Using Audio Recordings to Give Every Student a Voice!

Today we read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. After a class discussion about how important it is to be kind to one another, our class decided each friend should make a promise to think about what we say before we say it!

Sounds like an everyday activity in a Kindergarten classroom right!?!

Well guess what…..what happened next made it so much better! Each student got the chance to reflect, create, and take ownership over this simple activity by simply using their voice and a drawing pad on a device!

Today we used the Explain Everything App for the task at hand!

Step 1. Each Student opened Explain Everything on their device and chose a background.

Step 2. We drew a heart and wrote our name using the writing tools. Don’t worry if it isn’t just right your students can erase and try again.

Step 3. Each students was able tell me their own promise and why it was important to them by simply pushing the record button to start and stop their own recording! Everyone gets a voice and can share their learning!

We took this one step further by exporting the recordings and pictures to seesaw so each student’s family could hear these promises as well! Seesaw is great for allowing families to see, hear, and share in what their child has been learning about in school!

Kristy Hopkins