New child-friendly mic from FrontRow(TM) helps build student engagement and confidence

    21st century "talking-stick" encourages turn-taking and transforms the
    classroom into an interactive environment

    PETALUMA, CA, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Classroom sound system maker, FrontRow(TM),
has released a new pass-around microphone that's designed to be easier for
young students to use. With special attention to fitting childrens' small
hands, this unique tool provides an increased level of comfort for all
students in K-12 classrooms, while providing excellent sound quality.
    "This mic is designed to really encourage student participation in an
affordable way," says John Merline, Marketing Director, FrontRow. "We are
excited to share this new 21st century 'talking-stick' with schools across
North America, as it instills values of turn-taking and encourages respectful
behavior during class. Our engineering team is always thinking of ways to
enhance the overall interactivity of the classroom environment, and this
product is perfect for doing so."
    Teachers also cite improved presentation skills and comprehension as
reasons for using student microphones in greater numbers. The student
pass-around mic not only ensures that students' answers can be heard by the
whole class, but has secondary advantages as well. "Shy students who dread
reading aloud almost always bloom when given a mic," says Merline. "It
empowers these young learners to speak up, be heard, and most importantly,
feel confident while speaking in public."
    FrontRow's California engineering team conceived the new microphone as an
improvement on the well-accepted concept of amplifying student voices: it's
small enough to fit children's hands, simple to use, and lightweight enough to
rest around the neck for hands-free use.
    The new student mic is compatible with FrontRow infrared sound systems,
including VocaLight(TM), FrontRow Pro(TM), and the latest FrontRow Pro
    FrontRow is planning events across North America, following the release
of this product, to show the exciting uses of this microphone, including an
opportunity for teachers to win this 21st century "talking-stick" for their
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    About FrontRow

    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.
    FrontRow is part of the William Demant Group, founded in 1904 as a
hearing aid company. Listed on the Copenhagen 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.
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    (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.

For further information:

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

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