In the 21st century, classrooms are filled with all kinds of new technology: projector, computer, electronic whiteboard, interactive flat panel, speakers, power amplifier, wireless microphone. Teachers have to use each device properly and smoothly. Statistics show that at least 20% of all classes have gone through unexpected pause due to technology issues. For the IT and AV professionals who support these learning spaces, it has become their greatest fear since the IT admin is most likely to take the blame for such disasters.
The key to classroom control
The key to classroom control is to simplify the room’s user interface and make it easy for anyone to operate the equipment. With Q-NEX Networked Media Processor in the classroom, teachers can power on all the devices (lights, air-con, classroom TV, interactive display, projector and electronic screen) by simply touching a button on the desktop control panel or tapping their ID card. Beyond local control, IT admins can also schedule tasks through web-based Q-NEX Console or App to power on/off devices for all classrooms. As the center of the classroom control system, Q-NEX NMP is an all-in-one product integrated with LAN switch, power control module, AV matrix switch, digital amplifier, wireless mic system and IR emitter. It reduces cabling requirements and saves rack space by using fewer disparate boxes than other solutions employ.
Some tips for a user-friendly control panel
To make your touch panel easy to use, be sure to incorporate an intuitive design and simple operation. Also, make sure the user experience is consistent from room to room. If possible, you can add a feature that allows users to run several actions with one touch on the control panel’s buttons. For example, you could power on all of your devices with just one touch of a button.
Remotely manage and maintain the AV assets.
The Q-NEX Cloud Platform provides a cost-effective and efficient way for administrators to remotely manage, maintain and troubleshoot AV equipment on large campuses with several teaching buildings and classrooms. The platform enables IT staff to perform management tasks from any location, including the ability to see live streaming video from any room on campus in real time.
By using the Console to manage your classroom devices, you have a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening in all the classrooms in your school. The Q-NEX Console can also control and schedule tasks to turn off and on each device, so you can save energy costs. When there is a technical problem with any classroom equipment, you can report it to the console for our technicians to follow up on. A maintenance log records all repairs made so that you always know when your smart classroom equipment has been serviced or repaired.
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