As a commitment to the aspirations of 21st Century learning, Caulfield Grammar have developed Learning Projects at each of their three Victorian Campuses. These allow teachers to explore new learning technologies in specifically designed learning spaces to evaluate their effectiveness and possible application in future building works. Having dealt with DIB over many years for AV solutions and installations, Caulfield Grammar asked DIB to bring their expertise to assist in the design and installation of an AV solution in a particular space, called the Presentation Nook. As with many new building projects, DIB worked alongside the architects and electrical consultants to find the right fit & mix of products for the project.
As with other spaces in the Learning Project, there were specific needs that were required for this particular space. The specific purpose of this space was to be used for small group presentations and discussion for up to ten people. A well designed area was created, which allowed the group to sit on nicely carpeted steps in the area. The technology chosen to be used was a interactive Commbox 60” Classic panel. This was recessed into a floating wall, that was purpose-built to create the feel of a nook.
Other unique features in the space included wireless connectivity with all Apple devices through the installed Apple TV, as well as a Mac Mini that was also integrated to create a permanent interface with the Commbox. These were carefully hidden behind the panel to give an aesthetically-pleasing finish to the area.
A HDMI and USB connection was also provided for a connection point for an external display, as well as a USB interface for the Mac Mini to enable connection of a keyboard or webcam to the device. The placement of these connections was also important, being on the closest side to the seating, which allows the teacher/leader to have their device sitting on the seat next to them for ease of use.
The Extron MLC62 control panel was chosen for simplified operation of the system, helping eliminate the need for complex and easily lost remote-controls. Custom buttons were carefully chosen to make the whole system easy-to-use. Aesthetically appealing flush-mounted ceiling speakers provided the audio for the space, rounding off the quality installation.
DIB have worked hard with all parties involved in the Presentation Nook project to produce a unique AV solution to meet the specific needs of Caulfield Grammar.
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