By Carolyn Hollowell
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You agree to give a presentation at a big conference and spend weeks creating the perfect PowerPoint. You practice until you can recite your speech in your sleep. You arrive at the venue to discover you are presenting in a large room with no AV connector for your Laptop or audio equipment available. Or maybe the venue does provide a projector or audio system but when you arrive, the AV technician or engineer is nowhere to be found and you are left to fend for yourself, fumbling with cords and speakers while the crowd anxiously awaits your presentation.
By Jim Southard
It’s that time of year again! Birds are chirping, days are getting longer, and the school year is coming to a close. While you’re preparing to close up your classroom for the summer, here are 7 easy steps for shutting down your Lightspeed audio system to ensure it’s in tip-top shape when the new school year rolls around.
by Karen Larson
When I worked as an administrator, we did our best to offer students choices of how to demonstrate their learning. One choice was giving a presentation of some sort. In other words, the dreaded public speaking assignment. Students often struggle with public speaking and aren’t confident when getting in front of others to show what they know. They are developing a “fixed mindset” about their perceived lack of public speaking ability.
by Gene Tognetti
During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques employed in Primary grades were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.
by Caroline Murray
Project-based learning (PBL) creates an atmosphere of cooperation, community, and teamwork that is sure to engage and challenge all students. Caroline Murray, a Spanish teacher at Presentation High School in San Jose, shares how she uses PBL to put real-life, intensive projects at the heart of learning. She finds this educational strategy perfect for all ages, from kindergarten through university and has determined it to be one of the best ways to captivate and motivate students.
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