Jackboxes Turn Media Players into Classroom Listening Centers

How to choose a jackbox for your classroom listening center Classroom listening centers enhance visual lessons with audio. Listening centers (or learning centers) consist of three components: a media player, headphones, and a hub to distribute audio signals to multiple listeners. Although wireless transmitters or outputs on the media player itself often suffice for a hub, an easy way to… Read the rest

Classroom Learning Centers Use Sound To Enhance Learning

6 Features to Consider When Purchasing A Classroom Learning Center From pre-K through adult education or even for home schooling, many students find learning enhanced by listening rather than looking. That’s why learning centers, which use sound to help you teach, are standard classroom AV equipment. Learning centers not only reinforce and enhance visual learning, but also help students with… Read the rest

Why Buy a Cassette Tape Player & Recorder?

Cassette Tape Players: Tried, True, & Affordable Cassette tape players and recorders are popular, budget-friendly choices for teachers or parents who want to enjoy an existing collection of tapes without the expense of upgrading to CDs or other media. In my last post, I highlighted the benefits of using a portable stereo system for playback of existing (and future) media… Read the rest

Get An Outstanding Lectern in 5 Simple Steps

How to Find a Lectern That Fits Your Needs & Your Desktop All lecterns theoretically fit on a table or desktop, and, unlike free-standing podiums, lecterns are relatively small and portable. But some lecterns are less portable than others. Tabletop lecterns come in a variety of sizes and shapes that serve a wide variety of functions. With so many… Read the rest

2 Vehicle Mounted PA Systems Take Your Message on the Move

Hit the Road With a Vehicle Mounted PA System Stationary PA systems can easily reach fans seated in bleachers, but for events where the participants (or the announcers) are in motion, a PA system that can move with the crowd becomes crucial. And while megaphones and mini PA systems are highly portable, they are impractical for situations such as parades… Read the rest

Megaphones & Bullhorns Get Your Words Heard

What Are Megaphones? Megaphones, also known as bullhorns, are instantly recognizable because of their distinctive conical or bell shape. For thousands of years,  the human voice has been projected by megaphones. This is due to the natural acoustic properties of their parabaloid shape, which  focuses sound waves to make them travel further, but in a narrow arc. What is relatively… Read the rest

5 Guidelines for Getting Your Ideal Podium

Get a Podium & PA System That’s Right For You A podium with a built-in PA system is in many ways a grown-up lectern. From school auditoriums to the White House, podiums are an essential part of formal presentations – both big and small. These 5 guidelines to getting your ideal podium will help you understand your needs and make… Read the rest

7 Crucial Features to Look For in a Media Cart or AV Cart

Media Carts Get your Gear Off the Ground Media carts or AV carts all serve the same basic purpose: to transport your AV equipment conveniently and safely from one place to another. Media carts and AV carts are particularly useful in schools and offices, where audiovisual equipment is not only used often, but also in different places. Media carts aren’t… Read the rest