What AV Hardware Is Used In School Settings?
A teacher is most successful when they are able to engage students, and in modern schools, that means getting familiar with AV technology. Today’s economy relies heavily on technology, and those who can manage it are poised to compete. That’s what every school should want for its students, and AV hardware can be a major part of that mission.
In fact, there’s an AV solution for nearly every room you’d find in a school. Classrooms, gyms, libraries, laboratories - all of these spaces can be improved with an expert-installed AV solution.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
In The Classroom, AV Hardware Delivers Engaging Learning Experiences
Students spend most of their time in classrooms, and here is where AV solutions can make the biggest impact. Designed to empower both teacher and student, AV technology can facilitate a more engaging and collaborative learning space. Some of that classroom technology includes:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Digital displays were among the first AV technologies to see widespread use in classrooms, and it’s easy to see why. Digital displays can be used to present every topic and lesson in a compelling way.
Now, take the visual engagement a digital display offers and add interactivity to it. Interactive flat panels are the next step in digital display technology and give both teacher and student additional learning tools in the classroom. With an interactive flat panel like the Clevertouch
, teachers can set up whiteboard sessions for notetaking or visualization purposes. Educators can also supplement their lessons through a built-in browser and bring in media from the internet.
Students can connect their own devices to the interactive flat panel and present their coursework from their desk. The interactive flat panel can also be the tool that student groups use to brainstorm and complete work together.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Poor classroom audio leads to poor classroom engagement and achievement. Unfortunately, this is a common issue as many classrooms are older and designed without acoustics in mind. Teaching also strains the voice, which can make it difficult for educators to speak loud enough for students in the back to hear.
Audio enhancement hardware is a simple, proven solution to this issue. It consists of a set of speakers, an amplifier and a receiver, all of which is discreetly installed in the classroom. While in operation, the teacher only has to press a button to fill the room with their voice and ensure every student can hear.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Virtual reality (VR) technology has been featured in a lot of science fiction, but it’s no longer virtually real. VR is really real, and a powerful way to engage students in the classroom.
ClassVR is a leading education VR solution and one that AV integrators are familiar with. ClassVR was built for lesson delivery, with hundreds of hours of education content for teachers and students to explore together. During a ClassVR session, students wear a headset that takes them into an interactive, fully realized world. This could be on the moon, miles under the ocean or sometime in history.
While using ClassVR, teachers maintain complete control over the lesson. They can signal students where to go, where to look, and take control of a student’s headset if necessary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
In The Gym, Interactive AV Solutions Keep The Energy Up
With all the running, jumping and playing going on, you wouldn’t think a school gymnasium is a good fit for AV hardware—but it is. The right AV solutions for the gymnasium include:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Mobile Audio Enhancement
Mobile audio enhancement uses a microphone with a portable cart that holds the amplifier and speakers. Portable audio enhancement solutions are particularly helpful for physical education, as they can be brought outside. It’s much easier to engage students and maintain order with dozens of children getting physically active.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Interactive playgrounds like the Lü Interactive use lights, sounds and interactive features to create an immersive game-like atmosphere. The Lü consists of a high resolution projector, a set of dynamic lights, speakers, a movement-tracking camera, a voice-broadcasting headset and a computer that drives it all.
During operation, the Lü Interactive can be used to engage students with a range of activities, including competitive, team-based games. The Lü comes with plenty of applications, useful for students across all ages, and the goal is to instill fitness concepts with academic content while encouraging movement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
In The Library, AV Technology Can Support A Variety Of Lessons
Because of their expanded layout and infrastructure, libraries are an excellent focal point for AV hardware. Some of the most exciting solutions include:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Interactive flat panels are useful just about anywhere, including the library. With more space to work with, some school libraries feature multiple interactive displays where students can break out into groups and work together. It’s also popular for schools to repurpose their libraries into STEM labs, and interactive flat panels are a good solution to pair with STEM teaching.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
The ActiveFloor is ideal for younger students and larger spaces like school libraries. The ActiveFloor comes in an all-in-one, ceiling-mounted box that includes a high resolution projector, computer and motion-tracking camera. The projector uses a vinyl screen (included) that’s placed on the floor under the projector. During operation, the projector casts an image on the floor that students can interact with.
Using the ActiveFloor, teachers can introduce a range of topics using interactive quizzes, games, and applications that students will want to jump around in.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
zSpace is a leading augmented reality (AR) solution that shares some similarities with VR. The big difference is, instead of being transported to a virtual world, virtual objects are brought into ours.
zSpace uses a computer with a special monitor and a stylus for interacting with AR objects. With the new zSpace system that no longer uses the active glasses, the students see an illusion that objects on the screen are projected into 3D space. Students can interact with these objects using the stylus, so there are endless applications with zSpace. They can be used to bring fairy tales to life for younger students, or to introduce engineering or biological concepts to older students. And since there are hundreds of zSpace lessons to browse already, there is no shortage of options to keep students engaged.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
In The Lab, AV Solutions Bring STEM Curriculum To Life
School labs are where a lot of STEM education takes place and better STEM lessons are a major goal for schools. One way to deliver more effective STEM curriculum is to enhance it with AV hardware solutions. Some of the most effective solutions include:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Interactive flat panels can also be an asset here in the lab. Student groups can work together to visualize lab work, and even simulate chemistry or physics concepts before applying them in reality. Interactive displays are useful for helping students visually brainstorm, which is something students do a lot in STEM.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
zSpace is a natural companion to STEM curriculum, as it can be used to represent complex engineering or scientific concepts in an immersive way. Imagine the impact that zSpace could have on your school’s STEM labs, where students can get hands-on with robotics, engineering and other scientific concepts with minimal risk and mess.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Additional STEM Solutions
Adding tools like 3D Printers, digital wireless data loggers to support experiments, and coding robots like the Photon
can extend the understanding of the content even further for students.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
AV Hardware Makes An Impact Wherever It’s Used
With AV hardware, educators can leverage students’ affinity for technology. That’s easy because AV solutions deliver attention-grabbing visuals, brilliant audio and engaging features like interactivity. Whether they’re featured in classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries or other school spaces, AV hardware can get your students enthusiastic about learning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]