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How to Create Talking Dot Shapes & Labels

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Talking Dot Shapes

Did you know that you can add your voice (or sounds) to any document or object by adding your voice (or sound) to small Livescribe dot paper shapes (rectangles, etc) and then taping/gluing them to document or other object?  

This idea is used in multiple ways in our series 12 Ways Educators & Students are Using the Pen Today.

The YouTube video below shows how this method can be used to create a reusable talking test from a plain paper test thus allowing a student with an IEP accommodation to listen independently to the test at their own pace and allowing an adult to read the test once while recording it and use their valuable time to do something more productive.

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Tips:

  1. Make talking dots in the center of a piece of Livescribe dot paper that has minimum dimensions of at least 1/2" x 1/2" (about 1.3 cm x 1.3 cm).
  2. After adding the talking dot shapes to the test protect it by sliding it into a protective plastic sheet protector. The smartpen will be be able to see the talking dots through the plastic.
  3. If you need to create a test that can be listened to by more than one student at a time then consider creating a pencast of it and sharing it online or export the recordings of the questions from the Livescribe Desktop to an mp3 player, iPod, etc.


Talking Dot Labels

Since you can print your own Livescribe dot paper then you can print these same "talking dots" to sheets of labels and then add these labels to any object … say a test that you want to add your voice to.

The YouTube video below shows how this can be done to make a plain paper test talk thus allowing a student with an IEP accommodation to listen independently to the test at their own pace. 

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Tips:

  1. You can buy sheets of rectangular labels at any office supply store or many other stores.  Round labels are typically a special order item.  I bought the ones shown in this video at www.labelsbythesheet.com
  2. Make talking dots in the center of labels that have minimum dimensions of at least 1/2" x 1/2" (about 1.3 cm x 1.3 cm).
  3. After adding talking dot labels to a document protect it by sliding it into a protective plastic sheet protector.  The smartpen will be be able to see the talking dots through the plastic.
  4. If you need to create a test that can be listened to by more than one student at a time then consider creating a pencast of it and sharing it online or export the recordings of the questions from the Livescribe Desktop to an mp3 player, iPod, etc. (Video showing this coming soon)