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Release Notes 23.10.02


Image Collections: School and District Admins now have the ability to add collections of royalty free images to be available to their district or to individual schools. New menu item found under Media Tools is the Media Library which contains all image collections available to users after being added by an admin. Current collections include Animals, Animals Illustrated, Athletics, Backgrounds, Home Life, Plants and Mushrooms, Science Illustrated, and Travel and Transportation. New collections will regularly be released in the future. Images in the Media Library can be added directly to a user's gallery or can be selected to edit in the [...]

Release Notes 23.10.022023-10-02T21:43:53+00:00

Release Notes 23.8.18


App Enhancements: SSO Integration: Users can now sign in through Single Sign-On (SSO) options. Remote Control of SmartSigns: Sign administrators can now control their signs from within the MyVRSpot app. SmartSigns Enhancements: Premade Templates: SmartSigns offer premade templates for use with Chrome extension signs, with more templates in the pipeline. Feed Scheduling: SmartSigns gain the capability to schedule feeds. Direct Media Upload: Users can now upload images, videos, and audio directly to SmartSigns within settings. Bulk Feed Management: Administrators can manage feeds for multiple SmartSigns through the Sign Feed Manager found under Administrative Tools -> Manage Signs. Media Enhancement: Integration [...]

Release Notes 23.8.182023-08-18T21:38:06+00:00

How Videos Support Reading Comprehension


The American Pediatrics Association reports that reading when young – even infants being read to by their parents – stimulates brain development that builds language, literacy, and a child’s motivation to learn. In addition, student literacy builds self-esteem, improved concentration, critical and analytical skills, stronger memory, and expanded vocabulary. There is only reading when you have comprehension. Reading comprehension occurs when words are not just words but thoughts and ideas. It involves many processes, such as understanding the text, imagining what the words describe, and answering questions related to a text. To move beyond reading to comprehending text, students need [...]

How Videos Support Reading Comprehension2023-03-17T14:14:19+00:00

Wylie ISD: At the Forefront with Educational Technology


Wylie Independent School District is located 24 miles northeast of Dallas and serves over 18,800 students in the city of Wylie and surrounding communities. In addition to their excellent academic offerings, they equally focus on character education with “The Wiley Way,” the district’s nationally recognized values and character education program. They are focused on providing their students with a world-class education, including a wide range of extracurricular activities. Technology is emphasized to prepare students to thrive in 21st-century careers as well as provide district transparency and easily communicate with parents and families. What was the original goal? Wylie ISD has [...]

Wylie ISD: At the Forefront with Educational Technology2023-12-28T17:54:57+00:00

Release Notes 22.12.26


Added the ability to pause while using the Video Recorder, Screen Recorder, and Audio Recorder tools. Changing the camera source for the webcam overlay in the Screen Recorder is now possible. Folders within your Media Gallery and Group Folders can now have a description added to them. Showcases have a slightly new look and will now load quicker. You can now rearrange the order of categories within a Showcase. Additional design choices have been added to the options for a Showcase. "Date Added" is now a column for your Showcase media. Internal Live Broadcasting channel pages now include its associated Showcase [...]

Release Notes 22.12.262022-12-23T23:44:23+00:00
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