Little Microphone-Big Difference
As I read this article written by CAralee Adams on brain-friendly lesson styles, I thought of a Kindergarten teacher in Tigard, Oregon who told me how a little microphone she wore around her neck made a big difference in how she connected with her students. She found that her students were much more attentive when she used her ‘whisper’ voice.
She was reluctant to use the Lighspeed Classroom Audio System introduced to her, because she did not want to be loud with these little munchkins. But she soon discovered that a properly adjusted classroom audio system is never loud; it’s not a PA system. Rather, her voice was gently carried to all students in low, conversational tones. Students easily received her instruction as friendly and nurturing.
“The district set up model classrooms so teachers could observe brain-friendly lesson styles and strategies like using an “adult voice,” which is supportive and nurturing, rather than a “parent voice,” which is loud and directive and can cause resistance.”
Reaching Full Potential
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.
Enhancing Multi-Tasking Abilities
One of our joys at Lightspeed has been the multi-tasking abilities that educators and students have enjoyed with our technology, including the ability to overcome classroom noise. We’re in the business of strengthening the connection between teachers and students through classroom sound-field amplification, which allows every student to clearly hear their teacher’s instruction. Little did we know that achieving that goal would solve other teaching issues.
Technology Makes the Classroom a Better Learning Environment
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 our schools.
I have to preface this 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 our sales force tells customers all about audio in classrooms.”
Every Child is Gifted in Someway
If you analyze the word “education,” you find that our English word derives from the past participle of the Latin word educare, similar to educere (or, “to lead out,” which is the source of our word “educe.”). In other words, one of the purposes of education is to bring forth from a student that which is innately in them: their talent and passion in life