It all started with this wonderful blog post I read on Laura Candler’s Corkboard Connections: The Power of Audiobooks. Laura describes all of the benefits of audiobooks, even for older students in 5th grade (you have to read this post, she has a ton of fascinating and helpful information on this topic). I was excited to read this because I really feel the same about the important of audiobooks for fluency and comprehension…not just for my newcomer EL 5th graders, but for my mainstream students as well.
In this article, Laura also mentions how she hooks up multiple headphones using adapters, so several of her students may enjoy the audiobook via one source.
Did such a thing exist?? (I mean, beyond those big, boxy old-school devices that don’t plug into iPods and computers)?
I flew to Amazon and, sure enough, there it was. A Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter!!
My head was spinning…this would change everything! We could take those little bits and pieces of technology we have and really maximize them…to give all of my students access to the tools more often.
Which means more of my 5th graders can use these together, instead of waiting for their one turn during the week…
AND they can use my iPad as well…