Using Audio and Video effectively in the Literacy Classroom
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Easi-Speak USB Microphone
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Flip Video Recorder
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iPod Touch
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Bluetooth Webcam
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RearSight 4 Webcams

The portability and ease of use of these and many other mobile devices, make them a very welcome inclusion in the 21st century classroom. Technology that enables teachers and their students to capture life and learning as a seamless part of the classroom program, are now readily available and affordable.


Key Questions...
  • How might you use this technology to capture student learning/reflection?
  • How might you use this technology to facilitate learning?
  • What are the benefits?

and specifically for literacy...
  • How might these devices be used to support reading, writing, speaking and listening in the literacy curriculum?


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Using devices such as the Easi-Speak USB Microphone, Notebook microphones, iPods

Some great things to try...
  • Ask students to record their thoughts and reflections on their reading for ePortfolios or as a part of a literature log
  • Teachers could record observations and feedback for students to listen and respond to at a later time
  • Students could record audiobooks for other students to listen to or record themselves reading; the ability to rehearse, play back, delete and redo add to fluency and clarity
  • Students could record and playback their own or their classmates writing to assist with the editing process
  • Ask students to record FactFiles - a few sentences about a particular topic based on their personal or class reading. FactFiles can be used as stand alone audio files or as part of a larger collection and published online
  • Create a regular group/class podcast and publish online; building up an audience gives students an authentic task with real purpose. Podcasts can be about anything, giving students opportunities for writing, talking, listening, co-operating and collaborating
  • Students could rehearse plays-script reading and listening back to their recordings helps to improve their performance through critical self evaluation
  • Interview classmates, friends, parents and teachers about their favourite authors, etc
  • Students could retell stories they have read to demonstrate their understanding and/or share with others, perhaps adding their own "Book Report" as an additional commentary - Shakespeare Retold, Possum Magic Retraced, Greek Mythology in their own words....
  • Record student oral presentations for them to hear back and reflect upon, publish them online to share with the school community, use it as evidence in an ePortfolio.
  • Pass a USB microphone around the class for students to record their contributions to a discussion. With prior knowledge, it allows them to prepare, increases ownership and responsibility, and improves participation
  • Recite poetry or read famous speeches to add to our understanding of the message and get a 'feel' for the words
  • Students can take the microphone with them wherever they go - other classrooms, around the school grounds, local walks, excursions, camps or to a quiet space when they need to record or capture an event
  • Use a microphone to record student questions - ahead of time in preparation for a visiting speaker, during a presentation or by a small group of children as they work through an independent task
  • Use the microphone to record the audio for digital story, presentation, animation or film



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Using devices such as Flip Video Recorders, Web Cams, RearSight's & Laptops, Still Cameras


Some great things to try...



  • Ask students to create video reviews of the books they are currently reading
  • View current advertisements and discuss the strategies used to persuade viewers to buy the product
  • Write scripts and film short video infomercials, persuasive responses to issues, recounts and news reports
  • Watch videos of book readings like those found at Story Online
  • Ask students to film their thoughts and reflections on their reading or writing for ePortfolios and to support their learning goals
  • Use the RearSight and your laptop webcam/iSight to record a child reading for ePortfolios or later assessment. The RearSight allows the recording to be unobtrusive, so that students are not distracted by their image on the screen
  • Students could film class presentations for them to watch back and reflect upon, post them online to share with the school community, use it as evidence in an ePortfolio
  • Ask students to create a Reading Vlog - they could use a web cam to record their thoughts, reflections, predictions and responses to text ideas at the end of each chapter and post online capturing a running commentary of their reading and learning
  • Students can take the video recorder with them wherever they go - other classrooms, around the school grounds, local walks, excursions, camps or to a quiet space when they need to film or capture an event
  • Use a video camera to film visiting speakers or a small group of children as they work through an independent task
  • Teachers could film their observations and feedback for students to view and respond to at a later time
  • Create a regular group/class vodcast [video broadcast] and post online; building up an audience gives students an authentic task with real purpose. Vodcasts, like podcasts, can be about anything, giving students opportunities for writing, talking, listening, co-operating and collaborating
  • Film interviews with classmates, friends, parents and teachers about their favourite authors, etc
  • Students could create and/or retell stories as digital stories or slideshows about books they have read to demonstrate their understanding and/or share with others
  • Use the video camera or the RearSight to film an animation or movie; providing another opportunity for students to write, talk, listen, think, co-operate and collaborate










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