At Fremont County School District 6 in Pavillion, Wyo., the diverse population, including a large number of Native American students, poses occasional communication challenges. “Some of these students have cultural and language barriers,” says Diana Clapp, superintendent. “Instructionally, that presents issues in delivering the best education possible to each student.”
eSchool News recently published their review of one of Lightspeed’s newest innovations in classroom audio. This portable audio system, called Flexcat , can facilitate instruction in small group settings. The system consists of a teacher headset with microphone and tabletop speakers for student groups placed throughout the classroom.
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.
Full disclosure: I love the holiday season and most everything that goes along with it. I have two young children and watching the excitement of the season sink in recalls magical memories when I was their age. With that said, the constant bombardment of product promotions is exhausting, bordering on nauseating!
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