What does AV / IT convergence mean for your school?

Published: November 24th, 2020

Many modern classroom solutions, such as interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) like Promethean’s ActivPanel, come with key considerations on both AV (audio-visual) and (IT information technology) fronts. AV and IT have traditionally been seen as separate systems, but the development of new technologies means that the two are overlapping more than ever before. By understanding how AV and IT can integrate effectively, IT Managers will be best positioned to create robust classroom technology setups.

In this blog post, we’re going to explore how AV / IT convergence will make the installation and network management of edtech solutions easier, while simultaneously improving teachers’ experiences of using technology.

Supporting IT security with responsible AV solutions

Whenever new devices are introduced to a network, you should seek to ensure that operations and configuration are safe and consistent with school policies. On top of this, it’s important that you have the necessary tools in place to manage these devices – usually a mobile device management (MDM) system.

Some AV solutions, such as the ActivPanel, have inbuilt management functionality which will make it easier for you to look after a host of devices across your school. The ActivPanel’s ‘Panel Management’ allows you to run updates, alter user permissions, and manage security features for each device centrally and remotely, much like a traditional network management tool.

Sharing knowledge across the AV / IT spectrum

AV / IT convergence in schools means that it’s advantageous for professionals from each discipline to have a working knowledge of the other. When you’re choosing an AV installation partner, it’s worth finding a company equipped with a good understanding of IT systems to complement its AV expertise.

An AV installer with IT knowledge will be familiar with networking terms and concepts, and ready to meet your specific IT requirements – ultimately leading to a more easily integrated rollout of devices.

Taking this approach will also make teachers’ lives easier, as their classroom solutions will be sound from both an AV and IT perspective. Where AV and IT considerations are both met, teachers will be able to get more out of their edtech. Experienced AV installers will also understand factors such as unit installation height and viewing angles, which will make front-of-class solutions more comfortable for teachers to use.

Considering AV solutions within your IT strategy will make the overall management of your technology estate a great deal easier, and it’s a process that begins long before the installation day. With the lines between AV and IT continuing to blur, make the most of the convergence by plotting out how new and existing AV solutions fit into your networks, and ensuring that your technology estate is set for long term performance.

For more information on how the ActivPanel can support day-to-day operations for IT Managers, why not read this dedicated blog post.