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August 23, 2016

Language Magazine reviews a bumper crop of resources to help make the new academic year a success.

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Tampa Preparatory Adopts 70 Lightspeed Audio Systems

by Richard Chang 

Tampa Preparatory School has installed 70 Lightspeed audio systems in its newly reopened and redesigned Tampa Prep Upper School in Tampa, FL. Tampa Prep, an independent, co-ed college prep school, now has a total of 68 Redcat Access systems and two Flexcat audio systems between its middle and upper schools.

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Tampa Preparatory Adopts 70 Lightspeed Audio Systems in New Upper School

Lightspeed Technologies, the trusted provider of classroom audio solutions, and Tampa Preparatory School are proud to announce the installation of Redcat Access systems and Flexcat audio systems in the newly opened and redesigned Tampa Prep Upper School. Tampa Prep, an independent co-educational college prep school, now has a total of 68 Redcat Access systems and two Flexcat audio systems between the middle and upper schools.


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Tuscaloosa City Schools Testing Prototype Classroom This Year

September 29, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - This year, classrooms at several schools in the Tuscaloosa City School System have been converted to prototype classroom as the system moves forward with some significant construction projects.

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THE Journal Readers' Choice Awards 2016

October 31, 2016, THE Journal 

Educators and staff who work in schools and districts are a busy group. When they're not keeping kids on track, communicating with parents or cultivating their own skills, somehow they're expected to stay on top of technology that can help them do all of those jobs better. With that in mind, THE Journal offers its second annual Readers' Choice Awards. We went out to our readership and requested their votes in numerous categories. People told us about their favorite products — from 3D printers to anti-virus to assessment and augmented reality headsets to student information systems to videoconferencing and wireless access points.

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Teachers Share Formative Assessment Strategies that Work

October 31, 2016 eSchoolNews

eSchoolnews Ed. note: Today’s students have too many tests to take—but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove mastery rarely seems like the right answer. For some classrooms, the solution lies in formative assessments, which gauge their students’ understanding and personalize their lessons in real time. Here, two educators share how formative assessments are transforming their students’ learning across the board.

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Should Formative Assessment be Spared from Testing Resistance?

November 1, 2016, Education Dive

Dive Insight:

Summative assessments provide more data for administrators and policymakers, while formative assessments are for teachers. These often informal check-ins help teachers understand whether students have actually understood their lessons. They help educators figure out what to review or teach a new way to achieve more widespread understanding among students. And it also helps them plan for personalized learning. If certain groups of students don’t get something but others do, teachers can group students for a targeted intervention.

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At CETPA, District Leaders Rethink the Classroom, From Furniture to Funding

by Antoinette Siu

Last week, more than a thousand education technology professionals showed up on election week for the California Educational Technology Professionals Association annual conference in Sacramento to discuss all things tech in their local districts. The conference included about 156 sessions and 24 labs, where topics ranged from data and security to how to best use smart technology in classrooms.

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Kids, teachers connect via new audio tech

Simi Valley Acorn - November 18, 2016

Call it state-of-the-art and a sign of the times.

Mountain View Elementary School has adopted a Classroom Audio Technology, or CAT, the system where the teacher wears a microphone that projects his or her voice for all students to hear, even in a noisy classroom.

“You put a microphone on a classroom teacher and something very positive happens,” said Ron Sams, a consultant for Lightspeed Technologies, maker of the CAT devices. “Kids can hear instruction no matter where they are in the classroom.”

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Flexcat: The Classroom Audio System Designed for Small Group Learning

The Ed Tech Round Up 

By Michael Karlin

Flexcat is a new audio system that is designed to help teachers and students working in small group settings in K-12 classrooms.  The system includes two-way speakers that you can place on students’ desks as well as a microphone and earpiece for the teacher. The general idea is that the teacher can easily hear what’s going on within each group in the classroom, regardless of where they’re at, but there’s a whole lot more to the system so let’s check it out!

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