In talking with a co-worker the other day, we got in an animated conversation about why we spend so much of our company’s time and money doing research and development (R&D). And thinking about that brought us to consider the best way to do R&D?
One of our joys at Lightspeed has been the multi-tasking abilities that educators and students have enjoyed with our technology, including the ability to overcome classroom noise. We’re in the business of strengthening the connection between teachers and students through classroom sound-field amplification, which allows every student to clearly hear their teacher’s instruction. Little did we know that achieving that goal would solve other teaching issues.
After years of working in the education technology field, I had a little revelation this week about technology and our uneasiness about trying new things that might be really good for us and good for our schools. I have to preface things by saying that for years, whenever I’ve heard a teacher say that she or he was surprised how valuable classroom sound systems are for helping kids hear better, manage classrooms and even reduce the strain of raising their voice, I used to think, “But that’s obvious. It’s in our marketing tools, on our website, and the sales force tell customers all about audio in classrooms.”
Logging on this morning I realized I haven’t posted since November! The obvious reason for that would be because I was on the road for 3 of the 4 weeks in December. Once I spent some time at home base it was back to hitting the streets for FETC and TCEA. Despite being state shows they are some of the largest we participate in for the year.
If you analyze the word “education,” you will find that our English word derives from the past participle of the Latin word educare, similar to educere (or, “to lead out,” which is the source of our word “educe.”). In other words, one of the purposes of education is to bring forth from a student that which is innately in them: their talent and passion in life.
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