What About Classroom Sound Reinforcement for Outdoors?

American Sound & Electronics understands that teachers need to be heard above the din of an indoor classroom setting. But what happens when you take the class outdoors? Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics talks about classroom sound reinforcement for outdoor spaces. 

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Megaphones

Megaphones represent the most common method teachers use for outdoor classroom sound reinforcement. However, megaphones can distort voices, create feedback, and might scare kids too close to the device. Plus, communal megaphones can spread germs if the people using them are unmasked. Megaphones offer great range and volume.

Wearable Wireless Microphone Systems

Portable wireless microphone systems offer decent sound amplification. A teacher might wear a microphone and speaker at the same time. But this type of classroom sound reinforcement has a limited range as people need to be relatively close (50 feet or so) to hear the small portable speaker.

Portable Sound Reinforcement

A portable sound reinforcement system is the way to go when you take your class outdoors, whether it’s for recess, lunch, PE, or science class. American Sound & Electronics can create a custom setup that allows you to sync your microphone with portable outdoor speakers that are robust enough for students to hear clearly. Our technicians will show you how to operate the system correctly and effectively for best results.

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Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about our classroom sound reinforcement solutions. Not only will we install each system, but we’ll train your teachers on how to use them.

Three Main Considerations for Choosing a Classroom Sound Reinforcement System

A classroom sound reinforcement system helps save your teachers’ voices, reduces the spread of germs, and enhances learning in your school. You’ll need to select the right system based on classroom size, acoustics, range, and the type of instruction. 

But there are other considerations to think about as well. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics discusses three things to keep in mind when investing in a classroom sound reinforcement system.

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1. Does it have enough power for everyone to hear the teacher?

The most important component of classroom sound reinforcement systems is the speaker set up. You’ll need speakers that can reach everyone in the classroom. Plus, technicians have to optimize the system to prevent feedback from the microphone, balance the decibel levels throughout the room, and eliminate echoes in the room.

2. How well does it reproduce sound?

Students must be able to hear the teacher intelligibly at all times. Not only does this foster learning, but it can help save a teacher’s voice. Being able to hear the teacher also comes in handy for emergency drills, weather emergencies, and other class announcements. 

The connections among the microphone and speakers need to be robust. Broken connections, lack of power to the microphone, and interruptions in the transmission all lead to lower volume and time spent troubleshooting instead of teaching. The team at American Sound & Electronics will show you how to use the classroom sound reinforcement system and ensure the equipment operates properly.

3. Is the classroom sound reinforcement system easy to set up and move around?

You may choose to alter your classroom configuration from time to time to foster better learning. There might be instances where a classroom undergoes a renovation or the class size changes. 

All of these instances might present a situation where you want to move the speakers for the classroom sound reinforcement system. We’ll demonstrate how to do this easily and effectively for optimal sound in your classroom.

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Do your teachers need a little extra help in their classrooms? Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about the classroom sound reinforcement systems we install.

Choosing the Right Classroom Sound Reinforcement System

Your school system may benefit from classroom sound reinforcement, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools must adapt to new learning environments brought about by the spread of this infectious disease. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics talks about choosing the right classroom sound reinforcement technology for your building or system.

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Classroom Size

The classroom’s size is probably the most important factor in selecting the right classroom sound reinforcement system. There’s the physical classroom size: Is it a small room? Is it half of a gymnasium? Then there’s how many children are in the room. A small room with 30 children may need the same type of system as a larger room with 10 students. American Sound & Electronics can determine the right type of classroom sound reinforcement for each individual room in your building.

Portability

Can the elements of your classroom sound reinforcement be moved around the room easily? For example, a wireless microphone is a must. Do you prefer a ceiling-mounted speaker or one with a portable speaker the teacher can carry? Ceiling-mounted speakers pack a greater sound punch compared to portable models, but those won’t work if the teacher needs to head outside for recess.

Range

What’s the range of the system? Range includes the sensitivity of the microphone, such as how close or far away the microphone is from the teacher’s mouth. The range for classroom sound reinforcement technology also includes how far away someone can hear noises coming from the speaker. You want everyone in the room to hear what’s coming from the system, but not necessarily those in the hallway walking past the room.

Type of Instruction

A teacher lecturing on ordinary topics, such as math, science, or writing, needs a different classroom sound reinforcement system compared to a teacher working with musical instruments or singing. Those types of classrooms have different configurations and acoustics requirements, so you’ll need slightly different configurations for your sound systems.

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The pros at American Sound & Electronics are experts in classroom sound reinforcement. We’d be happy to demonstrate how these systems work, and then we’ll discuss your options. Get in touch with American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on how we can help your school system, teachers, and students.

How an Investment in Classroom Sound Reinforcement Pays Off in the Long Run

Classroom sound reinforcement is more vital than ever to school districts across the United States. That’s because the COVID-19 hasn’t abated. Even when it does, then there’s cold and flu season to consider. In today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics, we take a look at how an investment in classroom sound reinforcement pays off in the long run. 

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Fewer Sick Days

Fewer sick days for teachers lowers your health insurance costs for group health insurance year over year. And you don’t have to pay substitute teachers AND the sick day for the teacher who is out due to illness, laryngitis, or COVID-related symptoms. Classroom sound reinforcement allows teachers to maintain social distancing so they can reduce or prevent the spread of germs.

Warranties on New Equipment

New classroom sound reinforcement equipment comes with manufacturer’s warranties. If one of the systems breaks down, you have the potential to save money on replacement costs.

Lasts for Years

Audio-visual manufacturers design their equipment to last for years under ordinary use. Classroom sound reinforcement technology is no different. Your brand-new system can last for many years, even a decade or more, when your teachers utilize the technology properly and maintain it within normal operating conditions.

Customer Service

American Sound & Electronics services what we install. If you have any issues or concerns with your classroom sound reinforcement system, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll send someone out to perform an assessment, or we can try to solve the issue over the phone.

Repurpose for Other Uses

Even after the coronavirus pandemic abates, you can still use your classroom sound reinforcement systems. Class sizes may increase, meaning teachers may strain to be heard over the din of more youngsters milling about the room. Students can hear in-class announcements more readily during lab work or group activities. You could even find a way to connect the system to your school-wide announcement system for more effective mass communication throughout the building. 

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Don’t think of classroom sound reinforcement as a short-term investment. You can combine this system with hybrid learning models when students feel more comfortable learning from home. 
Contact us about scheduling a consultation or demonstration of how classroom sound reinforcement works. We’d be happy to meet with you. Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about what we can do for your school system, teachers, and students.

How to Make Classroom Sound Reinforcement Cool for Elementary Kids

Teachers need all the help they can get as they adapt to new learning models in the classroom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While masks and social distancing make it harder to deliver lessons, there are ways around these barriers to education.

Enter classroom sound reinforcement systems. They pipe sound through a microphone into an overhead speaker so everyone can hear. These systems save your teachers’ voices and allow them to be heard in all corners of the classroom. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics discusses how to make classroom sound reinforcement cool for elementary school kids.

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Remember That Kids Love Technology

One thing to remember is that kids love technology. The sooner young children learn how to use computers and smartphones, the more adept they’ll be at using new technology when they’re older. Kindergarteners will undoubtedly ask repeated questions about the microphone and where the teacher’s voice is coming from with regards to the classroom sound reinforcement technology. Kids are understandably curious, and they want to know about the cool gadget their teacher is using.

Talk About the System

Rather than wait and talk about the classroom sound reinforcement when you have a formal lesson, talk about the system when kids ask about it. Say how this helps everyone, and that kids should pay attention to whoever speaks through the microphone. Consider letting some pupils speak through the mic so they can hear their own voices. Children learn the best when they can relate to the lesson, so making it about them is a great way to help them feel at ease with the classroom reinforcement technology. 

Make It a Teachable Item

Turn the classroom sound reinforcement technology into a formal lesson. Discuss how sound travels, the technology behind microphones and speakers, turning sound into electrical signals, and how radio waves connect the microphone to the speakers. Of course, each lesson should be age-appropriate. 

Discuss the Importance of Technology

Discuss how important technology is in the lives of everyone. Surely, your students can relate to talking to their parents through a smartphone. Talk about how the same type of technology applies to your classroom sound reinforcement system. Expand the teachable moment to talk about how communication, such as talking and listening, is important for everyone.

Experiment With It

Experiment with classroom sound reinforcement. Have your students talk into the microphone. Does the sound coming out of the speaker get louder as you get closer to it and then softer as you move away from it? What happens when someone whispers into the microphone? What happens if someone shouts?

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Classroom sound reinforcement is an essential part of an overall classroom technology platform, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. These types of systems can help your students and teachers stay healthier while achieving effective outcomes.  Contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what we can do for your school.

How to Combine Hybrid Learning and Classroom Sound Reinforcement Technology

Many school districts across the country are turning to a hybrid learning model. Teachers combine in-class learning with remote learning as students connect from home using laptops or mobile devices. 

When combined with internet connectivity, classroom sound reinforcement can help teachers reach the most students in the most effective ways. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics explains how to combine hybrid learning and classroom sound reinforcement.

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Hearing the Teacher’s Voice

One key to learning, both in class and at home, is hearing the teacher’s voice. A teacher needs to make sure every student can hear his or her lessons, whether 30 kids are in the room or just five. 

Classroom sound reinforcement alleviates the strain on the teacher’s voice through the mask while making sure their voice comes through loud and clear in the speaker system. But how do you set up the system to make sure students at home can hear, too?

Setting Up Microphones

Wireless microphones represent the best setup for hybrid learning and classroom sound reinforcement. Make sure your wireless microphone technology connects to the room’s speakers and the computer that transmits the lessons to your students. 

State-of-the-art wireless microphones use a USB drive that plugs into the laptop to serve as a direct audio connection. That prevents feedback from the overhead speaker from creating a loop of squeals and static. Plus, that direct audio link makes it easier for students to hear a teacher’s unfiltered voice compared to one that goes through the teacher’s microphone, a speaker, the computer’s microphone, and then the student’s speakers. 

Dual Receivers

To accomplish effective hybrid and in-room learning with classroom sound reinforcement, you’ll need a wireless microphone system with dual receivers that connect directly to computers and speakers at the same time. 

Other considerations include:

  • Does the classroom sound reinforcement reach the entire room?
  • Is the system user-friendly?
  • Can it reproduce sound so everyone can understand the teacher clearly?

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The pros at American Sound & Electronics are experts in classroom sound reinforcement. Talk to us about scheduling a consultation or demonstration of how these systems work. We’d be happy to meet with you to discuss options. Contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what we can do for your school system, teachers, and students.

3 Main Elements of a Classroom Sound Reinforcement System

Classroom sound reinforcement amplifies a teacher’s voice into a noisy classroom filled with kids. The overall goal is for the teacher to be heard more clearly, especially if the teacher has to wear a mask as mandated by health officials. In today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics, we describe the three main components of a classroom sound reinforcement system.

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1. Microphone

The teacher wears a microphone, usually as a lightweight appliance around the neck. Even though they are lightweight, these microphones are heavy-duty, withstanding hours of continuous use. Inside the microphone is a lithium-ion battery that recharges after a day of teaching. Handy controls allow the teacher to increase or decrease the volume and turn the unit on or off.

The idea here is to have a hands-free model that doesn’t interfere with the teacher’s normal movements. Lapel microphones with wires may get caught on clothing or on students. Headset microphones may not work well because it could interfere with a teacher’s mask.

2. Video or Interactive Screen

For larger classrooms, a video screen or interactive screen projects an image of the teacher on a wall or even to tablet computers in the hands of students. The camera is generally mounted high on a wall or the ceiling so it stays out of reach of curious students.

3. Ceiling-Mounted Speakers

The beauty of classroom sound reinforcement comes from the state-of-the-art speaker system. Ceiling-mounted speakers allow sound to travel in all directions to all corners of the room, which is much more effective than speakers at the front of the room projecting outward. Even better, ceiling mounts keep the speakers away from curious students. 

We might install one overhead speaker for smaller rooms or multiple speakers in larger classrooms for optimal performance. The staff at American Sound & Electronics will come to your school, assess the needs of each individual room, and test the classroom sound reinforcement technology before the teacher uses it in a learning environment.

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Classroom sound reinforcement represents an essential part of an overall classroom technology platform, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what we can do for your school.

5 Reasons Your Teachers Need Classroom Sound Reinforcement

School districts were forced to adapt to new learning models when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. Classroom technology suddenly became a huge deal, with students learning remotely and teachers needing to practice social distancing in their classrooms. 

Have you heard of classroom sound reinforcement? It’s where teachers can amplify their voices via overhead speakers so they can be heard, even through a face covering. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics outlines five reasons why your teachers need classroom sound reinforcement.

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1. Save Teachers’ Voices

Teachers must wear a mask to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Even in the best classroom conditions, it can be hard to hear a teacher speaking through a mask. Classroom sound reinforcement saves teachers’ voices so they can get through a long day of teaching without straining their vocal cords.

2. Improved Health of Teachers and Students

Social distancing, combined with face coverings, are two of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when you’re in a public setting, as laid out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A teacher’s amplified voice helps him or her to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from students because the teacher’s voice can be heard from a distance.

3. Every Student Can Hear

Classrooms get noisy. Kids can’t help it. Whether you have a room full of kindergartners or 12th-graders, they’ll get loud. Classroom sound reinforcement allows every student to hear you because the speakers are overhead rather than at the front of the room. The sound travels in all directions so not one single decibel is wasted.

4. Instructions Come Across More Clearly

When students can hear, instructions come across more clearly. It’s already difficult to give individualized attention to dozens of students at once. Rather than getting close to students, a teacher can calmly give instructions through a classroom sound reinforcement system. Even better, integrated classroom technology helps this process along by having touchscreens, laptops, and tablets to enhance learning.

5. Better Classroom Learning Environment

Technology is cool. Kids love it, and they embrace it at an early age. When teachers and students are healthier and understand each other easily, it fosters a better learning environment. Students hear a teacher’s instructions, remember what was said, and complete tasks more effectively using this audio system. Combine classroom sound reinforcement with computer technology for lessons so teachers can help with all facets of their students’ learning abilities. 

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Classroom sound reinforcement is a vital part of an overall classroom technology platform. Plus it can help your teachers and students stay healthier. Contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what we can do for your school system.

Why Classroom Technology in Cincinnati OH Is More Important Than Ever

American Sound & Electronics helps schools, colleges, and universities outfit their classrooms with technology that enhances student learning. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, helps schools meet federal and state guidelines, while also providing a safer environment for students. In today’s blog from American Sound and Electronics, we explain why classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, is more important than ever.

Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic caused Ohio schools to close early in March 2020, and schools reopened in August. Districts and schools must take precautions to protect student safety and reduce exposure to the coronavirus. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, can help districts maintain learning standards when students need to quarantine at home or isolate themselves from their ordinary classroom setting.

Interactivity

Children learn better when things are interactive. They need to see, hear, and touch their world to make it real, whether pupils are learning the alphabet or how to apply quadratic equations to engineering problems. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, makes learning fun. 

Meaningful and Better Engagement

Fun learning leads to better engagement with topics. Better engagement may lead to higher retention and graduation rates, no matter what happens on standardized test scores. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, personalizes and customizes lessons. Because everyone learns differently, this is vital for memory and mastery. There are no limitations when it comes to technology. Better engagement is particularly important for this new paradigm in a pandemic and beyond.

Learning at Their Own Pace

Children all learn at their own pace. Some understand lessons right away, while others need alternative ways to understand. There’s nothing wrong with pupils who don’t “get it” right away. Everyone is perfectly capable of mastering lessons. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, keeps students from falling behind by allowing teachers to tailor lessons to various learning styles. Keeping learners on pace is vitally important when there could be disruptions due to illnesses.

Preparing for the Real World

Technology is everywhere, especially in smartphones. Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, prepares students for the real world. Standardized tests are often taken on tablets, laptops, and computers. Students who learn how to use technology at an early age are better equipped to adapt to technology in college and on the job.

Resources Beyond a Textbook

A textbook just isn’t good enough to fully teach students. When they want to learn more, they have options thanks to interactive classroom technology found in Cincinnati, Ohio, area schools. Rather than reading about herds of zebras in Africa in a paper book, they can watch videos of zebras grazing on the African savannah half a world away. When some concept in a lesson enthralls a pupil, he or she can quickly find more resources on the topic so the teacher can foster that love of learning for a particular lesson.

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Classroom technology in Cincinnati, Ohio, involves many moving parts that bring lessons together and brighten kids’ minds. Talk to the experts at American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 for more details on our world-class classroom technology for Cincinnati, Ohio, and the surrounding areas.

5 Ways Classroom Technology Enhances Your Students’ Learning

Classroom technology is continuing to evolve. When used the right way, interactive technology helps your students dive deeper into a larger world by helping them understand that what they learn in the classroom has real-world and practical implications. In today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics, we explain five key ways classroom technology enhances your students’ learning for more effective results.

1. Technology Is Everywhere

Kids love technology. They probably already know how to use Mom or Dad’s smartphone. Classroom technology helps kids learn how to use tablets, laptops, and computers responsibly and correctly in a supervised setting. In 15 to 20 years, elementary students will need to know how to use technology for their careers. Teachers set the parameters for connected devices used in the classroom. But this technology is so much more than having one device in the hands of each student.

2. Supporting Your Existing Curricula

Interactive whiteboards, with advanced video and audio, support your existing curricula. Imagine a lesson about the English alphabet, and today’s letter is Z. An interactive whiteboard displays several objects. Some of them start with Z, while others don’t. The teacher can ask students to come up to the board, one at a time, to pick out the items that start with Z. When the student picks one, that object moves and makes noise. A cartoon zebra starts galloping or a zipper opens or closes with a zipping sound. The other items on the screen also have the same effects, and the teacher can make a point to say what the items are and what letter they start with. 

3. Customization

Classroom technology also allows for customization. Back to the interactive whiteboard and a science lesson about animals. On the big screen are all kinds of mammals, from aardvarks to zebras. The teacher can call out to students to see what animals are their favorites or what animals they like the most. Let’s say Stacy really likes elephants. The teacher can tap on the image of the elephant and send a video about elephants to Stacy’s tablet computer. Steven gets excited with the sloth on the screen. The teacher can do the same thing with the sloth.

4. One-on-One Assistance and Communal Learning

Schools tout one-on-one assistance for students using the mantra “one computer for each student.” Yet communal learning also has its benefits. Classroom technology delivers the best of both ideals. Students get customized learning on their computers, while group projects and larger concepts can be handled on the interactive whiteboard. Students can still help each other out when taking care of group projects or classroom-wide lessons by calling out answers or adding to the discussion and collaborating with their peers.

5. Accountability

School districts tout the accountability of their curricula when appealing to parents and the public. Interactive classroom technology helps achieve that goal. Tablet computers and desktop systems for teachers record every aspect of lessons, learning, and assignments every minute of every day. These systems can track student progress each day throughout the semester. 

Classroom technology can also point to areas where students need improvement. A teacher can offer more assistance to a student who may not understand certain concepts yet. Computers help teachers identify opportunities and techniques to foster a more positive learning experience.

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Count on American Sound & Electronics for state-of-the-art classroom technology. We specialize in eBeam, a system that combines interactive boards, audio, video, and software supported on existing tablets and laptops. Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on our classroom technology, whether you need it for an elementary school, an entire school district, or a 300-seat lecture hall.