PETALUMA, Calif. – December 3, 2009 – Classrooms all across North America have been trying the new FrontRow student pass-around microphone (a kind of 21st century “talking-stick”) in the past few months as part of a special video contest, awarding one lucky school in both the USA and Canada with thousands of dollars worth of audio equipment.
To enter, teachers submitted videos of their class using the 21st century “talking-stick” during their Show-and-Tell presentations, mathematics & reading lessons, and music sessions. After reviewing numerous creative submissions, the winner was determined by demonstrating the best use of the microphone and its impact in the classroom. The winning video fantastically illustrated how the 21st century “talking-stick” engages audiences that have lost focus, motivates unmotivated presenters, impacts phonemic awareness and differentiation vital to literacy, and increases student participation. The powerful submission from Lisa Meneghin, grade two teacher at Westwood Elementary School, also highlighted how her class uses the microphone to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for all children, including one student with autism.
“As I teach my students new word patterns and phonemes, lessons can be perceived as somewhat boring and repetitive,” said Meneghin. “But with the new student microphone, the kids have become highly motivated and excited to learn. It has also been a great asset for an autistic student in my classroom, as I’ve noticed his ability to produce work has soared. His learning has been positively enhanced with the incredible sound clarity that the entire system provides”. To see Meneghin’s impactful video, please visit: http://gofrontrow.com/showandtell-winner.
As part of the grand prize, the winning school is set to receive 12 complete FrontRow Pro Digital systems with both teacher and student microphones, IR speakers and drop-in chargers. Installed with the support of FrontRow authorized reseller, Sehi Computer Products, these systems will help outfit Westwood Elementary so that more classrooms can experience the same exciting benefits. Additionally, the winning classroom will receive a gift certificate to help purchase books and supplies for the room.
FrontRow is a division of Phonic Ear — whose wireless technology has helped build more engaging learning environments since the mid-1960s. The FrontRow division has focused on using classroom amplification (soundfield) technology to improve students’ listening success — resulting in better behavior, comprehension, test scores, and teacher vocal health.
FrontRow is part of the William Demant Group, founded in 1904 as a hearing aid company. Listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (CSE3247), William Demant comprises a group of international companies that develop, manufacture, and sell innovative and highly advanced technological solutions in the hearing healthcare and educational field. Through 45 Group companies located in over 20 countries, consolidated group sales exceed US$1 billion.
©2009 Phonic Ear Inc., Phonic Ear, FrontRow, and the names of FrontRow products are trademarks or registered trademarks of Phonic Ear Inc. in the US and other countries.
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