I second what Jane said exactly, except I don't allow them to share either-
which helps avoid distractions. Also- with my art foundations classes, I
make them "earn" the right by working well for 5 weeks before they can use
them. I do my best creating to music and I think it really does help 90
percent of my students focus and stay on task. Plus it's funny to watch
them lip sync and do a little jive from time to time when they think no one
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jane" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 3:58 PM
Subject: RE:[teacherartexchange] ipods in art class?
> I allow students to listen to ipods, etc. only after they have received
> directions from me for the day. They also know that I must not be able to
> hear their music and if I talk to the class or them, they must be turned
> off. They know that if they abuse this, they lose the privilege to bring
> them to class. I find that it allows the students to focus on their work
> rather than their friends. They often sit two to an ipod and share music
> they are relatively quiet otherwise they wouldn't hear the music.