted to be able to be based out of the School Technology Innovation Centre (STIC) in Brussels. For anyone with a passion for Education Technology this is simply Nirvana!
If you can get to Brussels, put a visit to the STIC at the top of your agenda.
So what is the Brussels STIC? First of all, it’s an education area in the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre (EBC) in Brussels – an environment dedicated to showing the full spectrum of Microsoft technologies in real-world contexts. The EBC contains a home environment with the latest in 3d television technology, full spectrum of entertainment, electronic music, and home control software. On another floor is a HP Private Cloud datacentre connected directly to the Microsoft Public Cloud in Dublin – complete with a spectrum of demos set up to show what can be achieved with Cloud computing. A large telepresence enables an “in the same room” experience with locations all over the world.
The STIC itself comprises two learning spaces packed with the latest cutting edge education technology. The STIC is run by Jacques Denies, a highly knowledgeable former teacher who is able to demonstrate a wide spectrum of applying technologies to learning scenarios.
Visitors come to the STIC from all over the world. Most visitors are senior decsion makers – for example, within a two week period the entire leadership team of the Thailand Ministry of Education and a delegation including ministers of Education from 14 African states have visited the STIC for workshops.
The types of activities that are hosted at the STIC range from 3 day workshops to 3 hour briefings/creative brainstorms, to competitions and award ceremonies. World class conferencing facilities and a huge range of equipment make just about any kind of workshop possible to run there.
The technologies on display at the STIC are far too numerous to list fully here, but a sample include:
The latest in IWB and creative furniture solutions
Classroom On Wheels
Communication and Collaboration
To book a visit to the STIC, contact Mike Lloyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific technologies on display include:
MultiPoint Server + hub (HP & NComputing)
Full spectrum of creativity and productivity desktop applications including Office 365
Windows Phone solutions
SharePoint based e-Learning environment
Assistive technologies on display include:
Ease of Access Center; ZoomIT; Kurzweil; Super Nova; Reporter; Tobii
Mouse alternatives; Specialised keyboards with trigger buttons
Samsung (MyPC, printers, displays)
SMART Technologies (Interactive Whiteboards – tablet)
Sanako (Classroom Management – IT-Lab)
ELearningforce Sharepoint LMS – managed learning
Neo (Mobile Class – Presenter)
OnWijs (Multi-touch applications)
ICTwijs (Assistive Technology)
Sensotec (Assistive Technology)