As someone who is in the “education” field, I’m constantly fascinated by how people learn. One of my jobs at my company is to see that the teachers and other educational professionals we serve know (learn) how to use our classroom audio products to their full potential.
by Mike Ribble
In the classroom, technology provides many opportunities to research, communicate, and understand the world around us with new tools and ideas that we never had before. There are some outside the education field who say, “Why can’t the technology teach the students?” or “Why do we need highly educated and expensive teachers in the classroom if a computer can do the same thing?”
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.”
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?
By Carolyn Hollowell
Being an effective speaker is much more than flipping through a fancy PowerPoint filled with facts and figures. Good presenters are engaging, exciting, and connect with the audience while getting their point across. Whether you’re a traveling presenter who speaks at many conferences a year or someone like me who has does a few smaller presentations a year, you know that engaging the audience and teaching them something are the goals of our presentation.
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