AV solutions for classroom facilities include emerging technologies, like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and interactive displays. According to the 2019 State of Technology in Education Report, authored by Promethean, about 90 percent of teachers agree that technology is helpful for engaging students. This number is even higher for VR and AR, where 93 percent of teachers agree that their students would be interested in the technology.
Educators and students want the technology for their classrooms, and with solutions like ClassVR and zSpace, there are impactful technologies with flexible pricing to fit into any school’s budget.
What AV equipment makes sense for classroom facilities?
Audio video solutions are standard in most classrooms, so teachers and students have become comfortable with lesson-delivering technology. There are a variety of exciting AV systems that are being adopted by educational facilities, including:
Interactive displays include award-winning solutions like the Clevertouch and ActivPanel. Interactive display solutions are a popular classroom addition because their function can be enhanced with additional software and applications. Further, interactive displays are familiar to anyone who regularly uses a smartphone as their interfaces are modeled after Android devices. This means it takes minimal training to integrate the display into classroom activities and facilities.
Current generation interactive displays are built with advanced features as well, like InGlass and multitouch technology. Multitouch means the display can detect several points of pressure at once, so several users can control the display. This is an ideal solution for classroom collaboration. InGlass is also useful for classrooms, as it improves handwriting detection, especially at smaller sizes.
The Clevertouch and ActivPanel are also backed by powerful software and a rich ecosystem filled with additional resources and apps for educators. That means they are never rendered obsolete, and because these classroom displays are built with reliable LED technology and thick safety glass, they will provide years of low-maintenance performance.
ClassVR is a total virtual reality solution that comes with all of the equipment, supplies and software needed to create compelling VR experiences. A ClassVR system consists of several standalone headsets, a charging station (which also secures the headsets) and teacher management software. There are currently hundreds of VR experiences and lessons available with ClassVR, and more are added all the time, so students can explore other cultures, other planets and other points in time.
Robust teacher management software allows educators to control the classroom while students have their headsets on. Teachers can program and deliver lessons to all headsets at once, track where students are looking, signal points of interest for students to follow, and lock what students are seeing so everyone stays on task.
ClassVR is another audio/visual solution that’s naturally easy for students to control. Simple head and hand gestures are all that’s needed to navigate through menus and the VR world, so students don’t require a separate controller to get around.
zSpace is an augmented reality (AR) audio/visual solution, so it blends the real world with the virtual. zSpace systems are available in a laptop or desktop format, and only require special eyewear and a stylus to control.
During operation, students put on their eyewear and control 3D objects using the stylus. Objects can be moved, rotated and otherwise manipulated in real space, so students remain in the classroom. zSpace provides a convincing audio/visual experience because it simulates natural perception of depth and allows students to view objects from all directions. For K-12 students, zSpace can be used to simulate physics and run science experiments. It can also be used to study electrical circuits, chemistry and human anatomy. For postsecondary students, zSpace is an ideal medical and engineering teaching resource, as it can be used to study mechanical systems and the human body. In short, it’s an immersive approach to learning that encourages experimentation and exploration.
An AV integrator can provide AV systems and solutions for classroom facilities
Interactive displays, VR and AR are advanced technologies that require advanced expertise to install and optimize. An AV integrator can provide this expertise and ensure schools get the most from their AV solutions.
AV integrators are knowledgeable when it comes to technical specifications and system features, so they can help match classrooms with the perfect AV solution. During the integration process, AV suppliers and integrators will select and implement any technology, configure it, and train users on its function. Following adoption, AV integrators can provide long-term support, with remote and onsite response available, along with preventative maintenance. With this support on hand, classroom facilities can maximize the return on their audio/visual investment.