FrontRow, a division of Phonic Ear

FrontRow, a division of Phonic Ear

December 06, 2006 09:00 ET

Ontario School Board Enhances All Classrooms With Sound Giving Every Student a Front Row Seat and a Better Chance at Academic Success

Technology helping students learn

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) -

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Decades of studies have shown us that many, if not most, primary students with perfectly normal hearing abilities sometimes have trouble hearing what the teacher says thereby limiting their academic success in the classroom.

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in Kenora, Ontario has decided to do something about this, by installing classroom amplification systems in every classroom, gym and library within their school board. Having Front Row Active Learning Systems throughout K-12, gives them the recognition of being the first in Canada to do so thereby, transforming all their classrooms into optimal learning environments.

Barb Killbery, a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing with the school board is very excited about this implementation. "We're very progressive, and we're very excited that we're the first. Hopefully it will catch on nation-wide, because it's such a good thing and the benefits are great. Every student needs this opportunity."

"Most adults can understand a sentence while hearing only 40% of the words; children have trouble with auditory closure, or the ability to fill in the blanks." Mike Dahab, the FrontRow representative stated during a recent visit with the Board. Hearing everything the teacher says will give students a much better opportunity to learn new concepts and achieve higher grades.

These systems are designed to amplify and balance the teacher's voice through out the classroom allowing every student to hear what the teacher is saying, even while facing the blackboard or at the back of the room. Studies have proven that if students can hear better they will learn better. The added bonus for teachers? A dramatic reduction in vocal fatigue, stress and strain.

About FrontRow: FrontRow, a division of Phonic Ear, manufactures and supplies classroom amplification equipment globally. The only company to do so, they are also ISO and FDA certified and have won many design awards for their equipment. Having roots in audiology, the equipment design concepts focus on speech benefits for teachers and language comprehension for students. The goal of making classrooms a better place to learn drives their passion.

Contact Information

  • FrontRow
    Karen Stefanishyn
    National Sales Manager
    Keewatin Patricia District School Board
    Barb Killbery
    Special Assignment Teacher: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    (807) 468-5571