Yamaha Unified Communications announced the winners of its WeAreTeachers.com teacher appreciation giveaway, held May 1–31. More than 8,000 educators entered the giveaway.
“High-quality audio is the cornerstone of creating digital equality in the hybrid classroom. When students can hear everything that’s being said with ease, they’re naturally more engaged and teachers can be confident their students are getting the information they need to learn and be successful, no matter if they’re online or seated at the back of the classroom,” said Meghan Kennelly, director of global marketing & communications at Yamaha UC. “Teachers have gone above and beyond this year and this giveaway was just our small way of supporting them with tools they need in their mission. Congratulations to all the winners.”
Yamaha UC awarded one of three prizes to 12 teachers around the nation, including: 10 YVC-200 Personal Speakerphones for third place award winners; one Education Wireless Mic Kit and YVC-200 for second place; and a grand prize that includes a CS-700 Video Sound Bar, Education Wireless Mic Kit, and a YVC-200.
Winners of the WeAreTeachers.com Giveaway
Grand Prize: Patricia Rios, Assistant Principal, Frank Guzick Elementary School
Second place: Michael Giangreco, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Immaculata High School
• Lenarda Fryar, ESE Teacher, other
• Debbie Hynes, Orchestra Teacher, Riverglen Junior High School
• Nancy Jang, First Grade Teacher, Woodland Elementary School
• Tammy Kirkpatrick, Principal, First Lutheran School
• Darcy Nicholas, Teacher, John Glenn High School
• Richa Perkins, Music Teacher, McDowell Mountain Elem School
• Leslie Pittman, Teacher, Clancy Maggirore Senior Elementary School
• Rhonda Steward, School Counselor, Westhaven Elementary School
• Eryn Tillery, Drama Teacher, other
• Heather Walker, Teacher, Ben Eielson Junior Senior High School
About the Prizes
High-quality audio is critical for productive classes. However, laptop audio is known to deliver a poor audio experience. Over time it can cause audio fatigue, misunderstandings, and a frustrating experience overall. Yamaha’s YVC-200 Personal Speakerphone was specifically designed to provide superior audio when conducting calls from a laptop or smart device. It easily connects to a laptop via USB cable or a device via Bluetooth/NFC. Available in black or white, it features a portable, low-profile design and a 10-hour talk time, allowing users to take their most important conversations and classes anywhere.
The Education Wireless Microphone Kit from Yamaha provides wireless flexibility for freedom of movement, making it ideal for remote lecture capture as well as interactive online learning. With voice lift enabled, it complements classrooms needing to amplify presentation audio for a clear listening environment. It features plug-and-play integration with the user’s chosen UC software, including Zoom, Teams, Webex, and more.
Designed for small group interaction, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System includes everything a teacher needs—microphones, speakers, and HD camera—in a simple, all-in-one system that engages students both in class and remotely. The wide-angle HD camera captures both teacher and student participation on screen and helps to make remote participants feel like they’re right in the classroom. It features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured lessons and exchanges between the teacher and students. To save valuable classroom time for learning and teaching, it connects to any UC platform, including Zoom, with plug-and-play operability via USB.