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Talk Bar Review
By A Differentiated Kindergarten
from Cadillac MI
Comments about Talk Bar™:
Ever since the good people at Learning Resources sent me this wonderful product, my head has just been a spinning trying to figure out all the great ways to use this tool. Obviously, it's ideal for story sequencing, providing step by step instructions for students who need tasks broken down or for center activities. (I have to admit, it has been tons of fun around my house over the last couple of days as I have dictated 'tasks' for a scavenger hunt on each of the six buttons for my boys to follow...LOVED IT!) I created some fun, colorful number cards that fit exactly in the six compartments, but you can use the laminated cards that come with it if you prefer and program them with pictures, numbers or words or whatever.For my classroom, I placed the numbers in the slots and then on each button I recorded a math story problem for students to complete. Using the TalkBar, I can have the students listen to the problem and represent it on a math mat with fun manipulatives and/or represent their problem on a recording sheet. I am so excited to use this with my kinders and after using it with my own boys, I can tell you, it's easy to use (my 4 year old can manage recording and playing it back), fun, versatile and durable. What a wonderful classroom tool.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Use the TalkBar for simple story problems.
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A great SLP tool!
The Talk Bar is super easy to use. You can definitely utilize for AAC but you can also use for other therapy activities, such as sequencing, vocabulary, sentence expansion, retell, requesting, etc. I used with one group after we read a story, and they each recorded a sentence about it answering their question type. I also used a set of toy pictures, I recorded the name of each picture, then during my session, the student can make his activity choice. You can also choose to not use all of the buttons, if your students need less choices.Learning Resources provided one free Talk Bar for me to review and one for the giveaway winner. No other compensation was provided. Opinions are all mine
By Teaching With Love and Laughter
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.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!
Interactive Learning Fun!
from Greenville, SC
This product is perfect for use with my 2nd graders. They are able to use it independently in centers or in partner/small-group work. It is perfect for sequencing story events in reading and stages of life cycles in science. We also used it for vocabulary and math practice. Students love being able to record their own voices! The recording time is short, but knowing that in advance lets you plan accordingly. It was plenty of recording time for our needs. I also love that it mounts on the wall to save space! This would be a great addition to any classroom! **Learning Resources provided the Talk Bar to my classroom for a review, but the donation had no impact on the content of my review.**
My low tech AAC devices are some of my most used therapy tools in the preschool population. They provide great support for all kids and can be used to make language lessons more interactive. In my class I have had many one and two switch items but I was excited to use a new item with a few more options. This is exactly what I found when I was given the Talk Bar to test out from Learning Resources.The Talk Bar is a 6 button electronic device. Each button can record 10 seconds of audio. What I love: The buttons are big - so my kids with poor motor control can easily operate it! The record function is easy to work. The power button slides between play/record/off. This will make it great to leave in classrooms where paraprofessionals and teachers can easily change out recordings without needed assistance. The other positive I see for the Talk Bar, is that it's will be perfect for story sequencing. I can't wait to have the kids work out sequences and then have them record each part. So many of my little guys can sequence pictures but can't verbalize those steps. What I don't love: It's bulky. Although the unit it light, it is long and can't be easily thrown in my work back to move from building to building. I don't think it will replace my iPad for those traveling days. So here's how I used it so far this summer! I brought out my client's favorite game: Don't Break the Ice. On my iPad I opened Custom Boards and made inserts for the game (ice, hammer, help, my turn, your turn.) Then I programmed the Talk Bar. We used it to play the game. My client clicked on the appropriate picture and then he attempted to repeat the phrase himself.The other uses are pretty much endless! Following directions, AAC, sequencing, games, story creation, and more. You can even mount it to the wall (it comes with predrilled holes!)Disclosure Statement: Learning Resources provided two free products. One for review and one for a giveaway winner. No other compensation was provided. Opinions listed are only mine.
Hang Up A Center
By The Organized Classroom Blog
I am so excited to share this fabulous item from Learning Resources I was able to review! There are a ton of things (following directions, centers, sequencing, math problems, etc.) that you could do with this great learning tool in your classroom! I also like that it can lay flat or be hung on the wall (it has pre-drilled holes), which makes small spaces adaptable with this item. I think the best part is that it can be used in any classroom, by any age - the sky is the limit!
Amazing Vocabulary Tool
By Teacher Creature
from Newell, Iowa
This is one of the most versatile tools I have come across. It is easy, easy, easy to use. I didn't even need to read the directions. It allows me to individualize lessons for my ELL students. I can prepare auditory review quizzes for biology, reading vocabulary, literature, math problems, and more. It allows me to be in two places at once. I can be working with a group while a student (or students) complete an activity with TalkBar. Love it!
A Great Tool
By Ms. K
from Chicago, IL
I used the Talk Bar in my kindergarten classroom as a tool for reviewing sight words for my struggling students. Rather than "drill and kill" with flashcards, it was a different way to work on them which my students really enjoyed. I had my students attempt to read each sight word, and then press the button to see if they were correct. The Talk Bar is easy to manipulate and the recording process is simple. I do wish that the paper provided was dry-erase friendly so that they could be re-used. It would be nice if there was volume control on it as well, but the audio does come out nice and loud. The Talk Bar is also a helpful tool for my student with autism to work on sequencing. I like that there is a variety of uses and that the ability for the teacher to record on it allows students to be able to use it independently and self-check.
Talk Bar - Good for
By Cathy P
from Palatine, IL
Overall, the product is very easy to use. Primary students can easily use the Talk Bar. The Talk Bar would be a great center activity whether it is to review content vocabulary or spelling patterns. Students can hear you say the word and/or defintion, or they can make their own recording. I like how there are multiple uses for the talk bar. The premade cards have great pictures to go with each word (and definition). However, if you want your students to do any recordings, you are limited to one recording per use.