Classroom amplification systems operate on simple principles and solve a common problem – ensuring that students can hear the teacher when they are instructing the class. It’s an often overlooked issue in schools, but educators occasionally find it difficult to command the classroom with their voice. This can lead to significant issues among students, and though research clearly shows that students that hear better learn better, any educator who has spent time in a classroom knows that firsthand. Fortunately, audio delivery technology ensures that a teacher can fill the space with their voice, and keep their students engaged and well-behaved as a result.
What are the benefits of classroom amplification systems?
First, a quick review of how the technology is designed. It consists of three components, which include a wireless microphone, a set of high quality speakers and software that runs the whole setup. The microphone is typically attached to the teacher, and can be pinned to a shirt or collar. The speakers are positioned carefully in the room to take advantage of its acoustics, and can even be installed inside the ceiling to minimize their visual presence. Finally, the software modulates the teacher’s volume and dampens other noises to ensure only the teacher is picked up.
Again, it’s a simple piece of technology, and here’s how it can help educators and students alike:
- Many students are auditory learners, which means that they take in information through their ears. Teachers have long known that some students respond best to visual stimulation, while others need to hear the lesson first. If these students can’t hear the educator well, they may never catch up to their peers, and may never learn the lesson properly. With enhanced audio technology, these students can be engaged the way that they need to be engaged.
- Students will be better behaved when addressed with an authoritative voice. Students that can’t hear the teacher will focus their attention elsewhere, which may include acting out. With classroom amplification systems, these students will be less likely to ignore the instructor, and may find it impossible to do so if they try.
- Some students have special needs, such as dyslexia, that can only be mitigated with a clear voice. Many pupils have difficulty with phonemics, often because they have never heard the sounds clearly before. Improved audio technology can help turn it around for these children, who are usually willing to learn but haven’t been given an ideal environment to do so.
- Teachers no longer have to strain their voice to be heard. Classroom amplification systems allow educators to speak within a comfortable range, preventing them from wearing out their vocal cords and developing health issues down the road.
There is little downside to the technology, and with the assistance of an expert A/V integrator, there will be no guesswork in selecting the right product and setting it up for maximum impact.