Saturday, April 21, 2012

Check Out the Easi-Speak & Win One for Your Class!

I have had the awesome privilege of trying out an extremely innovative educational tool.  The Easi-Speak from Learning Resources absolutely ROCKS! I have so many ideas about how to use it, but I thought I would start with this one.


One of my little cuties had drawn the most beautiful picture of a bunny rabbit. I asked her to write a story about it, but she was a little hesitant, so I asked her to tell me the story first. Well, she told the cutest story to go with it! So then I had one of those 'ah-ha' moments and snatched up my Easi-Speak! I showed her how to record the story. After she was finished, I showed her how to play the story back. Let the writing begin! She began listening to a little and then writing it on her paper . . . listening a little more, then writing it on her paper . . . I think you get the pattern!




Here she is at work!


Before I knew it, she had the entire story down on paper and ready to be edited! She was so excited to have a 'published' story so quickly! What a great way to get those kids writing!

Have you ever used the Easi-Speak? How do you use it?
If not, how would you use it in your classroom?  
Just click on the Read More at the end of this post, and leave a comment and your email address and you could win one to use with your little munchkins in your classroom! 

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54 comments:

  1. What a great idea for writing. I have a few second graders who love to write stories. This would be a great item to have in the classroom. I love your blog. Keep it up. You have wonderful ideas.

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  2. This would be a great addition to my classroom. It would really help my Inclusion students.
    Learning in Bliss

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  3. It is kind of ironic that I stumbled upon you blog and the Easi-Speak. I am a first year teacher, 2nd grade teacher (was just hired in January to take over, actually!) Last night I was filing out paperwork for one of my little loves who is very behind and will be receiving special ed services as soon as this long paperwork process is over! Today I sat down to write lessons, and I was thinking of my little kiddo. He has a wonderful imagination, but when it comes to writing - it stops there. He struggles with his fine motor and writing skills (along with other academic areas). Just like you showed in the blog, I would use this specially for him, to write his stories. What a wonderful idea to have him say it first, and then play it back to write it! Often with his stories, he struggles to write it because by the time he gets a few words/sentence down, he forgets the rest of it! My little guy (and the rest of the class!) would totally love this! Keep up the great blog - not only do you educate the future, but also the others that touch the loves of the future!!!

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  4. I would use this with my ESL kiddos... to help them with speaking, pronunciation, and just any type of practice.

    heathernnance@yahoo.com

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  5. I love how you used the Easi-Speak in your classroom. I know I would do the same. I would also use it to record how the students read during the fluency center.

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  6. I use Raz-Kids in my classroom and have been looking for an easy way to use a microphone for the "running records" part of the software. The Easi Speak would be just perfect wouldn't it?

    Deb at Fabulously First

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  7. The rafflecopter entry thing never seems to let me leave a comment. I love the way you used it for helping a student write a story! I would also use it for Reader's Theater and role playing, etc.

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  8. This would be a great resouce for my students that have wonderful ideas but they just can't get them to the paper the way they want them.
    carrollbaskets@yahoo.com

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  9. I would love to use this with my reading and writing centers! This would be the perfect resource!
    sdavis6281@hotmail.com

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  10. What a great idea to use this!

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  11. It would be so amazing to win this for use in my classroom! As a Model Technology classroom, we are really excited about 21st century tools and learning! I had never even heard of this until I saw this post! I can just imagine my students' reactions to this cool little tool! I immediately thought of using it for all kinds of fluency practice, which is really huge in our district now. What a confidence booster this could be! I'm thinking of reader's theatre, as well! I teach in a disadvantaged area, and my students would be so blessed to have one of these at their disposal! I hope Megrew's Crew wins!!

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  12. Oops, didn't mean to click on anonymous!

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  13. Oh I love this. It would be wonderful for Author's Chair and class read alouds. My kids love to get up in front of the class and read.
    Caroline
    cgc4au@yahoo.com

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  14. I love your idea for Writing. I have students that it would work great for. I teach Social Skills, so I could use it during role play and then be able to play it back and discuss it!

    heather.salsman@gmail.com

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  15. I have always wanted to try one of these out in my classroom! I think it would be perfect for fluency practice and Author's Chair Share time! It looks like your class is getting some great use out of it! :)

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

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  16. I would use it to record the conversations in cooperative groups. It would be a good tool to use to model team communication.

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  17. What a versatile gadget! I hadn't thought about using for writing. I would love to use it to record student reading to share at our listening center or with parents.

    Donna
    darryl40w@att.net

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  18. I do a lot of poetry in my 2nd grade classroom and the students love it! However, sometimes they do not understand when I ask them to use more expression. I could see myself using this in order to have them listen to their reading voice and discussing how to change it to make it more expressive. I also love your idea of using it to help out with writing!

    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Tiffany
    tiffanymesser18@gmail.com

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  19. Love this! What a great way to help my students with writing and reading. :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  20. I love the way you used it in your classroom.

    cstaylor616@gmail.com

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  21. I think this is so neat! I can't imagine what cool things I could do to build fluency in my classroom. I have heard ONLY positive things about this product!

    halliefay@hotmail.com

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  22. My kids would love this for reading their stories and for making up and telling stories.

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  23. I would use this to monitor the accuracy and fluency in my students for reading!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  24. I would use the easy-speak to let students read their writing, give instructions on how to solve math problems, etc.

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn
    livelaughandlovetolearn@gmail.com

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  25. This would be a great tool to help my students practice for their upcoming Tropicana Speech contest!


    Mindy
    mwells@ourwayschool.com

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  26. This would be great for my classroom! Pam
    cntrygrl23@ymail.com

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  27. I would LOVE to use this during my Intervention Block! I work with one student who struggles with writing and spelling. This would be a GREAT tool for her! Crossing my fingers for a win! :)

    ~Jillian
    Just Tinkerin’ Around

    JustTinkerinAround(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I am a literacy coach and technology coach for three primary buildings! Boy could I put one of those easi- teaches to use! I would love to try one out and show my teachers what a great tool it could be. I bet I could even convince them to order some for their rooms next year! Seeing is believing! Love your idea! My mind is popping with other ideas. Even simple things like adapted test, or book reading with QRC codes!
    Hope to win!
    Nbitar@nkasd.com

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  29. I would love to use this in my classroom. I was talking with Courtney, over at Swimming Into Second, who just won one for her class. She loves it. I would use it with Book Clubs, fluency, and in interventions.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  30. I would use this in my class to help with fluency. Kids could record themselves reading, then listen to see how they need to improve their expresion. What a fun giveaway! :)
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  31. What a wonderful tool. I would ask my intervention students to read selections using the easy speak. They could listen to their reading then read again to hear their own improvement, and so could I!
    Leigh
    lthrockmorton@mscs.k12.al.us

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  32. One thing I would use it for is fluency. I would use it to practice sight words, fluency phrases, and for the students to listen to themselves reading. aajc@tds.net Liane Courtney

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  33. I would use this for sight word fluency and with poetry binders so students can listen to themselves read with expression
    Melissa
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  34. I would use this as you did for those times when a kiddo is hesitant to write a story. I would also use it for fluency practice. How cool!
    mike69361@gmail.com

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  35. I am a special ed teacher and I think I could find so many uses for this! I have students who struggle to get their thoughts down on paper and would normally need a scribe, but this would be great to help them be successful without an adult. It would also be great to record test questions so they could hear them read aloud. They could also use them for fluency practice. Those just came to me, but I'm sure I could think of more. What a great tool for the classroom!

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  36. In Common Core Speaking and Listening 2.5 students are to "create audio recordings of stories or poems." So I would love to use it to help students do just that! I heard that you can transfer the recording to your computer as well!
    Sal at sdbalm@charter.net

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  37. Found your blog today! I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit me...

    learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

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  38. I think I would definitely have the students who can speak and hear use this to help develop their spoken English skills when they are writing stories.

    wilsokelly@gmail.com

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  39. I would love to have this for my classroom. It would help with my students reading fluency and listening skills!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  40. My class sounds familiar to many of the others. I have students who love to tell stories, but they are very reluctant writers. This would be a great way for them to get the stories told and then work on the writing part. I can also see it being a good way for students to listen to themselves read and work on fluency skills. I'd love to include this in my centers with my whisper phones. (I made my phones using PVC pipe. They cost me less than $4 each and the kids love them as well!)

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  41. This is great for students who forget what they just wrote! I work with small groups of students who would benefit from this greatly. It would also be used to help students with their fluency! Thanks for sharing.
    Jennie
    JD's Rockin' Readers

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  42. This would be perfect in a literacy center. I can also see it as a great tool for creating student read listening books too!

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  43. This would be perfect for reading fluency, helping students hear their own voices read! Thank you for the opportunity!

    BPaigeMiller(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I can think of many uses in my first grade class. I love your idea of using it to encourage writing with those kids who tell a great story but never get it on paper. It would be great for fluency and just to work on getting up in front of others to speak. I have a few shy kids this year and something like this would encou.rage them to speak up a little more.

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  45. I would love to win this for my classroom!! I would use it for reading fluency - to record progress. I also love the way you have used it for writing. This would be great for my kids who have trouble getting their ideas on to paper.

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

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  46. I'm always trying to listen in on their conversations during group work time. This would be such a great tool, especially when planning my ELD lessons. I can listen to what the kids are saying and play it back for them to see if they can recognize their mistakes.

    ✿Tiffani
    Time 4 Kindergarten
    Time 4 Organization
    time4kindergarten@comcast.net

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  47. I have a little one who is being evaluated for possibly having Asperger's Syndrome, but has pretty severe dyslexia. He struggles so much with writing, telling time, repeating simple oral directions and explaining things when put on the spot. He even struggles with retelling recent events. This tool would give him the freedom that he yearns for to be able to communicate the way he so badly wants to and act as a life preserver in this wave of education he is so negatively affected by! (As far as all of the "requirements" we have for each lovey...)

    Jenna
    rupp170{at}hotmail{dot}com

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    1. Thank you for sharing this idea.
      kdeyo@spsmail.org

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  49. Definitely would be awesome for reading fluency,

    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  50. The possibilities are endless! I love Learning Resources' products.


    Pitner's Potpourri

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  51. I would like to experiment with using it to create our pod casts.

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