||4 to 7
||Software and headset
with children's microphone headset
Windows - requires microphone
program motivates a child to speak by having the games react to his
or her voice. Using
a microphone, the child's voice controls the actions of characters on the
screen. Say "Giggle" and the character will laugh! Play the
space game, and raise and lower the pitch of your voice to avoid getting
hit by enemy critters. This program can be customized to a user's voice.
Five activities are:
Jigsaw -- Put a puzzle together with your voice! Every time you make a
sound, a piece of the puzzle will appear. Select the number of puzzle
pieces. You can even bring your own picture into a puzzles. Try this
activity with a digital photograph of the student you are working with.
Jumping Creature - Each word you speak, is a command that controls the
character on the screen. Say "Giggle" and the character will
laugh. The other words the character responds to and acts out when they
are pronounced are are "Scream", "Jump",
"Cry", "Hop", and "Sing". The adult
can select the word commands that the child will speak.
Blow up a balloon - Students make an extended sound to blow up a balloon.
Say "AAAAAHHHHHHHH" and the balloon gets bigger and rises until
the student stops vocalizing.
Pitch - Change the pitch of your voice higher or lower, to move a game
piece. It's like "Space Invaders"! Creatures come after you and
you raise or lower your voice in order to move your hero up or down and
avoid getting hit!
Space Game - Children become the super-hero at the bottom of the screen.
Say "Fire" (or "Hit", or "Blast") to
eliminate the enemy creatures. Say "left" or "right"
and the character moves by your command to avoid getting hit. Adults can
select the number and speed of things coming at the player.
Record keeping automatically tracks all student activities and scores. The
teacher setup includes printable student records, configuration controls
for speed and frequency, and the facility to import pictures and photos
within the Jigsaw activity.
We challenge users of all ages to explore the activities within Sound
Beginnings without smiling!
These lightweight, adjustable stereo
headphones come complete with flexible boom microphone for accurate
positioning. Fully adjusted to fit small children. Ear pads can be removed
for easy cleaning.
Win 98+, P-200 Mhz, 64 Mb RAM, sound card, Headphones or speakers, 800 x 600