To be honest, I wasn't sure when I received the box what I would do with this until I started playing around with it & found out all of it's capabilities. The uses for this lightweight recorder are endless.
The first thing I loved was the fact that no software is required and it is charged via USB port. I love the fact that I don't have to replace batteries on yet another piece of technology!
I would like to show you just a few things I did with my first grade students the last several weeks.
The first thing I used this for was classroom management...I know..what a surprise! We were in Daily 5 and I had a group of rowdy boys in the "Work on Writing" station. I was trying to test & they were breaking their stamina by being too loud & chatting about..um Star Wars. I stopped my assessment & introduced the HearALL Assessment Recorder. The key work here is "recorder". I proceeded to tell the boys that I was recording them & was planning on listening to them on my break to see if they were on task or not. Guess what??? Silence & on task behavior. Love it!
Next, I was assessing each student on their first grade sight words. This is great if they go too fast for me, I can always go back & listen to see if I missed any words they did not know.
This also made me think of those certain parents that get these assessments home & then argue with me that it's not accurate. Have you ever heard "Well, they know ALL the words at home!" Now I have a recording that I can actually email them a .wav or MP3 file! Wow! Wouldn't they be surprised to get this little piece of evidence :o)
Here I am giving several DIBELS assessments. You know how they fly through the PSF (Phoneme Segmentation Fluency), NWF (Nonsense Word Fluency) & TRC (Text Reading Comprehension). We are expected to do this with a classroom full of first graders but let me tell you sometimes we miss a thing or two. When I listened to one of the assessments it was crystal clear despite all the background noise. Mind you I usually wear a tiara when I am assessing but I'd thought I'd spare you.
This is during "Read to Someone" during Daily 5. These particular students listened to a recording of me reading "Sarah Slyvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out" & then they read it to each other. It was too cute. I modeled the fluency & then they tried to read with the proper fluency.
After several rounds of students traveled through this station I chose the best model of fluency & had them listen to it through the SmartBoard and guess who it was.
Here are some more ideas I will do with this HearALL Assessment Recorder:
1. This can be used by a speech pathologist or an ESL teacher while working on certain speech patterns or pronunciation a student is struggling with.
2. This can be used as fast fact practice. For example, I would record 3+3, 5+2, 8+7, 9+4 & add a slight pause in between for time to answer. I can put "me" in that math station. The same can be done with spelling. I can record myself spelling out our spelling or sight words for the week.
3. This can be used with reluctant readers to hear themselves read.
4. This can be used with students who do not pause properly at the end of sentences while they read. I can record myself, then record them & listen.
5. This can be used during RtI or small group work for all of the above.
Who says a teacher can't be two places at once!
You can find Learning Resources in the following places:
I saved the BEST part for last. Would you like this $99.99 gem for your classroom? Just enter via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway