A cassette tape and a pencil, our children will NEVER know the connection. Do you remember sitting in your elementary classroom listening to a variety of different stories on cassette tape? My students don't, when I pull out the cassette tapes they look at me like I am nuts.
I teach 2nd grade in Arizona.
I teach in a Title 1 school, where the average class size is 28 students to one teacher (no classroom aide). My students come from a variety of backgrounds, home environments and family dynamics. Many of the students I teach live with another family or with relatives. They are absolutely wonderful and have a love for school. Being a public school we do not get loads of funding here in Arizona. Much of what is in my classroom has been purchased solely by myself. Many of the students aren't exposed to a lot due to family income and resources. It is my job to try and expose them to the world around them, which includes the technology that is driving our society. With the ever changing standards and requirements of the government to make sure all students are successful, my job has become more challenging. The use of technology with my students increases their engagement and academic success.
Like many other teachers, I have used listening centers in my classroom for years. I have spent money from my own pocket and countless Scholastic book points to buy book sets with cassettes or cds. Fast forward to 2013 and kids have no idea what a tape is, making those expensive Listening Center sets near obsolete! Since the dawn of iPods, kids seriously have no idea how to use a cassette player! I feel like I spend a great deal of my center time showing kids how to operate a cassette player (which is a totally strange contraption). If I were to have ipods for my listening center, books would be at my students finger tips, literally. I would be able to upload my entire listening center library and continue to expand it, without the extra cost of finding book sets with cassettes/cds. I would be able to make any book into a listening center.
Listening to a fluent model is an important part of a balanced literacy program.
Please help me provide that for my students with current technology, instead of out dated cassette players. Not only, will the iPods provide tools for my listening center, but I will also be able to download and utilize many of the wonderful learning applications that are available for apple products. Students thrive with technology and their engagement levels greatly increase with these new technology tools.Read More
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