Lightspeed
October 24, 2017
4 Ways to Use Video in the Classroom
4 Ways to Use Video in the Classroom

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.

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October 22, 2017
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching

By Carolyn Hollowell

 

In today’s results-driven society, administrators are focusing more than ever on summative evaluations. But, as a recent Education Week article points out, if the goal is improving students’ performance and developing good teachers into great contributors, evaluation should sometimes take a back seat to coaching.

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September 20, 2017
Building a Makerspace on a Budget in 6 Easy Steps
Building a Makerspace on a Budget in 6 Easy Steps

By Robin Glugatch

The most essential part of establishing a makerspace is instilling a "maker mindset" with the students and staff. In 2015, I attended a makerspace-focused workshop. Upon my return, I suggested devoting half our library to the makerspace, and our administration didn’t bat an eye.

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October 7, 2016
Effective Audio Can Impact Classroom Results, Especially for ADD/ADHD Students
Effective Audio Can Impact Classroom Results, Especially for ADD/ADHD Students

By Gene Tognetti

 

During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. I went to Carolyn’s classroom to learn more about teaching in general, and specifically how to more effectively work with younger children. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques Carolyn employed were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, her use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.

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July 13, 2016
Try Blended Learning for Better PD
Try Blended Learning for Better PD

A combination of in-person and online lessons is the best way to teach today’s teachers.

By Karen Larson

We’ve all been there. You’re about to present to a room of 30 teachers and staff on a topic related to effective technology integration. Some brought notepads, others have laptops, some have only the agenda picked up at the door. You already know there is a wide range of engagement, skill levels, and interest in the room. First of all, you need to make sure that everyone in the room can clearly hear every word. Why not repurpose your classroom audio system for professional learning events?

Once you’re confident that you’re reaching your audience, how can you provide small-group professional learning opportunities that support all of them and takes into consideration those aspects that make adult learners unique? How do you respect their time and allow them to work at their own pace?  How do you make sure the learning is relevant to their grade level and subject matter? That’s a tall order, and what you are about to do may not fit that bill. Consider a blended approach to professional learning

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