The classroom audio system now has expanded coverage, Whisper Coaching, and a new iOS app, making it a powerful tool for teachers and their mentors
At ISTE 2016, classroom audio provider Lightspeed Technologies will introduce three new features of its Flexcat system. The only classroom audio system designed for small-group learning, Flexcat consists of a wearable microphone for the teacher, a speaker for whole-group instruction, and a set of two-way audio pods that allow teachers to listen and speak to small groups from anywhere in the classroom so they can reinforce, respond, and challenge students in their moment of need.
Lightspeed’s new mobile app, launching in July, turns teachers’ iOS device into a Flexcat remote control. This allows them to switch among the two-way audio pods directly from their device, making the Flexcat an even simpler and more seamless tool for gathering critical learning insights. The new app unlocks some additional new features of the system.
With the app, the new Flexcat includes expanded coverage for up to 12 audio pods, making it a powerful tool for large classrooms, small-group instruction, team teaching, and professional development events.
Flexcat now also supports Whisper Coaching, a variation on informative assessment. Through a small earpiece worn by teachers and their mentors, mentors can listen in to ongoing conversations between teachers and student groups. Whisper Coaching also allows teachers and mentors to have private conversations between their earpieces for real-time coaching and highlighting teachable moments.
“The Flexcat has transformed my classroom,” said kindergarten teacher Susan Meyer. “Not only do I know that every student will always hear every word I say, but small-group learning is much more valuable for my students and more powerful when I can check in with each group individually to help them stay on track, clarify, and answer questions.”
“The latest updates give the Flexcat new capabilities for the classroom, but also make it an ideal solution for professional development,” said David Solomon, the executive vice president and general manager of Lightspeed Technologies. “Schools that want flexible technology can now use classroom tools for PD as well.”
Educators attending ISTE can experience live product demos of Flexcat and other audio systems, and can enter to win a Lightspeed audio system at booth #1931. Solomon will be available for interviews in the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite at The Corner Office.