I am so excited to review this super cool Easi-Speak microphone from Learning Resources. I am my grade level’s ESL teacher so I am always looking for fun ways to create learning opportunities for my ESL kids. I also find it sometimes a daunting task to find something new that my struggling readers will thrive with. Well, when the box came in the mail, it didn’t take me but a day to whip out this ditty and put it to work. The Easi-speak microphone couldn’t be simpler to use.
You merely plug it in to your computer with the USB cord provided. This is great because I hate replacing batteries all the time. The charge last about four hours, which is a really long time when you only use it a few minutes at a time. The buttons are color coded for easy five-year-old use. J So, this is how I used it:
First, I tested it out with my struggling readers. We would read a book together in guided reading, and then they would go back and re-read the book by themselves while recording. After that, we would listen to their recording, pointing to the words as they listened. This was great because they were able to find their own mistakes and by teaching this way, students actually had three ways of listening and/or reading the reader before taking it home. This will surely increase their fluency. Something else I loved was that I could have a student sit to the side of me and read into the microphone while I was reading with another student. I could listen to their recording as soon as they were done to check for errors OR I could just listen to at home later that night. The Easi-speak actually keeps the recordings on the microphone and pulls up the files when you plug it into your computer. Sweet! This gave me another idea! How cool is it that I can email the audio track of a student reading to their parent at any time?! Awe-some! As a parent, I would love to get an email saying “Look what Grace read today!”. What a special gift. Lastly, I think this tool is great for ELS students. I have a student that struggles with pronunciation. Now, I can tell him a word and he can repeat it, but this time we can listen to the way he says it and see if it is the same as the way I said the word. This will be great for auditory learners. Anywho, that is my review.
I am totally a fan and can’t wait to use this product more. Anything that gets my kids excited about reading (though I plan on using this to practice counting to 100, stating science facts, etc.) and really learning in general, has my seal of approval! The Easi-Speak is Mrs. Radke’s Kindergarten Class tested and approved!
Luckily, Learning Resources is kind enough to give away one Easi-speak microphone to one of my followers too. J
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is (and I assume you already follow Kreative in Kinder J):
- Leave your name and email address
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You can check out the Easi-Speak microphone here!
Don’t forget to like Kreative in Kinder on Facebook so you don’t miss out on any secret sales or opportunities! (This is NOT a requirement for the giveaway!) J Giveaway winner will be drawn on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. CST. J
Have a great week friends! Love and hugs!!
Congratulations Cheryl at Crayons and Curls! I will email you soon!!