More schools around the state of Arizona are finding ways to bring technology into the classroom. Even with budget funding being limited, the growing demand for school safety and closer parent involvement is prompting classrooms to adapt to the use of technology tools.

Now, an opportunity for parents, teachers and vendors to get together to share and discuss some of these new digital advances is coming at the end of the school year. It’s the Arizona PTA Convention & Exhibition in Phoenix on May 31, 2013 to June 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.


This convention is a terrific opportunity for parents, families, and school communities to find better ways to lead our children through their school days. PTA leaders at the show will address budget funding issues, as well as the struggle of implementing laws focused on Common Core Standards, Move on When Reading and new security and labeling systems for schools. The annual convention helps all parties to be better advocates for our children.

CCS Presentation Systems will exhibit new offerings for school safety, from the SAFE audio alert system, and increased parent involvement through the shared experience of Channelone Interactiv.

The award-winning Channel One News (from Channelone interactiv) has set the standard for news for young people. Each day’s 10 minute broadcast – produced in association with CBS News – covers national and global events, politics, science, technology, and human-interest stories all in an editorial voice specifically designed for young people. At the end of the show, a set of interactive SMART Board activities, directly related to the stories just seen, provide an exciting learning experience for the classroom. Parents can get involved with the new Family Daily app, which offers daily access to the broadcast via smartphone, portable device or web and provides discussion questions to spark some meaningful dinner-time conversation.

Audio Enhancement’s SAFE System provides a much-needed tool to help keep teachers and students secure from random acts of violence. Although many different plans including guards and arming our school staff, Audio Enhancement’s appropriately named SAFE System – Security Alert for Education – offers fast audio alerts to emergency teams, fast administration and security involvement. The AE Safe System allows teachers to press a button on a teardrop microphone and silently send an alert to first responders while activating live audio/video feeds directly from the classroom. We believe that this exciting new technology should be in every classroom across the country.

Save the Date: The Arizona PTA Convention & Exhibition is headed to Phoenix on May 31, 2013 to June 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

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