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Fluency and an Easi-Speak Giveaway

Tonight I am going to start the first giveaway of a few giveaways!  I feel very blessed to be offered the chance to review different products on my blog.  But to be completely honest with you, I don't accept unless I can see how it will help benefit my students, my teaching, and you guys!  When Learning Resources contacted me about reviewing this product, I knew it was a tool that fit perfectly into my small group instruction!
Please know that even though Learning Resources has provided me with an Easi-Speak and has asked me to review it, the opinions I list are all mine.
The Easi-Speak is a digital recorder that is held up to your mouth and you speak into, just like a microphone.  Instead of projecting the voice louder, it simply records what the child is saying.  

Here are the points that I love about this product:
-  It is hands on and looks just like a microphone.  My kiddos were so excited when I pulled it out and knew what to do with it right away.  (In fact, when it I took it out of the packing box after receiving it in the mail, my honey at home asked if we were going to be rock stars!)
-  It is easy to use.  The child simply holds it close to their mouth, pushes in and holds down a red button, and speaks into it.  
-  No batteries are required!  You charge it up by inserting it into your computer!
-  It is so very easy to transfer the voice recordings from the device to the computer!

This tool could be used in SOOOOOO many different ways, but here is how I used the Easi-Speak in my instruction:
I have been talking a lot about what fluent reading sounds like with my first and second graders.  I talk about how our reading should not sound robotic and instead sound smooth, just like we are talking, without too many pauses.  Our rate should not be too fast or too slow, but just right. And how our voices change based on the punctuation we see in our reading.
After reading a short text at their reading level into the Easi-Speak, I have them listen to what their reading sounds like.  They rate each aspect of their fluency (rate, accuracy, expression, punctuation) with a fabulous self-reflection tool shared by Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants.  Then we discuss it.  (Thanks Rachelle for sharing!)

Another way I used the Easi-Speak was with my little rock star!  No, we didn't rock out with it (yet), instead she has used it to "read" her books.  She did well holding the button down while turning the pages and keeping the story going!  Here she is reading one of her favorite books, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  I love watching her eyes light up as she listens to herself reading the story!
Now here is the fun part.  I get to give an Easi-Speak away to one of you (a $69.99 value)!!
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46 comments:

  1. I would love to use for author's chair and my fluency center.
    cgc4au@yahoo.com

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  2. I have been dying to get my hands on one of these! =)
    Samantha
    Ms.Smarty Pants
    ms.smartypants@rocketmail.com

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  3. I would love one of theses! I would use it to keep track of where students are and how they improve throughout the year!

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  4. I heard about these on another blog and would love to have one to use with my first graders.
    Connie:)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  5. I would love one of these for the kiddos to work on fluency which is a biggie in second grade! :)

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  6. I would love one of these for my students to practice reading!

    amberappleamber@gmail.com
    AppleGirlAmber

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  7. I have seen these everywhere and would love to win one. I would use these for my ESL students- pronunciation, fluency, and just more practice with the English language.

    heathernnance@yahoo.com

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  8. I would use it during Author's share or at the fluency station.

    superteacher07@gmail.com

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  9. I would so use this to have my kinders do Daily 5- Read to Self and then Listen to reading! What better way to get them engaged than through their own reading!

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  10. I would use this for my little Audrey:) She wold love to listen to her reading! What a GREAT giveaway!! WOW!

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  11. I would use the microphone to monitor fluency as well. It would be great to be able to send the sound files to parents!!

    Danielle
    dnll.brown@gmail.com

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  12. I love every idea that has been mentioned so far!
    I immediately thought of my struggling writers when we do journals. After we discuss our writing prompt and our different responses, I have a few students who still struggle with putting their ideas in writing. This is a great tool for those students. They can go back to their seats, record their sentence and draw their picture---so they are working with everyone else instead of sitting there frustrated. I can sit with them later and help them write their sentence from their recording!!!!!!!

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  13. I would use this in my classroom with reading groups to assess fluency and for kids to hear their own voices.

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  14. My students are second and third graders and they LOVE talking and singing and reading.. I think it would be great to use practicing their reading even though they are older, they would be so engaged by this and love it :)

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  15. I would have kids read their books to me to practice their fluency. This is something my son really struggles with because he gets distracted...but with something like this, he might be more motivated to pay attention :)

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  16. my son's preschool teacher has so many things to document for their record, this easi-speak would be so wonderful for the kiddos!

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  17. I would love to have one of these to use with my kindergarteners and their reading fluency.

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  18. I would use it at my ELA centers to improve fluency and listening skills!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  19. I would love one of these to record stories written during Writer's Workshop.
    My Second Sense

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  20. I would use it to monitor fluency and maybe even during shared writing time!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  21. This would be awesome! Especially in April with the abundance of poetry we have written!
    Melissa
    mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  22. This looks like a fabulous way to help early readers. I know my first graders would love it.
    dianefunderburg@yahoo.com

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  23. I would love to use this with my students on their fluency. Also, to help them prepare for their public speaking unit!

    Mindy
    mwells@ourwayschool.com

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  24. I think this would be great to use..... have kids read into it and download onto your computer and keep a file for that student. When you had a parent conference it would be great to show the parents and have them listen to how their child is improving... it is great to even have them listen to how their fluency is improving. LOVE THIS MICROPHONE!!!

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  25. I'd love to use this for kids to speak what they've learned ona topic into it or have them read me a bedtime story (which I can then use like a running record) or to read a story for a lower grade class to listen to.

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  26. I would love this!! My kinder kids love the whisper phones--imagine how excited they would be to have an easi-speak!!

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  27. I would love to use this during The Daily Five!!! Perfect for read to self!!!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  28. I am sure my students would love to read and then listen to the recording of them reading! What a delightful tool!
    Glenda

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  29. This would be perfect for speaking and listening for my ELLs. Excellent for retelling, as well as fluency.

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  30. What a great giveaway. My two boys will love this during reading time.
    Vanessa
    sullyv@videotron.ca

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  31. Thank you for this opportunity to enter the giveaway. I have read lots about it and it's been on my "wishlist" for a while.

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  32. As someone else said, I think keeping a digital portfolio of a child's reading throughout the year would be awesome! They could go back and listen to their own growth. I also think this would really motivate kids to reread (is it only mine that gripe about rereading and say, but I already read it?).
    F is For First Grade

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  33. I would love to try this with my pre-kers as they begin to read. By the way, I'm your newest follower. Please check out my new blog if you have time. Lyn
    mrsgoffskinders.blogspot.com

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  34. I would love to use this to record reading fluency!! It would be a fantastic way to record a child's progress.

    Jennifer
    The First Grade Dream

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  35. This would be an excellent way for my first graders to practice reading with expression ! Often they sound like robots !

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  36. My grandchildren would love this!!!

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  37. This would work great with my reluctant readers. It would totally motivate them to read more!

    arcrow@sbcglobal.net

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  38. I would use this during intervention to help those students who are struggling with fluency.

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  39. I would use this to help ALL my 2nd graders with fluency (both gain wpm and to help my SPEEDY readers notice they need to slow down!)

    I would also LOVE to use it with a certain student who doesn't realize she is switching up certain sight words when she reads (for example, "the" for "and" or "at" for "from"...no rhyme or reason!)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jillian
    Just Tinkerin’ Around

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  40. This would be a really nice way to record my K-3 students so they could hear their own voices and how fluently they are reading.

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  41. This would be a wonderful tool to improve fluency.
    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Caterina

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  42. This would be great for my reading fluency station and poetry station. I'd love to win. Come enter my giveaway too
    www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  43. This looks amazing.
    -Dana
    delting01@yahoo.com

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  44. I would love to use this at reader's chair for my students to hear themselves read.

    Kari
    msksharp(at)gmail(dot)com

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