AV has always had a place in education – and as is the case with technology – its use has developed over time. The times of dot matrix printers in a communal computer lab have long gone and been replaced with a new generation of digital natives who demand technology in the classroom. In this post we’re going to explore a few of the trends which are taking place in education, and the way in which AV technology has helped.
Educational institutions are having to adapt the way they teach to engage a student population which is becoming more and more computer literate with every generation. This includes a move towards multi-media in mainstream school, and web-based learning which is internationalised and provided online for higher education institutions. Schools need to adapt their teaching practices if they are going to channel the next generations technological competitance, to help prepare them for later life.
AV supports this by providing techology on which children can learn. When people enter the workforce, most professions will expect applicants to be computer literate. The use of technology for homework, using interactive whiteboards and flatscreen TV’s in the classroom are just a few of the ways in which schools help with this.
One to one teaching has been growing in popularity for some time now. Unfortunately very few establishments have the funds to issue students with devices, therefore BYOD – bring your own device – has been growing in popularity.
This means that as one to one teaching in AV is starting to embed into our teaching practices, collaborative software and connectivity is a growing area of the AV industry. Think the submission of assignments electronically, the sharing of information using digital displays, and casting technology so students can send their screen display to flatscreens within the classroom.
MAKE IT BIG
There is a growning trend in both education and business for replacing projectors with big screen TV’s. Not only does this move provide a higher definition and picture quality to help deliver the educational message, but with the cost of big screen units falling, it becomes are more viable option in the classroom.
A quietier solution with easy installation and lower cost of maintence, you can see why large flatscreens with beaming and casting functionalities are becoming the tool of choice for schools and other educational establishments.
MAKE IT HEARD
Taking it out of the classroom though and we have halls and lecture theatres where things need to be seen and heard on a big scale. School assemblies are just a single example of where students both see and hear clearly to ensure a message is delievered. AV technology can help with this.
PA systems can be put in please to ensure that every work spoken is heard by everyone in the room. Projectors and large projection screens work to ensure that whatever being shared – be it information or visual aids – are seen by everyone.
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