Education is, on the face of it, quite simple indeed. It’s the art of transferring knowledge, via teachers. We’ve all been educated in our lives and, throughout the course of our lives, we’ll all educate – even we’re just teaching the kids how to ride their bikes.
In professional education, however, things get more complicated. The difficulties of managing large groups of students with differing levels of experience and ability demand more focused teaching methods and more advanced technologies to get your message across effectively.
At KPMS, we’ve been supplying and installing Audio Visual goods and systems for colleges, universities, schools and businesses across the country. It’s helped us become one of the UK’s leading AV suppliers and, over that almost 15-years of work, we’ve learned a thing or two about the art of technology in the classroom.
Whilst technology has changed teaching in a great many ways, there are some fundamental essentials that every modern lecture theatre or classroom should employ. Specifically, we’d suggest microphones and headphones. But what makes these tools so important? Here are a few huge reasons.
Clarity of Voice
As educators, you grow accustomed to making yourself heard above the dim hum of a working classroom. After all, being able to be heard is vital if you’re going to educate at any level. However, as educators, it’s vital that we acknowledge that students may not be able to hear us at all times.
Perhaps it’s because of louder than normal noise in the room, maybe it’s because certain students struggle with their hearing or it might be the acoustics in the room. Whatever the reason having a louder, clearer voice for all students to be able to hear is extremely useful – especially in an age of clacking keyboards. By using a wireless microphone, your students can hear you perfectly.
Microphones and headphones can be deployed in a huge range of scenarios to improve the educational experience for students.
That might mean employing headphones and interactive storytelling books for younger children or utilising microphones so students can record their own voice to compare it against recordings when learning a new language.
Truly, the possibilities are endless when you employ widespread headphone and microphone usage throughout your classrooms and teaching environments.
When you’re trying to focus on something, any sort of noise can quickly snap you back out of your zen-like state of concentration. It’s an issue that’s especially evident in younger students who often haven’t learned to focus as keenly as older students do.
By switching to a system where headphones are employed during tests, students can focus on their work without outside distraction or the potential of nearby students whispering answers to each other. It’s an elegant way to sharpen the focus of your students and reduce the risk of cheating.
Of course, these are just a small handful of the ways which headphones and microphones can help transform the educational experience into a clearer, more successful endeavour. To learn more, get in touch.