So today before we started centers I remembered that I’d seen some of our older students using headphones when they used laptops. Turns out the upper grades have a whole container of headphones that they use. They are what I call “Walkman style” and were all the rage in the 80’s when the Sony Walkman revolutionized the way we listen to music. I borrowed 3 pairs from third grade for our preschoolers to try out today with the ipads.
While good in theory, these headphones just weren’t a good fit for such young kids. They struggled to get them on, and then struggled to get them to fit properly. Adjusting each set of headphones for each student took away from learning time, and truth be told, a couple of the kids still found them uncomfortable and hard to wear even after we adjusted them. It was definitely better than last week when we had all 3 ipads “talking” at once, but I think it’d be even better still if we we’re able to track down the kind of headphones that a lot of teachers use at listening centers.
The kids were just happy to be using the ipads again and weren’t too concerned with the headphones. Engagement was as high as it had been before and boy, were these ipads a motivator! Each child had to complete a short journal entry before they could use the ipad. Children who had before taken 25 minutes to finish their work were completing high quality journal work in 15 minutes.
I’ll keep you posted on the headphones. The yellow pair in the picture above belong to my son and I was able to find them for just a few dollars. I’m hoping we might be able to find something similar for our classroom.