Tape Recorder used as teaching strategies/ teaching aid.ALLOWS USING TAPE RECORDERTO DICTATE WRITING.
A tape recorderis an audiostorage device that records andplays back sounds, includingarticulated voices, usuallyusing magnetic tape, either woundon a reel or in a cassette, forstorage. Who would have thoughtthis device would be used not onlyfor musical purposes but also as ateaching aid.
Studies have shown that some students do not have along attention span in the classroom. Tapes in theclassroom enable teachers to constantly shift theattention of the students and hopefully work with thestudents short attention spans. Tapes also allowteachers to take a backseat and not be the focus of thelesson. Whether using prerecorded activities orrecordings in the classroom, tapes provide teachers along and varied list of activities for their classroom. Thetapes can even be used in a school or classroom timecapsule. Recorded stories are especially beneficial inyounger classrooms to help students read.
The tape-recorder has come to be an invaluable aidto the learner and teacher, and afterthe blackboard, is probably most commonlyused pieces of equipment in the classroom. Sofar, all the activities we have mentioned have usedthe tape-recorder for playing back previouslyrecorded material. Another frequently neglecteduse of the tape-recorder is for making recordings inthe classroom, particularly of the studentsthemselves. The teacher can record the studentsduring a discussion etc., and can thus diagnoseproblem areas more easily.A very motivating activity for students is to let thenwrite and record their own dialogues. You couldalso record students telling a story. Later on thestory could be written in good English and the textcould be used for reading practice.
The teachers use Tape Recorders as a teaching aidfor students who are more relying on auditory.On Special Education, Tape Recorders are also usedby the Visually Impaired students especially the lowVision students. Since they are more relying on theirauditory, it is more advisable for them to use taperecorder to be able for them to cope up with theirlesson.Again, there are two types of recorders to consider:one that the students can borrow and one that staysin the classroom. A classroom tape recorder shouldhave a loudspeaker. Tape recorders for student useshould resemble a cassette tape Walkman, light andcheap. Example, if the low-visioned student ismainstreamed in a regular class and he knew that hecan’t possibly follow the writings on the board, hecan use an alternative way to cope up to thediscussion with the use of Tape Recorder. After theclass, he can listen to it all over again.
For the MR/MC, to get their attentionespecially when identifying the sound ofthe objects, animals, and etc., he can listenover a tape recorder and with the help ofthe teacher, he can identify the name of theobject.They can experience learning in afresh way such as using the tape recorder asa teaching aid and they can also enjoylistening to the sound on the tape recorder.
Generally, digital recorders have surpassed taperecorders in popularity. However, in theclassroom, teachers should use tape recordersbecause they are much less expensive thandigital recorders. This way, teachers can feelcomfortable allowing students to borrowrecorders when necessary. There are two typesof recorders to consider: one that the studentscan borrow and one that stays in the classroom.A classroom tape recorder should have aloudspeaker. Tape recorders for student useshould resemble a cassette tape Walkman, lightand cheap.
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