Latest headlines: Bob Snyder on esports, Scott Tiner on the real new normal of COVID-19, plus news from Legrand | AV, Extron and more
August 20, 2021 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 16
School is back in session, #AVtweeps. I’m sure all of you have so much going on when it comes to classroom tech. With all that said, here are some things to consider:
— The esports takeover. Bob Snyder writes about how many universities (including his alma mater) are taking advantage of its popularity and adding offerings in their schools. #AVtweeps, this is an opportunity! These esports teams will need lag-free network solutions, screens on screens, quality audio and the ability to stream. There’s a reason this market is worth over a billion dollars. Go get you a piece of it!
— Solutions that make us feel better about in-person learning. I know many universities are offering hybrid options still, but many students going back this fall are in person! So let’s think about solutions that put the health and well-being of families, friends, colleagues, students, faculty and staff ahead of business. Scott Tiner says in his recent column that a great way to do this is to stop thinking of current protections in place as being temporary. What do you think?
Across the world, colleges and universities now understand how important it is to add esports to appeal to the latest generation of students. It doesn’t take a college degree to recognize how esports is exploding in education — and in some other of ProAV’s most important verticals. In residential, some owners now want esports rooms as much as baby boomers wanted home cinema rooms.
Many of us have wondered what business will be like in the “new normal.” During that time, so many of us assumed the new normal also meant post-coronavirus. As we continue to experience surges in the delta variant and wonder about future variants, I am beginning to wonder if living with COVID-19 is actually the new normal. Due to the need for regional, national and global travel, it is likely that COVID-19 and its variants are something that we will live with going forward.
EdTech purchase planning in K-12 schools across the USA is likely to deliver a raft of opportunities for technology vendors. Almost all curriculum leads are expecting to buy student-facing software applications, with school information systems (SIS) topping the list. That’s according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, based on interviews with 406 school districts across all 50 states.