When Being Small is a Good Thing

People come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to small children in particular, finding audio visual equipment that’s more tailored to their age and size can make a big difference in helping them focus better in school. Since younger students haven’t yet learned to block out unnecessary disturbances, they’re more susceptible to becoming distracted and therefore do not perform to the best of their abilities. In a classroom environment, it is crucial that they pay attention to the tasks at hand and follow along to audio books when applicable. (more…)

Alternate PA frequency

With a variety of options in the marketplace for portable sound equipment, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming trying to pinpoint which portable speaker will be most suitable for your education needs. Two important considerations are the size of the venue and the size of your audience. (more…)

Battery life in a PA

How long can I expect the battery in a PowerPro to last on a single charge?

All rechargeable batteries (whether in a computer, multimedia player, or elsewhere) first need to be properly charged before use and recharged after use according to the owner’s manual. For the PowerPro, the battery should be charged for at least 10 continuous hours before using it for the first time. Taking this step before its first use is the single most important thing that could be done to help the battery.

“Average” use of the PA (meaning the occassional use of one of the mics, off and on use of the CD or cassette player, and setting the volume output to mid-range) in a comfortable teperatre range, will give you 4-6 hours of use. If you drive the speaker harder than this (with volume at maximum, using both mics simultaneously, playing CDs continuously), it will reduce the usage time.

All batteries are effected by heat and high humidity. Using them in these conditions can also adversely effect the performance of the battery.

Assistive Listening Benefits

Sometimes when you have equipment that you use on a daily basis, it can sometimes feel like a relief to know that it can do more than you had originally thought. Just like we as humans are able to multi-task, so can certain products. When audio visual products can add a benefit to a classroom environment and more specifically, to students with special needs, discovering how best to apply the newfound functions can be quite rewarding for all involved. (more…)

Controlling Jackbox Volume

Teaching (younger) students about the importance of listening to headphones at appropriate volume levels helps them learn and establish lifelong listening habits. But if they’re still learning these habits while they’re using a listening center, why do some jackboxes have individual volume controls while others have a single control? (more…)

Recording for Learning

Everyone loves to hold onto treasured memories, whether it’s via video, pictures or audio recordings. But a recording is also a valued part of learning. Being able to record a student’s voice can provide an invaluable opportunity for them to catch up or excel in all kinds of activities. Using audio visual equipment to fulfill such a task can easily help them with language learning as well as help improve their reading skills. (more…)

Safe Headphone Volume Controls

10th in a series about classroom headphones and headsets.

The sense of hearing is used as much as if not more than any of the other senses by students to learn in school. But at the same time, it is also the one which students must be taught how to listen properly with headphones in order to avoid damaging their hearing. From a very young age, we are presented with multiple stimuli that could adversely affect our hearing and this continues throughout our entire lives. This could not be truer than in a classroom environment where audio equipment is within reach of students of any age. What can be done to protect children’s hearing as much as possible before it is too late? (more…)