The classrooms of today are equipped with numerous Audio Visual (AV) aids but they were best used when teachers and students share the physical space at the time of teaching-learning.
The learning scenarios are changing with every new IT invention which leads to the arising of several questions like is this pedagogical picture going to be our future? Will the integration of AV into education would produce the same academic goals as of the traditional method.
Since the remote learning spurring up rapidly we can be sure of one thing that the classroom system would not doom but will only change its style of functioning post-pandemic as seemingly teachers and students want face to face interaction in the priority.
Audio Visual (AV) learning is the next big change that we are going to witness in the field of education in the coming years. AV education refers to the means of imparting knowledge through auditory and visual mediums to stimulate a student’s mind and enrich education. The use of multimedia devices in pedagogy is widely relevant but that doesn’t mean it as the death of in-person teaching. But we will see more emphasis being given to collaborative spaces integrated with AV technology.
AV in classrooms
The learning environments can utilize the microphone and video camera technologies with artificial intelligence to ensure outstanding audio and video for students involved in distance learning. Some foreign universities have started using a 4K panoramic video conferencing camera providing massive coverage. Apparently, cameras are permanently stationed in some classrooms and some of them can be used by professors whenever they need to. So, these models can be installed in k-12 schools to make learning experience modern in this tech-savvy world.
Since the use of personal devices is becoming more popular among students, schools will have to support the growing needs and changing demands. Educational institutions have to ensure that their cloud-based content can be accessed on these devices and AV equipment can carry this load. After a few years, all the spaces in the classroom would be integrated with AV technology by creating a path for tech-oriented education.
The AV technologies are expanding massively in education where students are engaged in creating 3D sculptures using Virtual Reality (VR). Looking ahead AV offers innumerable opportunities to provide their students with new and engaging experiences
As we all are trapped in a severe pandemic situation, AV could have a real positive impact on remote learning experiences but this would majorly depend on how educators commit to give it a structure both in terms of technology and content. As the remote learning refers to the complete dependence on tech-based devices for learning, AV will be able to provide more quality to it with its unique exceptional features.
The student’s reliance on technology is so high that there seems to be a disappearance of computer labs. Since half of students have their own devices with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becoming very common in schools, the use of computer labs has become very minimal and would further reduce in the years to come.
The future classroom trends will focus more on collaborative learning rather than rote method. The classrooms would stress on active learning through AV technology and augmented reality and virtual reality will find its place in these learning platforms. AR and VR will spread across whole education sectors making distance learning more inclusive and engaging. Finally, there will be a surge in students using their own devices to connect with school directly to access learning resources
Where AV Will Fit With schools moving their content into the cloud, and students toting more devices, educational AV is poised to be more important than ever before. We are going to see ever-more wireless connections and gateways on campus, as students use their own devices to connect directly to their school’s content and resources,” said Michael Lucas, senior director of instructional technology services at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “This means that the network, its access points and scalability, and its security will be more important than ever before.”
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