Watching some football yesterday (go Packers!), I became frustrated with my cable company. Every few minutes the picture would go pixel on me. That’s not big deal as I could still make out what was happening. What annoyed me most was losing the audio. It was just a second or two, but losing even a few seconds of the sportscaster effected my understanding of what was going on.
So, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is no. Unless you’re a nearby squirrel or bear, then it does make a sound – to them. Otherwise it’s just vibrations in the air. It’s this kind of thing that trips my trigger. I’m a sound guy – what can I say. Well, my son would say “you’re nerding me out, dad”. Great.
It often seems education gets a bad reputation in the news. If you wanted to take a “glass is half empty” view, you might only see endless headlines and broadcasts focusing on the negative; budget cuts, teacher strikes, criticisms about shifting higher education standards-- the list goes on.
The other day, I made the mistake, or perhaps had the good fortune, of telling someone I met that I help my company design products for educators by collaborating with teachers and students in classrooms. This guy fired back, “How could you possibly develop complex devices by working with educators and kids who know nothing about designing technology products?”
by Jeralyn Shaw
At Dogwood Elementary School in Heber, CA, where I am the principal, we use Redcat classroom audio systems to assist in teaching English learners. The system allows students to hear distinct sounds that are sometimes less audible during pronunciation. We find this is a tremendous benefit to beginning readers and students learning a new language.
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