I feel like all of my best ideas lately are ‘stolen.’ Certainly all of my library centers are and that’s what is making me happy right now. I present my listening center journey….
I got the idea for iPod Shuffle Listening Centers on Pinterest:
I found the last link a few months ago, but finally got back to it about six weeks ago as the library center idea started to take hold. I was pushed into this idea for listening centers because I discovered that my audio selection for listening centers is not great. Our rack is stuffed full of bags, but until I got something out instead of putting something away I didn’t realize that most of the bags are not for teacher’s to use with listening centers. I approached another teacher and shared this idea of using ipods and the selection of cheap book/CD sets that you can get through Scholastic Book Clubs.
I decided to go for it. (As always….)
I ordered two used ipod shuffles from ebay, put out a plea to friends and family on facebook for old and forgotten shuffles, and wrote a Donors Choose grant for a set of four new shuffles.
The ebay shuffles arrived and one relative turned over her ipod in a heartbeat. I took my collection of audio books and loaded them into itunes. Copyright is something I have thought about. I’m not circulating more than one copy of the material, doing this for profit, and I since I can’t find these stories in mp3 files online anywhere (itunes, Overdrive) I don’t think I’m impacting on profits. I would love another perspective if you think I have made a wrong turn.
I put the book, a set of headphones, and the shuffle into one of my wonderful totes, added a tag with the title of the book and how long it will take to read and whallah!
It was a hoot today to turn around and see one young lady rocking out to Pete the Cat. She was signing along just having a grand time. Love it!
I made title cards for each of the books I have available so that I can keep track of them. In my library I want to keep the selection the same for a few weeks and then I’ll start to rotate one new title in a week.
I worry a bit about ‘the ipod got lost.’ I was trying to figure out how to tie it to the tote. Inspiration struck!
The shuffles have those clips on them that make securing it with a zip tie perfect! I can cut it loose if I need to or I can take the whole tote near the computer to get the ipod plugged in to update and charge. I’m very confident that they can’t walk off without a lot of work and just leave the totes out on a small table.
There’s more I’d love to say, but I could babble on forever! I’ll bring the topic up again in the future and update on my progress!