User Manual and Curriculum Guide

User Manual and Curriculum Guide
User Manual and
Curriculum Guide
Your talking Study Buddy will allow you to create seventy two 10 second
individual talking cards. A hidden record lock switch in the battery
compartment protects teachers recordings from accidental student erasure. It
can easily be moved to record mode when creating activities where student
voice recording is part of the activity.
Your Study Buddy requires 3 AAA batteries not included. Simply remove
cover on back and insert batteries as pictured. When the voice weakens during
playback or the red light starts flashing replace batteries. Use only fresh
batteries, do not mix old and new.
In the battery compartment slide the REC/LOCK switch to record. Take any
card from your kit and slide into Study Buddy with black holes facing down.
A fresh unused card will flash green once. Using a pen press the (small)
record button when the red light comes on you can record for 10 seconds.
Hold the internal microphone close to you mouth for best results. To create
messages shorter than 10 seconds press play button to stop recording.
Recording will automatically stop after 10 seconds and you will hear your
message play back automatically. You can easily record a new message over
an old one so cards can be used over and over.
Insert the card into the Study Buddy and it will play automatically. Press the
play button to play over and over.
Simply insert the card and press record.
After recording you cards remember to move the REC/LOCK switch
in the battery compartment to LOCK
If the unit does not function properly press the reset button on the
back of unit using a paperclip. This will re-initialize the unit.
In the battery compartment there are two metal rods that will
allow you to stand the Study Buddy vertically or horizontally.
Study Buddy
Students can also use the Study Buddy as an individual learning
tool. Students can create their own stories and projects using
photos, magazines and their own drawings.. Teachers can create
unique class assignments that students can work on individually
or in small groups
With this simple to use device
teachers can create original
customized curriculum materials
for their classroom. Now teachers
can easily create a lesson or
activity in minutes meeting the
needs of individual or small
groups of students. Using photos,
graphics and original artwork that
is prepared on our special x by x
re-useable cards. Teachers can
record voice instruction that is
unique for each card. By
combining voice and graphic the
student learner can work
independently with the card sets
on a variety of topics assignments
that students can work on
individually or in small groups.
Parents can work with children on
dozens of talking projects. Take home
Study Buddy homework assignments
can be fun and motivational. Family
histories can be recorded on Study
Buddy cards and shared with family,
classmates and friends.
Using special white board markers all activities can be turned into write on wipe off activities using our
plastic laminated re-useable cards. Add a new dimension to existing activities like flash cards, work books,
magazines and more by making them interactive.
Study Buddy
The Study Buddy by Hamilton Electronics is an easy-to-use device that
enables its user to record up to 72 different commands, questions or
notifications. Activities can be created with anywhere from 1 to 72 cards.
With young children try activities with 5-10 cards. Perfect for station
learning, the Study Buddy can be used as a motivation, an incentive or a
teaching tool in classrooms from pre-K through high school. The Study
Buddy’s 10 second playback allows you to record or have students record
their own voices to reinforce learning and differentiate instruction.
Set the record button in the battery compartment to record. Allow six (or
more) students take the Study Buddy home for the weekend with 5-10 blank
cards. Tell the student to draw or collect photos of his family and create an
introduction to his family and home. Demonstrate the type of sequencing
you would like to see. When the student returns review the cards one on one,
make necessary adjustments and corrections as required.
Share the project with other students by placing the Study Buddy in a
learning area where other students can visit during the day to learn more
about the student and his family.
Sample recording: This is my
grandmother and me. She is
almost 88 years old! We play cards
together and make soup and muffins.
The teacher should create individual cards with different shapes. Record the
names of the shapes for each card. Create a one page work sheet showing
all shapes and a blank line for the student to write the name of the shape.
Allow a student to work independently to listen over and over to the cards
until they can fill in the worksheet without the aid of the cards.
Sample Recording: This is an octagon.
The teacher should create individual cards with different animals on them.
Record the names of each animal. Create a one page work sheet showing all
the animals and a blank line for the student to write the name of the animal.
Allow a student to work independently to listen over and over to the cards
until they can fill in the work sheet without the aid of the Study Buddy. For
more advanced students, the worksheet could include a sample habitat for
each animal and the student would match the animal to its appropriate
Sample Recording: This is a tiger. It is
found in the jungle.
The teacher should create several flash cards with math problems on them.
Recorded on the Study Buddy should be the answers to each flash card.
When the student inserts the flash card into the study buddy, they will hear
the answer. The student should copy down the equation and the answer. The
activity should be repeated until the student can answer the equations
without the aid of the Study Buddy.
Sample Recording: Four plus one equals
This is an excellent application to use wipe
off pens
The teacher can create cards using recognizable street signs that the students
will encounter in everyday life. As the students insert the cards into the
Study Buddy, they will hear the name of the sign and what to do when they
see it. Accompanying worksheet could include matching the signs to the
commands, drawing the sign for the given command or writing what
command goes with a given sign.
Sample Recording: This is a stop
sign. You should always stop and
look both ways.
Set the record button in the battery compartment to record. The teacher
should create a series of pictures on the flash cards. At a station, students
will have a chance to record a story based on the series of pictures. They will
demonstrate recognition of beginning, middle and end of a story. The
teacher can then listen to the stories created by students and conference with
them individually or the students can share their stories out with the rest of
the class.
Sample Student Recording: “I want to scare somebody!”
“Hey, Joe, what should we do today?”
“Hahahaha… I’m going to pretend to stomp on
this house and scare the people!”
“Hey, that wasn’t nice, you really scared me!”
“I guess that’s what I get…”
On the card, write a new vocabulary word. Record the word and the
definition on the Study Buddy. When the student inserts the card, they will
hear the name of the word and the definition and write them down on an
accompanying worksheet. This activity should be repeated until the student
knows the definition without the aid of the Study Buddy.
Set the record button in the battery compartment. Each card will have a
previously learned vocabulary word on it. For each word, the student should
say the word and the definition. The teacher can then listen to the cards and
have individual follow-up meetings with students or have a group lesson on
commonly mistaken words and definitions.
Sample recording: exacerbate; definition:
intensify, inflame, worsen.
Set the record button in the battery compartment. Each student gets 3-5 cards
to take home with their Study Buddy. This activity should be used after a
lesson in sorting. Each student will be assigned a category and be challenged
to take home their cards and find magazine clippings, photos or anything
else that they feel fits the category. On the recording, students should say
what it is they chose and why it fits into the category they were assigned.
Category: Things at a Picnic
Sample Student Recording: “Ants. You can always
find ants at picnics because they like to
eat the food.”
Teacher creates a series of cards with words in English as well as in a second
language. On the recording, the word is pronounced in the foreign language
and the definition is given in the native language. This is good for English
language learning students who are new to the English language, as well as
students who speak English and are wishing to increase their vocabulary in
another language.
Casa (Spanish)
Home (English)
Sample Teacher Recording: Casa means
home in Spanish.
Parents and teachers alike can use the Study Buddy for this purpose. On
each card, make a representation of different types of the day (eg. Morning
routine, getting ready for school, what to do afterschool, homework), or days
of the week. The cards can be programmed to give the child specific
directions for what to do at each time of the day or on the specific day.
When the child inserts their card, they will remember what they are
supposed to do, creating a routine that is easy to follow.
For the older student, cards can be made for each class that the student
attends. One side of the card can represent what should be done at the
beginning of the class and the alternate side of the card can be used for the
student or teacher to record their homework for the next day.
Sample Recording: “Today is Tuesday. I have to
buy my lunch in the cafeteria and after school, I
ride with Tommy’s dad to basketball practice.”
Sample Recording: When I wake up, I have to
remember to brush my teeth, get dressed and
grab my lunch out of the fridge.
The Study Buddy can be used to help non-reading students take quizzes and
tests that they would otherwise not be able to read. On the card should be the
question that the student is to answer and recorded should be the question
read aloud as well as multiple choice answers, if applicable. The student will
then be able to turn the card over and record the answer on the opposite side
of the question. Higher functioning students can write their answer.
In the equation 2x + 3 = 4, solve for x.
A) 4
B) 10
C) 0.5
D) 1.5
E) 8
Sample Recording: Side 1: “In the
equation 2x + 3 =4, solve for x.
A-4, B-10, C-0.5, D-1.5 or E-8”
Sample Student Recoding: Side 2:
“C, 0.5”
Station Learning
When using stations, it is sometimes difficult for one person to man each
station. Using the Study Buddy the teacher can prerecord instructions, based
on what should be happening at the station that day. The Study Buddy would
stay posted at a station and the students can hear the directions as many
times as they may need them.
Drama Station
Record: Today, you will be writing a 3 minute play
Use what we learned in today’s lesson about the Civil War, to pretend that
you are in the war.
You can be from the North or the South and everyone must have at least one
speaking line.
Scavenger Hunt
For this activity, you will need several Study Buddies and to divide the class
into teams. Each team will get a Study Buddy with the battery compartment
set to record. The team will have to create and record cards that lead to the
“buried treasure.” The first card will start with a riddle and each subsequent
card will have a direction about what to do to find the next card which will
be hidden in the room somewhere. The final card will have the answer to the
Example Card and Recording:
“Starting at the door, walk 4 paces
to the right.”
This activity can also be done without moving, by simply writing clues on
each of the following cards, until the answer is discovered. The teacher
would hold the final card to deter from cheating.
Example: “Where can people of all ages, races, nationalities and
intelligences compete to win gold, silver, and bronze medals?”
Space + Yule+ Limp + Picks = Special Olympics
The teacher can also record his/her own riddles for the students to solve as
part of a group project or as a motivation for finishing work early.
STORY TELLING (diagramming sentences)
Group Activity: Activate set of 6 Study Buddies. Set the record button in each battery
compartment to record. Each person in the group gets a study buddy and a story blank
worksheet. The blanks of the worksheet should request different parts of a sentence;
nouns, verbs, adjectives, parts of the body, etc. Each student should then create cards that
match what the blanks request.
Example: __(noun)___
On the study buddy, the student will record the word that the picture represents. For the
first word, the student would record “car,” and the second, “swim.” When the student
completes compiling his/her list of cards, they will have filled in the blanks for the yet
unknown story.
Prior to students forming groups, the teacher will record sentences on the study buddy
cards up until each blank. Between each “teacher” card, the students will play their own
cards, in order, to complete the story. The parts of speech are interchangeable, so each
student will have a different story and they can mix and match their nouns or verbs to get
the best story.
Teacher example:
Card 1:
Possible student response:
One hot, __(adjective)__
Card 2:
Possible Student Response:
Day in __(month of the
Card 3:
Johnny decided he
would __(verb)___
Card 4:
to ___(place)____.
Story Blank Plan Sheet
1. adjective
2. month of the year
3. verb
4. place
Name ____________________
Directions: Insert each card into the Study Buddy to learn something new about your classmates.
Write the name of your classmate and a fun fact about them, or something you learned about
them, on the line next to his/her name.
Student’s Name
2. _________________
3. _________________
4. _________________
5. _________________
6. _________________
7. _________________
8. _________________
9. _________________
10. _________________
11. _________________
What I learned?
Brianna has a grandmother
who is 88 years old and
likes to cook soup.
Cat, Cat Habitat
Directions: Insert the card into the Study Buddy. Listen for the name of the
animal and where it lives. Write the name of the animal next to the picture as
well as its habitat.
Directions: For each picture, match the name of the shape. Use Study Buddy
for unknown shapes.
A. Pentagon
B. Cylinder
C. Trapezoid
D. Parallelogram
E. Hexagon
F. Cube
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