Groundbreaking technology specifically designed to support differentiated instruction
Tualatin OR, (March 20, 2013)—Lightspeed Technologies, the trusted provider of classroom audio, unveiled the Flexcat small group instruction system earlier this week at the ASCD Conference.
Teachers are now able to identify precious learning moments as they differentiate instruction, have the ability to observe more than one group at a time, quickly redirect off-task behaviors, and encourage student collaboration across multiple groups.
Differentiated Instruction is the most utilized method of instruction at all levels of K-12 education. Now with Lightspeed’s newly designed Flexcat teachers can:
-Monitor multiple small groups at one time
-Encourage student collaboration
-Be in two, three or even 6 places at once in the classroom
-truly differentiate instruction
District level educators found that Flexcat fulfilled their vision of a student-centered classroom. “We see the student as having a powerful voice in the classroom. Flexcat makes it easy for even reluctant students to share with their peers in their groups and with all of their classmates. This sharing helps them own the knowledge in a deeper way than we have seen before,” stated Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer for Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana.
Flexcat is a flexible group audio system with a headset for the teacher and simple tabletop speaker/mic for each student group. The tabletop speakers/mic are battery operated and wireless.
Lightspeed has recently completed successful pilots in 4 school districts. Minnetonka, MN; Calcasieu, LA; Andover, KS; and Wyoming all participated with at least two classrooms integrating Flexcat into their daily curriculum and lesson plans.
These districts were invited to participate in pilots based on their adoption of the Common Core Standards, their commitment to the creation of a successful differentiated learning environment and their track record in effectively using technology to improve academic achievement for all students.
Teachers at all grade levels were thrilled with the connection they were able to create with their students. Stacey Bryan, an elementary school teacher from Andover Kansas, shared, “The level of conversation I hear with Flexcat is astounding. I’m able to catch kids shining!”
“We created Flexcat to solve issues that many educators face when tackling differentiated and small group instruction. Flexcat resulted from working closely with educators who were craving a way to make differentiated instruction more effective,” stated Jerry Ramey, Lightspeed CEO. “As a company we are dedicated to collaborating with administrators and teachers to make a difference in the classroom. We look forward to learning more from our customers, as the Flexcat becomes an integral part in today’s classrooms. It’s the Lightspeed Way.”
For more information about Lightspeed and their education solutions please visit www.lightspeed-tek.com
Lightspeed Technologies has been serving schools since 1990. Our basic assumption is that hearing (listening) is critical to learning. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe this will strengthen the connection between teachers and students.
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