Magazine article University Business

Remote Control for AV Classrooms

Magazine article University Business

Remote Control for AV Classrooms

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Educational institutions are upgrading AV systems in classrooms to keep pace with advances in multimedia and communications as beneficial tools for instruction (such as DVD and the Internet). As with the introduction of any new technology into a learning environment, these new AV systems bring new pedagogical opportunities for teachers. In order to maximize their value, these systems must be user-friendly and non-intimidating. They must also be easy to maintain and support throughout a school or campus.

In addressing the challenges of upgrading AV systems in classrooms, technology managers have recognized remote control as an important element in the successful implementation of new AV systems in classrooms. Solutions have been introduced allowing the teacher to directly control AV equipment within a classroom from a simple, centralized location. Also, multiple AV systems can be controlled for remote management and technical support.

AV Control Within the Classroom Typically, the instructor is the end user of an AV system in a classroom. The instructor must be able to operate the system from a central location, effortlessly and with minimal training. Other important considerations are long-term reliability and reasonable cost for implementing AV system control. How can these be achieved? One approach is to implement a system requiring touch panel modules. Such control units, with touch-sensitive LCD screens, are relatively expensive and imbue sophistication and high-tech appeal. They offer wide-ranging possibilities for the visual styling of the displays, and allow for multiple layers or "pages" of displays. Other advantages of touch panels are that they can display only the relevant controls for the current device and they have the ability to program multiple AV functions at the touch of a button, also known as a macro.

Enabling user-friendly operation

Alternatively, less expensive control systems are available that employ simple control panels with tactile push buttons and controls. Many of these simplified control systems have been designed specifically with the instructor in mind, for quick and intuitive interaction with the buttons and controls. They offer durability and long-term reliability, having been designed for repeated, rugged use in institutions. The buttons are abundantly sized, clearly labeled, and often are backlit. …

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