HearALL Assessment Recorder GIVEAWAY!!

Did that title grab your attention?  I have been dying to get my hands on one of these little devices so I was thrilled when Learning Resources offered me the opportunity to review one!

First, I am completely in awe of how lightweight this device is.  It's slightly larger than the iphone in size, but still can very easily be held in one hand.  Despite its lightweight, it is very durable and has no knobs or hardware that could easily break off.  Let's face it, durability is a key when little ones will be using it!

If you're not familiar with this device, it is an "assessment recorder" designed to be used to record students while working in small groups.  For this purpose, it has four omnidirectional microphones (one on each corner) to pick up all of the voices in a small group setting.  PLUS, it automatically reduces background noise so the voices that it picks up are much clearer than I expected!  The buttons are color-coded and large enough for students to use independently.

I've had my eye on this baby for a while and have a LONG list of ways to use it in my classroom!  The possibilities are really endless, but here are some of my favorites:

1.  Reading Groups/Partners - While I'm working with one reading group, this device could be recording another group.  This would allow me to assess how well the other group was working together, staying on task, and also let me hear how they were doing with their reading and what areas/skills we need to work on when I do meet with them personally.

2.  SSR/AR - During Sustained Silent Reading time, I know some of my readers (especially lower readers) could benefit from this device.   I could have them read their book while being recorded, then play back their recording to listen to the story again.  Not only would this let them hear the story, it would also let them listen to their reading and fluency.

3.  Mystery Readers - I could use the HearALL as a regular recorder...having other staff at our school read stories to play back for my students.  They would have a new voice reading to them, and would have fun trying to guess the "mystery reader!"  (The great thing about this is that these files can be transferred from this device to our class computer to keep for future uses!)

4.  Readers' Theater Groups - I use LOTS of readers' theater groups in my classroom and I KNOW that the HearALL would be a tremendous help during these!  I can't always meet with each group every day, but the HearALL could record the groups' practices so that I could listen to them at a later time and know what their goals for the next day should be.

5.  Running Records - Let's face it, running records are so hard to do in the classroom without distractions!  This handy dandy device could record a child reading a selection while you are working with the rest of the class and you could go back and listen to the recording later at your convenience!

6.  Podcasts - I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to do more podcasting with my class this year!  This device makes podcasting super easy!  Recorded files could also be sent to parents via email (some of those cool, fun songs we love to sing!) or placed in electronic portfolios for students (would be a fantastic form of authentic assessment)

Seriously...I could go ON and ON with the ways I could use this in my classroom, but I also want to highlight a few of the cool features:

1 - Plugs right into your computer with a USB cord (included) to transfer the files (PC and MAC compatible)

2 - Does NOT require batteries - charges by connecting to your computer.  Fully charged within a few hours

3 - Can hold up to 62 tracks, regardless of the length of each track!!

4 - Records in either MP3 or WAV mode (your choice)

5 - No required software to install - just plug into your computer and drag the files to your desktop

Does this sound like something you could use in your classroom??  The HearALL Assessment Recorder is available from Learning Resources for $99.99, but you can WIN one for your classroom for FREE!!!

There are LOTS of ways to enter this giveaway below.  Good luck....the winner will be announced on Monday, August 6th!
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63 comments

  1. I want one!! Wow! I would use it for recording student-led book clubs for more independent groups. I love the idea of using it for running records, too!

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  2. I will definitely be using this for reading groups. I also love the idea of having individual students listen to themselves read.

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  3. I would love to use it for when I do running records. Most of the time I get distracted and forget what I am doing so I may miss a few words. I hate having the kids repeat so this would be really handy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Swimming into Second

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  4. I will use this for reader's theater and fluency. I think it will benefit the students to hear themselves reading. I also plan on having the students interview their peers, this would be an excellent tool for struggling writers.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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  5. I would love to have one of these recorders! Your ideas for using it are fabulous. I can also see using it in writing. Having students record the piece they have written and then listen to it played back could help them see where they could make improvements in their work!

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  6. Wow! I could definitely use one of these in my classroom. Like you, I can think of MANY ways to use this. I LOVE that you can record another group, partners, etc while you're working with another group. I also love the idea of the "mystery reader." They would LOVE being able to guess who's reading the story. I'm just in AWE of this recorder!

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  7. I would use this the MOST with my low readers. I have books recorded on this for them to listen to and follow along with! Definitely would love to have this=)

    Tiffany
    tamiller@lf.k12.de.us

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  8. This is the best giveaway. I would love to use it to help increase my student's reading fluency.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  9. This would be great for recording small groups and for doing running records!
    Carol
    Still Teaching After All These Years

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  10. Wow, this sounds awesome!I would use the recorder during my fluency station so that my students and have my students record the poems that they read. I think the possibilities for this are endless. I really want one! :)

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  11. Would love to use it for fluency or listening in on book talk discussions.

    ilive2learnilove2grow 

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  12. My blog post.....

    http://mrsknustgrade2.blogspot.com/2012/07/assessment-recorder-from-learning.html

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  13. This would be great for fluency practice!
    Tracey
    Third Grade All Stars

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  14. I would love to use this in small group settings....I like to record students during the first fluency reading....and than have them practice and on the last day of fluency have the students reread and listen to how well they improved.
    Debbie Mc
    mccld032@aol.com

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  15. I would use this to monitor the reading fluency of my students. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  16. What a great tool to monitor the student's reading fluency !

    Lindsey
    http://phillipsecondgradestories.blogspot.com/

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  17. This would be so wonderful for monitoring students reading!

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  18. I saw this and immediately thought it would be perfect for readers theatre!

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  19. This is amazing!! My team wants to have our students create books on CD for our Kinder buddies...using this to record and then transfer to the computer to create the book and CD would make our project SO easy!!

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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  20. This looks like an awesome tool to support my reading program! I would definately use it as assessment info during guided reading as well as for student self assessment of fluency!

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  21. I would use it in my small groups to foster reading fluency.

    Andrea
    readerstars@gmail.com
    Reading Toward the Stars!

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  22. I've been seeing these all over the place this summer. I think I may have to break down and buy one if I don't win!

    I want to include podcasts in my weekly newsletters that the kids have made during the week.

    ✿Lynn
    Inside this Book

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  23. I would use it to help with fluency.

    Elizabeth L.
    The First Grade Jungle Room

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  24. I'd love to use it to record small groups when they are reading/working together to see how group work really goes.

    Also, I think it could be neat to use when working on projects to allow students to record their voices and add them to their powerpoint or sliderocket! :)

    --Andi
    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

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  25. I just learned about this at a training this summer. I WANT ONE!!!!

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  26. I would use it to record my star of the week presentations and digitally send the star's presentation home to his/her family.
    Barb
    msualum99@juno.com

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  27. I LOVE this! I would definitely use it for Guided Reading - I always try so hard to take very detailed anecdotal notes but this would be so much easier!

    Marianna
    Delightfully Dunn

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  28. This is a great little tool, and I would like to have one to use during our guided reading time. My boys would love listening to themselves!

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  29. I would love to use this for fluency and assessment!

    Christina Marie
    prec0ci0us~at~bellsouth.net

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  30. I'd use it to help my kids really understand fluency by allowing them to listen to recordings of themselves reading.

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  31. This would be awesome to use to monitor fluency!

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  32. What a great little gadget! Running records would probably be my number 1 use.

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  33. I could definitely see multiple uses for one or more than 1 of these.

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  34. Wow, how handy! I would love to use the HearALL for the mystery reader, I think that that would be so fun!!! Wish me luck.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits
    www.mrscorbitt.blogspot.com

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  35. I would use for reading groups, fluency, readers theater, etc.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  36. Many students don't realize that their writing isn't making sense until they hear it - love to have this to help them out.

    Julie
    Math is Elementary

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  37. I would use the HearAll for running records. Like mentioned, numerous disruptions in the classroom make this task sometimes difficult. I often use a tape recorder, but the HearAll would be much better to use. I also like the mystery reader idea mentioned. Have a great day!

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  38. I will be teaching composition and would love to use this to monitor peer conferences.

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  39. I would love to have this recorder to use during my guided reading, independent reading, and literature circle groups! It would be awesome to keep track of my students! :)

    Lacie Brown
    www.polkadotsnpencils.blogspot.com
    polkadotsnpencils@yahoo.com

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  40. I would love to use this when I test students using Dominee!

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  41. I would have my students records themselves reading and then listen. I think this will help their fluency and prosody.

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  42. I would love to have this for running record and other oral assessments! I would even like to try it for self assessment when working on fluency to allow students to take ownership of their reading. Just a side note...couldnt hurt to use it for classroom management when someone wants to tattletale!,

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  43. I would use it while performing running records, and retells :)
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  44. Fluency practice would be the number one way I would use it!

    Angie
    Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls

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  45. I love the idea of using it for a mystery reader. As a Kindergarten teacher, the kids get so excited when someone else comes to read to them! I also would love to use it in reading groups!

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  46. I LOVE this! I would use it for assessing Reading Groups and for students to use during SSR!!! So excited!

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  47. I was thinking his would be great to use with my higher group so I could "hear" what is going on during their lit. Circle time.

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  48. My school really emphasizes the importance of Guided Reading. This would come in handing especially when I am doing running records. It will help me, more accurately, assess my students.

    Leslie
    Miss R's Room

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  49. I like the idea of recording independent groups. It would be cool to put it in the library center, too.
    -Carol
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts

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  50. I would love to use it to help my students edit. So often they don't catch their own mistakes, but if they record and listen I know they will find more. Plus, it will be so much fun they will be begging to edit and revise! Gotta love that!

    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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  51. I would love to use it for Reading Assessments and I love the USB! I could send parents an attachment with an audio of their child reading or singing aloud! How fun!

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  52. Oh goodness, I would use it to record students reading so they could hear how they sound! This would be a great win!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  53. I would love to use this recorder to help students monitor their own fluency! I think this would be wonderful!

    Jessica
    Jrutan@mail.usf.edu

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  54. I think it would be great to record students reading and play during parent teacher conferences. This gives a concrete example to discuss with the parents.
    Lauren
    http://TheTravelingThirdGradeTeacher.blogspot.com

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  55. I would use it during D5 to ensure that students "Reading to Someone" are remaining on task and not giggling/chatting about unrelated things. I also will be blogging about your giveaway in the morning...it is a scheduled post!
    Synonym Rolls & Antonym Moments

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  56. I think recording reading assessments would probably be the most common use.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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  57. Wow, I LOVE all of your uses for the recorder. I would definitely use it with running records and some fluency activities

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  58. I would love to put this in a center where the kids are discussing!

    Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  59. Love your ideas on how to use it!

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  60. Amanda...I hope to win it...do you realize how this will help with RTi notes, and my own ADD tendacies too..wow I can really do assesment and remember to write EVERYTHING down...sometimes I write immediately afterwards but I always forget something!!!!
    ~Natalie
    P.S...you are a true gem!

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  61. I am so hoping I can win this!

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  62. I would love to use this to record reading fluency and in small reading groups.

    I blogged about your giveaway here
    http://thefirstgradedream.blogspot.com/2012/08/more-summer-giveaways.html

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip(at)yahoo(dot)com
    The First Grade Dream
    Win an iPad for your classroom

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