My students LOVE our class listening station...
I, however, not so much.
My anxiety level was high as I worried that the CD's, that I bought with class Scholastic points, would break. I would often hear, "Mrs. Neels, my CD player doesn't work!"
Ugh! Dead batteries again!
Or I would hear that awful sound as the CD player hit the ground and sent pieces shooting across the room. Oops!
I finally decided this wasn't working for us. I had been very interested in using iPods, so I put up a project on Donors Choose! I asked for two iPod Nanos. To my surprise, the project was funded!
I rummaged through our old electronics and found one I had used once upon a time before iPhones. Then I put a plea out to parents, Facebook friends, and family that I needed iPods. I was able to come up with three more (one from my own sister). I decided to take my chances once more and put another project up on Donors Choose for 5 iPods. Yep! Funded again!
I now have a total of 10 iPods!!
Now I needed a place to store, display, and charge them. I found these little plastic containers at the dollar store. They were 2/$1! I even found a few packaged for 3/$1! The iPods fit perfectly (so does a deck of cards)!
I found this red mailbox system through Scholastic. I was able to buy it with saved points. I love it because there is a hole in the back that I feed all the cords through. Every Friday, before leaving school, I plug them all in and they charge over the weekend.
I then downloaded all 80+ of my books on CD's to my own personal iTunes at my home. I rotate books each month. It works out to be approx. 10 books or so that are new for the students to read each month.
I just made a playlist in iTunes for each month.
Then I assigned the books to a specific month.
My students love them...and so do I!
Now when they go to the listening station, they simply pick an iPod, a book, and a set of headphones!