A bold and futuristic vision to deliver students an all new Audio Visual (AV) experience from the new ‘Food-tech’ department of their new Technology and Enterprise building drove John Wollaston Anglican Community School (JWACS) to seek specialised communications tools.
Two ‘kitchen classrooms’, one based on a domestic kitchen and the other on a commercial kitchen, are used daily by students who have varying competencies.
With fewer elements to each workstation, the limited contents of the domestic kitchen ensures it can nurture basic cooking skills in a low risk environment that focuses on lessons with simultaneous demonstration from the front of the room. As such, displaying the educator’s tuition is a priority, with the majority of lessons fashioned in this way. Utilising Single-Play, with two cameras fixed to the ceiling, vision is displayed via two large screens positioned at the front and rear of the room along with the option to switch to a data input via a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
The school had envisioned a similar set-up for their commercial kitchen, which had a more formalised setting not dissimilar to that of the country’s top restaurants, hotels and caterers. But the varied layout with extraction fans and additional larger workstations dividing the room would have impacted visibility. Instead, Multi-Play facilitates this variation perfectly with individual monitors at each workstation. This altogether removes the need for screens at the front of the room.
New technology in schools can present a daunting change and challenge for staff who may not be technically confident. Awareness of this issue made ease of use a priority factor in the design and development of each system. The school was delighted with ComSpark’ re-engineered solution … an innovation that was also a money saver.
“We wanted to advance a technological solution after using mirrors for this function previously” Gailene confirmed, “We’re certainly happy with both systems”.
iVALS was the first time installation of it’s type, which gave ComSpark the opportunity to shine as a leader in this aspect of our wide and varied industry. The development of this solution has given ComSpark another avenue to pursue with its educational partners as well as opening possibilities in other sectors with similar requirements.