Better results in the classroom
CBS 6 (Albany, NY) news clip on Lee Public Schools' implementation of FrontRow sound systems
Sound technology improves results by improving communication
Who cares about
classroom sound systems?
Well, at least 4,000 US school superintendents do, along with curriculum directors, tech directors, teachers, and the millions of students they serve. And the very simple reason is that improving communication improves learning much more dramatically than you’d think.
Take a look at the recent news clip above to see what we mean.
In this clip, school staff emphasize improvement in test scores, particularly in literacy. That’s the reason schools get excited about FrontRow sound systems — because they work. If you're concerned about student achievement, attentiveness, teacher voice health, and more you'll want to have a look at our detailed sections on these topics in the box at the bottom of this page.
In the same listening situation, children are much worse than adults at understanding even simple sentences
The key to understanding why FrontRow sound systems — also known as 'soundfield' systems — work rests in recognizing that kids are not smaller versions of their parents and teachers. Until children are about 13 years old, the brain structures needed to help them effectively listen in less-than-ideal conditions aren't fully developed — with some aspects not maturing until the end of high school. Because adults are so much better at listening accurately in noise and over a distance, the impact of the acoustic environment in K-12 classrooms is almost always underestimated by teachers, administrators, and parents.
But there's more. Unlike adults, young students have immature language skills and lack the vocabulary needed to expertly fill in the blanks when they miss a new word or word ending. Children are surprisingly poor at using context to reconstruct what their ears have missed — a task that adults perform easily and unconsciously.