Leslie Gale's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Vocaroo Sound Recordings for Phonemic Awareness Practice January 22, 2013

During week 2 in our Instructional Technology class we were introduced to a wide variety of technology tools that educators could use to communicate to a variety of audiences. Some of these include posts on Twitter, blogs, podcasts, or posting sound files. As we were exploring Vocaroo and practicing posting a sound file I was impressed with how applicable this was to our kindergarten curriculum! I currently have several students who are in need of support in phonemic awareness. One way to give them practice at home as well as keep them engaged through the novelty of technology would be to record individual phonemes for familiar words and post the Vocaroo link on a blog or website. For example, I would say /f/, /r/, /o/, /g/ separated as distinct phonemes and the student would put them together and say the word to an adult at home.  I could also say a word and have the student write down how many phonemes he/she hears in the word. I have created a sample of what this may sound like and have included the Vocaroo links here:

Putting phonemes together:  http://vocaroo.com/i/s1NQn9QOfsZu

Separating phonemes:  http://vocaroo.com/i/s137uXlxvpP4

As I consider actually using this in my classroom, I know I would have to have them practice with it first in class. Also, I think the recording is a little bit distorted and some of the sounds are not as clear as I would like. This could be a problem with such an activity since the pronunciation is critical in order to detect the phonemes. I would also need to ensure that each child who is to participate has a computer at home. All in all I believe that sound recordings have great potential in my kindergarten classroom!

Advertisements
 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s