A little while back we posted a brief blog entry about how using PA audio systems in classrooms can greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of education and in turn improving productivity. We have since made a video describing benefits and how Amplivox can help.
The following groups of students have benefited greatly using amplified classrooms:
- English as Second Language and Bilingual Students (look under Darai Study)
- Students learning Phonics
- Students needing Special Education (look under Darai Study)
- Students with Minimal, Severe, Temporary, or Permanent Hearing Loss
- Students with an Auditory Processing Problem
- Students with Down Syndrome
"Even a 'normal' hearing child can miss as much as 1/3 of what teachers say due to poor acoustics... children with 'normal' hearing experienced an increase in test scores across the board [when in amplified classroom]..."
What do teachers say?
Teachers are proponents of amplified classrooms not only for their students but for themselves as well. Studies have shown that Amplified Classrooms:
Reduced vocal fatigue
Improved Classroom Management
Check out these statistics from teachers:
- 91% of teachers agreed that they needed to raise their voices less often using amplification
- 100% agreed that it is easier to get the attention of the whole class
- 100% agreed (64% strongly agreed) Teachers spend less time managing behavior and more time focusing on the curriculum (Above statistics found on page 7 of this study)
Here is a full list of all of the resources we used:
- Institute for Enhanced Classroom Hearing
- Effect of Sound Field Amplification on Grade 1 Reading Outcomes
- New York Times Article on Amplified Classrooms (March 2008)
- "Many Classrooms have Bad Acoustics that Inhibit Learning" --Ohio State Study (Dec 1999)
- CDC: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss