May 2012: Classroom Technology


It’s not the classroom you remember anymore! In a few short years we’ve gone from clapping chalk-filled erasers and smudging transparencies to 3-D visualizations and advanced online courses with participants around the globe. Students may soon feel more comfortable with iPads than notepads. Technology is moving forward at a blinding pace, and long-term education building projects can have a tough time keeping up. Read on to see how Metropolitan Acoustics designs classroom systems ready for the technologic future.

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Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia exemplifies the use of technology to enhance classroom learning. The architects, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, contacted us during the planning of Curtis’ first on-campus student housing addition, which included numerous classrooms and practice rooms. As one of the most prestigious music institutions in the world, Curtis sought high-quality audio recording and sharing capabilities for their new facilities. Metropolitan Acoustics chose to outfit each room with stereo Earthworks microphones for top-notch audio recording and included a mixer and recording interface that converts the audio to digital format, which can then be shared on and off campus. This means a jazz ensemble can perform and record in one of the classrooms, then play back the same performance for another class down the hall. The students can take a copy of the recording home or access it online to analyze their own performance. Sharing music throughout the school has never been simpler.

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The Father’s Building at The Lawrenceville School in NewJersey is an existing building in need of a cosmetic and technological upgrade.  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, who designed the renovation, brought Metropolitan Acoustics on board to help implement current A/V technology into the classrooms as well as acoustic design for the building. The design includes an Extron Wall-Vault system in every educational space with differing configurations to match the primary function of each classroom. Some systems boast an interactive smart board and ultra-short-throw projector while others use flat-panel displays for video presentations.

To promote interaction between students and teachers, the classrooms at both Curtis and Lawrenceville feature video projectors with wireless connectivity, allowing professors to display content from their computers and students to send presentations to the screen for classroom viewing–all without leaving their chair. The rooms are configured with a remote management system that monitors all the A/V systems and offers network maintenance and troubleshooting.

The world is changing quickly, and schools around the globe are already incorporating cutting-edge technology into their classrooms to ease the flow of ideas and increase productivity. If you or your clients would like to reinforce education with technology but don’t know where to begin, let Metropolitan Acoustics help guide you down the right path.

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  • The Agnes Irwin School- Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Phoenixville Area Middle School- Phoenixville, PA
  • Lower Merion High School- Ardmore, PA
  • West Philadelphia High School- Philadelphia, PA
  • Cedar Creek High School- Egg Harbor City, NJ
  • Harriton High School- Rosemont, PA
  • Murrell Dobbins High School- Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilkes University, SHE Building- Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Student Center Addition- Philadelphia, PA
  • Unionville High School- Kennett Square, PA
  • Rahway High School- Rahway, NJ
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