The partnership between AV and education began with a simple slide projector in science class decades ago, and has swelled to a seismic shift toward AV technology in the classroom. Essential teaching tools like documents cameras, networked projectors and projection screens, interactive whiteboards, and room control systems have changed the pedagogy of K-12 and higher education alike. Distance learning is an important outcrop of AV and education, allowing long-distance collaboration and creating virtual learning environments that would otherwise not exist.
Investments in classroom, building-wide, and campus-wide AV systems are coming at a time when student ranks are growing fast. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the United States alone, a record of nearly 49.8 million students were attending public elementary and secondary schools in the last quarter of 2009. A record 18.4 million students are attending U.S. 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.
To better serve students' needs, educational institutions are investing in AV systems that provide sophisticated presentation, lecture capture and collaboration capabilities to faculty members. AV technology applications are seen with all subjects and in all classrooms. Coupled with government stimulus spending, the boom in education AV means that the classroom of the future is happening today.