Hello fellow teachers,
First of all, I would like to thank you all for allowing me the use of the Livescribe pen. It did sit for a few weeks on my to do list and in part, because I did not know how to use it. I found quickly that the pen is very user friendly. The only glitch I had was that when the battery got low it would not stop recording when hitting the button. Also, I have not used it with the notebook software yet. I have used the recording device for a few things with my Learning Assistance students which I will elaborate on slightly.
· The Livescribe pen as a spelling tool
o I originally tried it as a spelling test tool, with the student sounding out the sounds as they spelled the word. This was partially successful. Then I used it as a “pre spelling” device. Students would listen to the spelling words spelled out and then copy the words. The following week they would then do the actual test, reviewing the spelling words from the week before if they spelled them wrong. This was very successful for a student that gets the same three words wrong week after week. Also, since it is a cool gadget, the students seem to be motivated to do the activity.
· The Livescribe pen as a K/1 problem solving helper
o For one of the K/1 centers I had a pre-recorded word problem on the page. Students were to listen to the problem and then on another page solve the problem. Grade Ones wrote their “problem sentence” with the Livescribe pen so that I could review it later. My only regret was making the problem too complex. I had to go back and review the steps and make the problems simpler. I really love the pen for this task and the students did too! I think you could also add a feature with the solution so that it could be self checking.
I see on your site multiple other ways to use this device and I am enjoying seeing how other teachers are using the pen. I have thought of trying it in French class (to pre record the pronunciation of words for students to practice) and have also used it as a testing device for the vowel sounds (a sort of spelling test where I say the sound and the student writes the letter). I love the fact that students are getting the motor combined with the oral and the visual while working with this device. Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity!
K/1 Classroom Teacher