Classroom Acoustics

Controlling noise in a loud, reflective classroom is a must for protecting the learning environment of the students and teacher.    The implications for poor room acoustics can be daunting.   The students don’t learn, the teacher is measured by results, grades drop, funding for the school shrinks due to poor productivity, and the cycle continues.   If the room is properly treated, students are in a more favorable learning environment, grades improve, teacher rankings improve, and funding returns to the school district.

To properly treat a classroom for good quality sound, the room’s size, shape and surface textures must all be taken into account.   The goal would be to surface mount sound panels designed to capture the echoes, which in turn, will deliver greater clarity to the teacher’s voice, and lower overall decibel exposure in the room.   There are a variety of different panel options found here at designed to produce this exact outcome.

Two of the more popular are the Ceiling Clouds and the FabricTack Panels.   Clouds are cloth wrapped panels that float mechanically from the ceiling, allowing the walls to remain as they are.   FabricTack Panels, on the other hand, are wall mounted panels that also have a rigid membrane benath their cloth surface, which allows the panels to double as bulletin board material.  While Ceiling Clouds are typically cut in smaller piece sizes, such as a 3’x4′ panel, the FabricTack panels are typically cut in larger sections, such as a 4′ tall x 10′ long panel designed to be wall mounted for tacking school projects, assignments, art projedts, and more on the walls.   The items you tack to the surface will not impede the sound values the panels will produce.

For a Case Study example on the Clouds, click here!    And please post your comments below if you are a teacher, a NetWell client, or someone experiencing difficult with poor classroom acoustics.



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