By Shaun Fagan
Technology plays an essential role in everyone’s life. Whether you’re using GPS to navigate to a new destination in the car or using a cell phone to check the radar to see if a storm is headed your direction, we live in a society that is always online. This is true even in the classroom. Did you know that students check their phones in class 11 times a day on average? A recent study found that students spent 20 percent of their classroom time using digital devices for activities unrelated to class: mostly texting, surfing the web, and checking social media.
By Shaun Fagan
Say goodbye to the traditional learning environment.
Today’s learners deserve collaborative environments that meet their individual and collective needs—and educational leaders can learn how to provide physical and cultural environments that are empowering and engaging.
Traditional classrooms often feature students sitting in rows of desks while the instructor is in the front of the room at a chalkboard or whiteboard. This setup needs to be replaced with one that is designed to support thinking, alter teaching practices and strategies, and increase student engagement and achievement. Classrooms that are adaptive while meeting student needs incorporate writable desktops and wall space, hands-on and eyes-on learning tools, flexible seating options, scaffolding knowledge charts, and other innovative tools. Furthermore, there is no teacher’s desk at the front of the class, and students are encouraged to move around the classroom to collaborate with other students on tasks.
By Shaun Fagen
Over the years, I’ve seen Lightspeed’s audio systems make a positive impact on students across the nation. As a learning company, we have evolved our focus to include helping educators effectively use instructional audio and video systems to enhance the learning environment and improve student achievement in the areas of whole-classroom instruction, group learning, and collaboration.
With the launch of our new Activate system, we’ve successfully harnessed the power of technology to create a multifaceted tool that teachers can use to assess students in small groups, and also as part of professional development to make themselves better teachers.
The new Activate product line includes the Activate Station charging and control center, portable two-way audio pods the size of a glasses case that double as handheld microphones, and the Activate App. This is by far the most versatile system we’ve ever created at Lightspeed, including features like Whisper Coaching, Bluetooth connectivity, and teacher-to-teacher communication. Here are a few of Activate’s capabilities that explain why we are extremely excited about its official launch.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Activate is by far the most versatile system Lightspeed has ever created. There are a number of features that set Activate apart, but the Bluetooth functionality is one that has the ability to make a teacher’s life infinitely easier.
To explain what really makes Activate’s Bluetooth features stand out, here’s a quick Q&A with our in-house Activate expert, VP of Product Development Shaun Fagan.
By Shaun Fagan
Virtual instructional coaching encompasses the same elements as face-to-face coaching, with the added benefit that it can happen anywhere, at any time. During these professional development (PD) sessions, teachers and coaches can discuss a variety of topics, such as student work, behavior management, or student engagement.