Much of the education that takes place in K-12 classrooms relies on oral communication. Children, who primarily learn through listening, need a learning environment in which they can fully hear and understand the teacher’s instructions, particularly children with learning disabilities, hearing loss or those learning in a second language.
Poor classroom acoustics can have serious effects on a child's ability to learn and on teachers' vocal health. Research shows that many Canadian classrooms have poor quality acoustics and children are often working in sub-standard classroom listening conditions. Learn more.
- Voice Academy
A terrific, interactive, self-directed virtual school designed to educate about vocal health and impacts of noise in the classroom.
- Hearing Foundation of Canada Sound Sense Program
- ClassTalk - Classroom Acoustics Prediction, Visualization and Auralization System
Designed by researchers at the University of British Columbia, ClassTalk is a simple, fast, accurate and user-friendly tool for evaluating the acoustical quality for speech in typical classrooms, both objectively and subjectively, and for optimizing sound-control measures.
Provincial Voice Care Resource Program (PVCRP)
The Pacific Voice Clinic and the Provincial Voice Care Resource Program serves the needs of British Columbians affected by voice disorders, and provides educational resources such as vocal hygiene tips, information on voice amplification and other related topics for professional practitioners.
- Commerical chair leg covers that help reduce classroom noise
- The Yacker Tracker
A unique sound meter that allows teachers to monitor noise levels in the classroom.