Having an array of speakers in the classroom is all well and good, but where do you put them? Premier Mounts has a good answer: a shelf that fits underneath a flat screen TV or monitor in the classroom. It works with the company’s P family of display mounting hardware and provides lots of hidden space to route cables out of view. It and a slew of other gear can be seen at booth 3136.
Covering a school with video cameras and alarms is old hat when it comes to enhancing classroom security. A big step forward is Panasonic’s Security Alert System, which has a pendant that during normal operations works as a microphone so that every student hears the lesson. In an emergency, the pendant has a button that delivers a silent network-wide alarm in the event of a discipline problem or a disaster, like a fire or explosion. It may not win any fashion awards, but it looks great with a bolo tie. It and other school tech can be seen at booth 2330.
Even a small classroom can muffle the teacher’s words when you’re in the back row. Crestron’s FreeSpeech amplification system can make sure that everyone hears it all. Aimed at elementary, middle and high schools, FreeSpeech includes a small wireless microphone that can be clipped to a lapel or shirtcollar or just placed on a tabletop. The base station has a 30-watt amplifier and can power a set of classroom speakers. It can also integrate the audio from a PC, DVD player or even an iPod. There are versions that have single- and dual channel microphones.
Need more of a classroom control panel than one for just volume? Crestron TMC-9L Wall Mount Touch Panel does it all, and has a 9-inch LCD screen for viewing video feeds and controlling a variety of equipment. Based on the company’s Core 3 OS-ready panel technology, the TNC-9L can be used for everything from video conferences to viewing security camera feeds. On top of the touch-screen controls, the wall panel has 12 programmable physical switches for everything from volume to controlling the lights and shades. The panel is available in almond, white or black.
It may not be able to control the class clown, but Crestron’s onCue BPC-8 Basic Presentation Controller has eight controls for the digital classroom. There are buttons for turning the system on and off, connecting with either of two computers or a DVD and making the volume louder or softer. It works with major projectors, each item has an icon and the device can be mounted on a lectern or wall.
Are the microphones used in your school for classroom amplification systems too clunky for the hands of students? At 6-inches long and weighing less than 3-ounces, FrontRow’s 950H is perfect for a variety of small hands in K-through-12 settings and is wireless so there’re no cords to trip over. It works with the company’s VocaLight Pro, Pro Digital and Symbio PA systems and has a handy nameplate for identifying a teacher or classroom. It sells for $305.