Jigsaw24 and Dyslexia Action team up for neurodiversity workshops

Jigsaw24 and Dyslexia Action team up for neurodiversity workshops

At the back end of last year, we partnered with Dyslexia Action to provide support at 41 Train the Teach events across England. Funded by the Department for Education, the workshops were designed to help teachers get to grips with neurodiversity and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

Train the Teacher kicked off in September, but we’d already been working with Dyslexia Action to demonstrate the benefits of assistive technologies for learners and institutions. The Dyslexia Action team had attended several of our events for teachers, and our guys had previously trained a group of Dyslexia Action staff on how to use iPad for teaching, and even loaned them some kit to use when working with schools throughout the country.

The events spanned four months, and Dyslexia Action, Patoss, Helen Arkell, the British Dyslexia Association and Jigsaw24 welcomed over 2400 teachers from primary, secondary and post-16 institutions who were looking for some guidance. We supplied 100 iPad free of charge for the events, which were used by delegates and the technical support team to demonstrate teaching materials.

The workshops helped bridge the growing skills gap between teachers and rapidly developing assistive technology. Schools were taught how to identify and support students with SpLDs, and teachers were shown how to access learning resources for neurodiversity.

The consortium also covered the SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) Code of Practice at the events, which lays out the duties local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges have to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. They also offered some insight into sharing knowledge and strategies with colleagues, and introduced them to range of new teaching techniques.

Since Train the Teacher finished earlier this month, we’ve been working with several schools and a local authority to provide further support for iPad in the classroom, and hosted specialised training days for teachers looking to enhance learning with assistive technology.

If you’d like to find out more about our Train the Teacher events, assistive technology and supporting iPad in the classroom, get in touch on the details below.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Check out JBL’s new 7 Series studio monitors

Check out JBL’s new 7 Series studio monitors

Designed to work in conjunction with the Intonato 24 system (but work fine on their own too!), the 7 Series speakers feature patented driver and waveguide technologies, delivering high output and accuracy.

Revealed at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the 7 Series studio monitors are the ones to watch if you’re after an expansive sound stage with superior output, detail and accuracy. 7 Series monitors can be merged with JBL’s 24-channel monitor management and room tuning system, Intonato 24, to form a complete monitoring system for immersive audio production.

7 Series features:

705P and 708P: 2409 high frequency compression driver with a low mass annular diaphragm to provide optimal output and minimal distortion.

– 705P: 725G five inch low frequency transducer, providing 14mm peak-to-peak excursion for linear, low frequency output down to 39Hz.

708P: 728G eight inch low frequency transducer featuring JBL Differential Drive technology. This reduces power compression and offers up greater sustained output and low frequency performance to 35kHz.

– 705P and 708P: JBL Image Control Waveguide delivers seamless transition between woofer and transducer.

– 705P and 708P: 120W amp for the 2409H high frequency transducer, and 250W amp for the 725G and 728G low frequency transducers.

– 705P and 708P: 12 bands of room EQ, plus eight bands of user EQ for users to tailor speaker response and improve accuracy according to room acoustics.

– 705P and 708P: Analogue AES/EBU digital inputs for improved connectivity across a broad range of production hardware.

– 705P and 708P: Work in conjunction with 705i and 708i models to form the hub of a complete system. The full system includes room EQ, downmix capabilities, as well as hardware and software control of a range of monitoring functions.

Want to know more about the JBL 7 Series speakers?  Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Boost your workflow with Presonus FaderPort 8

Boost your workflow with Presonus FaderPort 8

Presonus’s 8-fader control surface for all leading DAWs boasts precise, tactile control over mix and automation functions. It also supports Mackie HUI and control protocols – ideal for Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools and Studio One users.  

FaderPort 8 packs 57 buttons with 78 different functions, streamlining your audio workflow and making your keyboard and mouse a whole lot more effective than before. On top of controlling track levels at the touch of a finger, users can quickly zoom in on audio files for editing, adjust click-track tempo with a simple tap, manage aux mixes and modify plug-in parameters.

Offering up one-button access to key utilities, FaderPort 8’s Session Navigator feature provides flexibility and easy access to eight essential functions. The control surface has dedicated buttons that let users control mutes and Solo Clear, view tracks, buses and VCAs, and instantly prepare tracks for recording. It also features four configurable buttons that allow users to personalise their workflow even further.

FaderPort 8 supercharges Studio One, making work an absolute breeze. And support for the Mackie Control and HUI protocol make it the perfect partner for any DAW. All you need to do is connect it to a USB port – no driver installation needed.

Want to know more about FaderPort 8? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get free DigiLink I/O licences with Red 4Pre and 8Pre

Get free DigiLink I/O licences with Red 4Pre and 8Pre

Focusrite are offering up free DigiLink I/O licences with new purchases of Red 4Pre and 8Pre interfaces, making it nice and easy for customers who would usually have to purchase them separately from Avid’s web store.

With the highly compatible Red 8Pre having just dropped, Focusrite decided to treat users looking to combine their audio interfaces with Avid Pro Tools to a special, limited time promotion.

For every Red 4Pre or Red 8Pre interface you buy and register, you’ll have a Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O licence waiting in your iLok account free of charge – you’ll have four weeks to access it.

Customers looking to bag the free licence can follow these six simple steps:

1. Register your Red 4Pre or 8Pre interface.

2. Click the link to the Avid website.

3. Sign into your Avid Master Account or create one.

4. Select your iLok account or create one.

5. Sign into your iLok account.

6. Deposit your Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O licence.

Want to know more about the Focusrite Red 4Pre and Red 8Pre?  Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Bag a bargain on Acronis Access Connect

Bag a bargain on Acronis Access Connect

Acronis are offering 25 Access Connect licences for the price of 10, 50 for the price of 25 and 100 for the price of 50 for new customers, so if you’re looking to buy, now’s the time.

Is Acronis Access Connect right for your organisation?

Acronis Access Connect allows for seamless Mac to Windows integration with remote file access. It’s an excellent fit for organisations of all sizes, particularly where there are a number of Macs that need the same file and print services as Windows machines. While Macs are commonplace in any industry these days, the benefits of integration are greatest when users are working with a large number of files or involved with content production, such as artists, designers, video producers, students and writers. Access Connect will come in handy if you’re a part of any of the following sectors:

– Education

– Advertising and public relations

– Consumer products

– Professional services

– Publishing and printing

– Video production

– Manufacturing

– Retail

– Engineering and architectural services

– Creative services groups within enterprises

– Digital media

– Scientific and research institutions

Acronis Access Connect is ideal for IT managers and systems admins, Mac desktop managers, Windows server managers, creative services and production managers.

Pricing

Access Connect 25

Client server with 1 year of support (price per server) and a maximum of 25 supported devices allowed – Was £1295, discounted to £995.

Use the promo code AConn25.

Access Connect 50

Client server with 1 year of support (price per server) and a maximum of 50 supported devices allowed – Was £1895, discounted to £1295.

Use the promo code AConn50.

Access Connect 100

Client server with 1 year of support (price per server) and a maximum of 100 supported devices allowed – Was £2795, discounted to £1895.

Use the promo code AConn100.

The Ts and Cs

Promotion is only valid for new Access Connect customers only. This excludes co-term, which is for additional licence purchases. This cannot be combined with another promotion and cannot be combined with deal registration. Maintenance, renewals, and upgrades are excluded, and the promotion is only applicable in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The promotion expires on 31st March 2017.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 288 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Buyers’ guide: Apple desktops

Buyers’ guide: Apple desktops

While Mac has long been the go-to choice for creatives using resource-draining editing software or demanding design programs, Mac has also proven itself as a brilliant option for business and beyond. When it comes to Mac for desktop, there are three simple choices: the all-in-one iMac, the powerful, professional Mac Pro, and the compact and efficient Mac mini.

In the desktop arena, Mac faces fierce competition from a vast array of PCs all clamouring to sit atop your desk. And packing in a huge assortment of different processors, graphics cards and monitors, the desktop world can be a perplexing and intimidating place – particularly for first time buyers. With Apple’s Mac desktop range, you know what you’re getting – a familiar UI, trusty hardware and an assortment of essential creative software and applications at your fingertips.

Take a look at this essential buyers’ guide so you know exactly what you’re in for when you go with Apple and their Mac desktops.

iMac

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With its big, bright Retina display now available in 5K on the 27″ model and 4K on its 21.5″ sister, and powerful internals, the iMac really is the ultimate all-in-one desktop. It’s long been popular among image specialists and designers, and has caught the attention of videographers thanks to its built-in 4K editing capabilities. But outside of the creative world, it’s also found favour with business users, education institutions, and home users, thanks to its multi-purpose ethos.

The iMac is both sleek in design and space-efficient, with all the internals  built into its gorgeous, slim screen, meaning no cables and no mess. It even comes equipped with an Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 to boot.

The specs:

21″ iMac

– 21″ widescreen display.

– Up to 2TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i5 2.8GHz processor.

– Up to Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200. 

From £869 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

21″ iMac with 4K Retina display 

– 21″ 4K Retina display.

– Up to 2TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.3GHz processor.

– Up to Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200. 

From £1199 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

27″ iMac with 5K Retina display

– 27″ 5K Retina display.

– Up to 3TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 32GB (4x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Quad Core i7 4.0GHz processor.

– Up to AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory 

From £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24. 

Mac Pro

Mac Pro on Jigsaw24

The creative powerhouse and Apple’s workhorse, the Mac Pro is the only way to go if you’re looking for optimum performance, user-specific customisability and the ultimate editing hub. With the potential to house a colossal 64GB of RAM and up to 12 individual processors,  Mac Pro will deliver at every turn.

There’s a reason Mac Pro is considered the industry-standard – it’s fast and reliable, perfectly suited for editing audio and video in your favourite applications like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Da Vinci Resolve. The power of the Mac Pro is contained within its discreet yet stylish cylindrical casing and is only 25cm high and 5kg in weight – perfect for maintaining a clear, open workspace. Sporting all the ports you could ever need, Mac Pro allows you to connect all of your essential peripherals, right at home in a large creative suite complete with multiple monitors and lots of external storage. If you want to make use of Mac Pro’s customisability and design a desktop computer suited specifically to you, we recommend giving our Mac Pro Configurator a look.

The specs:

– Up to 2.7GHz 12-core processor.

– Up to 1TB PCIe-based flash storage.

– Up to 64GB (4x16GB) memory.

– Up to Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

– Support for three 4K displays,

– Six Thunderbolt ports.

From £2485 ex VAT.

 

Mac mini

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The light and compact Mac mini offers an impressive amount of power for such a small computer. With 3GHz of muscle and up to 16GB of RAM, Mac mini coasts through those essential office tasks and performs well under processing pressure. While it may not match the sheer performance of the Mac Pro or iMac, it’s perfect for streaming your content around an office or in a meeting with AirPlay. For all of your admin, server, or streaming-based needs, look no further than the Mac mini.

The specs:

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Dual Core i7 3GHz processor.

From £395 ex VAT.

Want to know more about MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

 

Halo Post-Production begin major studio refit

Halo Post-Production begin major studio refit

The guys over at Halo Post-Production haven’t let those January blues slow them down – they kicked off a complete refurbishment of Studio 1, their Dolby Premier film dubbing stage in Soho, and our team were more than happy to lend a hand.

Halo are kitting the place out with a 46 speaker, state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos system for immersive cinema mixing (including IMAX) that we’ll help install and support, and they’ll complete a full cosmetic overhaul of the studio interior, featuring new fixtures and furniture across the entire campus.

To streamline their studio operations, Halo will carry out a refresh of the machine room and support facilities at Studio 1, while also implementing DCP playback for screenings and reviews.

Conceptual design for the refurbished Studio 1

Conceptual design for the refurbished Studio 1

The aim of the ambitious project is to improve sound capabilities and provide a more comfortable experience for both staff and visitors. As a world-class dubbing stage, Studio 1 has played host to such films as Nocturnal Animals, Paddington, The Danish Girl, Les Misérables, The Nice Guys and Stone Roses: Made of Stone, to name just a few.

Halo Post-Production will reopen Studio 1’s doors in mid-February for 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes.

For more information on Studio 1’s overhaul and our work with them, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 306. For everything else, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

 

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony have confirmed the release of a new batch of firmware for their PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 XDCAM shoulder mounted camcorders.

Both models will receive the same new features, and the free firmware updates will provide parity with the PXW-Z450 – the world’s first 2/3″ 4K shoulder mounted camcorder. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s what with the upgrade packages…

USB 3.0 Host support 

Clips recorded on SxS memory cards can now be copied to storage or USB media connected to the camcorder’s USB 3.0 interface. This is especially handy for speeding up workflows when out in the field, and you’ll be able to save yourself the hassle of lugging a laptop around for copy or backup.

Partial hi-res clip transfer

The free Content Browser Mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated to version 2.4, and allows users to mark In/Out timecode points of high resolution files recorded on SxS cards before FTP or Cloud upload. This saves time and data upload volume when out in the field, and ensures the user only transmits relevant content to be pushed to the station FTP server for editing and playout later on.

New Full HD proxy recording formats

Sony have added a host of Full HD proxy file formats for improved HD workflow integration, which can be played on air right away without any visible progressive strobe effect. With the latest lot of firmware updates, the PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 now support HD/SD Auto, 1920 x 1080 50i and 1280 x 720 50p proxy files, which can be recorded in 9Mbps or 6Mbps on an SD proxy card.

New streaming formats

Thanks to version 5.0 on the PXW-X500 and version 3.0 on the PXW-X400, users can now select 0.3Mbps and 0.2Mbps low streaming bit rates. Nicely, lower streaming bit rates are available within the bandwidth constraints of BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) Inmarsat satellite transmission.

Added user menu items

Users can now find Scene Files in the File Menu, offering a bit more freedom and flexibility in camcorder setup and configuration.

You can download the latest firmware packages from the links below:

– PXW-X500 V5.0

– PXW-X400 V3.0

For more information about Sony camcorders, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

iPad: Raising attainment and encouraging engagement

iPad: Raising attainment and encouraging engagement

If your school’s still stuck when it comes to tech, iPad could be your saving grace. It offers proven methods that help schools get over IT and teaching hurdles.

If you read our last article, you’ll know that Apple’s signature tablet provides schools with the latest and greatest teaching tools, sound solutions for keeping track of student progress and is futureproof and cost efficient. This time round, we’re talking outcomes. How has 1:1 (one device per user) iPad benefited schools, as well as parents and students, in the long run?

Student engagement

Keeping pupils interested and enthusiastic about their education may seem like a tall task, but not with iPad. At secondary schools we’ve worked with, they’re reporting substantial improvements in lesson enjoyment and independent learning. Not only that, but students are more likely to share work amongst each other and rate their feedback from teachers more highly than before.

At Conyers School, 88% of students said iPad makes lessons more engaging, with 91% of them saying iPad helps them access the resources they need quickly. Churchill Community College received an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade in 2014, and things continued to get better after they deployed iPad. 94% of their students think lessons are more enjoyable than before, and 71% of Year 7 pupils reckon Numeracy is more fun during Tutor Time thanks to iPad.

Students at Langley Grammar School in Bekshire said that now they’ve got iPad, they receive greater support from fellow students than ever, and 64% of them rated their independent study time four or five out of five, compared to 45% previously.

Parental engagement

Having parents that support their children’s learning is a big plus for any school, and there’s evidence that iPad strengthens the relationship between home and the classroom. With iPad, parents can access their child’s learning resources from home, making it easier for them to keep track of homework and revision. It also provides them with a greater insight into their child’s day-to-day study, offering a clearer picture of how they can help bolster learning when away from the classroom.

Raising attainment

In schools where we’ve rolled out iPad, attainment is up across the board. Quite the statement I know, but it’s true. Our 1:1 iPad impact study confirms it, and schools such as Stephenson Memorial Primary, Jesmond Gardens Primary and Nether Alderley Primary are now showing big improvements in test results, reading, writing and maths, with more students hitting progress targets than the year before their 1:1 roll out.

In 2014, 100% of students at Stephenson Memorial achieved their expected progress in reading (a 21% increase on 2013). 91% of pupils at Jesmond Gardens attained Level 4 or above in the Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test, making for an 18% increase on the previous year, while Nether Alderley saw 29% of their students reach the higher standard of reading, writing and maths – a whopping 314% rise between 2015 and 2016.

If you’d like to find out more about the effect of iPad in schools, you can read part I of our iPad for education guide here.

For more information about iPad in education, drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

iPad: Overcoming IT and teaching challenges

iPad: Overcoming IT and teaching challenges

IT can be a pain for schools for a whole load of reasons, but Apple’s signature tablet can provide a lasting solution to all your teaching and tech woes.

In case you missed it, we provide 1:1 iPad deployment to schools throughout the UK, and it’s been shown to improve student engagement, performance and attendance, but it doesn’t stop there.

Futureproof and cost efficient

Keeping up with the latest tech is important for any school – if it falls behind with IT, odds are it’ll fall behind other institutions. While spending to stay up to date can be off-putting at first, with iPad, the small initial capital cost will be made up thanks to future savings on routine kit upgrades, and it’ll even save you a few pennies on reprographics when documents, worksheets and presentations can be shared between devices and viewed onscreen. Regular software updates ensure iPad won’t lag behind when it comes to app support, and you’ll get all the latest security features, bug fixes and new features iOS has to offer as they’re released.

If you’re struggling to shake that money worry, cost neutral schemes can offset the initial outlay. Operating leases, for example, can soften the cost of paying for the goods in full, letting schools get their hands on the latest tech without breaking the budget.

Keep track of student progress

Mobile devices like iPad allow teachers to keep on top of student progress thanks to realtime assessment. This is great for creating personalised tasks for individual students that are fine-tuned to suit their abilities, and apps like Socractive were designed with this in mind. Whether you’re sharing pre-prepared assessments or dishing out spur of the moment questions for pupils to answer, Socractive helps teachers connect with students as they learn, providing a greater insight into student engagement.

Let’s be honest here, teachers don’t like marking work, and audio feedback apps like Showbie not only save them time (often up to five hours a week), they provide new ways of assessing work while engaging students with constructive criticism. Parents and carers of pupils can access any digital feedback too, offering further support for their child’s learning and development.

The latest and greatest teaching tools

High standards of teaching are key to any classroom, and top notch tech helps support it. That’s why iPad allows teachers to share pedagogical information and exchange ideas and best practices with other teachers, enabling them to develop new teaching techniques, materials and lesson plans. iPad helps schools formulate clear training strategies for teachers, ensuring that all staff get the most out of their new teaching tools whatever their previous experience level.

If you’d like to find out more about iPad in education, drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.