Monday, May 28, 2012

Techie Tuesday Giveaway!

Happy  Techie Tuesday Everyone (on a Monday night)!  
I was given the opportunity by Jenny from Learning Resources to try out the Easi-Speak Pro USB Recorder in my classroom.  Wow, what a fabulous assessment tool!  OK, I am going to be honest here... the first thing I did was sing in the microphone and pretended I was an American Idol (for those of you who personally know me, don't worry I was alone in the classroom).  

As the microphone sat on my desk and my students came in the classroom all I heard were ooohs and aaahs!  My little froggies  were so excited that we were going to  karaoke  read with a microphone.  At first only my best readers volunteered.  They read into the Easi-Speak Pro with a partner in my classroom library. They would listen to how they sounded and almost immediately I heard improvements of intonation and fluency.  No, this mircrophone doesn't "teach" the students how to read however, once they heard their voices playback they made changes right away.

Soon everyone in my class was "fighting" to use the microphone.  OK, there wasn't any actual punches thrown but there was 22 kids wanting to practice their reading instead of doing anything else.  I had to use it as an incentive instead of an assessment for a little bit.

Here is one of my 4th grade froggies practicing her reading.


I used this microphone while I was giving my end of year reading assessments.  I didn't have to record everyone but it did allow me to record those students who are still struggling readers.  I was able to let the parents of a few of these children hear their child read and also hear what he or she should sound like when they are reading at the end of fourth grade.

I only have three and half days of school left this year....Yippee!  However when I use this next year I plan on using this for our RTI meetings and to even have the kids record their reading to go along certain books. It will be so great to share the student's reading abilities with our reading specialist. I also plan on using this microphone for our oral presentations.  Can you imagine how fun that would be?  Too cool!   Gosh, I have a ton of ideas for uses next year.

Learning Resources is extremely generous and did not only give me an Easi-Speak Pro USB Recorder for me to use but is giving one of my followers one as well!  WOOHOO!  How awesome is that?

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56 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! I am a Froggie follower!

    Jessica
    The Polka-dotted Teacher

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  2. Love it! That will be my first purchase for next year. :0) Have a great last few days of school!

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  3. I am a Froggie follower!
    Lindsay

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  4. Sounds like a blast!
    I am a new follower!
    Staci

    Go NUTTY with Me!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  5. love this giveaway!!!!!!!! you're awesome!

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  6. I am a follower Thanks for the chances!

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  7. Love it for my Hollywood themed classroom! I'm a follower! Lynn

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  8. I am a follower! great giveaway!

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  9. I would love to win and then buy a couple more to pass around!! Awesome!!

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  10. What a great giveaway! I was just talking to my grade level partner about how great it would be to have a microphone in the classroom.

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  11. I am a follower already!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  12. Great giveaway. Fancygrl57@yahoo.com

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  13. Great giveaway. Fancygrl57@yahoo.com

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  14. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love your blog and I would love to win your give away! khall312@verizon.net

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  17. You're on my blog roll. What a wonderful tool for a teacher to use. Lucky you.
    patbaker67@gmail.com

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  18. I'm a groggy follower! ameliacook@insightbb.com

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  19. This is would be great for building fluency
    cgc4au@yahoo.com
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

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  20. Sounds way cool....So many uses! I am a follower.

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  21. I follow your blog!!

    Emily
    eah719@hotmail.com

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  22. I follow your blog. Love the theme! I used to be the Green Frogs when I taught 4th grade. mhorn@adrianschool.com

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  23. Of course, I follow your blog.

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  24. I already liked following your blog (in part because it was all froggy!) but now that I'm moving from 2nd to 3rd, I'm even more excited to borrow some of your ideas. Would LOVE to have this prize...

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  25. I already follow your blog! Would love this!

    BJ

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  26. I love this! I am a follower :)

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  27. I follow your blog!!! so excited!!

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  28. I now follow your blog! Hope I'm the lucky winner! :)

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  29. I already follow your blog! I would love to win this!! :-)

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  30. I follow your blog!!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org

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  31. Thanks so much for the fabulous give away! :O)

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  32. I have been a froggy flower for awhile now. In fact your button is on my blog. Susan at http://rodriguezrockstars.blogspot.com/

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  33. Great giveaway!! I already follow your fabulous blog!!

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  34. I will be teaching 4th grade next year and am excited to be your newest follower!

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  35. I follow your blog!
    mamabain1@hotmail.com

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  36. I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! I'm a new follower and subscribed to your monthly newsletter. I'm excited to what you include in your newsletter :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  37. I follow your blog and love it!! Thanks for offering this fabulous giveaway. Thanks so much.

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  38. I love your blog!! "I will follow you...." (song) :) Thank you for this amazing opportunity! How I would love to use one of these!! :)

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  39. Forgive me, but just have to add that I love your sense of "fun"! Got such a kick out of your post above...awesome job and thanks for the smiles!! (I, too, am an A.I. wannabee!! LOL!! )Thanks, again, for ALL you do!! :)

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  40. I follow your blog. Love it!
    sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  41. I've been a follower for a while! :)

    Mary
    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives
    mary.lirette@yahoo.com

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  42. I'm a follower! Love your fantastic ideas!

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  43. I follow your adorable blog.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  44. I'm a new follower of your blog and I LOVE Learning Resources' Easi-Speak Recorder! This would be a great addition to my classroom tools!
    Thanks for the awesome opportunity to win one.

    amelias.schaeffer@gmail.com

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  45. I had you bookmarked but have signed up as a follower because I REALLY want the Easi-Speak Recorder. I have been dreaming of this for a tool in my interventions. Pick me! Pick me!

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