Sound Enhancement Technology
HEAR and Learn supplies technology Australia-wide to optimise the delivery of teachers’ voices in learning spaces. Think surround sound to create a soft, clear and gentle signal for every child, irrespective of how far away they are from the teacher. More than 7000 Australian teachers have Hear and Learn equipment in their classrooms.
After installing Hear and Learn equipment, educators have noticed a marked reduction in background noise associated with fidgeting and chatter, hence improving attention rates.
“We couldn’t do without them,” Proserpine’s St Catherine’s Catholic College Primary School Assistant Principal Dianne Stevens said.
“We want to provide optimal learning environments for all our students, irrespective of their learning ability.”
While initially used for students with hearing loss, the technology is now a standard across most classrooms.
The Hearn and Learn REDCAT system, one member of the family of all solutions for all room designs, is adaptable to the school’s large high ceilinged classrooms and smaller contemporary spaces.
“The REDCATS enable our staff to talk at the same tone and volume as their normal speaking voices and they can be heard clearly by every student in the class, no matter what activity is taking place,” Ms Stevens said.
The overall impact is that classrooms are calmer; and calm students are more receptive to the learning experiences and the curriculum, which means more effective teaching practices and learning outcomes for everyone.
“The teacher can be heard even from the back of the room just as clearly as when all the students are sitting quietly together in the reading area. It’s a brilliant system.”
Teaching staff have found the technology particularly useful for shy and softly spoken students who are able give presentations confidently, with the system contributing to their social and emotional development and self esteem.
The audio system can also have a profound impact on children with auditory processing problems where clear and individualised instruction is vital.
St Stephens Pre-primary teacher Sandra Corcoran from Western Australia believes that the REDCAT provides crucial support for a handful of children on the autism spectrum in her classes.
“If these students in particular are pre-warned of a change in activity and the required movement around our classroom, they are better able to cope with that change. Their success in those instances means they remain calm among their peers and more confident in their learning,” she said.
Hear and Learns’ audio systems allow teachers to speak without strain, students to engage by optimising speech intelligibility, and create calmer and more inclusive learning spaces.
More information can be found at www.hearandlearn.com.au.
The REDCAT audio system engages students.