ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Technology Tool: hearAll Assessment Recorder {Giveaway}

Friday, May 18, 2012

Technology Tool: hearAll Assessment Recorder {Giveaway}

Today I would like to introduce you to the hearAll Assessment Recorder from Learning Resources.  This tool is perfect for setting up authentic assessment activities with small groups of students.  By adding the hearAll Recorder to a small group discussion you, as the teacher, can easily check up on individual participation and skill development.

The hearAll is designed with 4 microphones to capture clear recordings from all sides of the table where students are working.  Since there are directional microphones the background noise is dramatically reduced.

Here are just a few of the practical applications I came up with for using the hearAll Assessment Recorder:

~Set up a math center where students have to work together to solve a problem and discuss their process.  Record the conversation to assess student understanding of the mathematical concepts.

~Capture students' natural speech patterns and interactions

~Hear which students are invovled, participating, or leading the group

~Record a Reader's Theater read through

~Facilitate passive assessments for students who get nervous talking with an adult present

~In a preshcool classroom the hearAll left in the dramatic play station is a glimpse into the social and emotional learning that is going on while children interact.

~Create MP3 files to upload to your classroom website

~Monitor partner reading for accuracy and time on task

~Pre-record instructions for students to listen to {and review as often as necessary} in station activities.

The hearAll Assessment Recorder will hold up to 4 hours of conversation and the files can be converted to MP3 to be saved and shared with specialists and parents.  I found this technology tool to be very easy to use.  The hearAll charges when it is attached to your computer; you do not need to worry about batteries. Young students will be able to figure out the buttons and use the tool effectively.  I appreciate the size of this tool for easy storage and that the hearAll is lightweight. I believe the quality of the voice recording to be true to life, not stuffy nose or robotic sounding.

This is a fantastic tool for a busy teacher who wants to authentically assess student interaction and group work.

Learning Resourcesa leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms worldwide and learning toys, has offered our readers the chance to win a hearAll Assessment Recorder (retail value $99)! We are really looking forward to getting this great technology tool in the hands of one of our teaching and learning families here on ABC & 123!
Entry Details:
Add your entries in the Rafflecopter widget.  This giveaway will close on Thursday, May 24th at 12:00 EST.  A winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter immediately and posted on ABC &123 as soon as possible. The winner's hearAll Assessment Recorder will be sent directly from Learning Resources.

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  1. Wow, I really want one of these. I am hoping to win!!

  2. I've heard of these and would love to try it out!

  3. I would definitely love to try these out in my classroom!

  4. Hi,
    I would love to win the prize. 1 way that I would use it is to record students reading while i am taking running records so that I can later go over their mistakes. I would also use it to share with parents.
    thanks for the giveaway

  5. I would love to win it! I think it would really help my daughter with her speech.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. What an interesting recorder! I would love to use one to record the storytelling in my preschool classroom.

  7. This is such a cool tool that I can think of so many uses for. It would be so much fun for my students to use it and create their own audio recordings of books for others to listen to. I also think it would be great to capture my students reading to share with parents. I'm sure I could think of many more possibilities if I had the chance to try it out.


  8. I would use this recorder in a learning center.

  9. I would love to use this for story telling, or reading skills

  10. I love it for these main reasons: Extended uses across the curriculum—oral language, fluency, phonics, speech therapy, intervention and more and Can be used for self awareness/self assessment/biofeedback in the areas of grammar and speech articulation/phonology. BOth of my boys have speech issues and this would definitely help them to hear themselves say the words and if they are saying the words correctly or not. I'm sure as they get older we can find others way to adapt it to our homeschool learning environment. ~ Iisha

  11. wow. cool giveaway. i'd love to win. :)

  12. I would love to win this product. I would use it in many ways in the classroom...small group interventions, listening for speech errors, fluency, listening to children count to 100, and using it for playback when I have completed a running record. Those are just some of the ways!