Back in the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s classroom participation looked like this: A teacher would stand at the front of the room, the same 5-10 kids would raise their hands all year. The rest of the kids were typically quiet or even silent all year long. Many teachers would dismiss this as the kids being a little shy, especially if those same students made at least decent grades.
So many teachers, parents, administrators and counselors are led to believe that kids aren’t participating because they’re shy or quiet. That’s not always the case, and Audio Enhancement knows that.
One of the driving factors behind students not getting involved and participating in classroom discussions is that either they can’t hear the teacher or the other students, or they worry that students won’t be able to hear them. For some students it takes a lot of courage to raise their hand and answer or ask a question. They don’t want that courage stifled because they sound funny. I remember answering questions in the fourth grade at not much more than a mumble.
Audio Enhancement is a technology provider for K-12 schools that develops solutions for helping teachers teach and learners learn. They start with audio solutions. The company provides microphones designed to be passed around a classroom. They also make microphones designed for teachers to have at all times so that students in each part of the room can hear them.
Their classroom audio systems say no more musical chairs. Their distributed audio systems ensure that students in the back corners of the room can hear and absorb the content as well as students in the front of the room can. Research has proven that classroom audio systems can lead to up to a 10% increase in test scores. That’s just by making sure students can hear the teacher and each other.
Audio Enhancement provides a suite of instructional products in it’s VIEWpath line (video interactive education window), these camera systems for classrooms are designed to help teachers “go watch the tape” the same way athletes do. Teachers can go back and watch their classroom instruction and student response. Whether they want to see where something went wrong or figure out what they did that made all of the students smile, it’s all possible with the VIEWpath system.
What started out as a tear drop microphone for Audio Enhancement’s classroom audio systems doubles as an important piece of their SAFE system (Security Alert For Education). Tear drop microphones are placed around the teacher’s neck and help ensure students in all areas of the classroom can hear what they are saying. The SAFE system features a panic button on that tear drop microphone that alerts the front office to a problem happening in the classroom. A picture is instantly sent to the front office and then video streams from the classroom experiencing some kind of emergency. This gives administrators a look into what’s happening so they can respond fast and appropriately.
The SAFE system can also include a panic button by the front door and helps protect students, teachers, faculty and visitors.
Audio Enhancement also provides bell and paging solutions. If it involves communicating at school, Audio Enhancement has an answer.
Audio Enhancement started when current company President, Jeff Anderson’s mom needed to create technology to help his two hearing impaired brothers in the classroom. That was over thirty years ago. Today, they are protecting schools and bringing classrooms to life.
Visit with Audio Enhancement at FETC 2018 in Orlando, January 23-26th, booth #353 and online at audioenhancement.com