Sunday, February 5, 2012

iTouch Listening Station

I'll be the first to admit that I am lucky. Very lucky. Last year I wrote a grant to get 4 itouches in my classroom along with a fantastic listening library. It was a cool November morning when the Grant Fairies arrived in my room with a big check for "iTouch, I Read, I Learn." Since then, we've been rocking the iTouches as part of Daily 5.

This year, I knew I wanted the kids to do more. I was totally inspired by the Persnickity Pickles blog on Pinterest, but could not download from her site. (I would link you to her, but it tells me this blog has been removed. Miss Pickles, if you are out there please connect with us! Please come back, your blog was awesome!)

I'm using the CAFE system in my class, so the students are working on different goals. I created this iTouch journal, then just copied the pages that met each student's needs. They love it, I love, we're all happy. Maybe you can find a spot for this in your classroom.


  1. What types of apps do you use with your itouches?? I am fortunate that every room in our school has 4 itouches and 1 ipad. I am SO interested in this since I , too, use a form of the Daily 5.

    Thanks so much for any advice!!!

  2. Abslutely fabulous! This is just what I have thinking about doing with my iTouch listening center and you have done such a fine job with this journal. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. I have been working on an i touch grant. Any suggestions?

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  5. This is fantastic! I can only hope to have these for my students! I have a personal iPad and touch so I am wondering how do the kids handle these?? Any broken pieces, messy spills etc? I have been wanting to get one of these for my iPad: but I was wondering if you had any better ideas?

    1. Hi Meredith! To be honest, my class was really fantastic with the iTouches. I had them for two year and they are still in like new condition. The only blah thing about it is the headphones get nasty. In fact, we added cheap headphones to our school supply list for next year.

      One of my teammates was a curriculum specialist and had an iPad from the school district. From what i remember her first graders did really well with it, but she had a super thick plastic case on it. Many of our speech teachers and ESL teachers had them this year. They had no problem, even with the little ones. I'd have to agree with you though, getting a good case for it is absolutely necessary.

      Let me know how it works out for you next year!

  6. I LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing this. I am your newest follower. I would love to have you stop by my blog when you get a chance.


  7. I was thinking of writing a grant for iTouches for my listening station this year. Would you be willing to share the letter your wrote?
    Thanks! :)

  8. I am looking at getting a grant as well. Would you be willing to share the proposal you wrote?

  9. Okay friends, I'm trying to find the grant from 2010 in digital form. It seems to be lost in cyber space. In the meantime, I'm attaching the link for my 2008 grant. I was on a different campus in 2008 and wrote a grant for the old school I-pods. Maybe some of this can be helpful to you while I continue to track down I Touch, I Read, I Learn.

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