by Stacey Ryan
After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.
There’s a certain logic in that kind of thinking. Because we often think that turning up the volume, saying something loud enough, will enable everyone will hear us. But do students in a large classroom really understand every word a teacher is saying? I think, often, they do not.
The next time one of your students says ‘I didn’t hear you’, it’s likely the truth. Most of us have been in sessions where a presenter is difficult to hear. When I’m in that situation, I’ll strain to listen for a few minutes and slowly move into a passive listening mode, where I’ll check out the slides for bullet points. But eventually I’ll give up and start checking email or just doodle.
MassCUE was a great success by most accounts. The venue was unique and set up surprisingly well for a trade show. I have to admit I was like small child being set loose in a toy store. Gillette Stadium was fantastic.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Activate is by far the most versatile system Lightspeed has ever created. There are a number of features that set Activate apart, but the Bluetooth functionality is one that has the ability to make a teacher’s life infinitely easier.
To explain what really makes Activate’s Bluetooth features stand out, here’s a quick Q&A with our in-house Activate expert, VP of Product Development Shaun Fagan.
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