Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Easi-Speak Giveaway! Find Out Who Won...Was it YOU?

Please join me in congratulating Rachel Evans Evers (let's see if 3 times is a charm!) who won the Easi Speak for her classroom!
Please check your email Rachel  (maybe even your spam folder) for directions in order to receive your prize!
This will be the third person Rafflecoptor has chosen for this contest, fingers crossed that Rachel gets this message so she can have this amazing tool for her classroom this year.
I had seen these little microphones all over the internet, so you can imagine my excitement when Learning Resources contacted me and asked me check one out AND gave me one to give away to my readers.  This little tool is amazing!  First, let me give you the specifics that make this such a kid-friendly classroom tool and then I will share all of the fun ways I used it in my classroom:
  • Just one button to record.
  • Stores 4 hours of audio.
  • Charges via your computer's USB port (no batteries!)
  • Easy
This is an amazing classroom tool with limitless abilities.  Like its namesake suggests, it is "easy" to use for both adults with limited techno ability AND for young children.  It is a great tool to encourage even your shyest speakers to talk and your most reluctant readers to read.  I love how it can store 4 hours worth of files separately for a teacher to listen to later or to use as a whole class demonstration.  I even plugged it right into my classroom's speaker system to turn it up really loud (although it is actually quite loud without doing that!). 

Here are some ideas of ways that I used it in my classroom:
  • As tattling seemed to be getting out of control in my classroom, I set one day aside and told the children to record their tattles into the microphone.  Then, I strung all of their tattles together, turned the volume way up and listened.  It was very powerful, because they got to hear what I hear all day long and realized how silly some of it really was.  We also discussed how some of them were reports and reviewed tattles vs. reports.
  • I had the children interview each other about their kindergarten year and put their sweet answers and voices into our end of year slideshow (priceless!).
  • I had my apprehensive readers retell familiar stories into the microphone (like fairytales, Pete the Cat, etc.).
  • I had my higher readers practice fluency by reading their familiar reads into the microphone.  It is really powerful for them to hear the difference between reading like talking vs. reading like a robot.
  • Students can read the room while recording
  • Students can also read their writing into the microphone.
  • Have students record themselves reading the list of sight words and have another student listen to see if they got them all right.  Time how fast they did it.
  • My favorite?  Having the children sing songs that we have learned OR  songs that they have made up!

Wouldn't you like to add this bit of technology to your classroom??  If you don't win this, at least make sure you are following my blog because I have a list of more giveaways like this coming up this summer with more prizes for you to win!


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130 comments:

  1. Wow! Look who else is an early bird! I can't wait to sign up for a chance to win this amazing resource! I have been drooling over them ever since I discovered them!
    Maggie

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  2. These are so spectacular! I love the ways that you listed for using the Easyspeak. I think it would be a wonderful addition to my classroom!

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  3. What a great tool! Thank you for sharing.with us!

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  4. As soon you posted this on facebook I have been checking to see when to enter....woohoo can't wait, I've heard wonderful things :) Thanks for the chance!

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  5. I would love one of these, can't wait to enter! In the meantime I want to give you the Versatile Blogger award. Love to read your great ideas. Please come to my blog, Hugs For The Teacher, to claim your award...

    www.hugsfortheteacher.blogspot.com

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  6. I would LOVE to have one of these! Our district is becoming very technology oriented, and I feel that this is a very kid-friendly (Kindergartner-friendly?) piece of technology. Thank you for all that you do to nurture us as we nurture our Kindergartners!

    Pam
    pam.kerl@gmail.com

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  7. Thanks for the opportunity. I will use this to record students reading and I also think it will be a great tool for students to read their writing too.

    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  8. I love this tool! I have a wide range of reading abilities (who doesn't) in my kindergarten classes. Anywhere from still learning letters and how to retell a story all the way reading on a 3rd grade level. This would support differentiated learning so well! I hope I win!

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  9. I would love an Easi-Speak to use in my fluency workstation!!!


    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  10. I would love to use it during my Daily 5 time! It would be a great incentive for Read to Self!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  11. I would use this device to record kids summarizing the lesson in their own words. The following day we would access prior knowledge by listening to peers teach.

    Alicia W.

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  12. This sounds great! I think you've come up with lots of great ideas for using it and I would love to try them out in my classroom starting this fall. Hope I win!! Thanks!

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  13. Would love to have this for my shy readers! However, all the ideas you listed would be a great way to use the Easi-Speak.

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  14. This tool is awesome! I know my students would love it. Great for reading practice and so many other activities!

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  15. I would love to use this with the Daily 5 that I will be implamenting this fall.

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  16. I would use this to monitor fluency and accuracy.

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  17. I love the idea of using this tattles. So smart!

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  18. It would be great for the students to hear how they sound...greatly improving their speaking skills and their fluency.

    Terri Izatt
    tizatt@ecsdnv.net

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  19. I can't wait to use this in my classroom. I can think of a million and one ways to use it. I like the tattling idea. I want to create a digital portfolio of my kids reading, fluency, story telling, etc. I want to also send some of their reading or audio notes home to their parents.

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  20. I would love to use this in my classroom.

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  21. Hello,
    I would love to use while my children are performing their Readers' Theater!

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  22. I would love to use this at my poetry center. Kids could practice reading in silly voices or omitting different words.
    Vera
    aBLTadventure@gmail.com
    A BLT adventure

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  23. I would love to use this when my children do read to self so they can hear themselves read. Maybe even be able to record a story for someone else to listen to in another center!!!

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  24. I am a writing teacher so I plan on having the children share their pieces using the microphone.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  25. I would use this to help with fluency while reading.
    Thanks!!
    Casey
    caseylee_74@yahoo.com

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  26. I am a school counselor and can see this being an indispensable tool in my office! One thing I can imagine using it for is self-esteem or coping. Letting the students list qualities or strategies and then replaying it for them later in thier OWN voice would be super powerful!

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  27. I would love to win this! I can see many uses for it in my classroom. I would definitely use it to practice reading fluency during our reading circle. Fingers crossed!!!

    Heather Hall

    hhall@lonestar.k12.ok.us

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  28. This would also be great for any child that stutters when reading in front of others!!! I love it!!!!! Steph Z, PA

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  29. I would love this for children to practice their fluency reading to each other, or many other things!!! I want to play around with it and try it out :)
    drollo@nmrsd.org

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  30. I was just thinking of all the ways this might encourage language development for those on the spectrum or other SLP related issues.

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  31. I would be so excited to add this to my bag of tricks to help students hear their own reading to build fluency. I would also be interest to use this to help my student with speech delays get more practice and build their confidence!

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  32. I would love one of these! I have limited access to technology in my classroom, and this is a great way to incorporate it.

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  33. I think this would be perfect for a "reporter" job in the classroom. He/She could report on the top memory or 2 from the day... the weather person could use it also. I'm picturing a KIDS only news report--HOW FUN!! This would be amazing for our readers' theaters as well.
    Fingers crossed that one will find its way to my room,
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  34. I would use this in writer's workshop for students to record and listen to their writing to help with editing/revising. There's just something about hearing your writing read out loud that makes errors and repetition stand out!

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  35. This would be a wonderful teaching tool to have! I think I would use it daily!

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  36. This would be great in the classroom! Love your blog and FB page...thanks for sharing!!!
    Aloha,
    Heather

    hhigafunada@gmail.com

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  37. This would be great in the classroom! Love your blog and FB page...thanks for sharing!!!
    Aloha,
    Heather

    hhigafunada@gmail.com

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  38. I would use it so children can hear themselves read before their fluency test.

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  39. I love your tattling idea! I was thinking of using it to make audio recordings of the story books in my room. I could record different versions, have guest readers, and even have some of the kids practice their fluency and be added to the class library.
    ~Heather
    http://themeekmoose.blogspot.com

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  40. would love to win one for my classroom

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  41. I am going to use it to help my students pronounce their sight words.

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  42. I would love to use this for fluency assessments, daily 5, and reader's theater!

    ❀Bethany❀
    Learning is a Journey
    Polka Dot Parlor

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  43. I would use it with my ELLs as well as in my guided reading groups. I could see using it to help children with fluency.
    THYordan@aol.com

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  44. this would be fabulous for author's chair and helping build fluency

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  45. Would love this for my classroom!

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  46. This looks like something I could use with my kiddos! :)

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

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  47. This looks fun and educational! I bet the kids LOVE it!!!

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  48. Wow...what a fun learning tool! Thanks for the great ideas to use with the Easi-Speak recorder!

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  49. I would use it for fluency/self reflection!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  50. I would let my students read into it, then you their recordings as a listening center.

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  51. I would use this to have my students read their writing aloud to the class & to practice with reading fluency! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  52. I would use this for my ESL students... listening to pronunciation, recording their speaking, reading, fluency.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  53. I could use this so many ways in my kindergarten classroom! I like the idea of using it for students to retell familiar stories.

    Cassie
    cassie@awaysailing.com

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  54. Another great giveaway. I love new technology for the classroom!

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  55. I have been wanting one of these for my classroom to make a record from beginning to end of each child's reading progress throughout the year.

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  56. I would use this for fluency practice during small group. It would help them improve by listening to themselves read.

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  57. I would love to have one of these for keeping periodic records to show how students progress and for them to self-assess their fluency.

    Donna
    darryl40w@att.net

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  58. I would love one of these for fluency practice and also for small groups - to practice sequencing and story retelling, for my ESL students - really there are so many uses!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  59. Sounds fun and my students would love using it! This would be great for reading fluency and my ESL kids.

    pds918@gmail.com

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  60. I'm a new follower!
    Molly
    http://mollynowak.blogspot.com/

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  61. I love the ideas of using this as a tattle mic, recording reluctant readers, and what about leaving instructions for centers?!?!
    Molly

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  62. I would use it for so many things! Oh the possibilities!
    Krista

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  63. I would love to use this for students' fluency!
    Ashley
    ashleyhorn87@gmail.com

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  64. This is so neat! I would use it for DRA's with my students,
    Robyn

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  65. I love all of your ideas to use this. Thanks for another great giveaway Krissy!
    Karen

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  66. Thank you for sharing this opportunity. As a reading intervention teacher, I would use this daily for motivation, for fluency, for so many things!

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  67. I thought this was a great resource to begin with and now that I have read your suggestions...wow! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Melissa
    Mandmyoung at chartermi dot net

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  68. I love your idea about the tattling! I think that would work with most kindergarten students. I think it might work well for my "All About Me" interview too--especially for my shy students. I think the possible uses are endless!

    mrs.wolf@comcast.net

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  69. This would be great for any Kindergarten classroom; the ideas are endless!

    krista.mayfield@gmail.com

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  70. LOVE!!! I am a second-year Kindergarten teacher! This past year, when I was doing my training, some of the other first-year K teachers brought these that they had in the classrooms and I fell in love!! Unfortunately, in a
    Title 1 school, we don't have the funds to buy these! I love the idea of my Kinders reading into them and listening to build fluency, and I love your idea of using them for tattles, then showing them a report vs. a tattle. Brilliant! I am also thinking of a specific lesson I did with my babies this past year where we read a story about dinosaurs, we had been studying dinosaurs all week, then I gave them a paper and they had to create and draw their own dinosaur. Then they had to write about it. I would love to use the recorder to let them tell me about their dinosaur, then compare it to what they write. Give them more information to write about the dinosaur, and for my babies who are still struggling with writing can just record about their dinosaurs. This has so many different ways that can help save time for the teacher, I love it!!!

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  71. I think there are many ways that I can use it in my classroom. I am moving to title reading this year and it would be good for the kids to read into them and they could hear themselves so they can see if they are reading fluently or not. It would also give some of them more motivation to read if they could read into these. Thanks for the chance to win one.
    Megan
    mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

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  72. We work with special needs clients I would love to try the microphone with my Next Chapter Book Clubs to encourage them to read aloud

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  73. I teach 1st/2nd grade exceptional needs students. Encouraging them to read is often a challenge as they don't see themselves as capable. This would serve as a terrific tool for reading and building self-confidence.

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  74. I would love to have the kids read and listen to
    their own stories using this!
    Sue
    gunias@comcast.net

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  75. I have wanted one of these so bad! I have so many plans for this when I eventually win one. I would definitely use it to monitor, as well as reinforce fluency. I think recorded interviews with kids about their Moms and Dads could be creatively used for special gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day. I LOVED the idea of using it to drive home what it sounds like to hear tattling all day long. I'll definitely be stealing that one!!! You could make a CD to go along with class books made from favorite class songs. These could be checked out and taken home. These with all the other ideas Krissy and others have suggested just PROVES that the Easi-Speak Recorder is a MUST HAVE!!!

    amelias.schaeffer@gmail.com

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  76. Such a cool classroom tool. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
    Diane
    didifang@aol.com

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  77. This look so cool. The possibilities are endless and a great tool to keep the kids engaged in learning. Thank you for sharing this. Even if I don't win I think I will get one anyway!!

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  78. Would love to use this to monitor students and their fluency, also use it to talk in front of the class!

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  79. I would love to try this in my classroom! I'd like to have students practice reading a book - great for fluency:-)Thanks for the chance to win!
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  80. Oooo...VERY cool! Would love this for my Ks! I would use it to practice fluency poems during whole group or when students are presenting a project! Love your give aways!

    carylvanfleet@yahoo.com

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  82. I would love one of these! I have so many ideas, like using it to assess my kinders when counting to 100 and having them record their reading and evaluate each other.

    photogirl0727@gmail.com

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  83. I have looked at this so many times! I would use this for reading-individual,whole group and small, sharing writing,show-and-tell,listening skills, singing,rhyming, assessment-the possibilities are endless!!!
    penguinbecker@gmail.com

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  84. I would love to use this to increase reading fluency with my special education students!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  85. There are so many ways to use this in my classroom. I would love to record some of my listening station stories with it. I might ask parents to read stories for our listening station. I even think it would be a great way to assess students on skills such as counting.

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  86. WOW! the possibilities are endless with this little gadget...I would like to have my kiddos practice reading our weekly poems to each other to practice their fluency! I also would love to try out all the other great ideas!

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  87. Loved all your ideas!! Love your blog!

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  88. I am just starting to teach Kindergarten, so that would be a nice addition to use for reading centers. Most kids are more willing to talk into a microphone. They could also introduce themselves to the class using the microphone. Also I love the ideas for the very first day of Kindergarten.

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  89. This would be AMAZING!!! I loved the tattle idea you spoke of but I would love to use it for reading to each other or to me. Sooooo many ideas!

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  90. Well, the possibilities are endless with this microphone. I might have students read during small groups, use during center time to practice fluency, so many ideas floating through my head! Thanks for an amazing blog!

    Michelle

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  91. I would use for fluency, centers, reader's theater, etc.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  92. I would use this for small group fluency work.

    Debbie D

    dement82@gmail.com

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  93. I would love to try this with the tattling technique.

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  94. I would use it to have my students independent read and then write it down as an antedotial note.

    redmist100@gmail.com

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  95. I would love this for my classroom!

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  96. I would love one of these to use. I think having children reading their own writing--twofold benefit when they realize they are reading and writing LEGIBLY!!! :) thanks

    Rachel
    pcolagal1963@gmail.com

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  97. What a great way to make sure that only one student speaks during circle time! It wouldn't even need to be recording.... Another time I would use it is when each student is "Star of the Week" and they share about their family, favorite books, etc. Record it and make it available to their family as a keepsake of kindergarten.

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  98. Sounds great! I am so excited to use these for our Oregon Trail interviews when they pretend to be actual pioneers on the trail.

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  99. Wow! I would love to win this! I could use it in so many ways in my classroom. I LOVE the idea of recording their memories for an end of the year slideshow... and the tattling idea... oh my... the list goes on and on! :)

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  100. Love the tattle tale idea! I could use it for fluency practice, announcements,private messages to the teacher...so many options
    judeeastman@gmail.com

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  101. Teaching English as a secong language, this could be so useful for assessing growth in speech and conversation.

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  102. I love the tattling idea! I want one!!

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  103. I would certainly use this in my first grade by having the kids read to practice fluency, etc. They could play it back and listen and work on improving. I would also like to use it so I could listen to a child read for Dibels.

    Susan
    skeller@buhlerschools.org

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  104. What a great tool! I am starting at a school in the fall that doesn't have a lot of technology, so this would be great for lots of things...daily 5 read to self, recording for assessments, encouraging the shy ones to speak out and for reading!

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  105. I love this little microphone and would love to have 3-4 to use in my classroom for reading fluency and digital portfolios.

    Tammy
    iamowens@yahoo.com

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  106. I use audio enhancement in my room and love it! This looks like a tool that would take it to the next level. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  107. I teach K so phonics would play a big part...I use technology everyday so morning meeting, calendar math...all on the interactive whiteboard would be awesome.

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  108. I would use it as a center where the children would record their reading. I think it would be a great way to see how they do without anyone around to help or reassure their process.

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  109. I would love to receive this prize because I had to cut it from my budget request this year and I really, really wanted one. Thanks

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  110. I teach K and the ways to use this is limitless! I would love to have one!

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  111. I would love to have them take it home and record reading with a family member to share with the class!
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  112. I would love to have this for my classroom. I would use it to help them with reading.

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  113. I would love to use this during my reading groups! With 20 kids, this would come in handy a lot!!! :)

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  114. This would be great for creating a "speaking" center where little one's can read and be a rock star!

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  115. I will use it to help my students with fluency and using a good reading voice!

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  116. I've been wanting one all year. It would be great for Author's chair and to help build fluency.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com


    ❂Miss Nelson❂
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

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  117. I have seen this on their website and think would be great for guided reading! I love your tattling idea! lkdallmann@hotmail.com

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  118. Wow, what a find.
    I could use it for student read aloud time, the possibilities are endless!

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  119. OOOOH! I would so love one of these! I've tried using Fisher Price tape recorders and they just don't work well! I would use it for fluency and retellings the most, but I love your idea about the tattling!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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  120. All of your ideas are amazing. Would love to win this product! Crossing my fingers!
    Stacey
    swhite@cfc.k12.wi.us

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  121. Love your ideas.....This would be so cool to have!! I think the kids would get a kick out of it as they talked into it, interviewed each other and just had fun..
    Bobbi
    bcapwell@ccisd.net

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  122. This would be an awesome addition to any classroom! Thanks so much for sharing and all of your ideas!

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  123. I, too, love all your great ideas, and all the new ones contributed in these comments! Wow!! I would certainly use it for center work accountability and to record directions or information needed in the centers. I would love to have the students record original poems or poems and quotes that they have found to have special meaning for them, and then once a week share as a whole class activity, discussing meanings and figurative language devices used. Thanks so very much for this awesome opportunity to win this amazing resource (easi speak microphone). :)

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  124. I missed the giveaway, but it's okay because I bought one from Lakeshore with my Christmas money. =) I had my kinders read the books they wrote and then took pictures of their writing. I used iMovie to add their voice behind their writing, and we had our very own eBooks! Even my most reluctant writers worked hard for this privilege! Next year I'll have an eBook center with our new iPad, and we can read and listen to our friends' books. =)

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  125. who was the lucky teacher?

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  126. Was there a winner for the easy speak mic?

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  127. Does anybody know who won? I checked for a post
    about it, but was unable to find one. Was going to email her but couldn't find her email address. Jonalene

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  128. Congratulations Michelle Jacques Truman!

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