Lightspeed Santa Ana Learning Academy
by Shaun Fagan
On Friday, December 4, 63 educators from 10 different districts gathered at the offices of Santa Ana Unified School District for Lightspeed Learning Academy: Santa Ana, a daylong professional development event focused on creating collaborative learning spaces for today’s students
Teaching is no longer one-directional
by Mike Ribble
For 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, and then share that information back for the test. Many technologies have been the same way. We sit and listen to the radio, read the paper, and watch TV. In the past decade, our technology has been changing us and those around us to become participants, to have some say in what we see, read, and hear. Educators realize the power of this possibility in schools.
With our experience around the globe, working with educators who use our products, we get to hear stories daily that illustrate how teaching and learning in foreign countries can be very like, and quite unlike education in the U.S.
Recently, a co-worker (Shaun Fagan, Lightspeed Technologies Product Manager) wrote a blog on a visit we made to London to see and hear how our new Flexcat system is being used in a particularly innovative London academy. His blog inspired positive comments from educators in our face-to-face meetings back here in the States. It made me realize how many American educators were interested in the teaching methods of their counterparts in other countries and how and why those professionals are using classroom technology.
Teachers on the front lines in the classrooms know that a life working to shepherd and inspire diverse groups of young people is a daily drama with high stakes.
Is “Speaking Up” Good Enough?
One of the great ironies of teaching is that many teachers probably think that as long as they speak loudly enough, every student in their class will not only hear them, but also understand them.
There’s certain logic in that kind of thinking, because we often think that turning up the volume will enable everyone to hear us. But do students in a large classroom really understand every word a teacher is saying? I think, often, they do not.