So, how cool is this?
This is the Easi-Speak USB Microphone the Learning Resources sent me to try out with my kindergarten kiddos. Holy smokes, they are OBSESSED with this baby!
They love to read into the microphone during reader’s workshop and then listen back to themselves again. They BEG me for their turn! I love it because they can hear how they are reading – if they are reading fluently with expression, or are they reading like robots? I love pointing out the strategies that they have used to figure out a challenging word. They are so proud of themselves when they can “hear” themselves figure out the word. It really gives them a boost of confidence – especially for my struggling readers.
The microphone looks like this:
And YES – the USB is right on the end of the microphone – NO searching for missing cords. The cap covers it and is attached with a little string so THAT doesn’t get lost. (Yes, I do have a problem
losing misplacing things ;)
You simply plug the computer into your computer and upload the audio. You could send the file to parents or upload to a blog like this:
Note: My husband did have to help me with the upload of the files – there are some tricky steps to go through when uploading the audio file to your blogs. You need to have a hosted website in order to upload audio files to your blogs.
As you can hear from the kiddo that was reading, the sound is GREAT. I was sitting right next to him holding the microphone, he is clear as a bell, but you can still hear the background noise.
He was able to hear his reading instantly because of the playback capabilities on the microphone. There is a little speaker on it too! Cool!
You could use this little fella for lots of learning in the classroom!
What ideas do you have?
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