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.
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.
Having recently attended the latest FETC, I’ve renamed the 2014 version Fantastic Excitement, Teacher Commitment. The reasons are simple, and simply wonderful. This was my eighth time at FETC. And this was the most exciting show with the most enthusiastic people I’ve met there in years.
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.
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