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Friday, November 16, 2012

Learning Resources Talk Bar Review and Giveaway

Recently, one of my favorite educational companies, Learning Resources, asked me to review one of their products. I jumped at the chance, because they have tons of fabulous gadgets. This one really interested me! It's called the Talk Bar. Click on the image below to read reviews and suggestions for use.

These are not my students.

The Talk Bar is a versatile communicator ideal for interventions, vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, and much, much more. You slide in up to 6 cards and record 10 seconds of audio for each slot. The children press each slot and listen to the audio, then do the task asked of them. 

I tried it out with my students and they LOVED it! Here is what I did. I typed up some facts about the Pilgrims and cut them to fit into each slot. The Talk Bar comes with lots of blank cards, but, I wanted to type them, not hand write them. I just measured the blank cards it came with and made my cards the same size. 

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Here are some students using this amazing gadget.



They loved everything about it! They pressed each bar, listened to my voice recording, and chose the correct fact to put into each slot. Then, they listened to each slot again, to make sure they chose the correct answers. I love how it's self checking. It's so easy to use that the children can easily be taught to record their own audio. The Talk Bar is just another cool way to utilize technology in the classroom. It's kid friendly and serves a multitude of purposes. My students couldn't wait for their turn and, they are so full of knowledge about the Pilgrims!

I know that you will love this gadget, too! Learning Resources is so generous, that they are allowing me to give one away to one of my lucky followers. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below. I will choose a winner on Wednesday night. Someone is really going to be thankful this Thanksgiving! I hope it's you! By the way, if you don't win this totally terrific tool, stay tuned, because I have another amazing gadget to give away very soon!
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98 comments:

  1. This looks like it would be AWESOME. I love Learning Resources. There products are FABULOUS.

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  2. I would use this for vocabulary (match definitions to words), phonics (record phonemes, match pictures), math facts (match answers to recorded number stories) and so much more!
    ~Crystal H.

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  3. This looks awesome. I would use it as a Vocabulary Review. I would type out words and record the definitions. This looks super.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  4. This would be perfect for my ELLs during our 1 hour vocabulary time!
    Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  5. I would love to use it during math or literacy centers. Perfect to be in more than one place at a time!!
    Becky
    bbaxter711@hotmail.com

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  6. I would use this as a simple communication device for some of my non-verbal students! They would use it to make choices or answer questions.

    Kara
    Spedventures
    spedventures@gmail.com

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  7. To put story events in order.

    jjn2home@yahoo.com

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  8. I would use this product in order to help with relaying certain information to students during our language arts center groups and then practicing different skills in the different center groups. It becomes very hard to maintain a class of 24 kindergarten students in small groups doing activities that are beyond their ability (all a part of a ridiculous reading series). Utilizing it in center groups would be amazing. Thanks for the chance to win Lori :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  9. I would use this both in literacy and math centers. How wonderful to give them so much independence.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  10. This would be so perfect to use with my intervention groups for everything from letter sequencing to story sequencing! I love it!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars
    readerstars@gmail.com

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  11. This would be great for math and social studies facts. I would also use it for sequencing stories or for giving directions. Maybe a treasure hunt with clues! I love their products and hope to win! Thanks Lori!

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  12. I would love to use this for a math center to reinforce vocabulary.
    schewkinder@gmail.com

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  13. I would love to get my hands on this awesome tool. It looks like it could be used for so many things. I hope I win!!
    smithrc563@aol.com
    Thanks,
    Robin

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  14. What a great tool!! I would use it during my centers to explain any new activities and review what they are expected to do while I work with a guided reading group.

    Kari :)
    karianne1120@gmail.com

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  15. I would love to use this for a math center to explain concepts to a small group that I might not be working with directly.

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  16. I see many possibilities. I teach children with various special needs. This could be used as a Comm. device for students that struggle to talk. They could use it as a personal daily schedule. It could be a prompt for learning the steps of a task. It would be fun to use in a following instructions game. How exciting!
    debbiehitesman@msn.com

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  17. How cool is that! This tool looks versatile enough to use in every subject area - and talk about differentiation! I would LOVE to have one:)

    Katrina
    kcal88@gmail.com

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  18. I would use it for comprehension.

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  19. I would use it on vocabulary and for comprehension debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  20. I have a student who has limited verbal skills. I could use the talk bar to engage him in activities.

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  21. Great product! I would use it during reading groups and have the kids listen to the little book they are reading! It would be perfect b/c I have levels C-D in my groups!

    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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  22. I forgot to leave my email kimwill12@gmail.com :)

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  23. This would be awesome to use with sequence of events for reading and then for any type of vocabulary, have it give the definition and the students find the word. For math, it could say an answer and the students have to match a number sentence to it or vice versa. As you said, the possibilities are endless!!
    Shibahn
    www.landoflearning.wordpress.com

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  24. Oh and here's my e-mail...sorry!
    landrylandoflearning@gmail.com

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  25. Besides all the wonderful ideas posted already, I can also see it being used as part of centers, where they need to conduct a science experiment. The sequence of the activity would be posted, to hear directions, then conduct the steps of the activity.

    Shirley _ teachn99@aol.com

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  26. I would love to use this with my struggling readers to work on their comprehension. Thanks for the chance to win! I love Learning Resources' products. Nissa nissacronin@gmail.com

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  27. I can see this being used also for my lower kinders on letters and letters sounds and high frequency words as well as comprehension.

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  28. I would use it in centers. It really could work for any subject and would be great for review too.

    Cindy
    Cdelvalle81@gmail.com

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  29. This tool looks amazing! I would use it during rotations to practice any number of concepts including arrays and functions in math and summarizing and predicting in language arts.

    Shelly
    shouseman@ismonterey.org

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  30. I could use this in so many ways! I am the reading teacher, working with small groups, so my kiddos could be using this while I do assessments, etc. The options are endless! :)
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  31. I would use this for reading.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  32. I would use this for reading comprehension and small groups -- love it!

    Lori
    wrlean@aol.com

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  33. I plan on using for just about anything. It would work great in centers as a way for students to practice their phonics or during math tubbing practicing their math facts. I would also use it for science and social studies like you did. Awesome product!

    Sherie
    misshiban@gmail.com

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  34. What wouldn't I use this for?? WOW!!! Reading comp and BME definitely come to mind. Here's to a BIG win for the "Factory" . . . hehehehehe :) Thanks for the op! Hugs friend.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory
    kelleydolling@gmail.com

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  35. I love it! The possibilities are endless. You could use it in any subject area.

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      Emily O'Neil
      oneele@hotmail.com

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  36. I would love this!! I can think of many uses for it, but I think i would use it most for story sequencing.

    Jen
    jeneratorj@gmail.com

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  37. I would use this during Daily 5 for sequencing a story after listening to it or word work activities. Thanks!

    Connie
    cknauss@elcosd.org

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  38. I would love it for story sequencing, math facts, science labeling...

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple
    theresourcefulapple@gmail.com

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  39. I have so many ell students this year...I was thinking I could use it for vocabulary building... Love ya! Amy

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  40. I would love to use it with groups - to duplicate myself :)
    kellys3ps@sbcglobal.net

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  41. This looks like it could be used a bazillion ways. How fun! Would love to have it. Love your blog BTW. Where do you find the time??? LOL

    Pam :)

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  42. This looks like such a cool resource! I could see it being helpful for story sequencing in 2nd grade!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  43. Thanks for your great blog......and I would love to be able to use this Talk Bar with my readers who struggle. Thanks again.

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  44. What a wonderful resource! Thanks for the chance. :)

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  45. I can think of a million things to use this for! I hope I win! (fingers crossed!)
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World

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  46. Vocabulary buliding, sequencing, acjennyg@gmail.com

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  47. The possibilities are endless, but I think I would use this for all types of literacy activities, in particular comprehension, as this is what my Special Needs Group struggle with most.
    wendydotwilson@hotmail.com

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Wendy :)
    Teacher's Toolkit

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  48. There are sooo many ways to use this but I think I would first use it as part of a workjob for some students learning the names of objects. I would record the names of the items and then they would have to place the real object or a picture of the named object in the square. iwillitryican@gmail.com

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  49. If you had a partner center but had a student who couldn't handle working with others, you could use this wonderful device. For instance, if one partner had to read a card and the other respond, the "reading" could be recorded, the student could respond, and then flip the card over to check their response. Of course, there are a million other ways this wonderful device could be used!
    mollynowak@yahoo.com

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  50. I would love to have this for my classroom and use for story sequencing. Dolmsteadcu@gmail.com

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  51. I would love this Talking bar for many activities for reading workshop. I could also use this for story starters in writers workshop.
    marymcgough63@centruylink.net

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  52. I would use this for comprehension skills during small group reading instuction.
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com
    meadowt@comcast.net

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  53. What a great giveaway! I have a new student from Israel. He speaks some English, but this would really support his acquisition and comprehension skills.
    Laura
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students
    teachinspireprepare@comcast.net

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  54. The talk bar sounds fabulous! I'd use it with my EL kids or my low language English speakers and with my low readers.
    --Chrissy
    Firstgradefoundme.blogspot.com
    Firstgradefoundme@gmail.com

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  55. This would be great, to observe whether students had learned the information in any subject...I like vocabulary review, math concepts and small groups.

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  56. This looks like a really neat tool! I am thinking of how I could use this in my learning stations for helping my kids who are struggling with counting- I could put in # cards and they'd have to listen to my counting and find the number that comes next. For my advanced kids I could do skip counting and they could find the next set of #s that would come after mine.

    It would also be great to use for sequencing a story we've read together or unscrambling sentences.

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  57. I forgot to leave my email- oops- ebekahray@gmail.com I need to work on my following directions skills it seems. :)

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  58. I would use this for so many things...beginning sound matching, sequencing, vocabulary, telling time, money, math facts...the possibilities are endless!

    kprobst3@yahoo.com

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  59. njsaenz1@austin.rr.comNovember 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    I would love to use it for reviews of science and social studies facts learned

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  60. I would love to use this sequencing stories and for sciecne and social studies review.
    Mary M.

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  61. I would use this all the time. So many uses for math as well as language arts. I think this would be a good listening center activity to do after they have listend to the book!
    karmstrong@eaton.k12.oh.us

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  62. What a wonderful tool to have! I would use it especially during literacy centers for retelling and sequencing events of stories.
    Heidi F.

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  63. This would be perfect for my students. I would use it for retelling, sequencing & vocabulary. My children who are nonverbal would benefit greatly. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  64. I would love to use this with my students for skip counting and for retelling and sequencing. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    jennyglahnreck@aol.com
    Owl Things First!

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  65. I could use this for so many foundational skills such as rhyming, letter recognition, beginning sounds, number sequence, and the list goes on...

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  66. I would use this for retellng and vocab. practice
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  67. Nellie
    I would use this for many activities during intervention and in the class.

    nprisby@hotmail.com

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  68. Oh my word, love it! There are so many things that come to mind, but where to start. Sequencing, CVC words, rhyming picture match, flower parts (say name...they find part), to name a few! :)
    faith.kindergartenfaith@gmail.com

    Faith
    Kindergarten Faith
    Check out my blog!

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  69. Thanks for the opportunity. I would use this as part of my intervention with some of my students.
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  71. I would use this to support story sequencing, as well as paragraph organization!

    Caralee
    cdeherrera526@gmail.com

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  72. Cool! I've never seen this before. This would be great for sequencing stories or helping my ELL students with vocabulary.
    Heather
    hhigafunada@gmail.com

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  73. What a great idea! I can't wait to get my hands on one and give it a try. Thanks for sharing -

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  74. I would love this for sequencing, rhyming words, comprehension skills! What an amazing tool! :)
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  75. I would love this for literacy and math workstations. I can see using it in many ways for all student levels. It would be great for struggling students and as an an incentive for students on higher levels. Thanks for sharing this teaching tool.

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  76. Hey Lori ~ There are just sooo many uses for the Talk Bar!! I will most likely use it in my Reading Workstation for retelling. My students need LOTS of retelling practice. Love the new "gadget" and being that it is a Learning Resources product - I know that we will LOVE it!!! Love their products!!

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  77. I would love to use it in a way that encourages and allows my kids to practice sequencing and storytelling.
    grace2u {at} rogers {dot} com

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  78. We are about to be focusing on using context clues to figure out words we don't know...This would be fabulous for me to record sentences and then the students have to use the recorded context clues to match a picture~
    I am so excited!
    leslie.winters76@gmail.com

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  79. I would love to use this with reading and sequencing story events, beginning middle, end...as a tool to help students put sentences in order (or even to record THEIR sentences which they can play back and then write - my students really struggle with writing). So many possibilities!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.ne

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  80. This looks like an awesome resource to use with small group! :)

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  81. This would be great for my ELL as well as with reading activities such as the main idea and supporting details.

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  82. I would love to use this as an independent literacy center! Thanks for hosting!

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  83. I teach Pre-K and this is a fantastic way to develop student's listening skills for Kindergarten. This could be used for Math and Language Arts as well as small and large group instruction. I just love it!!!!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  84. I would use this for those kiddos who need that extra boost and all others! Love this! Would be a great addition to my 1st year classroom!

    teaching.joys@cox.net

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  85. This would be great for vocab review during guided reading and guided reading plus! AWESOME!

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  86. This would also be a wonderful tool for students to record their stories and then write the words and illustrate.

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  87. What a great learning tool for the classroom! Thanks for sharing!

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  88. I'd love this for any subject...especially teaching sequencing. I'll cross my fingers!

    CaseyCanion@aol.com

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  89. Absolutely LOVE this idea! The possibilities are endless!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    cpieterman@rogers.com

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  90. What a great product!!!! I think this could be used for sooo many things....retelling, sequencing, vocabulary, and RTI!!! I would love, love, love, to use this in my classroom. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!!! ellen.yucht@imagineschools.com

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  91. This is such a great idea! I can think of so many ways to use it and it would make a perfect center!

    Diane
    Teaching With Moxie

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  92. Great giveaway! I would use this with comprehension activities!
    ReadWriteSing

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