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Re: Classroom Noise

On Tue, 21 Oct 1997, David Staudacher wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:44:08 -0700, 
> Maxine Carpenter wrote:
> >When I brought up the soundscape, the uncomprehending silence was profound.
> >Thinking people didn't know the word, I explained. It didn't help.
>    I think most people are still unfamiliar with the idea.  Until it 
> gains wider acceptance, I think the only ones who'll get it are those 
> who've at least heard of R. Murray Shafer, which is at best a minority 
> within the minority which has studied classical music.  In the meantime,

  I agree. Stop 100 people in the street and you'll be lucky if 1 or 2 
know what soundscape means. Hopefully this will change shortly.
>    How long before we have teachers using mic's and amplifiers to 
> teach an ordinary class of 20 or 30 students?  Sound ridiculous? 
> It may be just around the corner.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised
> if it's already routine in some places.  

  Michael allow me to quote from a recent Vibes Magazine from The Canadian 
Hearing Society:

 Article entitled "Today's Lesson: Noise in the Classroom"
" Use of FM technology

 Amplification systems are now available for use in a regular classroom 
to address some of the listening and learning concerns resulting from 
poor acoustic conditions. The teacher wears a wireless FM microphone 
which transmits his or her voice to an amplifier and speaker system 
installed in the classroom. Use of FM systems can enhance the teacher's 
voice by 8 to 15 dBA and simultaneously reduce teacher vocal fatigue. "

 Of course the question begs to be asked - why not simply build 
acoustic-friendly schools and classrooms so these devices would become 
 Great digging David to come up with the classroom noise stuff.

 Eric Greenspoon 
  Vice President - Citizens' Coalition Against Noise

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