Classroom Of The Future

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The Brief

Create a learning space where children as well as teachers can explore different ways of teaching and learning using the latest technology.

The challenge for Digital Message was to source the most up-to-date AV technology, and make it very usable so that it would encourage people to explore it’s potential to improve teaching and learning.

The Solution

Digital message supplied a range of interactive and non-interactive displays all linked together with a controller simple wall mounted button controller. The audio solution is delivered using Soundfield Technology.

The front wall has an 77” Promethean ActivPanel and on each of the side walls is a Samsung non-interactive display (60” and 42”). These three panels have wall mounted, HDMI inputs at each location which are linked to an SY Electronics switcher and 8-button controller. The switcher has been programmed so that any of the three inputs can be sent to any or all three of the displays with a single button press.  Using both HDMI and HDBT outputs from the SY switcher meant that CAT5 cables could be used to transmit the AV signals. This minimised the visual impact of having to surface mount the cables, as well as overcoming any transmission issues involved with HDMI.

switcher-sy-electronicsIn addition a Prowise 65” UHD (4K) with built in UHD PC and wifi mobile display unit can been used
anywhere that people wish. The mobile unit not only has the ability to rise up and down, but, most significantly, to tilt all the way between the vertical plane to the horizontal. With a built in PC, this mobile unit only has one cable (power) trailing on the floor, making much easier to manage in a classroom. The lift and tilt mechanism are very smooth and have built in safety trip-switches should they encounter an obstacle during operation.

The audio for the whole classroom is delivered through Lighspeed’s TopCat ceiling mounted solution. The hybrid speaker design combines flat-panel technology for intelligible speech, with a cone speaker to deliver full-range sound for multimedia. Combined with a pendant microphone, the teacher can talk normally and be confident that their voice will be heard clearly anywhere within the classroom.

“Digital Message’s in depth understanding of teaching and learning in schools made them the perfect choice for this project. Their educational specialist brought the kind of experience to the project, that meant we now have an exciting space in which teachers and students can explore the possibilities that new technologies bring to teaching and learning. In particular, the Prowise UHD display with built in UHD PC delivers absolutely stunning images, which has impressed and excited everyone who has used it.”

Richard Clements
E-Learning Manager