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Headset For Storytelling in Kindergarten

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I have written about headphones we use in my class before (see here) and everything I posted there is still true. The Califone headphones have been exactly what I needed for my class and more importantly they continue to work after two years of Kindergarten kids using them daily. Today I want to share a new Califone product that I started using the second semester of school this year. (Please note: I am not getting paid to share this and I purchased the headphones myself) The new headsets are identical to the ones I already use except they have a mic for recording audio (see image at bottom of page) All I can say is these mics are amazing for recording audio from the kids. If your class is like mine the kids speak very softly as soon as it is time to act or tell the story and the headsets do an amazing job or picking up even the quietest kids. The Califone 2810 Series Headsets also do a good job of canceling some of the background noise which is always present in a Kindergarten class. If you are using them for the iPad you will want to get the version with the 3.5mm To Go plug.

The first time I used the headsets we made a Valentine’s Video Card for all the Moms. Using the Explain Everything app I took a picture of the kids and then recorded them saying some sweet things about Mom (sample video below) We have also used the headsets to make an Earth Day Video with Explain Everything. For this project I had the kids come to my teacher table one at a time and tell me how they planned to save the Earth and we recorded their responses (read more here.) Another way the headsets are valuable is for documenting growth in the classroom. Once a month I recorded the kids dictating a journal and reading leveled a reader (see here.) It was amazing to watch the growth and the videos are a wonderful way to show parents the learning that is taking place in your classroom. I can’t wait for next year as I plan to document their writing and reading from the beginning of school. Of course the kids also are able to use them for independent projects like recording audio for stop motion video or creating stories in Toontastic. I know the possibilities for creating are endless with the technology we have available, these are just a few examples of how I am using the headsets in my class. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please share in the comments!


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15 Responses to Headset For Storytelling in Kindergarten

  1. Roxanne Crain says:

    Do I need to buy the ones without the mics for everyday use and then one for times I want to record?

  2. Julie Manion says:

    Matt, when I recorded with first graders this year I had to have a silent room or I picked up all the ambient noise. I gave up a lot of breaks. How did you solve this problem?
    Julie Manion

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Julie, have you used the headsets with mics? That solved most of the issue for me. Also, I stopped worrying about a little noise in the background. The headsets picked up the kids audio very well so it never was a big issue after we started using them.

  3. Roxanne Crain says:

    Matt on a slightly different note, have you written about how you incorporate the iPad center/ usage into your everyday multi curricular schedule? I would love to read that!!

  4. Sara says:

    One more question… where have you found the best deal on your headphones with the mics? Having a hard time finding the ones with the microphones.

  5. Sara says:

    Guess my first question didn’t post, so here goes again… you mentioned that you help your students find the images… what have you found to best/easiest with your kiddos for locating images? Also, at some point are your kiddos able to do this on their own? I am working with first graders in a 1:1 environment and have debated many times if they can safely do this step on their own.
    Thank you for your wonderful insights! I love reading your blog and how you seamless embed technology with our youngest learners!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      We use creative commons to find images most of the time http://search.creativecommons.org/
      Yes, my kids are able to do search on their own at the end of the year. Hopefully they are searching on a school network that has a safety system already set up for kids to use. Of course none of those systems are perfect so part of keeping kids safe is educating them on how to search safely.

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