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Life under lockdown: The best AV tools and resources on the web

With all upcoming trade events cancelled or postponed, we’re rounding up some of the best online tools and resources in the market

With all upcoming trade events cancelled, postponed or under review, Installation is rounding up some of the best online tools and resources available on the web.

Like most industries still coming to terms with life under lockdown, many of the leading names in AV are turning to the web to connect with the community, provide training/educational resources and simply help one another through this incredibly challenging and unpredictable time.

To help you navigate your way through the coming weeks and months, we have rounded up some of the best online services. We’ll be regularly updating this list, so please let us know on Twitter (@Install8ion) if you or anyone you know is offering online tools and services to the industry.

Stay safe!

The AV organisation is making all of its educational courses available for free until June12, and has also introduced a free online training programme for AV pros and students. Find out more here.

AV Industry Relief Resources
This community-driven Facebook group is a great place to connect with fellow pros, share resources and help one another out through the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, click here.

AVNation’s Commercial AV Learn from Home Summit
AVNation’s Commercial AV Learn from Home Summit offers participants an expert and easy way to network with peers, interact with thought leaders, meet collaborators, and stay up to date on the best practices and strategies for the home technology community. More information here.

ClassIn has been built from the ground up to suit the online learning needs of educational institutions and their teachers and learners across the globe. ClassIn’s blackboard aims to provide the closest environment to a genuine face-to-face teaching experience and is simple and intuitive to use for both teachers and students. Drag and drop uploading of lesson plans and content in multiple file formats delivers the flexibility to enable online teaching from anywhere to anywhere. During the Coronavirus pandemic, ClassIn is completely free to any educational institution that wishes to use it until at least June 30. Find out more here.

The company has made available a number of free services to aid working and learning from home, suitable for everyone from AV pros to young children. Find out more here.

Crestron Technical Institute
Available for Crestron Authorised Dealers and Partners, CTI provides exclusive training for Crestron products at its worldwide and regional offices and through online classes. Find out more here.

Datapath is offering a series of webinars for AV professionals in a choice of languages. These are now available to select and book here.

Extron Online Instructor-Led Training
Extron Online Instructor-Led Training provides in-depth instruction for system designers, resellers, consultants and sales professionals to master 4K AV technologies within a time span of two hours. The modular-based training concentrates on preparing AV infrastructure for current 4K needs and an 8K future. Find out more here.

Harman Professional University
Harman is providing all manner of training workshops, from lighting to line array configuration. Find out more here.

Music Support
The music industry charity, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of all music industry professionals, including venue ops, crew and behind the scenes workers, has partnered with mental health app Thrive to offer free services to those in need. Find out more here.

NEC UK Displays
NEC UK Displays is offering a series of webinars and training videos. Series One based on all things dvLED, a step by step guide through planning, specifying, installing and maintaining. Full details coming soon.

Netgear Academy
Netgear is offering free online AVoIP switch installation partner courses. This is a great course for anyone using AVoIP technology or thinking of doing. More information can be found here.

Philips Professional Display Solutions UK
Philips Professional Display Solutions UK is providing online technical training for those in the AV installation and systems integration market. With the UK now in its second week of lockdown, AV businesses continue to feel the effects of isolation and social distancing, as well as the need to effectively utilise their time at home. As such, many are seeking out online training and education sessions. To register your interest, email [email protected] or call your Philips Professional Display Solutions UK sales manager.

Reflex-Barco ClickShare Conference Webinar
Reflex has teamed up with Barco to provide a webinar introducing the new Barco Conference product range. Find out more here.

Sennheiser Sound Academy
Sennheiser Sound Academy has announced a series of webinars for their customers and partners. The company is offering free online sessions in the coming weeks focussing on a wide range of topics, from RF and microphone basics, to installed sound and business topics (such as best practice for installers and integrators, beamforming mics, campus-wide audio etc.), as well as a chance to put your questions to their application engineering team. Find out more here.

ViewSonic’s myViewBoard is a cloud-based digital whiteboard platform used for remote teaching and distance learning, which people can download for free during the coronavirus outbreak. It replicates the real-world classroom environment online and is currently being used by teachers around the world to keep students engaged with the curriculum during lockdown. It has recently been added to the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education COVID-19 portal, as part of the British educational suppliers association (BESA) LendED platform.  ViewSonic has also created a library of helpful advice and tips for teachers, parents and schools to support them through this difficult time – as well as running free weekly webinars on YouTube (as part of its new Coffee & EdTech break series) to discuss the most effective EdTech innovations, show people how to use myViewBoard effectively and answer any concerns people are having about student engagement and home schooling.

VisionAV Navigator Training
Navigator Training is a free online training course for AV professionals. Each session is based around a Vision product and encompasses technical, sales, and product training. Each session is embedded with multi-choice questions. Your results will be sent to Vision to confirm you have completed each session. On completion, you will become a Certified Vision Navigatorwith physical certificates available on request. Click here for more information.