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Is Teaching Students to Read Analog Clocks Still Relevant in Schools?

Posted by American Time on Dec 12, 2018 10:02:33 AM

Anyone paying attention to changes in schools over the years will notice how evolving technology has altered the ways students learn. For example, iPads have replaced textbooks, digital whiteboards have replaced chalkboards, even the classroom itself has been replaced to a degree, with students able to take classes remotely over the internet. The question begs to be asked. Are analog clocks the next to go?

Technology hasn't just changed how we learn; it’s changed what we learn — and the kinds of lessons we value. As digital resources expand, some people question the importance of maintaining the old skills that were once required to survive in the world while others find worth in the mental challenge of doing certain tasks the "hard way."

For example, when word processors and computers became mainstream in America, it was debated whether cursive should be part of the curriculum. A similar discussion is now taking place as we consider the increasing prevalence of digital clocks.

With digital clocks everywhere, especially on the phones and computers that demand our attention all day, teachers are questioning what used to be a basic part of an elementary curriculum: Just how important is it that students learn to read an analog clock, anyway? Here are arguments on both sides.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

How Rare Frequencies in Timekeeping Can Interfere with Wireless Clocks

Posted by American Time on Dec 5, 2018 9:47:48 AM

Distractions are everywhere, whether it's your social media feed, your dog pawing at you for a scratch behind the ear, or a cloud in the sky that looks like ice cream.

All these things are wonderful on their own, but when you're trying to get some work done, it's best if you can minimize disruptions.

The same is true when your job is to keep your facility on schedule. Critical to this mission is your synchronized time system, which, in very rare cases, can encounter its own kind of distraction — signal interference.

It's a phenomenon you'll want to be aware of if your timekeeping system uses wireless clocks, which stay in sync by receiving a radio signal from a master controller. Here, we'll look at the causes of signal interference and the steps you can take to prevent it or mitigate disruptions.

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Topics: Timekeeping

Considerations and Advantages of Digital Clocks

Posted by American Time on Nov 28, 2018 11:26:45 AM

Often in life, your decisions come down to two options. White or wheat toast. Grilled or fried chicken. Take the blue pill or the red pill — any Matrix fans out there?

You have a similar choice when choosing the display format for your facility’s synchronized time system — digital or analog.

While analog clocks have their place, there are times when digital is clearly the better choice. Here, we'll explore the advantages you'll enjoy with digital clocks and what you'll need to consider.

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Topics: Digital Clocks

Lost Time Calculator: How Much Time is Saved With Synchronization?

Posted by American Time on Nov 21, 2018 3:59:15 PM

How much time do you spend making coffee in the morning, making the bed, brushing your teeth – heck, how about putting on your socks? Wait, don't answer that question; it's best not to think about how many hours of your life are consumed with mundane tasks.

The reality is that while we pursue meaningful lives, so much of our days are used up by chores that we would automate if we could, freeing up more time for the things we actually care about. This translates to work, too.

For facility managers, there are few aspects of routine maintenance that can be put on autopilot, but adjusting the clocks is one of those. Here, we'll calculate just how much time you have to spend making sure your clocks are on pace, time that you could get back with a synchronized clock system.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

School Maintenance 101: How to Reprogram My Bell Schedule

Posted by American Time on Nov 14, 2018 11:39:42 AM

Remember when you had to go to places to run errands?

Of course, some people still prefer to physically go places, but it wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to deposit a check, you had no option other than to wait in line at the bank. Now you can use your phone to deposit a check.

If you're like most people, you've probably grown accustomed to using a computer and a web browser to take care of your routine business. Some common examples are shopping for new clothes online and conducting business meetings over video chat.

School maintenance workers and administrators can now experience this same convenience by accessing school bells through a web browser. For example, our AllSync® and SiteSync IQ® system can be used with Remote Connect to manage bell schedules. Here’s how to reprogram your bell schedule.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Clock Maintenance and Repairs, SiteSync

Clocks Didn't Adjust For Daylight Saving Time? [VIDEO]

Posted by Samantha Walz on Nov 7, 2018 11:43:34 AM

Daylight Saving Time seems simple enough. You just adjust the clocks to the new time, right? But what if you have more than a few clocks? We've created a quick video to describe the difference between Right Burt, who has a no-hassle timekeeping system which easily adjusts for Daylight Saving Time, and Left Burt, who... is a little stressed out after DST.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

How your Choice of a Clock Battery Pack Could Save You Time and Money

Posted by Scott Ramacier on Oct 31, 2018 3:40:32 PM

Imagine you had the chance to go the next five years without a dentist appointment, your annual performance review, or a trip to the DMV. A lot of people would jump at that opportunity.

It’s not often that you can wipe annoying obligations off your calendar in one fell swoop, but once in a while, you’re faced with the opportunity to clear your schedule and make more time for the things you really want to do.

For instance, you probably have better things to do than to change out the batteries in the potentially hundreds of wall clocks in your facility, but one forward-looking decision can pay long-term dividends. Making sure each battery-powered clock in your facility is outfitted with a clock battery pack will take an item off your perpetual to-do list while ensuring your building stays on schedule for years to come.

Here's what you need to know about clock battery packs.

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems

The Great Clock Debate: Electric vs. Battery-Operated Clocks

Posted by Scott Ramacier on Oct 25, 2018 2:19:52 PM

To grill with gas or charcoal. To drive an electric car or opt for internal combustion. To eat oatmeal or Pop-Tarts for breakfast. When it comes to selecting an energy source for our daily needs, we have more options now than ever.

These decisions extend to the basic operations of any large facility, including its clocks. When you're selecting clocks for your school, factory, or medical facility, you have two options for a power source: electric or battery-operated.

The right choice often depends on the resources at your disposal and how you plan to deploy your clocks. Here are the pros and cons of both battery and electric clocks.

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems

What Hospitals Need to Know About Their Daylight Saving Time Clock Change

Posted by George Wilkes on Oct 18, 2018 10:44:29 AM

It's a fast-paced world out there. Hesitate for an instant and an opportunity of a lifetime can become the opportunity of someone else's lifetime. There are moments, though, when we can forgive ourselves for feeling a little off. Two moments, exactly: One day every spring and fall, when the clocks move forward or backward as we go through the ritual period of recalibration we call Daylight Saving Time.

Still, in this periodically forgiving model of reality, there is one place where you can never be off. If you work in a hospital, you aren't allowed to have a bad day. That's because people's health depends on hospital staff being at their best.

To get the most out of your staff, it helps if they arrive to work every day at a smoothly operating facility. There's one foundational technology at the heart of every such place: the clocks.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

Meet Bill Vokes: Our 2018 Maintenance Hero

Posted by Carmen Kaufenberg on Oct 10, 2018 1:20:33 PM

When your work becomes more than just a job, others begin to take notice. That's why Bill Vokes, director of maintenance and grounds at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was named our 2018 Maintenance Hero. Bill received more than a dozen nominations from colleagues who praised his dedication to the institution.

The contest, which launched last year, was open to any organization in any industry that wished to nominate a valued maintenance professional who routinely goes above and beyond in the workplace but receives little recognition for it. Bill received $3,000 in American Time product credit for taking first place. Jeannie Donovan, head custodian at Sylvania Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, and Mel O'Campo, facilities manager at Santa Maria Foursquare Church in Santa Maria, California, were the runners-up. Each runner-up received $1,000 in American Time product credit.

We learned a lot about each nominee thanks to those that provided nominations. Here's what we learned about Bill.

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