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.
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?
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.
I’ve been in hundreds of classrooms and observed a lot of good teachers. I’m always impressed by their determination to reach every student in spite of the challenges which may include the learning space itself. Most classrooms are far from ideal listening and learning environments. Every room has its own set of noise issues that negatively impact learning.
By Carolyn Hollowell
Educators are the most innovative population of people on our planet. Thanks to their insight and usage of technology in the classroom, Lightspeed has been able to broaden our focus from classroom audio systems to the world of video.
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