“RoomPro ONE solves the problem of uneven classroom sound distribution and … the related problem of uneven learning experiences from student to student,” said Dean Olds, president of RoomPro Technologies. “And, with the addition of our Virtual Control Panel, we have found a way to provide educators with more convenient system control and access. Teachers can now quickly and easily operate the system at the touch of a button, whether they are working from a laptop, a wireless tablet, or an interactive whiteboard.”

The company also makes a ceiling enclosure device designed to house a classroom’s speakers, AV switches, projector mount, and audio amplifier. The enclosure comes with the mounting hardware.

Chief Manufacturing also specializes in complete AV room systems that are ideal for classroom and lecture hall use. The company’s new CoPilot system is a modular, all-in-one, networked AV solution that is fully upgradeable, meaning school leaders can start with some components and add others later, as necessary.

Incorporating every component required to bring audio and video into a classroom environment, all within a single SKU, the system includes wireless radio-frequency microphone technology, fire alarm override, high-performance plenum speakers, professional-grade cabling, and a simple interface, Chief said. The RF microphone system has a range of up to 40 feet, without the line-of-sight issues that can crop up with infrared systems in a large classroom. The CoPilot system also features 25-watt mono or stereo amplification, paging to specific rooms or school zones, and a bilingual mode.

Yet another company whose products are intended to give educators greater flexibility in how they deploy AV technology is Draper, which has sold projection screens to schools for more than 50 years.

Last year, the company introduced a product called Stage Screen, a completely modular framing system (with optional legs) for creating truss screens ranging in size from 5’ x 8’ all the way up to 30’ x 40’ for large outdoor displays. School personnel can use Stage Screen to build projection surfaces of whatever size they need, for either temporary or permanent use.

Draper President John Pidgeon said customers liked the idea of Stage Screen, but some said it was too expensive for smaller installations, such as classrooms or boardrooms. So at this year’s InfoComm, Draper unveiled a smaller, more economic modular screen framing system, called Focal Point. It works just like Stage Screen, but it’s smaller (supporting screen sizes up to 20 feet wide) and costs about half as much, Pidgeon said.