Newton County Schools released their research findings on Audio Enhancement in the classroom. Here is an excerpt of the study:
“In April of 2011, 24 teachers and 2,762 students responded to a district survey—completed anonymously—regarding their exposure to an audio-enhanced classroom.
Of our students, 90% responded that “it is easier to hear my teacher when he/she uses the audio sound system.” 85% responded yes when asked if “my teacher’s voice is loud and clear with the sound system.” 76% responded yes when asked if the sound system helped them listen better. 88% responded yes to the question, “When my teacher is writing on the board [with back turned], I can hear him/her with the sound system?” Finally, when asked if they “liked having my teacher use the sound system in our classroom,” 78% responded yes.
Of our teachers, 90% responded yes to the question, “Do students focus on instruction well?” Prior to audio enhancement, only 21% said yes. 95% said that students “understand instruction better” using audio enhancement compared to only 22% who thought
so prior to audio enhancement. 88% responded yes when asked, “Do students follow directions well?” Only 21% thought so prior to audio enhancement. When asked “Do students stay on task more often with few reminders using audio enhancement,” 96% responded yes. Prior to audio enhancement, only 23% of teachers felt students stayed on task with few reminders.”