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Monday, April 21, 2014

Staples - How to Get your Client's Attention and Make More Happen


Staples latest step in its brand relaunch with the "Make More Happen" campaign has definitely gotten our attention, featuring an AmpliVox Mity-Meg Megaphone with its siren blaring at a not so observant client.

It is all part of showcasing the new Staples, the world's second largest internet retailer with more products in more categories in more ways to shop.

Staples is adding thousands of new products beyond office supplies, expanding their selection and offerings that small businesses might not expect they carry.

The 300,000+ items being added appeal to businesses across a wide range of industries including retail store, safety, education and healthcare. The website promises to soon offer packaged solutions for restaurant and food service, sewing and tailoring, florist and garden, salon and spa with online orders capable of being sent to a nearby store.

Staples is so serious about their expansion, they are even changing their logo. The bent staple in Staples' logo (the letter "L") is being removed and swapped with items such as water bottles, dog biscuits, two wheeler carts, dining room chairs, rubber boots, paint brushes, floor waxers, and glass cleaners.

Staples also carries many of our AmpliVox products ranging from our selection of lecterns, portable pa systems, microphones, audio visual carts, presentation speakers and mobile workstations.

In its latest TV spot, titled "How to Get your Client's Attention", Staples introduces their custom marketing materials providing architectural prints, brochures, to oversized printouts and banners that will bring your designs to life.




The funniest part of the clip arrives at the 0:22 mark when the client is awaken with an AmpliVox Mity-Meg using its siren function. The Mity-Meg's are currently receiving a upgrade by introducing a rechargeable battery pack to operate as a rechargeable megaphone system.

rechargeable bullhorn
megaphone rechargeable battery
megaphone rechargeable

The Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Packs now enables the Mity-Megs with an alternative power source to its previous required C-cell batteries. The recharger is built-into the battery case with a LED charge status indicator and automatic charge protection that stops charging when the battery is fully charged.

Never run out of power again, the Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Packs coupled with the battery indicator lights on the Mity-Megs allow you to always know the status of your battery life and how much power you have left.

Constructed with a durable ABS plastic material, the Mity-Megs are an industrial grade megaphone made to take abuse with a comfortable pistol grip and 3 functional modes of: Talk, Siren, and Whistle.


For more information on AmpliVox megaphones, please visit:
http://www.ampli.com/megaphones

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AmpliVox Launches "14 for 2014" Additions to Product Line


AmpliVox Sound Systems announced a major expansion of its product line for 2014, with innovative additions to its collection of top-quality sound equipment and presentation furniture. Many of the "14 for 2014" collection of products are designed to integrate multimedia accessories and high tech audio with attractive lecterns and audio systems, to make presentation delivery simple, seamless, and effective. Others enhance safety and crowd control with versatile multi-function designs.

Multimedia integration has become a crucial element of presentations in all kinds of settings, thanks to the boom in device and app development.

AmpliVox has responded with a line of multimedia presentation furniture that provides easy set-up, use, and storage of all types of devices, including tablets, laptops, smartphones, document cameras and projectors.

Eleven different lectern styles make up the multimedia line, each with a wide selection of finishes and optional accessories to create a customized finished product.

From the workhorse efficiency of the compact Multimedia Center Workstation to the elegant statement of the solid wood Ambassador Lectern, AmpliVox offers a multimedia option to fit any setting, purpose, and budget.

Complementing the presentation furniture line, AmpliVox has developed an innovative two-piece configuration for its popular Duo-Tandem Line Array Soundbar PA System. This new option allow for a fully integrated rack-mount sound system within a multimedia lectern, with the soundbar speaker projecting toward the audience and the amplifier controls facing the presenter from the back of the lectern. Thanks to this unique AmpliVox design, the user enjoys the convenience of complete audio control right at his or her fingertips.


Keeping pace with the use of Bluetooth technology in handheld devices, AmpliVox has added a Bluetooth receiver to its Titan Wireless PA system and made it available as an option on several other PA systems.

The Bluetooth receiver enhances the user's ability to include music and other audio before, during, and after a speech, wirelessly streaming content and controlling volume directly from the presenter's device within a range of up to 30 feet from the receiver.

The same Titan PA also projects sound from a 16-channel wireless microphone, a built-in CD/MP3 player, or a USB or SD card input.

AmpliVox also continues its leadership as a developer of emergency sound equipment for police, first responders, and others who have responsibility for crowd control and communication.

The new Safety Wand Megaphone system combines a highly visible LED-illuminated traffic baton with a powerful 20-watt megaphone.

The unit includes a corded detachable microphone with volume control, an alarm whistle, and a rechargeable battery for maximum utility in any traffic or emergency management situation.

"AmpliVox's designers have delivered a collection of outstanding products for 2014 that support all the developing technologies used in presentations," said Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. "We are always looking for innovative ways to make our lecterns and sound equipment more versatile and adaptable, while preserving the style and quality that make our products an excellent investment."

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

AmpliVox Supplies Innovative Duo Tandem Line Array Soundbar for Marvel Presentation Carts



SWB1240 Wireless Duo Tandem Line Array Soundbar
integrated into a Marvel Vizion Mobile Presentation Cart
AmpliVox Sound Systems has been selected as the exclusive supplier of integrated, rack-mounted sound equipment for the Marvel Group's Vizion presentation furniture line.

AmpliVox designed a revolutionary two-piece version of its popular Line Array Sound Bar PA System for the Marvel application, placing the controls for the sound system conveniently at the presenter's fingertips.

The Vizion furniture line includes innovative carts, lecterns, and instructional work stations that integrate multimedia devices for dynamic presentations in classrooms and conference rooms. AmpliVox's Duo Tandem Line Array Sound Bar system brings these presentations to life by providing crystal clear 50-watt sound amplification.

The enclosed, rack-mounted system includes separate speaker and amp modules, with the speaker unit facing toward the audience and the amp's control panel facing toward the presenter. This innovative configuration makes it easy for the user to see and operate the amplifier's controls during a presentation.

The Duo Tandem Line Array PA is available with AmpliVox's 16-channel UHF wireless receiver, which aids in eliminating interference from competing frequencies and ensuring perfect clarity.

AmpliVox's Duo Tandem Line Array Sound Bar PA is available in a number of Vizion products, including the Benchmark 4-Shelf Presentation Cart, the Mobile Multimedia Center, the Multimedia Lectern, the Presenter Mobile Presentation Cart, Mobile Flat Panel Stads, and the Teacher's Multimedia Center. Each option delivers top quality, fully integrated sound with fully-accessible audio controls.



"We are excited to provide our new Duo Tandem Line Array Soundbar design for Marvel's outstanding presentation furniture," commented AmpliVox CEO Don Roth.

"These integrated PA systems enhance any presentation with flawless sound projection and thoughtful, user-friendly design. They deliver the quality and innovation that customers of Marvel and AmpliVox have come to expect."



Duo Tandem Line Array Soundbar
Add brilliant sound to your media carts, lecterns and podiums. Unique 2-piece amplifier module and line array speaker integrates with presentation furniture to deliver brilliant sound and convenient, complete sound control.

The 2-piece rack mount design allows for separate mounting locations. Mount line array speaker module facing the front (audience) and the amplifier module with the control panel facing towards the back (presenter).

For more information on the Duo Tandem Line Array Soundbar or any of our compact PA speakers please visit:
http://www.ampli.com/pa-speakers/

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Choosing a Lectern - Stand Up and Be Heard



Multimedia lecterns provide you with a working platform
to do a complete computer-based presentation
Whether you’re working in a corporate setting, an education environment or in a house of worship, communication is the common currency. Putting a live speaker in front of a group of people is the most basic form of mass communication and goes back thousands of years.

But the problem of how best to make the podium support a message has been with us ever since. Corporate, education, church — all of these are presentation venues for groups of various sizes and purposes.

The right presentation equipment, including appropriate lecterns, sound systems, and other presentation tools, provides the foundation for effective communication in any of these settings.

Public speakers have used lecterns for centuries. In years past, an imposing lectern enhanced any speaker’s image as a voice of authority, along with providing a place to set down a printed speech and a glass of water. Today, however, the descendants of the traditional lectern deliver a host of options that greatly expand the range of esthetic and practical possibility. There’s no need to settle for “one size fits all” — with so many choices available, administrators, educators and pastors can select specific lecterns that perfectly fit the diverse functions within their respective institutions. In addition, lecterns come in an expansive range of design styles to enhance any décor with a high degree of customization.


A well-chosen lectern is an essential classroom tool. For large auditorium settings, the best lecterns will incorporate multimedia connectivity to give the speaker easy access to video and audio controls.

Multimedia features do not have to drive style choices, however. High-tech options can be included in a wide range of furniture styles, from traditionally formal to sleekly modern. Choose a lectern that complements the style of the lecture hall it’s going to be used in.


Small-room presentations frequently require the same level of media support as a lecture hall speech, but the speaker often needs to manage multiple different types of equipment to keep information flowing.

Thus, space constraints play a pivotal role in the selection of lecterns for conference rooms. When projectors and other devices are needed, a mobile computer cart/lectern combination is an efficient choice that can easily move from room to room. These types of lecterns can also take the form of:


Public speakers today rely heavily on evolving technology to help get their message across, and lecterns have evolved to accommodate multiple devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and document cameras.

Sound systems also play a vital role in larger rooms, carrying the speaker’s voice to the far reaches of the audience.

Features to look for include dedicated shelving, lockable storage, and integrated power and other outlets to simplify connections.


Tabletop lecterns also play a versatile role, serving the functions of space-efficiency and mobility. Some tabletop units include full-featured sound systems for great presentation delivery in a portable package.

For occasional use, some tabletop lecterns can even be folded, collapsed, and stored flat.



A valet stand can create a good or bad first impression. The first thing a customer might see is the lectern outside of your establishment. Why waste a perfect opportunity to make a good impression?

An attractive, weatherproof lectern provides a secure point of contact for arriving visitors and guests. Highly durable lecterns in polyethylene are available a range of colors, combining an attractive appearance with great practicality.

Easy to move on four casters, two of the casters lock so once you get into position you can lock the lectern to where you need it to be.

Side drop leaf shelf area is where you can set key down and two locking compartments for anything you need to have secure with a large workstation table for writing on a notebook or reservation list.

Lockable storage, easy mobility, and customized logos are all valuable assets to consider for a concierge desk or valet stand.


An appealing lectern enhances the quiet dignity of your facility’s sanctuary while providing presentation support for services. In churches, separate lecterns allow ancillary areas to become ad hoc worship spaces.

Religious sanctuaries require furniture and equipment that complement the tone of the message being delivered. When all eyes are turned toward the pulpit, the setting requires a lectern that evokes dignity, elegance and permanence, while unobtrusively accommodating sound equipment, reading space, storage, and other necessities.

As a focal point of the chapel, the lectern should match the overall décor of the space. Elegant lecterns are available in many varied materials, from solid wood to clear acrylic.

If the chapel activities require sound amplification, look for lecterns with discreet built-in speakers or with connectivity to established house systems.

For more information on choosing a lectern please visit:
http://www.ampli.com/lecterns-and-podiums/

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Perfect Music Practice with a Small PA System


Violin protege Lucas Lyons takes his practicing outdoors with the MityVox PA system
Learning to play a musical instrument can be exciting and satisfying. With the proper discipline and training one can pick up any instrument. There are many reasons that contribute to the success of learning a new instrument, the most important can be attributed to the effective practice habits of its students.

Musicians are always told that practice is the key to success, but those who start off do not know how to practice.

Many students believe that “practice makes perfect”, but it is more correct to say that “perfect practice makes perfect”. Results in individual playing are achieved when a student learns to apply and perfect the concept of effective individual practice.

Aim to practice every day and make practice part of your daily routine. There is no doubt that with every practice session you will make some progress towards your goal. Every day you don’t practice something else occurs, you get a little rusty, start to forget and the benefits of your previous practice sessions slowly decline in ability.

Due to a busy schedule, it may not be ideal to practice every day but it is recommended for your average student to practice five times a week. Practicing all the time may be counterproductive, you will need to give yourself the opportunity to rest both physically and mentally. Practicing 10 hours a day only on the weekends will not yield the same results like practicing one hour a day throughout the week.

As a beginner, maintain a practicing session of 20 – 30 minutes daily. 20 minutes is where you should be aiming to start your practice at, if you do less you’re not going to get a lot of benefit from it. Set a time each day and discipline yourself to stick to a schedule so that you do not fall behind.

Practicing at home begins by preparing a practicing area. The area you choose to setup should be free on any distractions, turning off your TV, telephone and any other device that would keep you from interrupting your practicing session. This will enable you to concentrate fully during your practice time.

Additionally do not eat or drink anything while you play, food and drinks can get messy and may be harmful to your instrument. Make sure you cleanse your mouth with water if you ate prior to your practicing session when playing any wind instrument and give your hands a quick wash before your session begins.

Check your instrument to ensure it is in good working condition. An instrument not working correctly keeps you from performing your best. Learn to maintain your instrument, and if your instrument is not working take it to the nearest instrument repair technician to have it fixed.

Every practice session must be organized, before starting your session you need to map out the goals you want to accomplish. Having measurable goals allows you to track your progress and lets you know if you are getting better.

Each practice session that you have should be made of many little tasks and things you want to improve. Know specifically what you need to practice, which bars or notes and what you could do better next time. Making goals that are easily attainable within your practice session reduces discouragement and will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Go slow with any new information when attempting to play a new piece, there is no way you can expect yourself to immediately play it as fast. If you're consistently making mistakes, that means you're probably going faster than you're ready to play. Isolate the difficult bits and repeat them a bunch of times. Once that's solid, make sure you can also nail the transition from the easy part into the hard part.

Enhance your music session by adding a small pa system for personal use. Adding a small pa system allows you to plug in your electric instrument and amplify its sound, better preparing you for any upcoming rehearsal or live performance.



15 year old Lucas Lyons is First Chair Violin at the McHenry County Youth Orchestra
and Badger High School Bach Group School Orchestra


The AmpliVox MityVox wireless battery operated PA system is an all in one PA system that runs on rechargeable batteries and features a wireless microphone. Open the box and you are ready to play with the rechargeable battery already charged. It can even be used outdoors with the protective case that is included.

The MityVox features a wireless handheld microphone, lapel and headset microphone with a transmitter. Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, AC power cord, recharger and protective case to keep the unit dry and protect it from damage.

This compact and lightweight personal PA system weighs only 7.5 lbs, it is a 20 Watt system that reaches an audiences of 150 people and room sizes of up to 1000 square feet.

End your practice session with something fun that could be some pop, a music theme or something from your band class. Finding enjoyment in the physical act of playing an instrument will keep you motivated and have you look forward to the next time you get to practice.

For more information on the MityVox PA system or our small PA systems please visit:
http://www.ampli.com/small-pa-system/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AmpliVox Partners with the NAIA National Track Meets


The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) just hosted their Indoor Track & Field National Championships last week in Geneva, Ohio and AmpliVox was there in support by sponsoring the event.

The NAIA is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Each year more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.

Through their "Champions of Character" program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition. Champions of Character provides training for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and staff instilling values of integrity, respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship.




The competitive edge one receives from being an athlete is an experience that can’t be taught in a classroom. Competition teaches students about discipline and how far they can push themselves to achieve a goal on the field and off the course in real life situations.

Building character as a team helps overcome challenges that arise throughout the game and teaches students to work hard together, hold each other accountable, be honest with each other and trust one another as they pursue the same goal. The physical and mental lessons learned in competition develops a better player and pushes each student to reach their overall potential.


AmpliVox supports the NAIA as they pursue the development of character-driven athletics, giving students the chance to share their interests and talents in an atmosphere that builds on those values.

There is no greater opportunity for a student to develop personal integrity and accountability than playing athletics, and the ability to grow as a person by the way one reacts to a situation in an athletic venue may be the best environment to obtain those skills.

To ensure that all members on the field and in the crowd can clearly hear the officiating announcements, AmpliVox provided the SW662 Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit to assist the NAIA's public address needs.


Larry Able, Master Level Starter for the NAIA had this to say about the SW662 Half-Mile Hailer Kit:

"I have been using AmpliVox portable PA systems for almost 15 years and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the quality of your company’s products. As a master level starter for the NCAA, NAIA, and USATF, I use my Deluxe Half Mile Hailer Quad Horn kit to project my starting commands so each of the runners will be able to hear them. It also makes it much easier on my voice after a long day at a track meet.

We recently completed the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The championship had approximately 1,000 athletes representing over 100 colleges and universities for the title of “national champion”. For the meet, we used the Deluxe Half Mile Hailer Quad Horn kit. For indoor track, SPIRE is a very large, open area with lots of ambient noise. Also, it is a 300 meter track, so it is more spread out than the traditional 200 meter track. In spite of this, the AmpliVox system carried our voices at a loud, crystal clear level, so that every runner, in both sprints and staggered starts, heard the commands and reacted to them immediately. No races had false starts or were called up because of issues with athletes not hearing us. Another point is that the wireless microphone worked flawlessly. We have had other systems that react negatively to the different types of wireless equipment around a track, like computer timing, but not the AmpliVox.


In closing, let me say that the starters I know, who live and work out of Kansas, all use one of the Half Mile Hailer type kits. The system is reliable and it does the job we need it to do. Thanks to you and AmpliVox for making such a quality product."

Best regards,
Larry Able
Master Level Starter
USA Track and Field (Nebraska Association)


SW662 - Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit
Easily be heard over a half mile away with the Half Mile Hailer loudspeaker pa system. Your audience can hear loud and clear over noisy crowds and large open spaces while you direct the action.

Its simple straightforward controls and lightweight design make it the most practical and portable indoor or outdoor speaker sound system.


The SW662 Half-Mile Hailer Kit includes:


SW805A 50-watt Amplifier on Compact Tripod
Two S1264 Horn Speakers with Top Tripod Mount
Two S1265 Add-on Horn Speakers for the S1264

S1601 Wireless Lapel Mic and Headset Mic

Three S1080
Heavy-Duty Tripods

S1960 Universal
Carrying Case

S1920 Tripod & Mic Stand Traveling Bag
  • Includes SW610A, 3 extra horn speakers with 40 ft. cables (total 4 speakers), 3 tripods, rugged nylon carrying case with wheels and retractable luggage handle
  • 16 Channel UHF wireless receiver from 584MHz - 608MHz
  • Weatherproof reverberant horn speaker carries sound across several youth sports athletic fields
  • 50 watt multimedia stereo amplifier with built in wireless receiver
  • Wireless lapel mic and headset mic with body pack transmitter
  • Emergency Siren Button
  • Dual Wireless Capability: 2 presenters can be wireless with optional 2nd wireless mic kit
  • Power up to 200 hours with 10 D-cell alkaline batteries
For more information on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the SW662 Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit please visit: http://www.ampli.com/portable-pa-system/Half-Mile-Hailer-Kits.aspx

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Classroom Layouts: Seating Arrangements for Effective Learning


Every teacher likes to arrange their classroom layout for the largest student benefit. Students need to focus and see what is going on in the classroom at any given time. Their seating arrangement can help or hinder a students learning. Although no perfect arrangement exists for all situations, a classrooms layout may need to change based on what a student needs are and how the class material is being presented.

It is important for an instructor to establish a classroom structure from the very first session and adapt accordingly to facilitate lectures, promote discussions, encourage group activities, or solve any behavioral problems. Keeping a classroom motivated and in order is more than trying different teaching styles and methods. By simply rearranging how the desks in the room are setup, you can not only get better control of your class but create an open and friendly classroom environment.

There are generally three overall classroom desk arrangement layouts with slight variations to each to accommodate different size rooms, number of students in the class and also assist in the classes function:
  • Traditional Classroom (Large or Small)
  • U-Shaped Layout
  • Circle or Half Circle Arrangements

Each layout has a different purpose and may require an adjustment to teaching method and classroom control. It will be up to the instructor to decide which layout works best for them and their students.


Traditional Classroom
In a tradional class all the desks are facing the chalkboard and teachers desk. This classroom layout is very effective if your lesson often uses projectors, slides and a chalkboard. The layout is suitable for teacher centered classes such as lectures, it encourages focus on the educator and content and is easy to implement with large classes.

The problem with this layout is that the teacher is very far away from students sitting in the back rows. Students sitting in the last rows are more likely to be distracted, lose focus and converse with others. Students can easily become disengaged during the lesson. This layout is not useful for classes designed for conversation and interaction and not easy for the instructor to observe students in the mid and back rows.


Large Classroom
Advantages: Rows of tables with chairs face the front of a room and each person has a space for writing or using a computer. This set-up lends itself to Q&A session with the facilitator rather than interactive discussion between participants.

Disadvantages: Hard for instructor to move into the audience, separating him/her from the students. Student participation seems to drop off towards the back of the room unless sound reinforcement is used.

Action Zone: At the front of the room. Students are focused on the instructor.

Group Involvement: Medium. Allows one way interaction back and forth between instructor and audience or between the trainer and an individual in the group.

Seating: Similar to a school arrangement with participants seated behind a row of desks or tables.

Tables: Arranged in rows, either butted together side by side or standing alone.



Small Classroom
Advantages: Every participant has a good view of the front of the room. This allows the instructor a great deal of control over the students. Provides surface for note taking or reference materials.

Disadvantages: Hard for instructor to move into the audience, separating him/her from the students. Student participation seems to drop off towards the back of the room unless sound reinforcement is used.

Variations of Small Classroom



Perpendicular: Tables are arranged in long rows perpendicular to the trainer’s table. The edge of the first table should be 6 feet away from the trainer’s table and a large corridor should be left in the middle to allow for group participation.

Having the desks split into two groups facing each other is a very effective arrangement for class discussions and debates. The teacher can also walk in between the two groups allowing to see every student and include them in conversations.
Computer Based Training: The classroom set up is commonly used for computers. This can create problems with wires due to the tables being separated.

Ideally, power should be supplied near every table. Wire management is a necessity with this set up to safely conceal wires around the work areas.


U-Shaped Layout
For smaller classes that want more interaction between the student and educator, a U-Shaped layout is a better option. A U-Shaped desk arrangement encourages discussion and makes it easy for the teacher to observe students and provide one on one help.

Classroom size and number of students can make it difficult to use, for you may not be able to fit a U-Shape pattern in a small room with a large number of students. The layout spreads children out considerably so that it can be hard to address them all and makes group work harder because the desks can’t easily be moved around.

Advantages: Easy to see and hear everyone in the group. Front of room commands the group’s attention. Unity is created by ganging all the tables together. Openness gives trainees a sense of freedom and encourages participation. Best set up to view audio visual presentations. Works well with role-playing and other physical activities.

Disadvantages: Requires more space than any other configuration. Due to space and learning requirements, the maximum amount of participants should not exceed 24.

Action Zone: Center and at the open end of the “U”.

Group Involvement: High. Creates a sense of equality within the group.

Tables: Rectangular tables set in a “U’ configuration. Pie shapes are commonly used at the corners to complete the shape and eliminate the hard edges. Trainer’s table is at the opening of the “U”.

Accommodates AV: Yes. This configuration is one of the best for visual displays and multimedia presentations. Equipment set at open end of “U”.



Variations of U-Shaped



Double “U”: Allows trainer to seat more people than single “U’ set up. Limits discussions between the group. Best used when the outside group is observing the discussions or activities of the inside group.
“U” Computer Training: Allows wires to run under the tables easily. This set up also allows the instructor to monitor student's work easily while speaking to the class.


Circle or Half Circle Arrangements
Desks or chairs arranged in a circle or half circle promote community and encourage all students to participate. Everyone sits in the front row. It also allows the instructor to see everyone from an equal distance and communicate easier with students.

Advantages: Involves everyone in the group. There is no table in the middle, therefore people are unobstructed and can speak directly to each other. Creates equality among the group, with no designated “leader” position.

Disadvantages: Some people feel uncomfortable or exposed in this type of arrangement. Can only handle small groups of people. Not conducive to visual aids or AV presentations.

Action Zone: Center of the circle.

Group Involvement: High. Aims to involve all participants in group interaction.

Seating: Chairs arranged in complete circle.

Tables: None in this configuration.

Maximum # of people: No more than 20 participants.

Accommodates AV: No. Not conducive for AV presentations, used primarily for group discussions. Cannot place a visual aid in an area that can be viewed by everyone.


Variations with Circle of Chairs



Circle and Table: Combines informal, open characteristics of a circle, yet gives trainees a table for books and note taking. The table may also remove the sense of vulnerability.
Broken Circle: Possesses all of the advantages of the circle but allows visual aids to be used effectively. Also identifies a leader position to pressure involvement of participants if needed.

Designing a seating arrangement is an essential part of any teachers toolkit and managing behavior is necessary for effective learning to take place. A classrooms arrangement finally comes down to what will the student learn, how will the student learn it and that should then guide in the organization of the room.