For most people reading this post, classroom learning when we went to school was centered around a chalkboard. Today, educators leverage a variety of technologies to create interactive and impactful learning experiences. As a result, there’s never been a better time to sell AV solutions to the education market.
Our pro AV/digital signage expert recommends the following AV technologies for the classroom:
- Flat panel/LCD displays: At the primary level, some schools have adopted touchscreen LCDs that allow the students to access interactive and dynamic educational content. Some teachers also use larger flat panel LCDs to which they connect via their laptop or tablet.
- Interactive flat panels (IFPs): For dynamic teaching environments, educators turned to digital whiteboards and IFPs. IFPs are taking market share from whiteboards due to a lower TCO related to maintenance, higher capable resolution of video, being unaffected by shadows and ambient lighting, multi-point touch controls, and more connectivity options.
- Projectors and screens: Large and small classrooms at all levels of education leverage projectors to display lessons and content to students.
- Laptops and tablets: Note-taking devices and teaching aids now take the form of mobile computers. As is often the case at the primary level, the technology is provided to the students. At other levels, the students will often be bringing their own devices into the classroom.
- Microphone, speakers: In some university settings, lecture halls can be very large, requiring pro AV considerations typically reserved for large conference spaces. Projects often require microphones, speaker arrays, DSPs (digital signal processing) and more.
- Wireless presentation gateways: Teachers and students need an easy way to wirelessly stream/present information or content from their PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to a large display or projector.
- Filesharing applications: Students and teachers need easy yet secure access to centralized course materials, data, notes, and more.
- On-demand video servers: On-demand video servers can store archives of recorded lectures and provide access whenever and wherever students need it
- Team collaboration/persistent chat apps: In higher education especially, there’s been a push to enable collaboration not only between students and teachers, but between students. Referred to as the “flipped learning model,” students learn and discuss course material outside of the classroom and then do projects together in the classroom.
- Secure networking: With so many network-enabled devices now being used in the classroom—including those brought by students—it’s imperative that your solutions include firewalls, web filters and endpoint security.
As you can see, the classroom has become one of the most technologically advanced locations across most verticals. Step outside the classroom and even more opportunities will present themselves such as digital signage, video surveillance and point of sale. For more information on how you can turn the education market into actual revenue with AV technology solutions, contact Ingram Micro’s pro AV/digital signage expert Tom Jones