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Research

Califone encourages the use of published peer-reviewed research supporting individual, small group and classroom-wide sound amplification. These references are intended only as beginning reference points and n expanded list of journals and original source materials can be found from some of these association web sites.

In order to organize the following research so it might be more readily accessible to certain products, we have grouped them by the following categories.

Classroom Wide Audio Amplification

The leading instructional tool to increase fluency is for students to hear fluent reading daily. Oral reading can, indeed, foster comprehension. By listening to their teacher read aloud to them over the course of the school year, students achieved better vocabulary and comprehension skills than students who have not been read to regularly by the teacher.

Rasinski, 2003

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Personal Sound Fields / Media Players

Repeated reading of text can help readers improve fluency. Listening to audio books several times will help our targeted struggling readers to develop fluency which in turn will lead to better comprehension of text. March 2005

The Reading Teacher 2005

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Technology

State Report Cards
many students start out with high motivation, but persistent failure causes them to lose it. Technology provided ... will create learning experiences that are engaging and motivating for students. Skinner, Ronald, "state Report Cards." Education Week 02774232, 1/6/05, Vol 24 issue 17. Database: Professional Development Collection

Chard, Cooper and Kiger, in The Struggling Reader 2006

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General

Students who are taught to read in an audio rich environment are far better at obtaining information and develop their literacy skills far quicker than their counterparts who do not receive their advance learning. The study goes on to conclude that students being taught in an audio rich environment are showing massive gain in reading on state Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

Harris-Hall Educational Foundation 2005

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Positioning Microphones
Correct microphone placement and positioning can have a dramatic effect on the quality of sound.

ProAV Magazine,  February, 2008

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Though the mission at Herndon-Barstow Elementary School (Fresno, CA) is simple — "Creating Success Together!" — it envelops a sense of efficacy that is showcased by the staff's passion for incorporating technology across the curriculum. Led by Principal Melody Burriss, Herndon-Barstow purchased multiple core textbooks that were supported by audio features, available mostly as MP3 files....[more]


Our district has a strict technology standard that each student must master touch type by the eighth grade.) We thought that the special coloring and coding on the Kids Keyboard would be very helpful to our kindergarten through second graders. And, we knew by combining the keyboard with our other computer......[more]

Oh my goodness! It's THE BEST product for teachers! I teach the Music Builder course, and with the 2455AV-02 I use the built-in microphone, I love the balance control, and let me tell you: Your 2455AV-02 is the only machine that could really split two tracks perfectly so I have music and vocal separately.......[more]

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