Noise and How it Can Affect Students and Their Learning in Schools

Our children are the future, and their education is vital for determining what kind of future they will be able to carve out for themselves. The environment in which they are learning has a significant effect on how they store and process information, which is why we should endeavour to create the best possible learning environment for them.

School communities are always striving to find new and innovative ways of bolstering their students learning capabilities – though how seriously are we taking the noise levels inside and outside school classrooms and how it affects the way that our children learn? It has a great impact as you’d imagine, which is why we should endeavour to provide every school throughout Australia with the appropriate level of soundproofing and sound absorption in order to give our children the opportunity to learn without too much distraction.

Something as simple as installing acoustic baffles in the classroom can make a huge difference, though there are other, more effective solutions as well. Here’s why it’s important to consider all options when it comes to classroom acoustic optimisation:

Student Performances Are Hindered Significantly by Background Noise

Noise is distracting, there’s no two ways about it – particularly for a child who might be looking for an excuse to find relief from the task before them. Studies have shown that children working in noisy conditions struggle much more with their learning, especially when it comes to reading and language subjects. A well-optimised classroom with sound acoustics kept in mind can make all the difference!

The Different Types of Noises and How They Can Be Reduced

Schools must play close attention not only to the noise levels in the classroom, but those outside them as well. If certain classrooms are situated closer to main roads, playgrounds, generators and so on – then they should respond appropriately with the right level of noise reduction in place.

There are many different types of noises, each having a different effect on student’s concentration from reverberation, background conversations, airborne noise from outside the classroom and more. By taking a step back and looking at the layout and general optimisation of a classroom, school administration can do much to reduce the impact of noise pollutions on their students learning.

Acoustic Ceiling and Wall Panels

The classroom is a very noisy place, naturally – and with hard surfaces such as windows and clear desks, the noise can be amplified when bouncing around. By installing custom classroom acoustic panels on both the ceiling and walls you can significantly reduce the impact of noise in the classroom. In addition to that, teachers will no longer have to shout in order for all their students to be able to hear them. Simply put, great acoustic optimisation can create a soft, audible and relaxing environment in which students can feel more at ease when learning.

There is no one size fits all solution however. Acoustic panels are available in all shapes, sizes and materials and can be utilised is response to all manner of scenarios. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Feel free to get in touch with us today, one of our friendly advisors will gladly assist you and offer more information on how we can help.