My students need headphones in order to use our class computer lab more effectively. Headphones will let them to hear the computer's audio and block out other noise.
In Science, a lot of what we do is hands-on discovery and experimenting. Computer lessons and interactive websites help supplement students' learning, especially when they provide experiences we can't create in the classroom: Testing gravity in a vacuum, for example, or watching a hurricane develop.
I teach at a small rural elementary school.
Our student body is mixed both racially and socioeconomically, but the vast majority of our families are not well off. Many of my students have not had the opportunity to travel out of our county, and other learning experiences outside of school have been limited, as well. My kids embrace chances to learn by doing - which, for them, seems to include simulated "doing" on the computer. There are many interactive websites that can help them learn or expand their knowledge through discovery. We have also found many useful video clips with science experiments, demonstrations, and lessons, even study tools like songs to help them master concepts. My students' engagement in and enthusiasm for a lesson both increase dramatically with the chance to be actively involved.
My classroom is equipped with 24 student computers, but almost no headphones. We use the computers for accessing learning videos and lessons, watching clips of experiments that we cannot conduct ourselves, seeing other students' projects, and doing interactive lessons that simulate hands-on activities. One benefit of having 1:1 computers is that I can differentiate the content or level of a lesson to meet different students' needs. Some can review earlier material that gave them trouble while others reinforce what we're studying now or even research a related question that extends their learning. Headphones would allow each child to focus on his or her own lesson without distraction - or distracting others. The same thing holds for when we have hands-on learning going on in part of the room while others work on paper or on the computer. Whether they contain a lesson's built-in sound or shut out outside noise, headphones will benefit every student in the room.
Having headphones for every computer (and therefore every student) will free us from having to coordinate who does what when on the computer.
Right now, students must take turns using computers for activities that include a sound component. Some try to get by without headphones, either playing the sound quietly on the computer's speakers or else getting what they can without listening, but neither way works well. Headphones will simplify class planning and make for a quieter work environment.
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|Schoolmate Deluxe Stereo/Mono Headphones Volume Control: On Ear Cup, Plug Type: 1/8" Plug & 1/4" Adapter • Teachers' School Supply||$11.88||24||$285.12|
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