The main reason is that these audio distribution systems help improve and enhance the learning experience for students. Classroom audio systems can help teachers overcome many of the challenges associated with classroom noise, poor acoustics, and even hearing loss. Barring a complete remodel of a classroom's design for possibly improved acoustics, why is it essential that K-12 schools invest in classroom audio systems?
Benefits of a Classroom Audio Solution
1. Enhanced Speech Intelligibility
Classroom audio systems can help to ensure that students hear and understand the teacher's instructions, even in noisy or acoustically challenging environments. Studies have shown that students who can hear their teacher more clearly perform better academically. Audio systems that feature advanced technology can help students understand more clearly by emphasizing speech frequencies that contribute most to meaning, like OptiVoice on FrontRow's Juno audio system,
2. Increased Student Engagement
When students can hear their teacher more clearly, they are more likely to be engaged and participate in classroom activities. Being heard is not limited to the physical aspect of hearing but can empower students to view themselves as active and valued members of the class. Essentially, a classroom audio system can help create a more inclusive classroom environment.
3. Reduced Teacher Vocal Strain
Teachers who project their voices to be heard in noisy or large classrooms can experience vocal strain and fatigue. When this happens, teachers may even hold off from engaging in class discussions to "save their voice." A high-quality but easy-to-use classroom audio system can help reduce this strain which benefits not only vocal health but overall class engagement.
4. Accommodation for Hearing-Impaired Students
Classroom audio systems can be beneficial for students with hearing impairments or other disabilities that affect their ability to hear. These students may be using assistive listening devices to help them hear more clearly, which enables them to participate more fully in classroom activities. Besides amplifying sound, well-designed teacher mics can digitally scan audio to eliminate harsh feedback. FrontRow's Juno classroom audio distribution system includes advanced technology like the Adapto engine that wipes out squealing and other distracting sounds before the teacher or students can hear them.
A quality and comprehensive classroom audio system is essential for improving the overall teaching and learning experience for K-12 teachers and students.
This is the first in a two-part blog series on the value of classroom audio solutions. Look out for the next blog on specific solutions that can enhance the learning experience for all.
Originally published by Boxlight