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.
by Mike Ribble
For countless years in education, the process of teaching has been largely one-directional. The idea was to have students sit and absorb as much information from the instructor as possible. Then after collecting the information share it back for the test.
Watching some football yesterday (go Packers!), I became frustrated with my cable company. Every few minutes the picture would go pixel on me. That’s not big deal as I could still make out what was happening. What annoyed me most was losing the audio. It was just a second or two, but losing even a few seconds of the sportscaster effected my understanding of what was going on.
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?”
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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