In the past decade, audio visual technology has made huge progress in the education sector by creating an exciting and interactive environment which is more conducive to learning. Studies have proven that students react well to audio visual aids since they are found to be more attentive and retain information better, increasing productivity in the classroom or lecture hall.
So what are some of the benefits?
AV engages students who may otherwise be disengaged or bored and makes learning more enjoyable.
Promotes collaboration and communication between students — education is increasingly being seen as a collaborative exercise between educator and learner, rather than a one-way broadcast of information. Teachers and lecturers must work with their students, and students must be able to flexibly explore and learn in order to get the most out of their lessons. For smaller learning environments, such as huddle spaces, there is a growing trend for turning larger display screens into interactive surfaces. Touch-screen overlays for high quality professional displays are creeping into classrooms and enabling more flexible, collaborative learning through interactivity. Numerous providers have introduced interactive displays that come with an embedded Android operating system which enables teachers to download a variety of apps and means that learners can easily share content from their own devices on these larger screens — once again improving collaboration amongst students and teachers!
Helps students visualise rather than guess — with an AV solution in place, students who learn from seeing and interacting can thrive just as much as those who love to listen. 4K laser projectors which produce extremely high quality images are becoming increasingly popular and serve to enhance presentations and captivate the attention of the class.
Promotes a wider selection of teaching tools — when a teacher is stood there with a marker pen and a whiteboard, they are on their own in terms of tools. Tools such as WePresent allows up to 64 users to all share and present content on a screen at any one time, making it easy for students to contribute without having to crowd around a whiteboard.
Encourages students with various learning disabilities — students with hearing impairments are able to hear more clearly with audio enhancement systems. Audio systems can be integrated with an interactive whiteboard to boost a teacher’s voice via a microphone worn around the educator’s neck, allowing their voice to be distributed evenly around the class through wall mounted speakers. This technology helps students with hearing impairments to understand what the teacher is saying and gives them the opportunity to learn more effectively. Furthermore, for students with dyslexia who may struggle to process information when reading a textbook, interactive whiteboards enable teachers to create lesson content with colourful text, video clips and images, making the lesson content easier to digest. Pupils with ADHD can also benefit from what interactive whiteboards and touch screens have to offer since this technology encourages them to get involved and helps them to remain focused throughout the lesson.