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SF School District Tests New Technology In Classroom

May 8, 2014, 5:00 PM by Hailey Higgins

SF School District Tests New Technology In Classroom

New technology is changing the way Sioux Falls students are learning in the classroom and at home.

In March, four FrontRow Juno systems were installed in classrooms in the Sioux Falls School District. They cost $1,200 each and were paid for by a grant.

One teacher testing the system says she doesn't want to teach without it.

As Kriss Ibis dives into eighth grade reading and writing, half her class is noticeably absent during a busy day at Whittier Middle School.

But the veteran teacher of 25 years knows the students won't miss a word she's saying.

"Today, we have fifth graders visiting the building so our web students and our jazz band is already at that location, so even though our classroom looks a little smaller today, those kids can still listen to this recording and watch the whole lesson," Ibis said to her students.

Ibis is one of four teachers in the district who have this FrontRow Juno classroom audio system. That means she's wearing a microphone and this lesson will be uploaded online for students who missed class or want to hear it again.

"If I don't get something that she says in the classroom, I can just go look back and get it more," student Jayden Behnke said.

The speaker also amplifies her voice. Studies have shown that louder decibels in the classroom make for better learning.

"Amplification makes a difference with kids, not only their attention span but with their retention of the information, so it's amazing technology," Ibis said.

Looking ahead, Ibis hopes the FrontRow Juno system is placed in more classrooms to help teach students in school and online.

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