John Merline

Recent Posts

Give the neighbors a gift this holiday: Turn off the bells

Posted by John Merline

12/20/16 11:59 AM


If you run a school in a residential neighborhood, you've probably gotten complaints about...yep, bells! Bells on the weekend. Bells on holidays. We even have students blogging about this insult to the common peace.

Read More

Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom, Conductor

How Sound Improves Interactive Whiteboards

Posted by John Merline

9/17/15 1:55 PM

We love interactive white boards and projectors at FrontRow — which is a good thing, since we make a living building tools to help you manage them. But as great as they are at helping you engage learners visually, IWBs and projectors are just half of the dynamic delivery duo that our lessons and presentations need for maximum learning. It's like peanut butter without the jelly. Nice, but not a sandwich. 

Read More

Automatic titles for your lecture captures?!?

Posted by John Merline

3/30/15 3:28 PM

You've just recorded another great topic with your Teacher Edition lecture capture software, and it's zipping off into the cloud to the delight of students (and parents). Today. But what about next week or next semester when no one — including you — can remember what mrs_jones_02Mar2015_135810.mp4 is about? Students, fellow instructors, and yes, you often need to pore through lists of content files, so having some clue about the topic is really helpful for organization and speedy access.

Read More

Topics: flipped classroom, juno, lesson capture

How does Conductor work with my clock system?

Posted by John Merline

3/24/15 3:35 PM

It's important that the FrontRow Conductor campus communication and control system is perfectly synchronized with your school's “master time source." This time source is typically a Network Time Server (NTS) within the school's firewall, but can also be a server out on the Internet.

To accomplish this time sync, the Conductor server — along with most clock systems within the school — is "pointed” to the network address of this time source. Because both the clocks and Conductor stay in time sync by retrieving time from a common third source, Conductor is essentially neutral to your school's clock system as it does not normally communicate with it directly.

But, there are occasions where your clock system is unable to retrieve a network time sync. In this situation, FrontRow Maestro can come to the rescue by sending a time stamp signal to your clock system from a schedule. (Conductor can accomplish this as well, but it's not a good idea to clutter up the bell schedules with time sync commands.) This method requires that your clock system is able to receive a time stamp signal from either an RS232 command or a relay closure. Keep in mind that there would also need to be an Ethernet-to-serial or relay device between the Maestro network commands and the clock control chassis. The FrontRow CM800 is well-suited for this interface.

If you have any questions about this or other amazing things you can do with Conductor, just let us know!

Read More

Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom

How to capture video of the instructor

Posted by John Merline

1/29/15 8:58 AM


Often when we're using Teacher Edition to capture a lecture or create content for flipping, it's just the instructor's voice and a PowerPoint show. In most situations, that's enough. But what if you want to -- or need to -- show something that you can't do in a slide? Chemistry or physics lab demonstrations are a great example of this.

Read More

Topics: lesson capture

You bring the BBQ, we'll bring the tasty (and free) tech

Posted by John Merline

1/22/15 2:57 PM

Your FrontRow crew in California is packing up the booth for TCEA in Austin, and all we can think about is Texas barbecue. Tay-stee! We'll be bringing our secret sauce to the party: the hot new Juno Connect integrated school communication system, plus five drawings for free FrontRow classroom technology during the show. If you want in on the action, come by Booth 1645! See you in a few.
Read More

Topics: Integrated communications

FrontRow Welcomes Jaime Mendez to Our Team

Posted by John Merline

9/24/14 12:01 PM

We're excited to announce that we've hired Jaime Mendez as FrontRow's new Architectural Consultant. Jaime will help school designers and facilities directors incorporate even more of our campus-wide communication systems in school building specifications. Some of you may know Jaime from his recent work as Manager of National Accounts and Construction at LightSPEED.

Read More

Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom