Friday, January 18, 2013

HearAll Assessment Recorder Review

Several months ago I was contacted by Learning Resources to review a few of their products.
I was excited because I love using new technology in my classroom!! But sometimes life happens, and time slips away! I've finally got around to using my HearAll Assessment Recorder, so I can let you all know what I think!


The HearAll Assessment Recorder is advertised as a way of assessing students' skills and participation during small groups. Kind of like being "two places at once" which as teachers, we all know is the dream! It has a microphone on each corner to easily pick up conversation and can be downloaded directly to your computer! My favorite part about it is that it's fully rechargeable, no batteries necessary!!


Although I have not used it as an assessment tool yet, I have used it as a way to provide verbal directions during centers. As you may know, I am always trying to find ways to teach my students to work independently. I always provide them with easy to understand directions and visuals {for my non-readers!} like these:
And then I thought, how cool would it be if I could record myself reading the directions and placing that in a center?! Enter, the HearAll recorder!


I was able to record myself reading the directions and showed my students how to press play. {The recorder can hold up to 62 tracks so I can record all the directions at once and just choose the one I want in each center.} Every time a new group moved to that center, they pressed play and there I was reading them the directions!

I'm excited to try to use this to record my students reading a story in class and sharing with their parents. You can email the files you download, or add them to a PowerPoint presentation and play during an Open House! How cool!

My only warning is be very careful the first time you use it, as the volume is SUPPPPERRR loud!!! I think I went a little deaf ;)

How would you use the HearAll in your classroom? Leave a comment below for your chance to win your very own thanks to Learning Resources!

{To enter, you must be a follower of Miss Kindergarten's blog and like Learning Resources on Facebook 
This giveaway will close on Sunday, Jan 20th}
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56 comments:

  1. I've seen this recorder all over the blogosphere and it looks fabulous! I love how it doesn't use batteries because they get expensive! I love how you used it to record directions for non-readers. Such a great tool for the classroom!

    I follow your blog and like Learning Resources on Facebook. Thanks!

    thepolishedteacher@gmail.com
    ThePolishedTeacher

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  2. What a fun way to assess learning! Not to mention, it's a great way to help a teacher multitask. I've been using an app on my ipad for it, but this would be WONDERFUL to win this bad boy! You know I follow ya girl. :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. I have had my eye on one of those- glad to hear it is so helpful:)
    I'm a follower/liker of both-
    Squirrels

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  4. What a great idea to use them in centers! You are so great! I used to similar items for group work when I taught ESL, but I love your idea to use them in centers even better. I'm a follower and a liker (heheh) of you already!

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  5. This is fabulous! Thanks for doing a giveaway! I would love to use this in centers like you mentioned. It would also help me a lot for individual speech therapy! I'm your newest follower (and I like Learning Resources on fb). Thanks again!

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  6. I would love to win this amazing device! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I would use it in the Middle Years, both for assessment (hard to keep up with running records with more advanced readers) and instruction (independent work centre, similar to how you used yours). This would be amazing! I'm a new teacher starting out, so as much as I'd love to buy one, expenses a bit overwhelming at present.

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  8. I follow your blog and Learning Resources. Thanks for giving us a chance to win this fab product!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  9. I love this! I can see how it comes in handy. As an upper elementary teacher, this would be great for small group discussions, especially during literature circles.

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  10. This is great. It would be great to use for assessment in fluency and what a great idea to use it in centers!!

    amandalawson4@gmail.com

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  11. I've seen this all over! I would love to use it with my firsties who have these awesome ideas in their heads that they can tell me, but when they go to write it on paper they forget. It would also be great to use with my kiddos who are on different spelling levels from the rest of the class.

    caitlinelise.payne@gmail.com

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  12. I think your idea to play it for parents is a great idea. I think it would also be helpful for my progress monitoring on AIMSWeb. I teach inclusion so it would be helpful to have audio data for CSEs. I think it could also be good for teaching fluency and getting them to stop reading like robots : )

    wyguymom at gmail dot com

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  13. Love this and your idea of recording yourself before with directions for centers. I follow your blog of course. =)

    justwildaboutteaching.blogspot.com

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  14. I follow your blog and Learning Resources on FB.
    This has so many uses in the classroom! Would love to win one!
    Colleen
    colleendembs@yahoo.com

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  15. I follow both! I would use this in reading groups so the children can hear themselves read. I would also use this for running records.

    lraines78@gmail.com

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  16. I follow your blog and like learning resources on FB. Brandolpeters1@cox.net

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  17. I am a follower of BOTH! Thanks! Love this! wendy
    1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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  18. I am a follower of your blog and "liked" Learning resources on Facebook!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  19. I love this!!! Perfect for centers or even a message to students when you have a sub!!!! I follow your blog and learning resources on Facebook.

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  20. I follow both of you. I would love to use this for directions for centers.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  21. I would love to use one of these to assess things like counting to 100 that students are so time consuming. And recording it instead would be a great motivator for the kids! Bonus!

    I follow you and Learning Resources.

    Rebecca
    photogirl0727@gmail.com

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  22. I would LOVE to have one of those for my kinders! I follow your blog and Like Learning Resources!
    ilovekdgt@gmail.com
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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  23. I like the idea of using it for stations, or even for a morning message/behave yourself reminder for a sub to play too! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  24. I love the idea for the sub and for centers. My students might behave differently for the sub if they hear my voice. At centers they would not have to ask twice about the directions :)
    Super!!!

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  25. I could see using this during math centers, when we are doing word problems. I could have word problems recorded on it and students could listen to them at a center. I follow your blog & Learning Resources on Facebook.

    Amber
    ambs98@nc.rr.com

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  26. What a great giveaway! So many uses for this little device!

    amiebuzza@yahoo.com

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  27. I definitely would use this in many different ways in my first grade classroom! It would be a wonderful tool for directions, as you noted. I also think it would be great for kiddos to read into and then listen to in order to practice fluency. I would use them during running records for assessment, as well! What a diverse tool! Oh, now I would love to win it even more! :)

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  28. I would love to have this in my classroom. I am definitely trying to make my kids more and more independent each day. I feel like this will help with the directions, and I would love to use it as an assessment tool as well! Thanks for the chance to win this!

    Nadia
    draken@uni.edu

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  29. I teach the English portion in our dual language program this would be an awesome tool for my English language learners. Reading in English is still difficult for them but listening to me would be easier, workstations would go smoother. Daniella1garcia@gmail.com

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  30. I follow your blog regularly. You always have great ideas. This HearAll looks like something I need to start saving for. I hope I win! I also follow Learning Resources on Facebook
    THYordan@aol.com

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  31. I've seen a few reviews of this recorder, and I would love, love, love to have one in my classroom! :) It's definitely on my wish list for now- there are so many great things you can do with it. I know my students love to hear themselves read! I follow your blog and Learning Resources on fb!

    Katie
    smilesfrom2ndgrade@hotmail.com
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

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  32. I would use it during assessments. I also love the idea of using to read directions to my students during centers.

    Karenb6261@gmail.com

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  33. I would love to use it to help my students improve their fluency. I love the idea of using it to record center directions.

    Gracie
    GuishardGang@aol.com

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  34. OH I want one of these sooooooo bad! I do the Ball words from Marsha over at Differentiated Kindergarten, and I NEVER have enough time in the day to listen to EVERYONE test! And my kiddos are FLYING through their words! An Extra set of "ears" would be great!!!!!

    justhave2teach@gmail.com

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  35. I love your idea with the centers!!
    I have a boy that is selective mute. He will talk one on one but in a whisper. This would be a great tool for him to be able to communicate with me without being embarrassed and I can raise the volume to understand him better!!

    redmist100@gmail.com

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  36. I think this would encourage my special needs students to talk. I believe they would like to speak into it.

    I follow your blog and I like Learning Resources on Facebook.

    Carolyn
    dopey0222@gmail.com
    Exceptional Kinders

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  37. I really think this would be a great way to listen to the kids talk during math centers. I try to get them to do "math talk: all the time. Whether it's having a Snowball Fight or scooping up snowballs (mini-marshmallows).

    Of course I follow you and Learning Resources on Facebook too.

    Love you Hadar!
    Terri
    KinderKapers

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  38. This looks fabulous! I would use it when I do my running records. I could go back and listen to it in case I missed something. This would also be good to use for my kids to hear what and how they are reading.

    I follow both pages on facebook!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  39. I was just thinking about this kind of thing. What a great giveaway!!!

    lucy_tumnus@yahoo.com

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  40. I love the endless possibilities with this product! Not to mention RECHARGABLE!! Love, LoVe, LOVE!!

    Thank you for the opportunity,
    Mendy
    mkschanck@baschools.org

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  41. I would love to win this to record directions for centers, and it's rechargeable too! I like and follow both.

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  42. I think this would be great for my daughters classroom.
    I follow you on gfc and Like Learning Resources on fb
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  43. I would use this for recording directions for working on words activities! I totally follow your awesome blog and Learning Resources! You rock, Hadar!

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  44. Wow! I would LOVE one of these for my workboard centers in both literacy and math. As you said, it's impossible to be with everyone at the same time, so it would be great to either leave directions at a center for kids to revisit, or to have some insight into their learning. What an awesome idea!

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  45. I would love to use this at my centers. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for making such cute products:)!

    I follow your blog & Learning Resources on FB.

    ~Sara
    sweetsarabowling@gmail.com

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  46. I've been looking for a recorder to meet Core Curriculum objectives to act out, retell, record and listen to stories... This is such a great size! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. This would be handy when doing the moy testing. Love the it doesn't use batteries. I follow you and learning resources.

    Marebarr@yahoo.com

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  48. This would be handy when doing the moy testing. Love the it doesn't use batteries. I follow you and learning resources.

    Marebarr@yahoo.com

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  49. This would be handy when doing the moy testing. Love the it doesn't use batteries. I follow you and learning resources.

    Marebarr@yahoo.com

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  50. I would love the recorder. I have the microphones and love them for fluency samples, but I would love this record all.
    Thanks
    krissye@hotmail.com

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  51. I follow both. I would love this to use in small groups for reading. I can work with one group, while another group is recording, allowing me to spot check reading and fluency.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  52. I would use it in several different ways!! I would probably first try it with my learning centers as a reminder of the directions...then possibly to record my kinders telling stories for formal assessments...possibilities are endless! Thanks for the chance to win won! :)

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  53. Oops...forgot too leave an email address....carolalford1919@gmail.com

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  54. I'm certainly going to check out this out! I'm preparing to go back into the classroom and will be teaching Kindergarten next year for the first time in my 24 year career! I love reading your blog and just wanted to thank you for sharing!

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  55. I would LOOOOOVE to win one of these! This looks very fun and I am sure the kids would love it too.

    Kelly
    fromkindergartenwithlove.blogspot.com

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  56. This would so help with documentation, which seems to be the only thing I do lately. :) Great resource for ILA's.

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