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ERIC Number: EJ805019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
They Can Hear You Now: Increasing Clarity in Speech and Instructional Media Reaps Big Dividends for Both Students and Teachers
Jones, Elaine
Technology & Learning, v28 n11 p43 Jun 2008
Over the past few decades, school teachers have been embracing a number of electronic technologies for use in the classroom. Computers are now prevalent; overhead projectors are being replaced with dynamic teaching tools such as data projection, electronic whiteboards, and video media. One key technology is just beginning to catch up to the others: audio amplification and reinforcement. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires most public venues to provide hearing assistance when requested. Assistive listening devices have been in use for many years, but are typically provided only to people with hearing impairment. However, numerous studies indicate that audio reinforcement can benefit all students, not just the hearing impaired. Improving the clarity of the teacher's speech throughout the classroom is highly desirable. Industry studies clearly show that sound reinforcement can give students better comprehension and retention in the classroom Although a school may be tempted to use assistive listening devices for everyone in the back of the room, those devices are not the most practical solution. A better choice, one that is readily available, is a soundfield system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990