Ipods in the Classroom for Listen to Reading

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Today I just wanted to share with you how I organized my Listen to Reading Station in my classroom during our Daily 5 Rotations.  
I have been teaching second grade for 21 years so I have a HUGE..did I say HUGE…collection of books on cassette tapes.  I’m not sure if you have ever tried to teach children how to work a cassette player, but it is deathly NOT FUN!  I have tried and tried and tried…over and over again to help my little ones understand the ins and outs of cassette players over the years to NO AVAIL!  So I have decided to STOP TRYING and go with the times….in came…ipods!  Yes…children today can work technology better than we can especially if it begins with an “i” ๐Ÿ™‚  So I caved!  I wanted to buy 6 ipods for my classroom, but they are REALLY expensive and I just don’t happen to have that kind of cash laying around…so I head on over to ebay and found myself these adorable “iPods” that work REALLY well at $16.00 a pop!  Not bad…huh!
I organized the 6 iPods and typed out a list of books that are in each bin.  I color coordinated each laminated card so that we knew which bin each book belonged to.  My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE using the ipods in the classroom and they can’t get enough of them!

This regular iPod is used for my Listen to Reading Station where I have 6 copies per book.

I spent most of my summer transferring my cassette tapes over to mp3 files…it wasn’t fun..but when it was done, I felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders!  I used a really cool program called Audacity.   This program allows you to change your cassettes into mp3 files really easily and then they can be put on mp3 players.  Now…I would LOVE to show you how to do this…but you would probably not learn it correctly from me…so I am going to forward you to the wonderful Nicole over at Teaching With Style because she created an AWESOME video on how to transfer these files over using Audacity.

Here is the link to Audacity…
Click this image to head on over to Nicole’s blog to learn how to convert your cassettes to mp3 files with Audacity!  Nicole was a godsend to me and her video tutorial is SUPER easy to follow!
When I was ready to teach my students HOW to use the iPods, I met with the class on the carpet and put 3 – 4 children in each group with an iPod and I explained how to use the iPods…and that was IT!!!  YES….I said it…THAT WAS IT!!!  ONE 20 MINUTE TEACHING SESSION and they knew how to use them!  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Now if a child ever has difficulty using one, which only happened in the beginning, one of the other students quickly helped them and it was smooth sailing.  If this is something that is on your “to do” list, I highly recommend it!  Best thing I have done in my classroom to help with the management and organization of my Daily 5 Rotations!
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  • Debbie Prellwitz
    April 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Anna – Thank you so much for an awesome post! You have inspired me! I am going to try and get my hands on some ipods and do this project this summer! Thanks for all the video links too! You are amazing!! I bet your kids LOVE this!

  • Lory's Page
    April 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Love it Anna!! Thanks! I have another thing to do this summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mrs. McClain
    April 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I love how you've organized everything for listen to reading. I use Daily 5 in my classroom but I don't have any iPods. I typically use my computers. But this would be great if I am able to get some in the future!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  • Deb
    April 13, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I too am inspired and ready to get started!! I've checked out eBay for the MP3 players and am ready to get everything ready for next year! Thanks for the ideas!

  • Kathy
    April 21, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Thanks Anna, I have wanted to do this for a long time now. You've given me some great tips. What do you do for headphones?

  • Megan Rymon
    May 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love this! I do this in my classroom as well. One thing that I did before purchasing my own mp3 players was to ask parents if they had any old ipods, iphones, etc. laying around that they do not use any longer. A lot of parents were happy to send them in, especially since most people use their phones these days. I also record a lot of my own books on a free app on my iPad, this way I don't have to pay for each book. It's time consuming, but much less expensive. This confirms that what I'm doing is worth it. Great post!

  • Ellen
    May 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Great idea! What do you use for headphones?

  • num1teechr@aol.com
    May 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Ellen… My students bring in their own headphones at the beginning of the year and they store them in their book bins ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Jessica p
    June 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Do you have a link to the ebay seller who sells these mp3 players?

  • blantoh
    June 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Where did you get your Ipod graphic?

  • kiwiblu216
    June 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Do you think you could do this same thing with the Ipod Shuffle? I have found that those are cheaper than the Nano- Thanks for your advice!

  • Kari Lochrie
    June 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Love, love , love your organization! Ordered my 'iPods" and am ready to make my playlists. Would you please share your playlist documents on TPT? They are AWESOME!!!

  • Nisa
    July 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Love your ipod post!!!! I can't wait to do this!! Would you mind sharing which ebay seller you used and how the players are doing?

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  • Jessica
    August 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    is there anyway you can post your ipod playlist poster to edit? its so cute!