Western Heights Middle School, MD Uses Audio Enhancement

Noisy classes don’t usually make the news, but in this case, they have. Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown, Maryland received a grant from Audio Enhancement. With the new classroom audio systems in place, the students could hear their teachers better. Additionally, the classrooms next to the lunchroom were able to overcome the distracting noises because the systems improved their learning environment. Watch how the Audio Enhancement systems made a difference in this Maryland school.

Newton County School System

…In April, Superintendent Gary Mathews reviewed survey data from the 24 teachers and 2,762 students learning and teaching in the audio-enhanced classrooms. Of the students surveyed, 90% reported that “it is easier to hear my teacher when he/she uses the audio sound system.” 85% respoanded yes when asked if “my teacher’s voice is loud and clear with the 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], can you hear him/her with the sound system?” Finally, when students were asked if they “liked having my teacher use the sound system in our classroom,” 78% responded yes. Of Newton’s teachers, 90% responded yes to “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. When asked “Do students stay on task more often with few reminders using audio enhancement,” 96% responded yes. When asked “Are students more engaged in classroom discussions,” 83% of our teachers said yes since the introduction of audio enhancement. Prior to audio-enhanced classrooms, a mere 8% said yes.

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Ron Clark’s Latest Book Now Available

Ron Clark, co-Founder of the Ron Clark Academy located in Atlanta, GA has released his new book, The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck– 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers”. The book serves as guidance for parents who want more for their children, teachers who need strategies for helping students achieve success, and communities who hope to improve education of our next generation.  This book is available in stores beginning July 26, 2011.  We are proud supporters of the Ron Clark Academy.  The revenue from book sales will help support RCA’s educator training program and scholarships for Ron Clark Academy students.  To purchase Ron Clark’s latest book, visit his website or purchase on Amazon.com.

AE’s Classroom Audio Systems Make the Grade At Ron Clark Academy

Unique Academy Offers Best Practices and Tools for Innovative Learning Environment, Including Infrared Sound Systems.

Salt Lake City, UT (October 18, 2007) – He’s been named Disney’s Teacher of the Year, he’s written a best-selling book, he’s been on the Oprah Show and TNT made a television movie about him.  And his new school, scheduled to open this Fall, is equipped with advanced education enhancement systems from Audio Enhancement  because Ron Clark, the award-winning educator and founder of the Ron Clark Academy, understands how kids learn best.
“If you really want to level the playing field and provide the best learning environment for all students, then an Audio Enhancement system is a necessity for every classroom,” said Clark.  “We have had the opportunity and freedom to design the Ron Clark Academy in the best way that we, as teachers, know a school should be built.  Our team knew from the beginning that the technology that Audio Enhancement provides was a major requirement that would play a key role in the success of our students and our school.”

The state-of-the-art school, based in Atlanta, offers unique curriculum for 5th through 8th grade students from low income areas who have potential but are not succeeding for various reasons.  As part of the curriculum, students travel on international trips each year with the intent of visiting six of the seven continents by the time they reach the 8th grade.

The advanced audio systems from Audio Enhancement (AE) fit perfectly within the school’s innovative classrooms and teaching techniques.  Teachers wear a small infrared wireless microphone that transmits their voice(s) to a speaker system evenly distributed throughout the classroom, typically in the ceiling.  Using this device, teachers speak in a normal one-on-one voice, creating a comfortable listening and learning environment for each student.

The AE systems, powered by Panasonic’s world renowned audio technology, also employ handheld wireless microphones used by the students in the classroom to help them feel more comfortable and confident as they increase their participation in learning activities.

“As soon as the system was in place in all of our classrooms, we knew we made the right choice,” stated Clark. “Audio Enhancement offers a spectacular product and a gift to all teachers and students!” 

AE has recently introduced a series of enhanced Audio Learning Systems, all powered by Panasonic technology, including the Innovator Classroom Audio System, the Ultimate II Classroom Audio System and the Achiever Classroom Audio System.  All of the new AE Systems feature the RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System.  This innovative teardrop style pendant microphone features a revolutionary new patented remote control feature that allows the teacher to control the volume of the student microphone, his or her own microphone or the auxiliary input level to continuously keep all audio sources at optimal levels.

AE Introduces New Enhanced Learning Systems Powered By Panasonic

Proven Classroom Audio Systems Now Powered By Panasonic Technology To Raise Student Achievement and Teacher Satisfaction Salt Lake City, UT (February 6, 2007) – Audio Enhancement, the education industry’s leader in enhanced classroom learning systems, has introduced a new line of advanced educational tools powered by Panasonic’s world renowned audio technology. The new systems deliver a host of innovative features including a unique infrared teardrop style teacher microphone designed with an industry first infrared remote control. This feature is designed to further improve the effectiveness of Audio Enhancement’s classroom audio systems.

“It is a proven fact that students perform better when they are better able to hear their teachers,” said Jeff Anderson, President, Audio Enhancement. “Today’s students face more challenges and distractions than ever before. Noise levels within and around the school can impact their ability to hear and comprehend the teacher. Audio Enhancement was founded nearly 30 years ago to help students overcome some of these challenges by improving their ability to receive information. Today, we are pleased to be working with Panasonic to make our classroom learning solutions more efficient with new audio technologies.”

With Audio Enhancement’s classroom systems, teachers wear a small infrared wireless microphone that transmits their voice(s) to a speaker system evenly distributed throughout the classroom, typically in the ceiling. This allows the teacher(s) to speak in a normal one-on-one voice, creating a comfortable listening and learning environment for each individual student. This proven teaching technique also helps to improve student behavior and on-task performance.

The systems also employ handheld wireless microphones used by the students in the classroom, helping them feel more comfortable and confident as they increase their participation in learning activities. For many students, increased participation leads directly to stronger reinforcement of the subject matter being taught and ultimately to better retention of information. When students realize they are learning, their own confidence improves in addition to their academic achievement and their grades.

The new Audio Enhancement classroom audio systems feature up to four simultaneous infrared wireless microphones, multi-media mute control while a teacher is talking or during PA announcements, and control of all audio sources through one intelligent friendly PC user interface.

All of the new Audio Enhancement systems feature the RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System. This innovative teardrop style pendant microphone features a revolutionary new patented remote control feature that allows the teacher to control the volume of the student microphone, his or her own microphone or the auxiliary input level to continuously keep all audio sources at optimal levels.

Audio Enhancement’s new Classroom Audio Systems include:
The Innovator CAE-100W Classroom Audio System includes a four-channel receiver with 100 watts total output power, a RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System,  four ceiling speakers, dome sensor, cable and charger. The system simultaneously accommodates four RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphones and features multi-media mute control, Advanced PA interface, control of all audio sources through one intelligent friendly PC user interface, 8 speaker outputs, and 4 stereo auxiliary inputs. 

The Ultimate II CAE-50W Classroom Audio System a dual channel receiver with 50 watts total output power, a RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System, handheld student microphone/transmitter, four ceiling speakers, dome sensor, cable and charger. The system accommodates up to two RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphones simultaneously and features multi-media mute control, a patented remote control feature, eight speaker outputs, and four stereo auxiliary inputs. 

The Achiever CAE-30W Classroom Audio System a dual channel receiver with 30 watts total output power, a RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System, 4 ceiling speakers, dome sensor, cable and charger. Up to two RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphones can be used simultaneously. Additional features include a patented remote control feature, 4 speaker outputs, and 4 auxiliary inputs.

Sound systems help school soothe strain

Second-grade teacher Althea Sabado has always relied on her loud voice to get her 17 students to pay attention.

It works, but it also makes her students feel like they are being yelled at. And by the end of the day, Sabado says, her vocal cords are strained, her voice nearly gone.

All of that changed this year when Sabado and seven other teachers at Nanaikapono Elementary School in Nanakuli received a donation to install sound systems in their classes over the winter break.

“The environment of the classroom is just much more calm,” said the 25-year-old Sabado, who now speaks softly into a wireless microphone hanging from her neck. “You know, when the teacher is rowdy, the kids get rowdy.”

Her voice is projected through four speakers in the ceiling, which are also hooked up to the TV. Students can hold a microphone to ask questions and read.

“We don’t need to make our voices go louder,” said Chalyssa Belford, 8. “I like it because our teacher doesn’t need to yell.”

The estimated $18,000 worth of audio equipment was bought by Altres, a local employment agency that believes the system will last longer than general supplies it has donated to schools and have a greater impact on learning.

“For the same amount of money that you would put toward a computer, you could put in a sound system that could last 20 years in a classroom,” said David Bower, Marketing and Communications Director for Altres.

Jeff Anderson, President of Audio Enhancement, said his mother pioneered the system in Utah in 1978 to help his two hearing-impaired brothers at school.

Since then the devices have been installed in some 75,000 classrooms from California to Florida, and Ohio is requiring them in every new school, Anderson said.

Studies have tied the system to higher test scores and lower teacher absences, he said. Being able to better hear teachers, he noted, is especially beneficial to English-language learners who tend to speak their native tongue at home.

“It’s like putting four teachers talking by everybody,” he said. “It’s like having a teacher next to you all the time.”

Audio Enhancement Wins Tech & Learning Magazine Award of Excellence

The new Audio Enhancement Infrared Teacher Microphone System earned judges’ praise from Tech & Learning for being an easy to use way to control volume input. With a new remote control feature, teachers can control the volume of the student microphone as well as the teacher’s own microphone or the auxiliary input level. With a 7 hour battery life and 4 hour charge time, the microphone system will perform well during any lecture or presentation.

Judges from Tech & Learning found the Handheld Student Microphone perfect for use in classrooms with poor ambient noise and for general assemblies. The small, lightweight microphone was designed for classroom use and helps facilitate teacher and student communication. Set-up is as simple as “plug and play,” and the hand-held nature makes it a great tool for encouraging participation among students. With a range of selectable frequencies from 2.30 MHz to 3.80 MHz and a battery life (AA) of over 15 hours, the student pass around microphone will be a great tool for large classes or school-wide assemblies.

AE Announces Consultancy Relationship With Dr. Carolyn Warner

Salt Lake City, UT (September 12, 2007) — Audio Enhancement (AE), the education industry’s leader in enhanced classroom learning systems, is pleased to announce the formation of a consultancy relationship with Dr. Carolyn Warner, President and Founder of Corporate Education Consulting, Inc. (CECi).  Dr. Warner will represent AE at various industry events, provide advice and guidance to the education market, and help to further populate the benefit of AE’s proven audio systems.

“There are already so many challenges confronting today’s students, and we simply should not allow auditory learning issues to be one of them,” said Dr. Warner.  “Classroom sound systems from Audio Enhancement can help to improve both the learning and the teaching environment. I am excited about assisting AE in achieving their goals, and anticipate the opportunities which lie ahead.”

Dr. Warner is active on state and national levels as a respected, knowledgeable and persuasive educational and public policy leader.  Her political expertise, including 12 years as Arizona’s elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, is strengthened by her unique perspective of over 30 years in the corporate sector.  Dr. Warner’s company, CECi, advises businesses, nonprofits, associations, foundations and governmental entities that want to strengthen their presence and build stronger ties in the Education Marketplace.  Additionally, CECi assists clients in maintaining and strengthening these relationships, once formed.

“We could not be more pleased about working with Dr. Warner and feel most honored to have her as part of our team,” said Jeff Anderson, President of Audio Enhancement.  “Dr. Warner’s credentials and experience are evident but more so, it is extremely gratifying for us to have such a renowned education leader believe in Audio Enhancement’s solutions and be a spokesperson representing our company in the marketplace.”

With AE’s classroom systems, teachers wear a small infrared wireless microphone that transmits their voice(s) to a speaker system evenly distributed throughout the classroom, typically in the ceiling.  Using this device, teachers speak in a normal one-on-one voice, creating a comfortable listening and learning environment for each student.  This proven teaching technique also helps to improve student behavior and on-task performance.

The systems, powered by Panasonic’s world renowned audio technology, also employ handheld wireless microphones used by the students in the classroom to help them feel more comfortable and confident as they increase their participation in learning activities.  For many students, increased participation leads directly to stronger reinforcement of the subject matter being taught and ultimately to better retention of information

Audio Enhancement has recently introduced a series of enhanced Audio Learning Systems, all powered by Panasonic technology, including the Innovator Classroom Audio System, the Ultimate II Classroom Audio System and the Achiever Classroom Audio System.  All of the new Audio Enhancement Systems feature the RC-07 Infrared Wireless Microphone System.  This innovative teardrop style pendant microphone features a revolutionary new patented remote control feature that allows the teacher to control the volume of the student microphone, his or her own microphone or the auxiliary input level to continuously keep all audio sources at optimal levels.