The Redcat classroom audio system, was highlighted in the story as a tool that was purchased in the widespread improvements made to a local elementary school as a result of a bond issue. Grateful as I am for the news coverage, what really impressed me was all the caring that was evident in the radio report, on both sides of the microphone, and what this ongoing series of stories will mean to our the children in our community.
Research is a big deal when considering adopting technology for the classroom. Decision makers must consider several factors before committing themselves and their dwindling technology funds. Manufacturer’s claims are always suspect. If you’re as cynical as I am, even the testimony of other educators can be twisted. So what’s an educator to do?
The crazy weather in Austin, Texas in late January and early February — which went from ice storms to 70 degrees in a short time period — reminded me of working in the world of education: stormy and lots of change, but followed by sunny optimism.
By Carolyn Hollowell
Being an effective speaker is much more than flipping through a fancy PowerPoint filled with facts and figures. Good presenters are engaging, exciting, and connect with the audience while getting their point across. Whether you’re a traveling presenter who speaks at many conferences a year or someone like me who has does a few smaller presentations a year, you know that engaging the audience and teaching them something are the goals of our presentation.
One of the great things about working for a company that sells products in foreign countries is you sometimes get to see first-hand how other cultures’ educators are innovating in classrooms. That was my experience a couple of weeks ago when I went to London to meet with some of our foreign distributors at the Bett 2014 educational tradeshow.
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