Audio-visual props in the classroom are a powerful learning tool; a tool that has been utilized since the introduction of filmstrips during the World War II era. All over the world, educators recognize and appreciate the power of audio-visual materials to capture the attention of their students, foster an appreciation of educational content and facilitate a life-long desire to learn. Schools across the nation have utilized high-end audio-visual technology to assist their faculty in the teaching process. When it comes to purchasing audio-visual equipment, there are four primary features every school should consider to ensure educational satisfaction.
One of the most important aspects for school systems to consider when investing is audio visual aid is the compatibility of new equipment with existing technology. Since all of the schools within a given school district typically function as a single unit, it is important that new technology is standardized across the board. Standardization not only increases a district’s purchasing power, but it also ensures that all systems are compatible for the cross-training of faculty and staff, as well as for the educational pursuits of the student body.
When it comes to quality, not all audio visual technology is created equal. In fact, it is helpful for schools to consult an AV professional to help determine which technology is the best to purchase. Depending on the school’s allotted budget, it may be wiser to purchase equipment that is a bit more costly, but that guarantees a higher standard of quality. High quality tools are likely to last longer and provide a greater return on a school’s initial investment.
Depending on the school system and grade level, there may be recommendations set forth as to what technology to purchase in the classroom. Different grade levels utilize different tools to teach – so it may be wise to consult local and online resources to determine which technology is most critical in the classroom. Figuring out which resources are recommended for each school may help cut down costs, as well.
At some point in time, new audio visual equipment is going to be tainted by the hands of time. With all the use and abuse over the years, system repair and replacement is inevitable. Schools must adequately project for this and plan their budget accordingly. When selecting new equipment, it may be helpful for schools to inquire about any warrantees or system guarantees that may prove useful in offsetting some of the repair costs down the road.
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