Employee Spotlight: Alex North, Territory Sales Manager
After teaching for four years, Alex North made his way to Audio Enhancement, where he continues to make an impact in education. North is the Territory Sales Manager over Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. He is dedicated to not only bringing Audio Enhancement to more schools in his region, but to making sure each of those schools is using the technology to make classrooms more effective. Continue reading “Employee Spotlight: Alex North, Territory Sales Manager”
How VIEWpath® Can Take Student Assessment to the Next Level
What do you think of when you hear the words “student assessment”? For many, just hearing the phrase can bring unwelcome images of high-stakes standardized testing. Thankfully, that’s not the only tool teachers have to gauge student progress. Essentially, there are two types of classroom assessment: formative and summative. Continue reading “How VIEWpath® Can Take Student Assessment to the Next Level”
Here at Audio Enhancement, we are dedicated to making learning more effective. Our employees are individuals who are passionate about education, like Tony Sanfilippo. After a teaching career of 19 years, he continues to make a difference in the teaching community through his work at Audio Enhancement, Inc. Tony is the Regional Director of Professional Development and is constantly advocating for technology in the classroom, specifically classroom video, and how it is a vital tool for professional development.
Just like other professionals, teachers need feedback. As teachers receive quality evaluation, it can help them to grow and improve. In a 2013 TED Talk for Education, Bill Gates explained the impact that real, quality feedback could have on our teachers and on America’s education system. The United States is currently not a world leader in academic performance, and the countries that are have found teacher feedback to be a key to success. Still to this day, one of Gates’ biggest priorities is to improve the education system in the U.S., as stated in his appearance on The Ellen Show in February 2018. Continue reading “Bill Gates: Teachers Need Real Feedback”
Making Classroom Video More Efficient with Lecture Capture
At Audio Enhancement, Inc. we work hard to make learning more effective through innovative technology. With VIEWpath, educators can record, store, and share video and audio content through SAFARI Montage. Lecture Capture, the latest technology from SAFARI Montage, allows teachers to not only record their lesson, but to simultaneously record their desktop screen, where they could be showing presentations or content that go along with the lecture.
Lecture Capture revolutionizes classroom recordings, because educators can now record a lecture in its entirety and play back the desktop and classroom recordings simultaneously with varied views:
Picture in Picture: View both recordings simultaneously, with one view being displayed as a smaller picture inside the larger one
Side by Side: View both recordings simultaneously, side by side
Full Screen: Choose between the lecture or desktop recording to view in full screen
These different views allow the observer, whether it be a teacher, coach, student, or parent to choose exactly what they want to glean from the lecture.
Alone, just a recording of the teacher or just a presentation are pieces of the puzzle, but together, viewers can receive the whole classroom experience. Teachers and administrators can use Lecture Capture to provide a complete picture for mentor/peer coaching, professional development, self-evaluation, blended learning, and flipped classroom.
Forty years ago, Audio Enhancement, Inc. was created by a mom who wanted her hearing-impaired children to have as many learning opportunities as other students. Since then, we have been creating quality solutions that continue to improve classroom practices, like sound amplification, school safety, and school-wide communication.
After adding cameras to the classroom for safety, educators realized the added potential classroom video could have. Classroom video can not only provide protection to schools, but teachers can record lessons for peer or self-reflection, or provide students with access to lessons for blended learning methods. The benefits of classroom video are well known and have been studied by many, such as Bill Gates and Harvard University.
Audio Enhancement’s Educam360 allows educators, administrators, and security personnel to see the entire classroom. This high-definition 360° camera gives educators a choice between four different views.
The Educam360 was designed with educators in mind. A concern for cameras in the classroom is the privacy of teachers. With a teacher-controlled rolling lens cover on the EduCam360, the teacher can visually see that the camera is closed so they don’t have to worry about “Big Brother” watching. It is also installed in the ceiling, so that teachers and students forget it’s there, providing a more natural classroom recording.
The Educam360 integrates with Audio Enhancement’s classroom solutions. Classroom Audio Systems provide crystal-clear audio for video recordings. The SAFE System begins a live video recording in the classroom after a teacher presses the panic button on her Teacher Microphone. With VIEWpath, educators use the Educam360 to record, store, and share recordings.
This innovative classroom camera, along with Audio Enhancement’s comprehensive lineup of products, is making classrooms more effective. How will the Educam360 change your classroom?