I think the Easi-Speak digital recorder is a wonderful tool to use in the classroom. Children of all ages seem to enjoy using it and I believe the shape of the microphone makes it a lot of fun to use. Along with the microphone, there was also a lanyard that attaches so it could also be worn around the neck if desired. The controls are easy and color coded which makes it easy even for young children to operate this. The microphone needed to be near their mouth to hear the students speak clear but when playing it back, it could be played pretty loudly.
I think it was fun for students to read aloud using this microphone and play back what they read. Constant use of this would help students read more fluently. Some students even liked to pretend they were on American Idol. For older students, it was fun to interview them for a book report.
Here is 2nd grader Tasha reading some facts aloud: Tasha
Here is 7th grader Nicholas being interviewed about a book that he read: Nicholas
The microphone has a USB port that plugs right in to the computer. But the microphone was round and would not fit right into my computer. Luckily the microphone comes with a USB extension cord so there was no problem with getting it hooked to the computer. It charges and downloads easily to the computer through a USB cable and even has a headphone jack. I think this microphone would be extremely useful in the classroom and also just be lots of fun to use too! The cost for this microphone is $69.99.
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Original picture by Pat Hensley