We have been using Talking Tin lids for a couple of years now in our classroom program. They are a wonderful tool that enable young learners to easily record up to 40 seconds of information that can then be played back, erased, recorded. The talking tin lids are magnetic so they can be used on whiteboards and can compliment displays around the room and be used in an interactive way by the children. We have used them regularly to compliment our Literacy program and our Developmental Curriculum. For example, a child might make a model and record what the model is and its special features, the recording can then be displayed with the model in class. Alternatively, a talking tin lid might be used by a student to record their writing as they read it back. If their writing is for an audience, such as a story, the talking tin lid can be displayed next to the writing, bringing the written work to life with the oral reading. This is great when a child who cannot yet confidently read wants to listen to and enjoy the story.
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We are now able to use the talking tin lids to compliment out Literacy program, both by enhancing oral language development and as an aid for the children to use when writing. For emerging writers they are great to help them remember what they wanted to write and then to listen and check back to see if their writing matches their spoken words. These short videos demonstrate how the children have been using the technology to support their recount writing this week.