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Barton Community College Selects Sony’s Vision Exchange to Facilitate Active Learning Classrooms

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Barton Community College students and teachers participate in Sony's Vision Exchange

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Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, recently selected Sony’s flagship active learning solution, Vision Exchange, for two of their classrooms. Vision Exchange is an interactive tool that creates a setting for lecturers, students and groups to work together, learn and brainstorm ideas.

Barton Community College, which combines in-person and distance learning options, installed its first Vision Exchange system along with additional pods, enabling workgroups for the exchange of ideas. The college then purchased a second system for an additional classroom.

In both rooms, Barton Community College has installed an instructor podium, an interactive touch display, and a hovercam at the front of the classroom, in order to create an environment for engaging presentations highlighted by the sharing and monitoring of multimedia content in real time. 

Additional features include distance learning through Skype for Business, as well as a smart Personal Note Taker and annotation capabilities.  The latest version of Vision Exchange, Version 1.3,  features the ability to power on and off both the main unit and each pod simultaneously, as well as the capacity to save snapshots automatically to a USB drive inserted into the main unit or pods.

"It allows our faculty to enhance their engagement with students by involving them in collaborative discussions using their own mobile devices, which can wirelessly interact with the professor, classroom or their peer group,” said Michelle Kaiser, chief information officer, Barton Community College.