Designing the right AV package for your classrooms is challenging, no matter how old your
students are and what they're studying. Not to mention, it's tough (but important) to balance
expectations, cost and usability in your system. Here are some key principles for AV system
design in classrooms.
Start with Basics and Move Up
The first rule of thumb is to start simple with your AV system design. Think about the basic
capabilities that your teachers and students will need, such as audio systems, a projector, and
perhaps tablets or other interactive equipment. Once you have all the basics installed in your
classrooms, it will be up to your teachers to report back on any additional equipment they need.
If you get a lot of requests for another piece of equipment, that's when you can start adding on
the big guns. If you start from the other direction and try to equip your classrooms too heavily,
it's all too tempting to think your teachers will need some technologies that, in reality, may hardly
ever be used.
Make Sure Equipment is Highly Compatible
When you're picking your AV equipment, make sure that it's compatible with many different
operating systems and add-ons. There are various people that will want to use your equipment
for different needs. Consider a simple class presentation. Someone may want to bring their own
audio for which you will need to be prepared with certain equipment hookups. Some students
will have their own Macs or PC operating systems, which may require different cabling. Make
sure you are ready for many scenarios. And make sure that your building meets the specifications
for all of this various equipment. A commercial electrician will have the best information on whether
your building requires additional wiring or electrical infrastructure to be compatible with your
Make Accommodations for Disabled Students
Consider what some of your most vulnerable students may need from an AV system. If you are
using the system for audio, this might include bluetooth technology that can be synced with a
student's hearing aids.
Keep Equipment the Same in Every Room
Try to keep the same types and brands of equipment in each classroom. For one, this will keep
the student experience similar throughout the day. If students are in different classrooms for
different subjects, they may wonder why one class deserves certain equipment that another
doesn't have. And if your teachers move around to different classrooms, it helps to have similar
setups that they already know how to use.
These principles should get you thinking about what kind of system you can design that is both
efficient and affordable. Your audio video company can walk you through various equipment
setups that meet your specifications. Talk to an electrician, like Plymouth Electric Inc, for more help.