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Twitter as a lightweight CPD tool

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Twitter is all about sharing and that’s why we built Tweet displaying right into TrilbyTV. We know schools and teachers love posting their daily updates on Twitter and it’s a great way of engaging with parents and the wider community.

As a tool Twitter can be an un-wieldy beast when you first look. Lots of messages flying past with content being posted every second – it can be overwhelming to find people and information in the stream.  A hashtag (keyword prefixed with a #, e.g  #bakeoff) is used as a way of tagging information a bit like you might save a PowerPoint with ‘KS2’ or ‘Yr6’ in the title to help you find it later. When someone posts a message to twitter they decide on the hashtags to use and through a general consensus some hashtags become popular and get adopted by more people over time.

Get started by signing up to twitter and do a search for some popular hashtags…

  • #edtech – the catch all hashtag for anything with an EDucation TECHnology bias.
  • #ipaded – more of an iPad in education focus to these tweets
  • #SLTchat – things Senior Leadership need to know about
  • #eyfs – for some great early years inspiration
  • #mantleoftheexpert – young people encouraged to take on the expert role in many subjects

As well as Hashtags you can ‘follow’ individuals and companies, so you open Twitter you will see everything they have posted in your home stream. This is great for knowing the latest information from an individual or organisation. It’s quite likely that your school will have a Twitter feed, you can usually find it on the website, and the username will look like @SchoolName. Just click on the @SchoolName link and then click Follow – that’s it!

Twitter has over millions of users so you won’t want to follow them all, but you might want to follow these folks for some great education tips and tricks…

The twitter sharing wall at Layton Primary

Remember to share what you find with colleagues. The amazing Twitter CPD display at Layton Primary School is a great example of ‘offline’ sharing and highlights some leading educators as well as popular tweets that other staff have filtered and found to be useful (and retweeted).

If you have a digital display screen or TV in your staff room (many already do, usually playing BBC News 24) consider which tweets you could show to promote staff CPD alongside your students work instead. TrilbyTV allows you to add a Twitter @username and choose how many recent tweets to show. We have seen school staffroom screens showing tweets from @tes and @DFE. We’ve made it very easy to add Twitter feeds to your TrilbyTV, but for more help take a look at the support article here.

And of course remember to follow us @TrilbyTV!

TrilbyTV is available on a 30 day free trial so you can see in your school how great full screen tweets look. We will even come and install a free trial player device if you don’t have one – fill out the form here and we’ll be round in a jiffy to #SwitchOnYourSignage

The Business End

By , Director

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Reception screen turned offTrilbyTV was developed after years of walking into schools to find a very lonely and unloved TV screen located in reception. That screen was either turned off or playing content that had no connection to the students. Actually it had no connection to most of the stakeholders associated with that school. Working at the coal face with education for the last 20 years we are passionate about giving voice and ownership over to the students because we know first hand just how powerful this can be.

Blenheim School reception screenNow we also know the reasons digital signage has failed in schools. Over complicated and heavy IT feeling systems designed for the business world. TrilbyTV is the polar opposite. Designed from the classroom up, meaning any school stakeholder feels comfortable pressing a + button to add a Title Slide, Twitter Feed or a students video.

The simplicity and reduced set up time has meant TrilbyTV is fast becoming the #1 digital signage platform made for education.

Having recently received Microsoft Education Partner and Google for Education Partner recognition as well as being entrusted by market leaders such as ClickView, we are on a mission to change the face of digital signage in schools and colleges across the world.

Not only is TrilbyTV changing the face of digital signage in education, but we are seeing signups from lots of different verticals. It would seem the ease of use of our digital signage platform is attracting interest from businesses all over the UK and beyond.

“I've got this set up in under 10 mins”.
Rasheeda Russell – PR and Marketing Executive, Joskos Solutions

Only this week TrilbyTV had a trial sign up from the visitor centre at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, USA. They want to use their TV screens to show dashboards from Geckoboard, helping to present up-to-date statistics to their visiting customers. By simply adding the Geckoboard embed code into TrilbyTV’s Web Content feature this information is displayed beautifully fullscreen and easily viewable. It’s not why we made TrilbyTV but shows just how versatile our digital signage platform is!

Another recent sign up to TrilbyTV was Opus Energy who switched on their signage with full screen twitter feeds and drone footage focused on biomass storage sites.

Customers entering Opus Energy offices around the UK would be kept up to date with latest information via Tweets and engaged with video, shot on the latest technology and focused on Opus facilities around the UK.

And the opportunities continue to present themselves. The Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham are wanting to switch three signage screens back on. This week we’ve installed TrilbyTV at Browns Restaurant in Birmingham City Centre which is currently playing very depressing news from BBC and Sky – no more, now we’ve helped to reinvigorate on their signage!

So my conclusion from all of this?
The simplicity, ease of use and speedy setup time is fast making TrilbyTV the go-to digital signage platform for schools and colleges around the world. Its not just education that needs a simpler solution that keeps digital signage screens interesting and up to date, it’s pretty much every business I walk into week after week to find screens off because the platforms running these screens are too IT heavy, time consuming and individually uninspiring.

So if you want to go from this …….             to this ……

…then choose a platform that encourages creativity, not just management, and one that allows for ownership from lots of different stakeholders and not just the IT department. These screens are marketing and advertising screens, not for showing excel spreadsheets!

As I always say “It’s not rocket science”

TrilbyTV are proud to be exhibiting at the E2BN conference 2017

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The Digital School for a Digital World

Our children and young people are growing up in an increasingly digitised world. Every aspect of their future lives will feel the impact of new technologies. So shouldn’t their school reflect this?

The E2BN conference 2017 focuses on the use of digital technologies across the whole school – in the classroom, in the staff room and in the school office. It’s always a great two day event. There’s something for anyone interested in raising educational standards through the use of technology – teachers, senior leaders, technical staff, local authority employees and school governors.

The conference is a fantastic CPD opportunity with inspiring and motivational keynote speakers and 26 different workshop sessions to choose from.

The exhibition area has a relaxed, informal atmosphere with plenty of opportunity for networking, one to one discussions and demonstrations. You have the experts on hand so you can get some great advice and you can often grab yourself a bargain!

The conference brings together:

  • 400 Dedicated Educators
  • 70 Great Exhibitors
  • 26 Fantastic Workshops
  • 4 Inspirational Speaker

All of this over two fabulous days to create one brilliant CPD event!

In partnership with E2BN, if you work in education we are able to offer you a free delegate place.

Click here to book and make sure you visit us at our stand, it would be great to see you!

Spice up your staff room with TrilbyTV Tweet Feeds

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At the 2017 BETT Education show we launched our new Twitter Feed feature. This means a school entering their Twitter address into TrilbyTV will see their Tweets appear full screen and animated on their digital signage. It’s a feature that our schools love and some have started to use to provide education specific information and light weight CPD in their staff rooms. Malmesbury C of E Primary School is a large, vibrant and very busy two form entry primary school. To develop team sprit and morale as well as providing current and up to date information around educational thinking the school is using the TrilbyTV Twitter Feed Feature. Tweets from those such as TES, DfE and their own school Twitter Feed means staff are kept up to date with whats happening both inside and outside the school Deputy Head Teacher Dan Oakes told TrilbyTV “Staff feel more informed as TrilbyTV allows a continual drip feeding of relevant information to all members of staff” At TrilbyTV we are always thinking of ways our schools can enhance their digital signage. Our new Twitter Feed Feature is a great way to liven up staff rooms keeping everyone engaged and up to date

Twitter Feeds @TrilbyTV

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We are excited to announce a brand new feature to TrilbyTV – Twitter Feeds. Our mission to switch on your signage means looking at where your content is and making it super easy to get it on your screens. Today we’re marching forward on our mission allowing you to get more of your content on your screens. We’ve made it really simple to set up, just click on the Menu button top right and choose Add Twitter Feed, enter your @username and click Add! Your dynamic Twitter clip will be added to your Video feed just like a video and can be included in any of your Categories or playlists. We suggest the first Twitter Feed you add is your @school_username which means you’ll always have up-to-date content on your screen. Twitter feed functionality will require an update to your player apps and will be available for Android, iOS and Chrome players on 1st Feb 2017. AppleTV playback of Twitter feeds is coming soon. We would love to hear your feedback on this feature so we can extend it further and make it even more useful to you. Please do get in touch @trilbyTV and feedback@trilbytv.co.uk You can also read more about the Twitter feed on our Support Page

See you at the BETT Show 2017!

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BETT is the biggest technology in education show in the UK with exhibitors, seminars and opportunities to network. It takes place at Excel in London from Jan 25 to 28.

Grab a free BETT Show ticket at www.bettshow.com and then come and find Neil or Ben at the show. Neil will be on the Albion Computers (C270) stand and will be running workshops every day. Ben will be on the Exertis (F380) stand showcasing TrilbyTV and our good friends at Parotec-IT (B141) will also have TrilbyTV on their nifty Minix boxes.

If you’re in town please do come by and say hello – we’€™d love to see you.

TrilbyTV Christmas Competition

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snowflake We’€™re beginning to get festive here at TrilbyTV HQ (probably due to the arrival in town of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market) and are pleased to announce our 2016 Christmas competition open to all schools in the TrilbyTV community.

It’€™s a simple to enter competition, we just want to see a Christmas message from your school of no more than 60 seconds uploaded to your TrilbyTV and shared publicly. We suggest you make it using Adobe Spark Video which is a fantastic animation and storytelling tool. Grab the App for iOS or simply login and make via any web browser at spark.adobe.com.

The winning school will receive a pop-up double-sided green/blue screen, great to use with DoInk Green Screen our favourite Green screen app for iOS.

Upload your finished project to your school’€™s TrilbyTV and turn on Public Access. Then share the link with us, via twitter or email, however you choose!

The competition closes on the 16th December and the winner will be chosen by the TrilbyTV team, and we will announce the winner on 19th December. We look forward to watching your entries!

Joskos Solutions choose TrilbyTV

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BETT 2016 ICT company of the year winner are installing TrilbyTV as their digital signage platform of choice

TrilbyTV has certainly been turning quite a few educational heads in the last few months and making some significant new friends. One new friend we are very proud to be working with is education-focused ICT Managed Services and Support provider Joskos Solutions. Joskos are so good at supporting and managing their education customers, in 2016 they won BETT ICT Company of the Year award which was a fantastic and well deserved achievement. Continue reading → Joskos Solutions choose TrilbyTV

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