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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easy Speak USB Recorder from Learning Resources


Talk about USEFUL!
The Easy Speak USB Recorder is so easy to use and a great resource for assessment.
This is one technology tool that has become a fast favorite of my class!



Students are able to learn how to manipulate the buttons on the microphone to record their voices easily.  The design of the microphone encourages even the most reluctant readers to speak up and read with more expression!  

 

Small Group Readers Use Easy Speak for expression and fluency practice...

I've been using the Easy Speak USB Recorder in my small reading groups to encourage the kids to read with expression as well as work on their fluency.  It's unique design helps them to hold the recorder close to their mouths and get a good recording of their voice as they read.  As students read their leveled readers in the group, I'm able to move the microphone from student to student.  After each student has had an opportunity to read during the group, we can easily replay the story on the microphone and make positive comments about our tone of voice or make suggestions as to how to read a sentence with a different inflection.

 

Reluctant readers enjoy reading a little more with this wonderful microphone shaped recorder.  They can practice reading their decodable readers into the Easy Speak.  When they listen to their voices reading, they make comments like, "I can do better than that.  Can I try again?".....my answer....YES!!!

I've even found that the Easy Speak is a useful tool for those students that have a difficult time staying on task during our Independent AR Reading block.  I have a couple darlings that have a little trouble focusing in on the reading part of the Independent Reading Time...they tend to wonder the room looking for a book to read (even when they've been given a book to read)....search for a spot to sit (even when we've talked about where to sit during the reading time)....and on and on...
This week, I whipped out the magic Easy Speak microphone and told one of my darlings that they could record the book they were reading during independent time.  I usually ask that they read a book 2 times before taking the AR test....so... this friend recorded the book....then listened back to the recording for their second reading.  Talk about enthusiastic!  This darling wanted to record their book again because they didn't like the way they sounded on one part of the reading....You mean....You WANT to read it again?????? Well.... Sure!!!!

Big Bonus...this child made a 100% on their AR test after reading and listening to their recording on this unique little microphone....no prodding from me!  YEAH!  Worth the money right there!


I have several readers that are extremely good at reading....but still working on their expression.  I've seen a marked improvement in their oral reading with this product just over the last two weeks.  The ability to be independent in making the recordings and the instant feedback of listening to what they sound like right away has been a tremendous help to my kiddos!

If you're a Reading Street teacher, you may know that most of the Advanced Leveled Readers are available for AR tests... I've been having the Advanced Readers use the Easy Speak to record the leveled readers they are practicing.  Then children that might not be confident enough to read these leveled books on their own can now listen to their classmates help them read the story on their own and take an AR test with a little help from their friends!

Bottom Line....
Lots of bang for your buck!
Fun for all!
Useful technology tool!

Check out how easy it is to use....

Learning Resources is so generous to allow me to give one of these cuties away!
This giveaway has ended....
check HERE for the winner!

To enter the give away....

1.  Check out Learning Resources on Facebook,  Twitter,  YouTube,  or visit their wonderful website to see all they have available for you at Learning Resources  leave me a comment to tell me what you think you might do with the Easy Speak USB Recorder.

2.  Follow my blog and leave me a comment with your email that you are a follower.

3.  Blog about the give away on your own blog and leave me a comment with your blog post URL 
and your email.

4.  Follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment with your email.


Good luck!  I'll choose the winner on April 8th :)

This giveaway has ended....
check HERE for the winner!

52 comments:

  1. I could use the Easy Speak USB Recorder in so many ways! I would definitely use it to record my students when they are reading so they could listent to themselves and self-assess their fluency, etc. I have several students who are "word callers" and still haven't grasped that reading is about creating meaning. I think this would be a great tool to help them slow down and improve their comprehension and fluency at the same time!

    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  2. I'm a frog follower, that is I follow your wonderful blog! :o)

    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  3. I follow your blog.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  4. I would use it as a center for fluency.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  5. I would use it as a center for fluency.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  6. I'm now following you on Tweeter.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  7. My son has Selective Mutism. He will not talk in school or to his speech therapist, so this would be remarkable tool for him! hackney_l@comcast.net

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  8. I would use it for fluency practice! =)
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  9. I follow your blog!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  10. I would also use it for fluency & to monitor how my students are reading.

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  11. I read all of your posts!!! Faithful follower :)

    ggrant@greenville.k12.sc.us

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  12. I'm a twitter follower!

    ant@greenville.k12.sc.us

    :) Riley

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  13. Easy Speak would be amazing for my RTi group! Plus it would be helpful in a gazillion other ways!!

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  14. I would use the Easi Speak to have my students build fluency in my reading station and in my small groups. I would love for my students to be able to hear themselves. This is so cute!

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  15. I follow your blog! :)


    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  16. I would love to be able to use this as a reading station. Students would use leveled readers and record themselves, I could then at the end of day make a play list of each student. At the end of the year CDs could be made for students to take home for parents to hear their progress over the school year.

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  17. The Easy Speak can be used in so many ways! I could have students do retells after reading books independently and then I could check it for their understanding. I have also done a group retell of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie on an old fashioned tape recorder. This could definitely take its place!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

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  18. The Easy Speak can be used in so many ways! I could have students do retells after reading books independently and then I could check it for their understanding. I have also done a group retell of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie on an old fashioned tape recorder. This could definitely take its place!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm a froggy follower!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

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  20. I'm going to have to definitely check it out!

    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  21. I have looked at this several times and have it on my wish list for sure! Yes it would be great for Fluency practice. You could also use it to build a listening library on iPods or mp3 players. Even have older "buddy readers" read stories or school celebrity readers.
    I am a follower!
    Fun in K/1
    funink1.blogspot@gmail.com

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  22. I would use the recorder to have students pretend to interview each other. They could do book reviews similar to the way movie reviews are done. Students would love recording and then listening to the recordings when choosing a book!

    amberappleamber@gmail.com

    AppleGirlAmber

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  23. I follow your blog!

    amberappleamber@gmail.com

    AppleGirlAmber

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  24. I'd use the recorder for fluency and for my struggling readers to hear themselves. Love this!!

    marissatompkins@comcast.net

    WILD About First Grade!

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  25. I would love to use ths check my students fluency progress but the possibilities area endless!
    -Sara
    Madamsara@gmail.com

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  26. I follow your blog :)
    -Sara
    Madamsara@gmail.com

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  27. I would love to use this during Daily 5 and have the students record themselves when reading and discussing their reading by listening to it when we are conferencing!!! :)
    So awesome!

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  28. I blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://sweettimesinfirst.blogspot.com/2012/04/blooming-into-spring-math-and-literacy.html
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  29. I would use it for my students who are not as fluent. With our reading program, the students are timed. This would be the perfect tool to increase their fluency rate!

    rmariemuniz(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I follow your blog!

    rmariemuniz(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I checked out Learning Resources on YouTube. I would use the recorder for reading fluency of course, and also to record conversations during center time to see if the group is "on-task" or not!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  32. I follow your blog!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  33. I follow you on Twitter!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  34. I follow your blog! Lots of great ideas!! So thank you! :)

    I currently am a Title 1 Reading teacher in first grade. This would be a great learning tool for my students because they will be able to hear how they read. In addition, I can play it for their classroom teacher. This would be especially helpful when there are discrepancies between what I see in reading group and what the classroom teacher sees in the classroom.

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  35. Hi, Heidi. I just read about the Easy Speak on your blog. I was led to it after reading about the Now Board.
    Easy Speak would be a great tool to have in my combination classroom. I teach first and second grade.
    I would use it for assessment, for my second graders to record stories for my first graders, for my students to share stories they have written with others. To help develop fluency, etc.
    I would be thrilled to win such a tool!
    Thanks for all your posts and willingness to share all your awesome ideas!

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  36. I follow your blog!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness
    laurastarnes@ymail.com

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  37. I follow you on Twitter.

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness
    laurastarnes@ymail.com

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  38. I follow them on FB - I would DEFinitely have them record themselves reading during a fluency center :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron
    jenross1018@yahoo.com

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  39. http://mrstsclassroomchat.blogspot.com/2012/04/easi-speak-from-learning-resources.html

    My blog post about your review :)

    Dani T.

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  40. I am following your blog. I would for sure have my students record themselves reading. I think it would make them feel like a new reporter or TV announcer and it would make them want to read more fluently and with more expression! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    -Liz

    langhoff.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  41. Following you in more ways than just on your blog! Yeah, could sure use one of these fabulous tools, especially for my babies who are timid about reading in front of others,

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  42. Hi! I follow your blog. This would be an amazing tool for those reluctant readers or those word callers who need to practice fluency and expression. Thank you for the opportunity to perhaps win your giveaway! jranelson@comcast.net

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  43. I am an avid frog follower on your blog, Pinterest, and twitter. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Chris
    sakemom2@gmail.com

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  44. I am an avid frog follower on your blog, Pinterest, and twitter. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Chris
    (should have been_
    sakesmom2@gmail.com

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  45. I like learning resources on Facebook. I would use this during my interventions!

    Linda
    Lnetzeband.at.gmail.com

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  46. I follow your blog.

    Linda
    Lnetzeband.at.gmail.com

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  47. I follow your blog!

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip(at)yahoo(dot)com
    The First Grade Dream

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  48. I would use it to practice fluency!

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip(at)yahoo(dot)com
    The First Grade Dream

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