Saturday, April 21, 2012

My New Favorite Toy

I received an exciting thing in the mail this week -- a Easi-Speak Recordable Microphone from Learning Resources. 

I won it during Jenn from Finally in First's giveaway week.  This thing is amazing. It is about the size of my hand and has so many uses.   I was amazed to find out all that it can do.

I started doing book clubs this week. About this time of year, I get so tired of doing reading groups and so do the kids. This is a great way for my kiddos to keep on reading but in a different way. I've been using Hilary's Book Clubs packet.  I absolutely love the layout of this. It keeps the kids interested and really thinking.

My kids are so excited to be reading their books. We are reading The Chocolate Touch, Magic Tree House: Vacation Under a Volcano, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Well, needless to say, my struggling readers cannot read these books and I racked my brain trying to find a way to include them in a group. The Easi-Speak Microphone saved the day. I read the chapters into the microphone, recording each one separately. All I had to do after that is plug the microphone into the USB port on my computer. I imported the recordings into iTunes and they are all ready to go.  After their book club meets and decides on what to read for the next time, I let my struggling readers listen to the chapters on the computer as they follow along in their book. They really loved being included and being able to read a chapter book.
Have you tried out the Easi-Speak Microphone? What do you use it for? 


  1. Love this! I've used garage band on my mac to record book chapters before, but this seems so much easier!
    Stories From Second

  2. I have two Easi Speak microphones and I use them for fluency practice. They have passages or poems they read into the microphone and then they can listen to themselves and see where they need improvement. I also have students record stories they have written and then they make pictures to go in a slideshow. We then combine the recording with the slideshow and make a great storybook slideshow of their own.

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  4. Awesome idea!I love your blog very much.

  5. Your new favorite toy is nice.2nd grade is also........

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