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Making the Makerspace: How to Get Started Today


“In a makerspace, students get to make their own meaning.”

– Karen Cheser, Maker Movement

Educators love the Makerspace concept, because it allows students to dig in and explore concepts they may have learned from lectures, books and written assignments in a whole new way. Whether you already have a space in your school, or are exploring the Makerspace as a new project, the benefits to students for STEM and STEAM learning are a great motivation to think about the newest technologies and supplies that can help students win!

Creating a Makerspace at Your School is Closer Than You Think

If you’re looking into ways to encourage hands-on learning at your school this year, it’s not too late to start planning your Makerspace. Our brand new eBook walks you through the main issues to consider, and offers advice on equipment, curriculum and funding.

Have Fun With Your Makerspace!

  • Include equipment like a poster maker, or a cutout maker so students can design and print visual learning tools.
  • Encourage students to build things like duct tape wallets, night lights or bird houses to get them off of devices and into the real world manipulation of objects.
  • Expand horizons with coding stations, graphic design programs and other computer-based learning that helps students move toward the careers of the future.

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Spinitar Opens Arizona Office to Better Serve Audiovisual Clients

We are extremely excited to announce the opening of our new Arizona office, located at 2024 West 1st Street, Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85281-7299. “After an unbelievable year of growth in year number thirty of business, and the opportunities presented by an established AVDB customer base, it made sense to consider market expansion as a next step”, explains SPINITAR Principal Jeff Irvin. “With a highly trained staff already in place, Phoenix being one of the largest cities in the US, along with close proximity to our California corporate office, Arizona was a natural move”.

He continues by commenting, “We do believe Arizona will have its differences from business in California, but we fully expect the same systems and processes that have made us successful in California will apply there as well”. The Arizona branch office opens with 10 skilled AV professionals, and twenty-five year industry veteran, Scott Vosgier, leading the efforts as Regional Vice President.

This new facility will house sales, design, project management, installation and support functions, providing exceptional project quality and support delivery to education, government, and enterprise users of audiovisual and unified communication systems and solutions.

The 6,500 square foot state of the art facility will feature a technology center for prototyping, equipment staging, testing, and demonstration, while being a home to a very qualified manufacturer and industry certified team of AV professionals. Jay Rogina describes the new venture. “In keeping with SPINITAR’s ‘Services First’ philosophy, our Arizona operations will include a dedicated team of service professionals to assure our customers experience ‘a quick response from talented folks who care about them’, supporting high performance work and learning spaces throughout the state.”

SPINITAR Arizona will follow the same InfoComm APEx (Audiovisual Provider of Excellence) processes and disciplines that has made the Company one of the most respected AV integrators in the nation, along with deploying the industry’s first true ‘team approach’ to assure project quality and customer satisfaction.

For Company-Wide Tech Adoption, Embrace Shadow IT

Businesses are increasing employee productivity by allowing workers to use their own devices for work. BYOD (bring your own device) plans are in place for many companies, onboarding personal devices for use on the company’s systems and software. However, more employees are using their own devices and more of their own software, even without BYOD policies or permissions in place.

Companies have long feared shadow IT—applications and tools employees use to accomplish work or solve problems without the permission or knowledge of the IT department—not completely without reason. The idea of employees using unauthorized software for company purposes is risky. However, shadow IT has proven to solve more problems than it creates.

Benefits of Shadow IT

Shadow IT is a hotbed of innovation and problem solving. As employees face problems that slow productivity, they turn to alternative methods to solve them. When one person discovers a solution, it is quickly shared with others.

When companies fight against shadow IT by attempting to enforce the use of only particular programs, they make some problems worse and often create new ones. If a business bans the use of shadow IT, it may be taking away tools employees use every day and replacing them with less efficient ones.

Not only does enforcing the use of old programs reduce productivity by making work more difficult to complete, but it also damages employee morale. Instead of rigidly enforcing the use of certain software and banning others, companies need to embrace shadow IT and empower employees. In many ways, employees know what types of applications and solutions they need better than any member of IT or management. After all, they are the ones closest to the work.

The Greatest Benefit

While there are many benefits to embracing shadow IT, perhaps the greatest one is this—company-wide tech adoption. Getting every employee in a company to use a single piece of software is essential for businesses to run smoothly. However, doing so is often a long and costly process.

Shadow IT, however, can make company-wide tech adoption much simpler. One of the main ways it accomplishes this is by allowing employees to make the decision to adopt a piece of software. When their managers force a new application on them, there is more hesitation to try it than when a fellow employee shares a helpful way to improve a task or solve a problem.

When employees choose to use a new piece of software, they do so for a reason. This means employees use shadow IT applications because they provide personnel with features the company’s programs lack. Often, the shadow IT application is easier to use than the company counterpart. When it comes to adopting new software, the more intuitive it is, the quicker it is adopted.

Shadow IT programs also save companies the time and money required to deploy new applications. The purchasing and companywide distribution of software can be quite expensive and time-consuming, especially if support systems need upgrades to handle the new programs. Shadow IT software already works on the company systems, costs the company little to nothing, and can usually be distributed much more efficiently with the help of employees already using the software.

Organizations need to lose their fear of shadow IT and instead embrace it. When they do, they will have access to employee innovations that will lead to increased productivity and solutions to common problems. Shadow IT will also lead the way to easier, faster, and cheaper company-wide adoption of new technology.

VariQuest Title One Funding Alignment


In 1965, the core purpose of Title One (Title I) was to provide funding to ensure all children could have access to a basic education.

Amendments over the last 51 years have added to and refocused this basic goal to, for example, increase educational support, maintain effective instruction, close the achievement gap, and ensure quality (source). Today, Title I is the largest source of federal education funding (source) with the flexibility to transfer 100% Title II and Title IV funds to Title I.

With the help from the folks at VariQuest®, Spinitar is dedicated to helping educators find all of the funding sources and grants available, and to helping you make the most of your investment in our Visual Learning Tools.

Download this justification document we use to help schools use Title funds for the tools they need:


VariQuest® Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools allow teachers to quickly and easily create affordable, curriculum-based, and customized 3D prints, anchor charts, interactive bulletin board displays, graphic organizers, personalized recognition plaques, and more. Your investment in this suite of solutions will provide the technology necessary to help support your Title One program. Learn how to build a visual and interactive learning environment that fosters student achievement and engagement!

National Title I Assoctiation here
Person School Research here

Click below to request a sample kit and to learn more about how VariQuest Visual Learning Tools align with Title One funding.



Video as a Service (VaaS) and Prioritizing Security in the Cloud defines VaaS or Video as a Service to be “the delivery of muliparty or point-to-point video conferencing capabilities over an IP network by a managed service provider”.

Avoiding the worries of multiple users on various networks using various devices, many organizations are using VaaS solution to support “employee collaboration and customer-facing services”. Is this the right answer for organizations looking into invest in full video-conferencing and collaboration solution? What are the security risks?

Most companies today have taken at least part of their business operations to the cloud, and the adoption numbers continue to rise. This observation holds true for businesses both big and small—in fact, 64 percent of SMBs utilize an average of three cloud-based apps today, and 78 percent plan to purchase cloud solutions in the next 2 to 3 years. For larger companies, Gartner predicts worldwide enterprise application software will become a $201 billion dollar market by 2019, citing a significant acceleration in cloud adoption as the driver of new software sales.

One significant growth area for cloud comes in the form of video-as-a-service (VaaS) or video-conferencing-as-a-service (VCaaS)—call it whichever, as long as you call it the future of cloud-based communication. And analysts agree, projecting the cloud video conferencing market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of just over 39 percent by 2019.

We know from the numbers that VaaS is on the rise, but two questions stand out: Just what precisely makes VaaS so attractive to companies, and what are the security risks associated with the service? Let’s explore.

The Benefits of VaaS

VaaS brings those who are remotely located together using real time audio and video. It’s done using cloud-based servers that store and manage the data. The benefits of a strategy that embraces VaaS, listed below, are numerous:

  • Because VaaS relies on the cloud, it decreases the need for companies to make expensive infrastructure and hardware investments.
  • Video meetings can facilitate deeper communication than that provided by phone calls or emails, as body language and facial expressions are on display.
  • Because of the universal accessibility of cloud technologies, video conferencing is made available to more professionals regardless of location—meaning video calls can be made from intensive care units in medical facilities to global classrooms in educational settings.
  • The use of VaaS decreases travel time and expense while often increasing meeting productivity and efficiency.
  • Some VaaS solutions come with mobile capabilities, which only boost the portability and convenience of the service (especially in this BYOD age).

The Importance of VaaS Security in the Cloud

Adopting a cloud strategy that includes a VaaS element is a smart move, but it’s also important for companies to prioritize the security of the platform. Cloud solutions of any type have inherent security risks—examples include a lack of protection within the network connection or data loss resulting from malware attacks. However, prospective businesses should note that it is imperative for cloud service providers to bolster their security measures as much as possible. Especially in this relationship-driven technological economy where reputation and reliability matter almost as much as products and services, doing so is the most basic form of self-preservation.

Regardless, it’s virtually impossible to create a cloud-based platform entirely free from security threats. There are steps businesses can take, however, to mitigate those risks that accompany cloud-based VaaS:

  • Thoroughly vet potential VaaS providers—this includes asking about detailed security policies, any past instances involving breaches and any guarantees they make that warranty their service against intrusions.
  • Regularly check network connections for anything unexpected, like spikes in traffic or unfamiliar logins.
  • If using mobile VaaS, create and enforce a BYOD program that is heavy in security features yet still user-friendly for team members.
  • When conducting a videoconference, always check the guest list against the actual log-ins to make sure there are no uninvited or anonymous participants.
  • Ensure important videoconferences are gated using one-time access codes to avoid eavesdroppers.

The Takeaway

Video as a service is a handy tool for businesses of all sizes, improving efficiency and workflow. Like any cloud application, though, it comes with its own set of security considerations to which companies should pay attention, even in circumstances where the hiring of an MSP mitigates the bulk of the risk.

Video has become a conventional approach to collaboration for clients of all sizes. Learn your options when it comes to video conferencing technology solutions, speak to Spinitar today about how to find the best system for you and your organization. Contact Natalie Barker at (562) 335-7287 or 

Spinitar Golf for Hope

Golf for Hope benefiting City of Hope – join Spinitar in the fight!

Our team members are passionate about giving back, and we know we can make the greatest impact by providing our financial and volunteer support to charities and community-focused organizations. Here is one cause you can join with us!


Spinitar’s is hosting its 2nd annual Golf for Hope at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club. The tournament benefits City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases nationwide. City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics and shares its scientific knowledge with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling serious diseases.

Invited guest, Manufacturer Partners, Business Partners, and Spinitarians will participate in both the sponsored tournament and auction over the one-day event, aiming to outstrip last year’s $55K total donation.

Unfortunately, cancer seems to touch all of our lives, even our Spinitar family. Today 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We’d like to invite you to sponsor and/or donate in support of City of Hope’s enduring and impactful efforts to make our world a place to thrive! Join us in the fight!

For sponsorship and/or donation opportunities, please visit our event page at .

For more information about City of Hope, please visit

AQAV Memeber

Spinitar renews another audio visual certification

Spinitar has recently renewed their AQAV Certification as another testament to quality. AQAV is a non-profit corporation that is “dedicated to improving the operational art of designing and installing audio visual technology”, according to Spinitar recognizes that audio visual systems can be complex to design, integrate and maintain. Being able to secure this certification year over year insures that Spinitar is holding the requirements set by AV designers, the AV industry, equipment manufacturers, and related construction and architectural firms to the highest standards.

Spinitar was also one of the first thirty integrators world wide to receive InfoComm’s, the commercial audiovisual and communication industry, APEX (Audiovisual Provider of Excellence) certification. This certification is achieved through conformance to a list of quality standards and certification that uphold industry excellence and quality customer service. Learn more about why an APEX certification is imperative to our clients here.

The AQAV certification creates and maintains quality standards that are separate from the industry association. By focusing efforts on quality design and installation, Spinitar is confident that their clients are receiving systems and environments that benefit their users and clients.

SPINITAR, California Audiovisual Integrator, celebrates three decades in business.

years of audio, visual, and communication services and solutions

Celebrating 30 Years of audiovisual integration!

California-based integration firm, SPINITAR, is celebrating a 30th Anniversary in May of this year. SPINITAR presently has offices throughout California, a federal government practice in Orlando, Florida, and has just announced new Mid-West Operations opening soon. SPINITAR is also a member of PSNI, aligned with 33 other best-in-class integration firms nationwide, expanding its business footprint to serve customers both nationally and internationally.

Jeff Irvin, SPINITAR’s Founder & Principal, comments ‘it is hard to believe that it has been 30 years. Now, 30 years later, I am more excited about our Company than ever before. With our ‘services first’ approach, new vertical and geographical market expansion, our investment in infrastructure, and our outstanding staff and processes, we’re poised for extraordinary growth in the coming years!’

Jay Rogina, SPINITAR’s Principal added, “It’s all about our ‘PEOPLE’! We are able to achieve this milestone of 30 years due to an amazing group of individuals working together to make Spinitar a Fun, Profitable and World Class organization! Looking to the future, our focus is to continue adding world class people to increase our reach and providing our clients the very best in technology solutions and services.”

Spinitar will celebrate its big day on May 26 of this year, with a white tent party at its corporate office in La Mirada, CA. Over 200 customers and industry partners are expected to take part in the festivities.

About Spinitar
Spinitar is an audiovisual and unified communications design-build firm, helping our customers in building high performance work spaces and places for tomorrow’s workforce. Spinitar was recently acknowledged by Systems Contractors News as being #30 amongst integration firms nationwide, and is an active member of both InfoComm and NSCA.

Video Collaboration Takes Human Resources

Video Collaboration Takes Human Resources to New Levels

Human resource (HR) departments are entrusted with an organization’s biggest asset—its workforce. That’s why HR professionals are embracing AV’s most popular solution video collaboration. New tools and technology, including video-enabled business applications, are helping ensure that hiring managers are connecting, communicating, and collaborating in the most efficient ways possible. By becoming adopters of video conferencing and related solutions, HR leaders can make improvements in areas including talent acquisition, training and development, employee engagement, and more.

How HR Departments Use Videoconferencing

The videoconferencing industry has rapidly grown . In fact, the global market for its equipment and services was valued at $3.69 billion in 2014, with projected expansion at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 8.25 percent from 2015-2023.

Take a look at four ways in which videoconferencing can benefit enterprise HR departments, too:

Expand your talent search beyond geographical limits.

To say the workforce today is a global one would be an understatement. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers alone report telecommuting either completely or partially. Fortune 1000 companies on a global scale continue to restructure their workplaces to include spaces dedicated to video collaboration with employees or clients who are remotely located. When enterprise companies encourage HR departments to fill vacancies based on aptitude and not addresses, everybody wins.

Train more effectively and more often.

A key observation from top performing enterprise brands—such as those listed in Fortune’s 2015 ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”—is that successful companies invest in training employees. In fact, the hourly employees from companies that made the list received 78 hours of training; administrative staffers completed 94 hours. Videoconferencing solutions allow HR heads, managers and even remotely located subject matter experts to wirelessly share documents in group training sessions (for instance, those on compliance or corporate policy). Similarly, video collaboration makes it more efficient to conduct training for new hires—including sharing files and data mid-session—without losing the benefits of face-to-face communication.

Reduce time-to-hire and cost-per-hire.

Traveling to recruit and conduct in-person interviews can be expensive and time consuming, especially if there are multiple prospects vying for the same position. When HR departments use videoconferencing to conduct interviews and hold virtual recruitment events, the expense is just a fraction of what it would be to complete these tasks in-person—all without sacrificing effectiveness. Candidates can interview from their mobile phones or laptops, making the process user-friendly and dynamic.

Create a communicative and flexible workplace culture.

Replacing an employee who leaves a position is costly from both a resource and financial perspective. For starters, the time and money it takes to retrain someone new can be daunting for HR departments. That’s why more companies are focusing on improving company culture, a key attribute for employee satisfaction among Fortune’s aforementioned Best Companies.

Adopting new technologies like videoconferencing can help illustrate that HR departments care about flexibility and work life balance. And as studies show, creating a communicative and collaborative workplace culture can increase satisfaction and help retain valuable employees.

Video collaboration technologies have a place in many parts of a company, but they’re especially useful when it comes to HR departments. After all, HR professionals are in the people business, and video can help foster more connections and enhance collaborations among those who use it.

Get Audiovisual Support from Professionals – Not the Twittersphere

When something goes wrong with our appliances, cars, or plumbing, it is often a reflexive reaction to turn to the internet to see if the issue is something that can be handled quickly ourselves. If we’re looking for an opinion or guidance about kitchen renovation, we might connect with people via social media who’ve had similar services. But when it comes to audiovisual equipment repair and services, even well-intentioned online advice might lead to significant problems.

Whether you’re having an audiovisual system designed and integrated, or require service for your current system, here are a few things to keep in mind before you attempt to resolve the issue via online assistance.

Audiovisual system design is individual and specific

Even if you are a part of a social media group that is familiar with AV integration and audiovisual service, their needs, organization, experience, site, and cost restrictions are going to be different from yours. No two projects are absolutely identical, and there are nuanced differences that can have major effects on the ultimate system design.

Now, it’s great to do research and ask questions – no one should ever blindly accept everything their consultant suggests without giving input. However, use your research to ask questions of your consultant, and to develop the best system for your organization, not simply to direct or subvert the course of the project based solely upon someone else’s experience.

Audiovisual equipment repair shouldn’t be crowdsourced

If something goes awry with your AV system, you’ll want to get it addressed as directly and quickly as possible. When you look for solutions from a forum or Facebook, you’ll likely receive conflicting opinions on the source of the problem, which might cause you to delay getting needed repairs.

Again, the online advice you’re getting might be delivered with the very best of intentions, but it’s not being given with direct, intimate knowledge of your system design. Even a audiovisual service professional would be hampered by the fact that he/she isn’t looking directly at the equipment, and is merely reading an oftentimes vague description of the issue.

Spinitar has offered comprehensive system design, audiovisual equipment repair, and service since 1986. From system design consultation, to training, to troubleshooting, Spinitar consistently delivers exceptional service to a diverse clientele. By providing a broad variety of customer-focused support services, Spinitar has earned an exemplary reputation within the audiovisual industry.

Audiovisual Service with a Smile: Why Support Should Be Your Top AV Provider Concern

When we shop for products or services, we don’t often think of much beyond overall quality and price – the long-term relationship with the retailer or service provider isn’t typically a primary concern. However, when it comes to AV system design, it is essential that your AV integrator be conscientious with regard to your service needs. After all – no one is going to understand the nuances of your specially designed AV system better than the original integrator; who else could you trust if you should need assistance?

Of course, audiovisual service is more than just troubleshooting and repair – service should include all aspects of customer care. From consultation, to integration, to training, to maintenance, your AV provider should be your partner in developing your optimal audiovisual solutions.

Your AV system is a long-term investment

AV system design and integration is a major service, and if you want the absolute best ROI, you have to be able to use all aspects of the final installation fluidly and efficiently. Your system designer must provide a thorough and specific consultation prior to any commitment to design. Furthermore, the designer must offer comprehensive training once the system is in place, so that you and your team appreciate the particulars of your audiovisual tools.

Your AV system cannot wait

If some issue with your AV system should arise, your operations could be compromised. For a medical facility or military installation, this means that lives could possibly be jeopardized, so having reliable AV service is critical. You cannot risk even momentary lapses in functionality, and your service provider must understand that, and be available for support an AV equipment repair.

Your AV system is customized

As mentioned previously, if your audiovisual system was custom designed, you’ll want to be sure that the system designer is going to provide the appropriate maintenance and support. An organization that isn’t familiar with your particular system structure and your organization might not be equipped to handle your issues.

Spinitar has offered exceptional AV service and solutions since 1986, specializing in system design and integration, user training, consultation, troubleshooting, and AV equipment repair and maintenance. As a respected provider of state-of-the-art audiovisual solutions to a diverse array of industries, Spinitar recognizes the value of comprehensive customer care, and strives to meet and exceed industry standards.

4 Ways to Make your Poster Printer Paper an Effective Teaching Tool

Posters in classrooms should be standard. Effective classroom visuals, like posters and manipulatives, should be used to illustrate lessons, or reinforce classroom standards of behavior, and/or act as encouragement. They are exceptional reference points for information, and can stimulate thought and discussion when addressing a particular non-scholastic issue, like bullying or being respectful. However, so often they can just fade into the background and become little more than décor if they’re not actively used. So, how can you make sure your posters are truly beneficial? Here are a few ways you can put your poster paper rolls to excellent use.

  1. Create recognition posters. Designing custom achievement recognition posters for the entire class to see and appreciate is a great way to spur engagement and commitment from a group and/or an individual. Everyone likes a pat on the back, but the instant, visual gratification from the acknowledgement that a job has been well-done is absolutely invaluable. Also, custom-printed student awards plaques from the Awards Maker 400 are equally good for encouragement.

  2. Create logic puzzles for group engagement. Obviously, students love playing; why not use posters as a kind of board game? Logic puzzles – Sudoku or word-based puzzles – are excellent uses for posters, since they encourage active learning and cooperation, which is vital for information retention, especially for kinesthetic learners. Although visual and auditory learning styles can certainly benefit greatly.

  3. Get student participation for poster design. Have students come up with their own designs for posters for different lessons, behavior guidelines, or achievement philosophies. By having the students themselves commit to creating lasting visual aids, you’re giving them the opportunity to really absorb the message they’re creating.

  4. Use posters to help foster social awareness.The classroom is more than just a space for academic learning; it is also many students’ first real experience with socialization outside of the direct family structure. Although posters are used to illustrate standards of behavior both in and out of the classroom, they can also be used as discussion points for pertinent topics. Bullying, environmental awareness, and diversity are only a few of the many issues that concern students both at home and at school, and these can be explored in an organized and effective fashion with visual aids.

Spinitar offers a suite of effective media makers, learning tools, poster paper rolls, and other supplies for the classroom. Enhance the classroom experience with vibrant and stimulating classroom visuals.

Draper Ceiling Recessed Projection Screen

Five Ways to Hide Your Church’s Screen

ONE OF THE MOST frequent projection screen conversations we have with worship facilities involves screen placement. Although some facility planners don’t mind having the screens on display at all times, even when not in use, others really don’t want to see the screens except when there is projection going on.

Furthermore, they don’t want to have the screen cases in plain view and detracting from their design—especially when we’re talking about the worship space.

Luckily, Draper has a lot of ways to help get projection screens out of the way when not in use. Here are five ways to get the job done:

Ceiling-Recessed screens

The simplest solution to getting the screen and case out of sight is to install a ceiling recessed model. Available in eight motorized screen models. Conceal/ Reveal projection screens are virtually invisible when not use, retracting into streamlined ceiling-recessed cases which never detract from the beauty of a well-designed space. Our patented “case first screen later” Access series allows you to have the screen case installed early in the construction process, when everything is open; you can then install the screen later, when the job site is cleaned up. The Ultimate Access improves on this concept by also have a motorized closure panel—the only one in the industry that opens into the case, rather than hanging down out of the case. For details, visit our webpage on: Draper’s ConcelReveal.

Reverse Roll

Most Draper projection screens can be provided with a reverse roll. That means you can install one of our surface mounted screen cases on the back of a beam, with the front of the case facing away from the worshipers. At the Draper factory we place the viewing surface backwards on the roller, so when the hidden screen is lowered, the viewing surface comes down facing the proper direction.

Building Soffits

Another solution is to have a custom soffit built into the ceiling. You can then mount a Draper screen inside the custom space. Draper can sometimes offer a custom solution to go in a space like this; contact us for details about this option.

Screen Boom

This product provides a unique solution to getting the screen out of the way, and allows the installation of a motorized screen in new settings. A motorized screen is mounted on a motorized operable arm. The system is stored, with the screen retracted, nearly flat against the wall. When it’s time to use the screen, operate the Screen Boom to swing the screen out into the room (up to 90 degrees), then lower the screen. The Screen Boom is perfect for use under high vaulted ceilings, in gymnasiums, and in other settings where typical ceiling or wall installation isn’t practical. For more information on the Screen Boom, visit our product web page on the Draper ScreenBoom.


Many worship facilities have a stage which serves as the area of focus during worship services; others make use of high vaulted ceilings, making a drop down motorized screen nearly impossible to use. TorkStar consists of a motor winch and one or more PosiSpools™, connected by a drive shaft and mounted to the ceiling structure. TorkStar lowers the motorized screen case down from high above using aircraft cable lift lines; the screen is then lowered for use. TorkStar is an inherently safe, simple lifting system designed to raise and lower a wide range of products commonly used on stages, in gymnasiums, and in churches and other public venues. For details, click here: TorkStar

Whatever your need, Spinitar has a solution. To discuss the above options—and other ideas we might have, contact Natalie Barker at


Making the Most of the Classroom with Posters

Even the best, most dedicated teachers need tools to help them execute their lesson plans effectively. With comprehensive learning tools, such as the VariQuest suite, teachers are given an exceptional set of visual learning tools that facilitate maximum student engagement. By creating customized, colorful, and exciting visual aids with poster printer paper rolls and other supplies, teachers can help students absorb complex lessons in immersive, fun, and innovative ways.

The value of posters

Posters have always been incredibly valuable content delivery systems. Even in non-academic settings, colorful and eye-catching graphics and succinct phrases have served to convey information quickly and profoundly. Although we’ve moved into an era of digital content and computerized, HD (high definition) imaging, simple poster printer paper can still be used to a wonderful effect. We all remember iconic images and messages we’ve seen throughout our lives that have been first introduced via simple visual media. The image of Rosie the Riveter has become an iconic symbol of national pride, endurance, and strength, and it began as a poster. The “Got Milk?” campaign stuck to black and white colors and a consistent font to reinforce its message of drinking cow’s milk. Educators of all kinds sure have a need to reinforce their messaging, like key school standards and positive behavior statements. When used as an educational reinforcement tool, the poster can be very powerful.

Creating visually stimulating media

With the VariQuest poster making systems and poster printer paper, teachers can easily design colorful and eye-catching graphics, charts, and even personalized award plaques. Teachers can create large-scale posters that help to reinforce student curricula and appropriate behaviors, as well as encourage achievement.

Design learning style-specific banners, infographics, and signage

The VariQuest system allows teachers to custom design visual learning supports that are specific to student needs. When teachers are able to craft relevant guides, students with diverse learning styles are given aids tailored to meet their individual requirements. In addition, learning just doesn’t take place in the classroom but also at home. For a very reasonable cost, a teacher can provide charts, standards, or key ideas in Science, Math, and/or English as posters for the student to place in their study area, bed room, or where ever the student could see and have those ideas reinforced.

Give students the tools to create their own learning aids

When kinesthetic learners are given the power to create their own signage, they are better able to absorb the information that goes into the signage than if they were passively reading it. Visual learning tools not only allow students and teachers to create professional-looking placards, the design process itself can be an effective lesson.

Effective classroom management

Vibrant and creative visual guides allow students to instantly recognize what is expected of them both academically and behaviorally. Teachers can make their goals crystal clear, and students can have constant encouragement.

Spinitar provides educational visual learning systems and supplies that give both teachers and students the ability to create their optimum learning environments. From lesson reinforcement to academic achievement recognition, poster printer paper offers exceptional scholastic support.

Can you Really Future-Proof AV System Design?

In a world that has become almost entirely reliant upon digital connectivity, there is nothing more frustrating and expensive than coping with technical obsolescence. So, how can this tragedy be prevented? Is it possible to design an AV system that can dodge the bullets of future, unforeseen, tech trends?

While it is possible to have intelligently designed, future-ready AV solutions, unfortunately, even the best audiovisual company will never be able to create entirely future proof systems. Sometimes, technical options that seem unnecessarily trendy and not particularly useful become standard. Others that seem like genuinely great innovations just never take off. How do you determine which features should be integrated into your audiovisual design, and which are simply gratuitous?

The future is now

When deciding upon your AV system design, it is crucial that you recognize that the tech currently in wide use is the tech your system will have to support. While tablets are certainly becoming indispensable devices for a large segment of the population, do not simply discount laptops. There are always new and cool devices and platforms; there are always trends. Nevertheless, making an enormous investment on what might become the norm is inherently incredibly risky. Microsoft did that with Windows 8, where a radically changed user interface was forced all at once, so people were having difficulties adjusting and much criticism followed suit.

Listen to your AV integrator

Client-focused audiovisual companies always recommend designing based upon the client’s current company culture and habits – not how that company wants to be perceived. You might have visions of “Minority Report”-style holographic touchscreens and dynamic, unusual interfaces dancing in your head, but if you have to have customized wiring or any non-standard protocols, you could be setting yourself up for painfully expensive – and extensive – reconfigurations in the very near future.

Stay flexible

Conversely, it is also true that you shouldn’t be too afraid of innovation to make adjustments that could spare you having to make major modifications down the line. Even if you don’t want to commit to an entirely new and feature-laden system now, it is important that the system you choose is upgradeable, and more importantly maintainable.

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