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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Classroom Sound Reinforcement by American Sound

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.

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.

Classroom Technology by American Sound & Electronics 

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.

8K UHD: What You Need to Know From American Sound

You’ve seen DVD and home video technology evolve over the years. First, there was HD (high-definition). Now stores are filled with 4K UHD (ultra-high-definition) movies. There’s a new standard on the horizon: 8K UHD. What does this mean? American Sound explains.

8K: Four Times 4K

Four plus four is eight, right? That’s not quite how it works in digital imagery. 8K UHD has a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels, which is quadruple the number of pixels per square inch in a 4K UHD television monitor at 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. 

8K UHD resolution packs four times more pixels than 4K UHD and 16 times more than 1080p resolution. Do you want to see 8K in action? American Sound has a new 98” 8k display in our conference room. With AI upscaling technology exclusively from Samsung, you’ll be blown away by what it can do. 

More Than Higher Resolution

When you zoom in on a shot from far away, the resolution and clarity of the shot lowers in quality, usually. 8K UHD solves that problem. For moviemakers and videographers, cameras that shoot with 8K UHD allow them to take wider shots and more far-away shots. In post-production, editors can go into a particular frame, zoom in on an element, and then improve the resolution of that element. You don’t lose any pixels by zooming in. There is no such thing as a grainy shot with 8K UHD. AI upscaling with 8K UHD takes footage made in a lower resolution and converts it to 8K.

8K UHD in Your Building

Imagine a beautiful drone shot of your facility. It soars from the front door to the roof and around back. Along the way, the drone takes footage of people waving, walking to their cars, and sitting on the patio just outside of your break room. Rather than needing to zoom in to get close-ups of people’s faces, the drone maintains a safe distance. In post-production, an editor zooms in on Steve waving happily. Stacy looks radiant as she’s talking to Jenny on the patio. Some high-end drones can already shoot in 8K UHD video. American Sound can work with you to bring 8K footage to life on a huge monitor or a video wall.

Other Applications

8K UHD has other applications. Consider telemedicine. Doctors may need to perform complicated surgeries, and they need to consult with experts in other countries. Improved camera resolutions allow surgeons to see very small things with greater clarity. How about research and development with a foreign client? Let’s say you’re manufacturing a new line of parts, and you need input from a team in Germany. 8K UHD footage and monitors can show you details in a part you might not have been able to see otherwise. When visual clarity is a must, 8K monitors are the next logical step.

Video Walls & 8K UHD by American Sound

You can make a dynamic first impression on everyone who walks into your facility when you have an incredible 8K video wall in your lobby. Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 for more on our 8K UHD display video wall capabilities. Better yet, make an appointment to come by and see it for yourself. We’d be happy to show you.

5 Major Benefits of Video Wall Systems

Video walls are more than just a fancy TV. They are computer-controlled interactive displays that allow you to view multiple streams of information at once. The options are endless due to the dedicated computer processor. American Sound & Electronics discusses five major benefits of video wall systems.

1. Improved Visual Resolution

Single display projectors have a maximum resolution based on the surface area they cover. Video walls increase their resolution with every display added to an array. Not only do you get more surface area with a video wall, but you also achieve better resolution versus a single unit. If you decide to add more monitors later, you increase the resolution even more.

2. Versatility

Video walls are more than just TV screens. One monitor could show a news feed, while another might display real-time data relevant to your company or clientele. Another segment of the video wall could show a live feed from somewhere in your building or outside the facility. Everything is integrated, synchronized, and controlled from a single processor or bank of processors dedicated to displaying exactly what you need.

3. Interactivity

Video walls deliver engaging, interactive presentations that keep your audience interested in what they’re viewing. For example, you’re live streaming a conference hosted by your company at a downtown hotel. Not everyone can attend, but it’s a marquee event that you want to showcase to your employees and clients coming in the door. A video wall can display multiple camera angles and views all at once without sacrificing image size or resolution.

4. Better Brightness

The technology behind video walls achieves better brightness levels compared to a single monitor or projector. You don’t have to dim the lights or reduce ambient light to see a clear picture. Projector images become washed out and blurry when they get bigger. You don’t have these issues with a video wall.

5. Multiple Content Streams

TVs and projectors are often limited in the types of content they can display at once. A video wall controller manages signals from multiple devices at the same time, including satellite dishes, cable boxes, computers, cameras, wireless connections, and HDMI cables. You don’t need to press a button and wait for your projector to switch from one format to the other. A video wall controls this process seamlessly.

Video Walls Installed by American Sound & Electronics

Many types of businesses need video walls so they can view and interpret data or visual imagery. Video walls are also great for the wow factor. Security firms, TV stations, corporate headquarters, event venues, and schools all benefit from video walls. Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 for more details on what we can do for you.

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