Ask the Expert (Presentation Furniture)
How to Choose the Right Multimedia Furniture?
- By Don Roth
- February 1st, 2017
Computers, tablets, smartboards, projectors and even phones bring classroom
presentations to life, so long as they can be used
efficiently, reliably and securely, multimedia
presentation furniture enables teachers to
control, transport, and store multiple devices.
The new generation of furniture products offer
a range of styles and functions to fit classrooms,
labs, auditoriums and other school settings.
A few important factors to consider:
- Integration Options: To support multiple
devices, think about furniture with dedicated
shelves, flip-up dataports, cable reservoirs,
rear cable drops and surge protectors to
simplify connectivity. Angled or adjustable
desktops make reading more comfortable. Integrated
rack mounts simplify the installation
of sound equipment, preferably with capability
for audio streaming. Desktop controls for
sound system functions make it easy to make
adjustments without juggling devices.
- Security and Mobility: If a lectern will serve
as permanent equipment storage for expensive
equipment, look for designs with lockable
cabinets, shelves and cables to keep everything
secure. To take equipment from room to room,
choose furniture with smooth-rolling, sturdy
casters to transport delicate electronics safely.
- Style: Multimedia lecterns are available in
a wide variety of materials, from traditional
hardwoods to contemporary acrylics, as well
as budget-friendly and durable metal designs.
Well-designed presentation furniture
makes multimedia technology easily accessible
so that any speaker can use devices with
confidence. Take the time to investigate the
wide range of available presentation furniture
options and don’t compromise style for
functionality — in today’s market, the best
manufacturers can provide you with both.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of School Planning & Management.
Don Roth is owner and CEO of AmpliVox Sound Systems.