Tuesday, May 29, 2012

EasiSpeak Giveaway and a Rationale!

Learning Resources has never disappointed me.  Seriously!  I am so excited about the latest gadget that I've been lucky enough to get my hands on!  The EasiSpeak USB Recorder is snazzy!  One of my students said, "I like that it's shaped like a real microphone.  It makes me feel like I'm a famous singer!"

The kiddos really didn't get a chance to play around with it for fun purposes this time, but I did have them record themselves for a running record.  I LOVE their hearAll Assessment recorder, and while I think students could easily learn to use it, I think this little gizmo was so much easier for my students to manipulate independently.  I was informed that it is more "comfortable" than other machines they have used for similar purposes, because the record button doesn't hurt when they hold it down.  I tried having them tap the button until it turned red, but holding it down was much more fruitful.  :)  We had a few mix-ups, but simply having them hold the button and release it when they were finished was so much easier for them!


I love how easy it is to use, as I said, but more than that, I love how crisp and clear the audio files are.  They sound fabulous once you upload them to your computer, but they also sound great played through the microphone itself!  Another nice feature is that you can easily change the volume when you play back the files.  I am a big fan of volume control.  It's also easy to skip through files without having to plug it into the computer, but friends, it's so simple to hook up to the computer with a USB cord.  This is a wonderful tool.  Now, I know you have read about my practical uses for recording devices in my classroom, but I would love to plug this into a fluency center next year.  I want to teach the kiddos how to use it themselves, and I plan on leaving it in the center on Fridays for them to read the poem of the week aloud.  I'm also working on revamping my old fluency posters to include some fluency activities.  I would love to use the EasiSpeak with them too!  Hopefully when I post a winner next week, I'll have my fluency bundle ready to go.  {Keep reading to find out why MIGHT is the operative word in that statement.}

Here's what you need to do to win an assessment recorder for your classroom... for a total of 4 entries!  Are you excited yet?!?! 
{Don't forget to leave your email address to ensure that I can get a hold of you if you should win!}
Follow my lil' ole slice of cyberspace, and share how you plan to use the recorder with your kiddos. :)
Like Learning Resources on Facebook, click their wall, & tell them that One Extra Degree sent you!
Follow their blog, and tell them I sent you!
Follow Learning Resources on Twitter.

The winner will be drawn next Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.  Make sure to check back in for the winner!
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Now, here's where my absence excuse comes in.  My rationale, if you will.  Friends, I have gotten off-track.  My grandmother passed, and then I started getting sort of piled under.  I am so sorry that I haven't been posting as much as I was.  I feel so bad about it!  Really!  
Here's what I've been up to while I've been on my unofficial blogging hiatus:

Of course, I've been teaching.  We did a fun R.A.F.T. writing activity for the end of the school year, and the kids were so into it.  This was the first time I ever did a R.A.F.T.   I've apparently been living under a rock, but I can see so many ways to plug this into Social Studies next year.  Can't wait!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this strategy, you present your students with 2-3 writing options around a certain topic.  They choose one of them to write about.  They basically assume a role and  write to a specific audience in a specific format about a specific topic.  This is so versatile, and FUN!  Unfortunately, I forgot to snap any student examples! Sorry!


We also had a little fun with the 3-2-1 Strategy.  I will try to create a bookmark to share this week, but in the meantime, here's a picture!  {The bookmarks were created by my professor, so I am not able to share this particular template.}  Anyway, I had the kids use page markers to help keep them organized.  We read "The Story of the Statue of Liberty" together, then I sent them off to do some thinking with their bookmarks.  After a few minutes, we came back together to share out our responses.  It was really great, and the kids really delved into the story deeply.  We had a wonderful discussion, and the kiddos said that the bookmark and page markers helped them prepare for our dialogue.  You can't beat that!  :)  I will be doing this again too!  I've used the strategy, but never as a bookmark.  My little page marker add on definitely helped me support my little learners even more!


In other news, I've been gathering materials and working on a summer workshop... {Of course, I am sharing my great love of Tanny McGregor's book.  I am a Comprehension Connections addict!}


I've been trying to keep my new flowers alive in our mini-drought.  You can tell that my hydrangeas  are still scorched...


I've been trying to weed our garden... the first summer in our home has been a tad daunting.  I can't even tell you how many loads of weeds I've stacked up in our wheelbarrow.  Gross!  I'm also trying to stay away from our little garden snake friend...


I'm trying to wrap up a grad school course before I start another one in about two weeks...


We have also tried to have our family/friends over for cookouts lately.  Our house has been a little like Grand Central Station... see!



Most importantly, I have been trying to spend some quality time with my husband and fur baby.  This includes church, ballroom dancing... flea markets... dog agility courses... etc. etc.  Family is always first!  So, I am so excited that I get to spend more time with them in three more days... and make my bloggy comeback!  I have so much to share... and so little time... but I promise I will make it up to you! :)



If you are still reading this monster post... don't forget to play along to try to win your very own EasiSpeak digital recorder!!!  :)  Winners will be drawn next Tuesday evening!  Ready, set, go! :)

101 comments:

  1. I've done all of the above. I would love one of these for my fluency station and author's chair.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  2. I follow your blog.
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  3. I follow them on twitter.
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  4. I liked them on fb.
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  5. I follow your blog.

    Lorena.delgadillo@gmail.com

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  6. I follow them on FB.

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  7. I follow their blog.

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  8. I follow them on twitter.

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  9. I follow them on twitter.

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  10. I follow your blog and would love to win one of these for my workstations.

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  11. I follow their blog.


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  12. I follow LR on twitter.


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  13. I follow them on facebook.

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  14. I follow you, too! I would use this while practicing fluency and also to help students practice reading aloud their own writing.
    ✿Nicole
    Teaching With Style
    nicole.teachingwithstyle@gmail.com

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  15. Amanda, I am so sorry about your grandmother. There is NO one more special than a grandparent and I am so very sorry for your loss. What a merry-go-round you are on at this point in your life, and you apologize to us for not keeping up your blog? :) You give so generously of yourself all the time...I do not know how you manage it all so well. May it ran soon AND may your little snake friend go FAR, FAR AWAY!! (Shiver!!):)

    I have done everything above, but am not sure if my comment got to the right place on the blog..?? I love your RAFT idea! I was aware of RAFT, but really never knew how exactly to use it. Thanks to you, I can't wait to give it a try next fall with my 5th graders...thank you.

    Okay, way, way too wordy, so I will let you get back to your life! :) Thanks again for all you do and for your amazing generosity of spirit in sharing so much of yourself with us. Find time to take special care of "you", too. :)
    jody.erickson@k12.sd.us

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  16. I follow your blog.....you are amazing! I am envious of your time with your hubby and furry friend....I share my hubby and furry friend with three little ones....and this time of year is crazy busy! Just 11 1/2 days to go......


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  17. I follow Learning Resources on Twitter!
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  18. I follow you blog and I would love to use the Easi Speak for writing! I think it would be a great tool for them to write the way that they speak- strengthening their voice and word choice!
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  19. I follow your blog and I would love the easispeak for fluency practice!

    sunburst541@gmail.com

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  20. I follow LR's blog!

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  21. I follow LR on facebook :)

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  22. I follow your blog! I would use the Easi Speak for fluency workstation and to document fluency progress in non fluent readers. Thanks!!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org

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  23. I follow LR's blog.

    Aimee
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  24. I follow LR on Facebook.

    Aimee
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  25. I follow your blog!

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  26. I follow Learning Resources on Facebook!

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  27. Following your blog through Google Reader.

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  28. Following Learning Resources on Facebook.

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  29. Following Learning Resources on Twitter.

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  30. I am a huge fan and follower! After years of first, I will be teaching Kindergarten next year and would love to have an Easi Speak to help the Kinders hear how they read and speak!

    Thank you for your amazing ideas!

    jg290@bellsouth.net

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  31. Please enter me in the drawing for the EasiSpeak. It would be great for my 1st grade students.
    Sally@hillfamilyonline.org

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  32. Follow your blog.. Would be a great tool for fluency and for my dsylexic babies.

    Marianne B
    mabtennnis@gmail.com

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  33. I follow your blog :) I would like to use this recorder during reading groups. Maybe even during science experiments. There are so many ways that I my head is spinning.
    -Dana
    delting01@yahoo.com

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  34. I followed LR on facebook and left a comment that you had sent me.
    -Dana
    delting01@yahoo.com

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  35. I follow LR blog.
    -Dana
    delting01@yahoo.com

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  36. Wow!!! These are great ideas. I love the bookmark. I will definitely need to make one for my class next year. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful things. Enjoy your family time. It is precious. Take care.

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  37. What a great tool for the classroom! I would use Learning Resource's Easispeak Digital Microphone in several ways: to motivate reluctant readers; for fluency practice; to make digital products such as an audio-visual presentation with the child's own voice reading their own writing or the contents of a poetry notebook...I could go on. I would LOVE to have one of these! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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  38. I follow your blog and TPT store.

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  39. I follow Learning Resource's blog.

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  40. I follow your blog!! I would use Easispeak for fluency and just Daily 5 Fun! Love!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  41. I follow Learning Resources on FB!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  42. I follow Learning Resources' blog!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  43. I follow your blog!
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  44. I follow LR on Facebook! jranelson@comcast.net

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  45. I liked LR on Facebook! jranelson@comcast.net

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  46. I want one of these! I want to use this to help them improve (and for me to keep track of) their fluency.

    I follow your blog (though it might be under my REAL name and not this Blogger name) and Facebook!

    I must tell you how precious your furbaby is! I have a golden too! Best dogs on the planet!


    ✪Crystal
    Strive to Sparkle

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  48. I follow LR on Facebook!
    Whoops! Forgot my email on the above entry!
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  50. I follow LR on Twitter!

    I swear I'm not double-posting on purpose lol! Blogger doesn't like me today!

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    Strive to Sparkle

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  51. I follow your blog! I would use this to help students be able to hear how they read and build fluency.

    Linda
    Lnetzeband.at.gmail.com

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  52. I follow them on Facebook.

    Linda
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  53. I would love to use this next year with my kinders with fluency!

    krisnath09@gmail.com

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  54. Oooo I can see how that little recorder would be fun and useful!

    I've heard of teachers using recorders like this as a "tattle phone" where kids can record their tattles. But I think I'd use it more like you did--for my running records and keeping track of students' fluency!

    katy dot sc at gmail dot com

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  55. I follow your blog!

    Mindy
    mwells@ourwayschool.com

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  56. I follow them on Facebook!

    Mindy
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  57. I would love to use this for fluency with my students!

    Mindy
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  58. I follow you!
    While you've all missed you and your creativity, I think you're doing exactly what you should be doing right now, being with your family and making memories with them after the passing of your grandma. Glad to hear that you are doing well, and I look forward to hearing about all your new adventures!
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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  59. I follow your blog!!!
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  60. I would love one of these to increase my students reading fluency!
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  61. I like Learning Resources on Facebook!
    Brianne Elizabeth
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  62. I like Learning Resources on Twitter!!
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  63. I have followed the Learning Resources blog and told them you sent me. Thank you for leading me to that resource.

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  64. I already follow Learning Resources on Twitter.

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  65. I already liked Learning Resources on Facebook, but I went back and let them know you sent me.

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  67. The ways I would use the EasiSpeak are a little different than the ways that I have read above because I teach math. One way I would use it would be to record group work. Another way would be so students could record problem solving strategies and upload them to the computer for the students to share with each other. I would also use it for the students to explain how to work out different types of problems and then upload them to the computer so students could listen to them for extra help

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  68. Amanda-
    Thank you for all your great ideas.I want you to know that you are the first blog I have ever followed and you have given me encouragement to start my own blog. Thank you. I have passed on the Lovely Blog Award to you. Check it out on my latest blog post.
    -Jaime

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  69. I follow your blog.

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  70. I follow Learning Resources on Twitter.

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  71. I would use it as a tool for different things - one being fluency.

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  72. I follow Learning Resources on Facebook.

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  74. I follow Learning Resources on Twitter

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  75. I follow your blog. I would use this EasiSpeak in my classroom to build up the student's confidence with Reading Fluency. I would also use it in my Living Wax Museum for the students to record what their character says instead of them having to say it to people that walk through because my students shut down easily.

    heather.salsman@gmail.com

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  76. I follow Learning Resources on Facebook and I told them you sent me.

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  77. I follow your blog! I would use the Easi-Speak in my classroom to help the students build reading fluency during Reader's Theater performances.

    ❀Bethany❀
    Learning is a Journey
    Polka Dot Parlor

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  78. I like Learning Resources on FB and told them you sent me!

    AUsunflower9@yahoo.com

    ❀Bethany❀
    Learning is a Journey
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  79. I follow Learning Resources on Twitter! @lovefirstgrade

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    ❀Bethany❀
    Learning is a Journey
    Polka Dot Parlor

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  80. Wouldn't this be great for the kids to hear themselves after they've read?!?
    Love the blog too!

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  81. I'm following your blog.

    Donna
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  82. I'm also following the Hands On Learning blog. I didn't know about the Learning Resources blog.

    Donna
    darryl40w@att.net

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  83. I would use this for many things, especially author's chair and having student's make our listen to reading samples.
    Melissa
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  84. I follow your adorable blog! :o)
    I would love for my kiddos to record their reading and use it to practice fluency.


    Jennifer
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  85. I am following LR! :o)

    Jennifer
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  86. I follow LR on twitter as well! :o)

    Jennifer
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  87. I am following them on Twitter :)
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  88. I am following them on Facebook! :)
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  89. I am following your blog and FB page! I would use this not only in a fluency center, but for my son who has selective mutism. It would be a great tool to help him with his speech therapy.
    Lauren
    mythreesonsmarketplace@comcast.net

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  90. Hi Amanda!! I follow your blog!

    Conchy

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  91. Oops! Forgot to tell you I'd use this for oral language development, fluency, author's chair, dramatizations, storytelling, retelling.... Oh, the possibilities are endless!

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  92. I follow LR on Facebook.

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  93. I thought I had already entered but I can't find my post so here goes. I do follow you Amanda- you inspire me. I love your "stuff". I "liked" Learning Resources. I would love that Easi Speak- what that little device could do to encourage fluency practice would be amazing- I hope I win it. Thank you for offering the chance to win it.

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  94. Oops- I just wrote a comment for the Easi-Speak but I forgot my email. bozekn@nashua.edu
    Thank you.

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  95. Hi Amanda,
    I've been a follower of your blog for a long time now and love it!!! I would use the Easi-Speak in my classroom to help the students build reading fluency.

    Cindy

    cghulsey@hotmail.com

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  96. Amanda,
    I followed Learning Resources on Facebook! :)

    Cindy

    cghulsey@hotmail.com

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  97. Amanda,
    I followed Learning Resources blog! :)

    Cindy

    cghulsey@hotmail.com

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  98. I follow your blog. I would love to win the recorder to help with fluency assessments with my firsties! Srober@nctc.com

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