It’s not just about volume. It’s about clarity, tone, and inflection. Using your enhanced audio system helps ensure that your clear message reaches every student in your classroom, with less strain on your voice. Your enhanced audio system will improve both the quality and volume of your voice and has benefits for student comprehension, attention, and behavior. Up to 15% of students have some hearing impairment (often undiagnosed or undetected). Students may receive services for a speech or language impairment. Others have language processing issues, difficulty distinguishing layered voices, or are easily distracted by noise. Young students and multi-language learners especially benefit from clear auditory input. Your enhanced audio system can help!
- Teachers have less vocal strain/no need to use “teacher voice”
- When students hear better, they learn better
- Less need to repeat instruction
- Students are more involved and less disruptive
Tips and Tricks
- Use every day to form a habit
- 4-6 inches below chin
- Charge nightly
- Speak at conversational level
- If you can hear yourself, it’s too loud
- Invite a colleague in to help evaluate the volume
- Adjust for number of students in the room, ambient noise, and classroom activity
If you would like help getting started, please reach out to the Instructional Technology TOSAs or the OSD Help Desk.
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