listening centers

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  1. WaterfallLady

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    I am interested in purchasing a listening center with some of my special ed. budget this year. I know nothing about this kind of stuff so I am looking for some guidance.

    Here's what I want to do with it:
    -I want kids to be able to listen to books on tape or cd or mp3 on it for fluency.
    -I want to be able to record tests so the kids can listen to them. It's hard to read 6 tests individually!

    Secondly, where do I get the books that go with the CD for this? I need third grade chapter books. Does anyone cell these already set up?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. MsR

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    You probably want a Califone listening center. Our Principal recently bought one for each classroom in the school. It can record, play tapes and CDs. I'm not sure if you're going to find one that can also play MP3s if you're talking about an iPod. The set we all received also had a hook up for 10 different headsets, so many of them can sit there at once. In reality, you want no more than four or five because it gets really crazy.

    As for the books and tapes/CDs it depends on your budget. You can buy books and the listening stuff from all sorts of places including Scholastic, Amazon or Lakeshore Learning. There are also different centers you can do on listening if you look at Lakeshore online. If you know what books you want I would definitely suggest Amazon. If you are running low on funds, record the books yourself or have other teacher friends who love reading record some of the books for you. What a fun project for interns/college students who need hours? Good luck!
     
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    My public library has lots of books on CD that I check out to use.
     
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    Can't believe I've never thought of this!
     
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    Personally, I don't like to have more than 2 children listening to one book at a time. If there are more than 2, they can't follow along with the words. I just have 2 CD players, with splitters, and 2 kids listening at each.
     
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    I also just discovered... (haven't tried it yet though)

    Audio books to download from the public library. It's a little hard to search for titles, but I found a few I'll use next year. Some titles let you transfer to an ipod or CD, others you have to play off of your computer. But, it's another free way to find listening center ideas!
     
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    Ohhh, is this free? It would be great to burn them to a CD! I'll have to look into this.

    Scholastic's Seesaw has a listening library every month. 4 books for $20... this is the main thing I make sure I purchase every month with our book order.

    Weekly reader has 12 hardcover books with matching audio CDs right now for $25... the one catch that I realized after ordering them was that they have to be on track 3 to listen, but I taught my students this, and they love the available titles.
    http://www.weeklyreader.com/estore/t-qvc3.aspx

    I agree that I don't like multiple students listening at the same listening center. So earlier this year I found a really great lot on ebay of portable CD players and walkmans for really cheap. I now have eight seperate listening centers. I keep each in a basket that I got from the dollar store (with handles), so they can take it anywhere in the room. I love it, and they love it, because they can select their text that they would like to read. You just need to make sure that you keep a stash of batteries!

    If you have computers in your room too, these can serve as listening centers. I know that other teachers at my school use them for Wiggleworks and other types of listening programs (and you should be able to pop in just a regular audio CD).

    Does your school have books on tape in the library? I know that we have a book room we can check out from, as well as the school library. As a grade level, we also pooled our money and bought a set of listening center books/CDs. They are housed in one teacher's classroom, which makes it easier to grab them at the last minute. I also inherited some sets from teachers that moved to Title I and other specialist positions (since they aren't supposed to use listening centers). Ask around... it's funny that when I started asking around for things, it turned out people had a lot that they weren't using!
     
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    I buy my listening center books/tapes on ebay over the summer. I have a lot of books now. I have 4 kids at the center and it is good for my ESL kids to hear the story and follow along.
     
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    Robert Munsch has all his books available online in mp3 format on his website, so you could burn those onto CD if you want.
     
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    sometimes libraries sell their old books on tape...check periodically. I, too, use the library for audio books. I don't have more than 1 child using one machine at a time...how does it work with more than one student?? i would think it would get rowdy.
     
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    I think that this year I am going to put old walkmans/ discmans on my wish list.

    The parents at my school are really good about sending in things, and now that almost everyone has ipods, I'm sure that some of the families must have old discmans around that no one uses...
     
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    I've looked at Donor's Choose a few times...

    but do any projects that aren't for high-poverty schools really get funded? My school community is definitely NOT poverty-level...
     
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    I'm minimal poverty, and none of my projects have ever been funded...

    For those of you who use portable CD players, how often do the batteries have to be replaced? I'm just worried about that extra cost. For the past few years I have had a listening center set up at a table with 2 CD players, but I'm getting some laptops that I need to make room for. I'm trying to come up with space-saving ideas.
     
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    I had one discman this year, and replaced the batteries once (so 4 AA's in all).

    But I only used it for the 2nd semester - and with only 1 player it took a while to rotate through all the kids I wanted to hear a certain story...
     

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