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INDUSTRY POV

Education Revolution

Today’s AV technology offers major benefits for improving education outcomes. By Brandon Breznick Premier Mounts

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ommercial AV applications in education facilities across the world are offering students and professors a whole new way of learning and teaching. Interactive displays, smart tools, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and other emerging AV applications are diversifying how education facilities can and do leverage technology.

Advanced Learning & Teaching Methods For today’s students, digital technology is second nature…a fundamental gateway to receiving information. Teaching techniques have rapidly adapted to suit a new generation whose members have been interacting with technology for the majority of their lives; what’s more, adapting to the digital world means many aspects of teaching must continue to evolve. With today’s technologies, kids can be introduced to digital mediums as early as preschool and kindergarten, with AVinfused instruction continuing throughout their entire education experience. Exposing educational material through digital mediums can enhance a learner’s ability to understand, and interact with, the information being presented.

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Inspired Technology Interacting with AI has become as simple as saying, “Hey, Siri (or Alexa, or Google).” In that sense, most individuals have access to AI in the palm of their hand and/or in their home every day. In education settings, the introduction of AI will allow teachers and schools to accomplish far more than was once imagined, even as there remains much room for AI to mature. The goal is to enable teachers and students to leverage AI as a tool that drives efficiency and improved collaboration within the classroom. Many educators have even begun to integrate smart school technology that provides AV capabilities designed for better visualization of ideas when presented on touch-enabled LCD screens. AV capabilities create a sense of collaboration and interaction that students had formerly been lacking.

Budget Considerations In addition to functionality, costs must be considered. Of course, buyers have to consider initial costs, but they should bear in mind that poorly designed products and configurations cost more in the long run, in terms of both variable maintenance and early replacement. When integrating AV into education facilities, the cost of acquiring premium-quality hardware and software should be viewed through the prism of many years of ser vice, rather than being seen as one major, upfront outlay. Any purchase should meet all the needs of the application and, in the process, add value, lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) and promote risk avoidance. Education budgets always present a challenge. As a vertical market, education facilities are generally budget-sensitive, with funding variations based on region, school and department. AV manufacturers have to acknowledge the uniqueness of this vertical, and they must continue to create advanced solutions that offer these facilities a realistic return on investment (ROI). That being said, the payoff that comes from focusing on a lower TCO is considerable. Utilizing powerful and advanced solutions may come at a price, but it does pay off over time.

Higher Learning To understand why the higher-education community is leading the way in digital (continued on page 112)

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