STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Hearing your teacher isn’t always easy and neither is focusing on what the teacher is saying.
To help with that, 12 classrooms at Starkville High School are now equipped with new audio equipment.
Starkville teachers can use cameras to record and stream their lectures. Photo Date: Sept. 23, 2021.
Starkville High School in Starkville, Mississippi. Photo Date: Sept. 23, 2021.
This aims to help in-person students and those learning virtually.
“I see it as a very helpful thing for students — to understand the teachers and teachers to understand the students,” Spanish teacher Doug Houston said.
His classroom was one of the 12 to receive the equipment.
“Sometimes teachers have problems. They talk all day. They start to get hoarse,” he said. “The teachers are out because of voice problems. This really takes care of that because you don’t have to talk loud to project.”
This is done by wearable microphones around the teachers' necks
Sophomore Peyton Willoughby said one of his classes has the new system. He’s already noticed a major difference in his learning experience.
“With the combination of being able to move around the room and still being able to hear, it just makes the teaching much more engaging and much more enjoyable,” he said.
Along with the microphones, the audio system also includes a camera. Teachers can use cameras to record and stream their lectures.
“It keeps you on track so you stay engaged and all of that with your work,” Sophomore Asia Price said.
The equipment cost $100,000, but the school district didn’t pay a dime thanks to a grant.
Twelve classrooms at Armstrong Middle School also received the equipment. The district hopes to add more to its other schools in the future.