The expanding role of AV equipment in learning environments
Educators and students rely on classroom technology to support learning and create a more engaged environment. This technology encompasses an array of devices and products that not only enhance teaching but enable schools to do more with fewer resources, plus give teachers more time to help students with individual support.
Classroom technology is commonly referred to as audio-visual equipment, or simply AV equipment, because it encompasses technology for both sight and sound. The scope of equipment varies depending on the grade level and school type. Preschool and early elementary require AV equipment that is much different than middle and high school. Young learners may use CD players, headphones and listening centers while older students use response systems, document cameras and laptop storage carts.
In addition to all this equipment are the furnishings needed to support and transport them. AV carts come in a variety of configurations to support the use of laptops, keyboards, monitors and even storage cabinets. TV mounts and carts hold flat panel screens that can be wheeled easily in and out of classrooms. Presentation carts, lecterns and podiums help with student projects and teacher lectures and are equipped with wheels to maneuver wherever needed. With all the laptops and tablets used by students today laptop storage carts are essential to keep equipment charged and safe when not in use.
Many schools choose to centralize the housing of AV equipment in a library or media center. Teachers can equip themselves for the day with any technology they need, and students can visit tech support should problems arise with their devices. Having a central location helps keep track of inventory, makes it easier to manage the upkeep of equipment and streamlines support.
The integration of technology into all aspects of learning will only continue to grow. School Outfitters is committed to meeting the needs of both teachers and students with all their audio-visual equipment needs.