Monday, April 16, 2012

Hear ALL, Hear ALL! Join in on this Technology Review and Give Away!

Friends~I am so excited to share an incredible resource from Learning Resources.  I was super excited to open my mail just before spring break.  Take a look at the box full of goodies I got to review and share with my kiddos!

The hard part was,  I had to wait until my break was over so that I could try out these learning tools with my class.  Well, Hear ALL, Hear ALL! Today is the day that I introduced my students to the Hear ALL assessment recorder.

 It was perfect timing for my students because we have been working in Literacy Circles where they work as a team to examine different texts.  Below you can see my kiddos participating in a Literacy Circle with a Weekly Reader.  I use the circles in a variety of ways to teach literacy skills and to guide discussions about different texts like poetry, novel studies, trade books, and even Weekly Readers.  Since I can only be in one place at a time I loved being able to place the Hear All recorder in each of my groups and then share the recordings with the class.  Hearing the discussions and comparing them to other groups really helped my class assess their own participation and performance during their Literacy Circle.

I am very impressed with the Hear All for many reasons, first NO Batteries!  It charges with a USB cable right into your computer.  It is small and light weight and there are 4 speakers so the sounds recorded are crisp and clear.  In the video below you can see my students working in their group and discussing while the Hear ALL does it's thing!  This tool was great at keeping my students on task and focused.  Who know it would help with classroom management too:)


I also used the Hear All to give directions for a center that we were working in for Science.  I simply recorded what I wanted the students to do and then set the Hear All to the correct track.  This little baby holds up to 62 tracks so I knew I had plenty of space.  I will also be adding it to my fluency center.  It is simple enough that my students can run it themselves.  I also can record my student's fluency checks and have a copy of each reading to send to parents.  By simply plugging the Hear All in I am able to manage and organize my sound files.

Well, Happy News for ALL of you!  Learning Resources is allowing me to give away one Hear ALL Assessment Recorder to a lucky follower!  I am going to sweeten the deal and also give away a copy of my
Literacy Circle Response Journal. It is a 10 page download that includes directions for how I run my Literacy Circles, a Star Vocabulary Page, Double Entry Journal, Comic Strip Picture Walk, Response Sheet, and a rubric for assessing the groups as a whole.  Which works perfectly with the Hear All Assessment Recorder!
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Here is how you win yourself one of these fun gadgets!
1. You must follow Learning Resources on Facebook
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4. Be a follower of The Schroeder Page.

5 simple clicks and you can be entered into this fun give away. 
Please ONLY one entry per person.
This give away will run from Monday, April 16-23. 
Once you have followed all 5 please leave a comment below as your entry.  I will choose a WINNER on Monday, April 23 by random drawing!