K-12 schools in Alabama, California and Missouri awarded classroom voice amplification systems to improve listening, teaching and learning

Calypso Systems, a leading developer of multimedia technology solutions for K-12 classrooms, announced winners for its 2010 Be Heard School Grant program. The winning schools are McDonnell Elementary in Huntsville, Ala., Coyote Canyon Elementary in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and Combs Elementary School in Florrisant, Mo.

The grant, presented by the Calypso School First Foundation (CSFF), is designed to benefit schools by improving communication between students and teachers in the classroom. The grant provides school-wide classroom voice amplification systems and installations (up to 35 rooms per school) to three K-12 institutions each year.

“In its second year, the Be Heard School Grant program has continued to highlight the need for better classroom amplification,” said David H. Parish, Ph.D., president of Calypso Systems. “We received more than 360 entries from schools all across the country seeking improved listening, hearing and learning in the classroom, and we commend all of the educators and technologists who applied.”

As class sizes grow and background noise in classrooms increases, an amplification system that provides high-quality sound improves communication and collaboration, particularly in aging school buildings. Several research studies have consistently shown that classroom voice amplification enhances performance through increased student comprehension and attention.

More than 300,000 U.S. classrooms now use some sort of amplification in the classroom, helping K-12 students and teachers focus on listening and instruction amid the din of noisy HVAC systems, poor acoustics, other distractions and hearing loss.

“This year’s winners each demonstrated a solid commitment to teaching and learning with technology, yet needed a robust amplification solution to complete their wired classrooms,” Parish said. “Voice amplification is perhaps the simplest and most cost-efficient way to enhance existing classroom technology and improve teaching and learning, and we congratulate all three schools for recognizing the need and asking Calypso for help.”

The Calypso Systems WCM-RF classroom voice amplification solutions are scheduled for installation in the winners’ school buildings over the summer vacation break.

For more information about the Be Heard|School Grant, please visit http://www.calypsosystems.com/about-us/grants.

About the Be Heard School Grant
Established in 2009 by the Calypso School First Foundation (CSFF), the
Be Heard School Grant program has awarded more than $240,000 worth of classroom voice amplification equipment to schools in six states. With school budgets tightening and classroom audio needs still underserved in a majority of districts, Calypso equips up to 35 classrooms per year in three K-12 institutions with classroom voice amplification systems.

About Calypso Systems
Calypso Systems, headquartered in Woodbury, Minn., is a manufacturer of a full range of open architecture control, user interface, audio, microphone and connectivity products designed to create integrated classroom solutions for teachers, students and administrators. Calypso products are sold exclusively through commercial audio-video electronics dealers throughout North America and around the world.

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