Researching the Efficacy of Classroom Audio
Research is a big deal when considering adopting technology for the classroom. Decision makers must consider several factors before committing themselves and their dwindling technology funds. Manufacturer’s claims are always suspect. If you’re as cynical as I am, even the testimony of other educators can be twisted. So what’s an educator to do?
Just a Second or Two Affects Everything
While watching some football yesterday (go Packers!), I became frustrated with my cable company. Every few minutes the picture would get pixelated on me. This wasn’t a big deal, as I could still make out what was happening. What annoyed me most was losing the audio. It was just a second or two, but losing even a few seconds of the sportscaster affected my understanding of what was going on.
Classroom Noise Affects Student Attention
Classroom noise impacts students’ ability to pay attention in the classroom. I’ve been in hundreds of classrooms and observed a lot of good teachers. I’m always impressed by their determination to reach every student in spite of the challenges which may include the learning space itself.
Most classrooms are far from ideal listening and learning environments. Every room has its own set of noise issues that negatively impact learning.