By Shaun Fagan
How do you know if students are actually learning what you’re teaching? Every educator uses tests and projects to measure student learning after they’ve covered a lesson or a unit. But what if you had a way to go back and see what happened in your classroom, even after the day is over? With video, you can relive those instructions, transitions, and small-group discussions in real time to help students and teachers grow in the classroom.
By Stacey Ryan
Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. It can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through formative assessments while in this small-group setting. After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.
By Carolyn Hollowell
Educators are the most innovative population of people on our planet. Thanks to their insight and usage of technology in the classroom, Lightspeed has been able to broaden our focus from classroom audio systems to the world of video.
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 Vicki Ogle
My husband and I like to travel as much as possible, and we have a significant road trip planned for this fall. We have spent many hours planning how we will handle food, driving, and coffee along the way. To help us prepare, we are using a few weekend getaways to ‘practice’ some of the strategies and tools we have in mind. Recently we spent a weekend in another town with our son and his family. We stayed in a motel and took note of which of our tools and strategies were working and which ones weren’t. I found that one of the biggest things for me to deal with was adjusting everyday tasks using travel gear. I just like to use my everyday things!
Teachers tell me they are experiencing the same thing; they like to use their favorite tools but with teaching methodologies changing, learning requirements increasing, and room configurations vastly different when they return from summer, they have to leave some favorite tools behind.