With the passage of the technology bond, we have been able to install multi-media systems in each classroom. Last week, I posted some information on document cameras and how the Elmo is used in instruction. This week, I review why sound systems were purchased and installed over the summer.
NPS installed the Lightspeed sound system along with 4 in-ceiling speakers in each classroom. In the past, if a teacher stands in front of the room, students in back areas of the classroom may or may not have heard everything that was said. With the four speakers and the Lightspeed system, the result is that no matter where the teacher is in the room, all students have equal access to the sound. Teachers wear a small black microphone around their neck (as modeled below by MS Teacher, Ms. Dietz) and the voice is enhanced. These classroom sound systems are not designed to function necessarily like a P.A. system you might hear in a gym, but to increase the sound of the calm teacher voice so that all may hear. In other words, when used efficiently, students can hear better without feeling like somebody is ”yelling” into a microphone.
There is a lot of ambient noise in a typical classroom. Nearby hallway distractions, projector fans, HVAC systems, poor classroom acoustics, and small movements from students can all create excessive “noise” in a learning environment. A classroom sound system can assist teachers in projecting a “calm” voice and make listening and learning easier for students.
Some research supported reasons to install a sound system in a classroom include the following: increased on-task behavior, getting & keeping attention, enhanced sentence recognition, fewer requests for repetition, ease of listening, less voice strain & fatigue, increased mobility for instructors, and higher test scores.*
Improving the listening and learning environment in the classroom benefits all of our students. Thank you to our community for supporting NPS with the technology bond dollars.
* Some information taken from www.lightspeed-tek.com