Lightspeed has been a trusted name in classroom audio since the 1990s. The company has always said how important classroom audio is and when there is clear communication between teacher and student, learning as a whole, excels. Lightspeed has always said that they help with instruction, and they do.
“This has been an evolution over the past eight years, and we now have the products, the knowledge, and the team to back up our claims that we can help with instruction,” explained David Solomon, the executive vice president and general manager of Lightspeed. “The most important thing we want people to understand is that we are a learning company. As our vision has evolved, we have engaged with the best practices in the area of instruction and are focused on what actually goes on in the classroom.”
As part of the rebranding, Lightspeed products are now split into three pillars: Engage, Activate, and Collaborate. Whole Classroom tools include Lightspeed’s Access Technology products: Redcat Access, Topcat Access, and 955 Access.
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. “Collaborative learning, student-led learning, project-based learning, and peer learning have far better results compared to the teacher as the sage on the stage,” said Solomon. “This new line of products focuses on small-group instruction. A pod sits with each group so teachers can quietly listen, giving them direct insight into student conversations happening around the room. This allows them to activate student learning and make informed decisions about when to intervene and when to let students explore topics for themselves.”
The new Activate App directly aligns with Lightspeed’s third pillar, Collaborate. Using an iOS or Android device, educators can capture and share audio and video in the classroom, providing authentic evidence of student learning as well as a coaching resource for teachers. Utilizing the device’s camera, the Activate App syncs up high quality audio from the microphone or student pods, overcoming the inability of the device to capture high-quality audio beyond a few inches of its built-in microphone. Teachers can then easily share these videos with coaches and peers for feedback and professional development.
Solomon added, “We spent many years evangelizing classroom audio because it was our mission, and research proves it was something educators and students needed to improve education. While that is still foundational for our company, we are looking more at aligning what we do with the vision of school leaders, what they care about, and understanding how we can develop products that help teachers accomplish their goals in the classroom.”
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