The other day, I made the mistake, or perhaps had the good fortune, of telling someone I met that I help my company design products for educators by collaborating with teachers and students in classrooms. This guy fired back, “How could you possibly develop complex devices by working with educators and kids who know nothing about designing technology products?”
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.
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.
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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