Classroom Access Project 1

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The Classroom Access Project was first piloted in Term 1, 2010 at La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown, NSW. This project was an initiative of Media Access Australia, and implemented through partnership with the Catholic Education Office Sydney and La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown.

Teacher Georgina Gandy wearing Soundfield system microphone

Year groups were timetabled through the model classroom, including students with hearing impairment and their hearing peers.

Being the first pilot of the CAP, the implementation of the project took a three step approach:

  • Fitting the classroom with a commercial Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and Soundfield amplification technology
  • Detailed purpose - designed training program for school staff, including teachers and librarians
  • Focus on the effect of hearing impairment on access to teaching and learning
  • Captions and their importance in the provision of access and information
  • Information of how the model classroom works
  • Use of captioned video and other media in the classroom combined with Soundfield amplification technology

Students watching captioned DVD

Independent access to captions

Student with hearing aid watching captions

A student with hearing impairment working independently, for example in the classroom or in a library or computer lab, can access captions on an individual computer, iPad or tablet device with sound augmented by a CL-iLoop or via their FM system, to improve the clarity of sound.

Teacher Mary Connor with Soundfield microphone around neck, with class

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