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Back to the Basics: A Beginner’s Mindset

Shunryu Suzuki, teacher of Zen Buddhism, stated, “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” A beginner’s mindset is one that is teachable, open, eager, and free of preconceptions, even when achieving expert or advanced levels. Someone who maintains a beginner’s mindset is motivated to have new experiences and go beyond the norm. Continue reading

The Evolution of the Teacher Mic

Audio Enhancement has been creating more effective classrooms for over 40 years. At the forefront of innovation, we have developed and refined generations of classroom microphones. Our Teacher Microphones are designed for educators, and each one is more suited to meet teachers’ needs than the last. Continue reading

40 Years of Making Classrooms More Effective

In 1978, Claudia Anderson wanted to help her hearing-impaired children improve their performance in school.  Since then, Audio Enhancement, Inc. has been creating innovative solutions that make classrooms more effective, such as classroom audio and video, school safety, and schoolwide communication. Audio Enhancement’s comprehensive lineup of solutions can function independently or work together, maximizing learning for teachers and students.

See how the company has evolved through the years. Click on the year to learn more about each solution!

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Newton-Conover Middle School—From Failing Student Performance to National School to Watch

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In 2014, Newton-Conover Middle School in Conover, North Carolina experienced the biggest drop in student performance in the state. In terms of student growth, the school fell 17 points on the state-mandated Growth Index, more than two standard deviations below the mean.

“Statistically speaking, we would have been almost as well off if we hadn’t taught them at all,” describes Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent of Newton-Conover Schools. Furthermore, discipline referrals were at an all-time high.

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The Science behind Classroom Audio


Classroom Audio Systems help all students hear the teacher at a normal speaking tone, despite where they are sitting in class. It is not about making the teacher’s voice louder. No matter how loud a teacher speaks without a classroom audio system, the kids in the back simply can’t hear as well as the kids in the front. That’s due to the Inverse Square Law, which says when the distance from the source of sound doubles, the intensity of the sound is reduced to a quarter of what it started as. Think of it like the siren on a police car. When it’s about 100 feet away, you can hear it about 140 decibels (dB). That’s louder than a rock concert! But as the siren moves to 200 feet away, its intensity is reduced to only 35dB—about a whisper.
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Newton School System trains Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System is training its teachers in technology of the future.
Recently, the system held its Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow Boot Camp, which was designed to educate teachers and other officials in the program’s tools such as Canvas, Google, ClassFlow, Office 365, Discovery Education and ViewPath.
“As technology leaders, Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow are to stay abreast of cutting edge technologies and strategies,” said Adam Phyall, director of technology and media services for the Newton County School System, in a press release.

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Westpointe Elementary opens on MetroWest campus

When MetroWest Elementary’s nearly 1,600 students went back to school next week, they all headed back to the same campus they know and love.
But, half of them aren’t MetroWest Orcas anymore. Instead, they are Westpointe Dolphins.

Westpointe Elementary is one the newest elementary schools in West Orange, and it shares a campus with MetroWest Elementary. The new school was built to relieve the inflated student capacity at MetroWest, which ballooned to an enrollment of 1,585 students during the 2016-17 school year, making it one of the largest elementary schools in the county.

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