The HowToAV team discusses the benefits of Soundfield Voice Reinforcement in the classroom and how it provides a better learning environment in the modern day classroom. Find out how these simple audio systems can be installed in classrooms to ensure the teacher's voice is heard equally by all students, no matter what the class size or where the student is seated in the room.
Soundfield voice reinforcement is providing better learning environments to a growing number of classrooms looking to adopt new technologies for more effective teaching.
A soundfield system is a sound system for schools that improves the learning environment for the pupils by improving the sound environment in the classroom.
Class sizes are increasing and as a consequence the environment is becoming more noisy. We’re using more open plan classroom and teaching spaces and this results in teachers not being able to be heard clearly or equally by all the pupils in the class. Teachers are having to speak day-in and day-out at unnaturally high voice levels which can easily result in teacher illness, stress, strain and absence.
Soundfield introduces a low level individual audio system into the classroom and it unobtrusively raises the teacher’s voice to make sure you get constant voice coverage throughout the entire class space. This ensures that every child or student in the room hears the lesson no matter where they are at the same level.
It’s basically a mini PA system. It’s an individual system which can be installed or can be portable and carried around classrooms. It consists of: an amplifier, loudspeakers and a wireless microphone (dependant on the classroom size and environment) which is worn by the teacher.
Dependant on the teaching style or the lesson, we can use a tie clip mic, a headset mic, a neck-worn mic or even a pendant mic which is worn around the teacher’s neck.
Of course. Soundfield isn’t just about raising the level of the teacher’s voice in the classroom environment, we also have the ability to plug in external sources such as MP3 players, DVD players, laptops and interactive whiteboards. We can also provide independent assistive listening systems for children with hearing disabilities and induction loop systems.
It’s now becoming more common and it’s written into the specification of new schools and new refurbished classrooms by LEAs throughout the UK. It’s being requested more and more by teachers and lecturers in mainstream and inclusive teaching environments also where children with hearing difficulties are trying to be integrated into mainstream education.
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