The 3600 has a built in microphone with a very good, clear pick up enabling recording of voices on an individual or group level. It can also clearly pick up voices during whole class discussions providing exceptional recordings.
Placing the unit away from the student can prevent distraction and enables greater focus on the intervention. Knowing that the recording quality will capture every spoken word or sound it allows the adult and the pupils to focus on the learning activity, the adult can be observant of the learning behaviours and the recordings can be used for evidence and assessment purposes later.
The advantage of audio recording over video recording is that audio recording can be a more accurate representation of the intervention because when recorded discretely the behaviour of the student is not influenced by the presence of a camera; behaviour in front of a camera is not always a true representation of ability due to the distraction.
Audio recording can be used in this way to gather baseline evidence at the onset of an intervention program. Subsequent sessions can be recorded and compared to previous recordings to ensure progress is being made. The collection of recordings provides documented and accurate evidence of the intervention which enables constant review by both the assessor and student building confidence and improvement.
Sound recording can be used for many activities in any area where playing back the recording allows the student to listen to themselves as a third person and make their own comparison between how they sound and how they aspire to sound. It can be invaluable when teaching Phonics but equally so in higher age groups where it helps with Speaking and Listening and even creative writing such as Talk to Write, carrying right through to GCSE level.
Recording a reading test enables the assessor to annotate the test at a later time, enabling them to play back the reading and more closely analyse any errors.
Creative writing can be improved by encouraging the student to capture their ideas as Sound Bites; this allows them to get their ideas down freely so that these can be written up later with all the enthusiasm and imagination of the initial idea.
Coomber recorders are so simple to use and very reliable, the teacher can concentrate on the student or the student can concentrate on the activity without the confusion of operating the equipment.