Concept AV designed and installed an integrated ‘Crestron’ system that included 3 large flat screens for each of the 3 learning areas, a 4×4 video wall that can be seen from every floor, audio outputs and wireless microphones. The system also provided touch panels for teachers to control the displays in the laboratories, video wall area and/or the workspace areas. Teachers can also send their inputs to a number of preconfigured screens. Further advanced control is supplied to the college for advanced matrix capabilities, whereby any input can be directed to any display through a network connected PC.
Ian Simpson noted that “In the classroom it’s still early days but students have been using screens in cluster groups around the lab and the increased engagement levels and focus have been early wins.. and I’m certain there are still a lot of longer term wins to be discovered”. Ian also noted that the system creates a more responsive learning environment where “for example we can now have three different experiments going on in the room, where different data loggers are projected on different screens.
Staff members can look at how each experiment is going from the displays around the room very very quickly….and provide quick feedback, whilst having multiple activities going on at the same time”. Ian added that the teachers “find the control panels easy to use and they like the ability to have different content on different screens at the same time. “It was a highly complex install but very easy to use. The experience of the staff so far is that the operation of the system is very intuitive”.
The College also believes the new AV system will open exciting opportunities in the future to link up with other schools and students in Australia and around the world in an interactive learning environment.