Listen to Reading:
Ideally, a student listens to a text being read aloud while following along. Myon.com has been a great resource. Books are available for students to choose from. Then, the book is read aloud to the student and the sentence that is being read aloud is highlighted so the student can follow along easily. Regretfully, one of my computers is out of order. Now, I have two computers in my classroom that are available instead of three. Soon, we will *hopefully* have special connectors so more than one headset can be plugged into the computer at a time. If all three computers were functioning and each had a duo connector, six of my students could be listening to reading at the same time.
We also have MP3 players. I was really excited to use the MP3 players and accompanying books, but, the volume setting is not working. My students can barely hear the readers. I spoke with the person who helped record and books and download them on the MP3 players and apparently the volume is up as high as it will go. Even I can barely hear it… For now, I can invite two students at a time to explore myon.com. They seemt to view it as a reward.
It’s frustrating when technology is made available yet not necessarily working 100%. Because my reading block is organized via The Daily Five model, a listen to reading station is incredibly important. Before I knew MP3 players were being offered to my classroom, I put a cd/tape cassett player with 6 head phones on my PTA wishlist. As soon as I found out our class was going to be given MP3 players, I canceled my request… I’m almost regretting my decision to cancel! Who says cassette tapes are too old fashioned. As long as my little kiddos can hear the text, right? Hah.
I feel lucky to have access to myon.com, and the kids have accounts they can use at home. I love the techonology that is available, but, I wish I could count on everything working the way it should.