Yamaha Unified Communications is helping the teachers at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School's L-S Academy, a special education program, reach students in meaningful ways in order for them to prosper well into the future. The L-S Academy is subletting space within Yamaha's regional office complex. While it might seem like an unorthodox space, it offers amenities the program deeply needs: the robust, easy-to-use Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Bar™.
"We can't teach in a traditional way anymore. We need more than paper and pencil," said Tracie Lopez, program director and teacher at L-S Academy. "We're amazed how the CS-700 supported us. It's totally changed the way that I present my material."
One of the program's missions is to offer enrichment activities, from movies to guest speakers. However, due to the pandemic, the school had to close its doors to outside guests. It was a serendipitous moment when the teachers realized that with the Yamaha Video Sound Bars that were already installed throughout the building, they could not only continue these services but also enhance their curriculum and workflow beyond what they had envisioned.
Yamaha's CS-700 performs well in education because it is designed to bring spectacular audio and video clarity to all communication and collaboration needs. Although displays and projectors that have typically been used in classrooms have built-in speakers, they can lack the power and clarity for classroom use. A poor audio experience isn't just frustrating, it's severely disruptive, causing audio fatigue and costing students focus and long-term achievement. What's more, organizations need a high-quality video camera that's necessary to keep up with the onslaught of remote meetings.
With this in mind, Yamaha created an all-in-one solution that combines surround sound, microphone recording, and a camera that pair perfectly with classroom displays and projectors. Levering Yamaha's decades of expertise in engineering superior AV technology that's used by Fortune 500 companies and by K-12 and top universities alike, the Video Sound Bar incorporates an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured conversation; four Yamaha speakers to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility for everyone in the room; and a wide-angle HD camera for the far-end video conferencing participants to see everyone in clear detail. It's designed to be intuitive for even the least technologically savvy user, helping to eliminate calls to tech teams for support while, at the same time, getting the classroom activity started faster.
At the academy, the teachers were able to quickly learn how to use the system and connect to their chosen UC platform, Google Meet, in addition to many other chosen video conferencing applications. With a simple USB connection to their laptop, they're ready to go. The technology has completely changed the program, from classes to meetings to activities, and how they bring in guest speakers. The teachers are rigorous daily users of the Video Sound Bars. They use them in psychology and science lessons to present slideshows, video clips, and movies. In addition, students are able to join classes at the main campus remotely.
"AV fatigue is a very real and prevalent challenge across education and enterprise environments that seriously impairs productivity and success," said Meghan Kennelly, director of global marketing and communications at Yamaha Unified Communications. "We designed our Video Sound Bars to create crisp, clear audio and video in one easy-to-operate device that makes online conferencing naturally more engaging for everyone. It's great to see how the instructors and students at L-S Academy are benefiting from the CS-700 in a multitude of ways. It underscores just how vital superior AV technology is and how it can change the course of programs and projects.