Listening in School

Jul 26, 2016 by

It used to be that listening in school was one of the biggest challenges teachers faced. Put up against a horde of children that wanted nothing more than to play outside and otherwise not learn about subjects they found boring, inattention became such a problem that modern report cards began including a special section on them for teachers to specifically mark that not listening was an issue. However, all of that is changing with the introduction of school classroom headphones and modern technology. Suddenly, boring textbooks have now given way to incredible new ways – such as Velocity’s Adaptive Learning Approach –  to get information across that doesn’t bore children, and are all too happy to say as much.

Investing in Technology

Though not every school is yet rich enough to buy tablets or computers for every student, the trend is headed that way. With the introduction of these machines come specialized apps that sync together with the teacher’s main program to create an interactive learning experience that excites modern classrooms. That being said, the aural aspect of learning cannot be overstated, meaning that these apps will no doubt come with audio features necessary for using them. To avoid a room full of noise this will inevitably bring, school classroom headphones are quickly becoming a necessary addition to any classroom. Instead of just enough for the three classroom computers, though, teachers are looking for enough for every student.

Different Types

Like anything, there are a multitude of options available. From sound cancelling to cheap options that do one job only, it can be even more challenging finding a set of headphones that actually do what they’re supposed to do. Will you need built-in microphones? Will you need indestructible headphones? Will you need sets that can be turned off individually so that you can address different parts of the class at different times? All of these options and more are possibilities. What it comes down to, though, are the goals and limitations your classroom has. If, for instance, you work with kindergarteners, it’s probably in the school’s best financial interest to buy durable headphones that can survive harder use than normal. If, though, you’re working with dedicated high scholars, fancier headphones with more potential can be a great way to support them while also sharing that you trust them.

Classrooms of nothing but tablets or laptops are still far into the future, but they are nevertheless going to happen. Technology and the interconnectivity that it has allowed us gives us incredible teaching tools at our fingertips. It makes learning fun and interactive as a way to make sure that information is both easier to get across and to retain, regardless of how each student best learns. Pair this with the best type of headphones for the job, and you’ll find yourself with a successful, fun classroom where not listening is an archaic complaint of the past.

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