Classrooms with blackboards are as archaic as manual typewriters.Corporate boardrooms with flip charts and whiteboards are equally outdated. The rapid advance of audiovisual technology came into cactus-sharp focus this past week at a two-day trade show at Talking Stick Resort on the Salt River Reservation. Scottsdale-based CCS Presentation Systems hosted its national sales summit that included top vendors of audiovisual equipment used in classrooms, boardrooms and at public events. CCS brought in 100 manufacturer representatives, 300 customers and 120 of its employees from around the country. The company, with 90 employees in Scottsdale and 210 others at offices in 13 states, reports annual revenue of $115 million.
Smart Technologies showed off its 70-inch touch screen for classrooms that teachers can “draw” on by dragging their fingers across it.
Company spokesman Paul Wright pulled up a three-dimensional image of a fish that can be rotated with a simple gesture.
No more dissecting frogs.
“It’s essentially a large tablet, touch-driven device,” Wright said.
Students on tablet computers can link to the Smart classroom system to interact with the teacher and take quizzes, with instant grading and graphics to show the results, he said.
Mary Beth Faller, an Arizona Republic education reporter, said teachers often leaned on their students to learn the Smart Screen system when it first hit local classrooms a few years ago.
The Smart Screen is about $6,000, which includes the hardware and software, Wright said.
The educational technology company also has a $5,000 Smart Table with similar touch-screen capabilities. The low-top table is ideal for students from preschool through third grade. Up to eight students can work together on collaborative lessons.
“It’s spill-proof and built to be indestructible,” Wright said.
And no chalkboards or erasers to clean.
I guess I’m showing my age. In my day, audiovisual technology meant a film strip the teacher struggled to thread or a 16-millimeter film projector with a warbling sound track.
In the corporate world, Delta Products Corp. was demonstrating an 11-foot wide-screen with a dual projector that blends the images seamlessly. The $19,900 wide-screen is designed for corporate boardrooms and video teleconferences.
“It’s an eye-catcher,” said Tod Gooch, Delta national sales manager. Paul Dumpel of Christie Digital explained some of the company’s technology. That includes interactive screens that allow football coaches to diagram plays with a finger swipe or a broadcaster to manipulate information on an on-screen map for election night.
Christie also provides 3-D projectors for movie theaters.
In 2008, the company’s projectors were used for one of the world’s longest video projection displays. Twenty-seven Christie projectors were used in Quebec City, Quebec, to project images on grain silos. That “screen” was nearly seven football fields long by 108 feet high.
That makes your big-screen TV look like a postage stamp.
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