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Ms. Alba from Chicago IL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Story Fun with iPods

My students need iPods to listen to stories on a daily basis to increase vocabulary, fluency, and help with pronunciation.

  • $992 goal

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My Students

Our preschool students are English learners and many of their parents or grandparents are from Mexico, but over the years the population now includes students of Central and South American descent. The community is small and many of these families have been here for generations. My class consists of 20 students.

The excited little preschoolers are in our full day, head start program; some of the students have IEPs and are receiving itinerant special education services.

Overall, ninety-five percent of the school's students are considered low income and receive free or reduced-price lunch.

My Project

Many classrooms have listening centers. Since space is limited in my classroom, iPods are a space efficient and creative way for students to listen to a story. We’ve tried the traditional headphones; the headphones get tangled up and the students need help untangling the wires which interrupts instructional time. The wireless headphones were more feasible; but they had to be charged quite often and sometimes there wasn’t enough time to charge them. However, the iPods are easy, quick, and students can independently start listening to a story.

Listening to a story on an iPod models fluency, pronunciation, and intonation for my English language learners.

It also exposes them to genres of books that they may not usually read without the pressure of having to read it out loud. Listening to stories provides a read aloud model as they listen to new vocabulary.

There are many benefits to using iPods as a listening center. It is a fun way that exposes the students to literacy without the pressure of having to read aloud. They can look at the pictures and follow along and listen to intonation and the various creative voices used throughout the story.

Ms. Alba
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple - iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player - Silver • Best Buy Education $200.76 1 $200.76
Apple - iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player - Blue • Best Buy Education $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple - iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player - Pink • Best Buy Education $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple - iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player - Gold • Best Buy Education $199.99 1 $199.99

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