Classrooms Across Canada Enhance Show-and-Tell with Sound Technology

    Teachers use FrontRow's(TM) 21st century "talking-stick" to encourage
    turn-taking and student participation
<p>MISSISSAUGA, ON, <chron>Oct. 15</chron> /CNW/ - Canadian schools will join in on scheduled Show-and-Tell events that highlight how the latest sound technology can enhance student engagement. The participating classrooms will demonstrate how effective FrontRow's new student microphone (a kind of 21st century "talking-stick") is for building public speaking skills and confidence.</p>
<p>National Show-and-Tell Day will be held across the country on <chron>October 20th</chron> at the following locations: North Saanich, British Columbia; <person>Prince Albert</person>, Saskatchewan; Moncton and Riverview, <location>New Brunswick</location>; Niagara Falls, Hamilton, and <location>Toronto</location>, Ontario. Children will either bring in something of personal value to show, or share an interesting story, while using the microphone. Following these activities, the teacher/principal will provide insight as to why sound technology immensely contributes to an interactive classroom experience. Local media is welcomed to film the event in action and interview selected parties.</p>
<p>National Show-and-Tell day focuses on the importance of student participation in learning: studies show that children who are comfortable speaking in front of peers and joining in on class discussions are more likely to succeed in school.</p>
<p>"At <person>Joyce Public</person> School, one of our strong focuses is to support literacy learning among children who are learning English as a second language," says <person>Cheryl Paige</person>, Principal, <person>Joyce Public</person> Elementary in <location>Toronto</location>, ON. "Our teachers find that the student microphone engages children and supports their willingness to learn new words and speak aloud. As one of the event hosts in <location>Canada</location>, I am pleased to share with visitors how this tool supports student achievement."</p>
<p>The events will occur in conjunction with a Show-and-Tell video contest, offered by FrontRow, that will award thousands of dollars worth of audio equipment to the winning school. To enter, teachers are submitting videos of their class using the 21st century "talking-stick" during their Show-and-Tell presentations, or during any other similar student sharing activity. The winner will be determined by showing the best use of the microphone building student participation, presentation or public-speaking skills. If teachers do not have the new microphone, FrontRow is offering limited time offers to evaluate it free of charge(1).</p>
<p>To qualify for the contest, videos must be uploaded by <chron>November 10, 2009</chron>. For more information, please visit: <a href=""></a> tell.</p>
<p>About FrontRow</p>
<p>FrontRow is a division of Phonic Ear - whose wireless technology has helped build more engaging learning environments since the mid-1960s. The FrontRow division has focused on using classroom amplification (soundfield) technology to improve students' listening success - resulting in better behavior, comprehension, test scores, and teacher vocal health.</p>
<p>FrontRow is part of the William Demant Group, founded in 1904 as a hearing aid company. Listed on the <location>Copenhagen</location> Stock Exchange (CSE3247), William Demant comprises a group of international companies that develop, manufacture, and sell innovative and highly advanced technological solutions in the hearing healthcare and educational field. Through 45 Group companies located in over 20 countries, consolidated group sales exceed US$1 billion.</p>
<p>(C)2009 Phonic Ear Inc., Phonic Ear, FrontRow, and the names of FrontRow products are trademarks or registered trademarks of Phonic Ear Inc. in the US and other countries.</p>
    (1) The new student mic is compatible with FrontRow infrared sound
        systems, including VocaLight(TM), FrontRow Pro(TM), and the latest
        FrontRow Pro Digital(TM).

For further information: For further information: Contact: Nadia Santoli, Public Relations Coordinator, FrontRow, P: 1-800-340-9894 x5333,,,

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