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Ms. Venkatesh from Allston MA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Portable Listening Center

My students need 5 iPod shuffles and 5 headphones for a portable listening center.

  • $447 goal

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My kids love audio books! I am a 4th grade teacher in a public school in Massachusetts, teaching special education and English language learners, who have been consistently reading below grade level and need something to HOOK them into reading - and a traveling listening center would do it! One of the biggest problems I face is the lack of audio materials for my students. Because of the variety of needs of my students, I need them to have materials in the classroom, as well as home, to support their learning at school. In the past, my students and I have recorded fluency passages and our own stories onto CDs, but not all my students have computers or CD players to play them on, so they are unable to take them home. Additionally, some of my students in previous years were embarrassed to take CDs with book titles written on them onto the bus and around their classmates because they thought they might be teased. Last year, one of my students asked me to record a story for her onto her iPod so she could take it on spring break and help her read the book she was interested in. I realized that iPods were the solution to my problem: if I could use iPod shuffles in the classroom (and set up a strict check-out procedure), we would be able to 1) record books so they could read along, 2) practice their fluency (which studies show to have a direct correlation to reading comprehension), and 3) help my English language learners with their oral language development. Additionally, using iPods would also allow me to teach them how to use an increasingly popular and practical piece of technology that they will most likely use throughout their lives. Using an iPod would also allow them to listen to audio books instead of music on an iPod when around their friends - and nobody would ever know! If you support this project, you would be responsible for providing my students with the technology to track their reading, listen to stories of their interest to help with their comprehension, help them improve their reading fluency, and teach them that reading is fun!

Ms. Venkatesh
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RH1C Ported Stereo Headphones (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $14.99 5 $74.95
iPod shuffle 1GB (Blue) • Woodwind & Brasswind $49.00 5 $245.00

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