by Samuel Sennott
Check out the Talking Photo Ball by Brookstones for creating a simple four location story telling voice output device.
Each of the four sides has a switch that can hold a recorded message. This could be a helpful tool for sharing short co-planned sequenced social scripts for direct selectors. Theoretically you could switch adapt each of the four switches. For the reasonable $15 price tag, I might get out the soldering iron myself and give it a try.
One drawback is that the switch tops are removable and could be a constant temptation to pull off. Definitely check this out next time you are in a mall, as sky is the limit with ideas for this tool. Here are six:
- Use it to send home a story from the day. Print out four pictures and co-construct the script.
- Write four line poems and put the text from each of the lines on each of the four sides.
- Buy 7 of them for $105 and you can put one letter of the alphabet on the sides. Countless games can be made up with this from taking all the caps off and matching them back on, to using it in a game with alphabet key words.
- Try putting the weeks word wall words and chants on them and use them during your word wall instructional time.
- Use it for providing key lesson instructions that student may want to hear repeated.
- Use it during the memorization or reminder phases of writing strategy instruction.
Feel free to leave more ideas in the comments section.
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