Today, what was once a small pilot program in a few Harlingen schools is a district-wide success story. Students are more engaged and attentive than ever, thanks to the speaker systems built directly into the ceiling of every elementary classroom.

After realizing the district needed a better way to connect with bilingual and early literacy students, director of technology James Pearcy launched the pilot program in 2010. He installed test units of a portable speaker from Lightspeed Technologies in just eight classrooms.

"To really understand their teachers, our students need to be able to hear the correct pronunciations and all the nuances...

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