The purpose of Flexcat is not to make the teacher louder. I'm not simply trying to talk over the noise of the classroom. In fact, after much research of classroom sound systems, I've found no other that fills the niche that this one fills.
Flexcat is a two-way communication system created specifically for schools. To my knowledge it is the only system that allows a teacher to listen to small group conversations with the purpose of monitoring the thinking and collaboration progress. The video accompanying this post explains.
Likewise, I can now listen in on the conversation of a group from across the room. No longer do I have to be physically located with the group to help it - or to know that the group is working well and I just need to butt out. Yes, like any other technology or tool, this one could be used punitively and become a detriment to classroom management, but used effectively, the Flexcat system is a total collaborative tool. Now I can be present with one group while standing with another. And if I need to break in with a suggestion or motivation, I can.
As we go forward, I hope Flexcat makes me a better educator. I hope it helps build more positive relationships with students. And with creative use, Flexcat might be used in my classroom in ways the manufacturer has never imagined.
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