What You Should Know About Audio in the K–12 Classroom
The auditory element of instructional technology should not be overlooked by district administrators.
While audio may appear to be a throwaway when choosing multimedia technology, according to Gene Osborn of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, high-quality sound is critical in the classroom.
These insights are supported by research on class audio. Three aspects, however, stick out:
- Sound Enhancement Can Be Beneficial
As per the American Speech-Language Listening Association, class auditory distribution networks also called sound field augmentation systems, help all attendees in a classroom. To guarantee that sound covers every part of the classroom, some schools employ voice enhancement systems (which also feature microphones for professors) in addition to smart boards with enhanced audio.
- Teachers are also affected by noise.
Teachers’ throats can become exhausted when they are obliged to talk clearly to be heard above background noise, as per David Lubman, an auditory expert and advisor.
- 3. Some pupils have hearing problems.
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 15% of kids between the age ranges of 6 and 19 have low- or high-frequency hearing impairment in either one or perhaps both ears. COVID-19 can exacerbate the problem by causing social isolation and wearing masks in classes, resulting in muted noises from both students and teachers.