I allow ipods in my classroom as long as "I don't notice them". Students
today are huge multi-taskers that they often have problems focusing on just
one thing. I find mine can tune out their classmates and focus more easily
on their art project when they are "plugged in". However, the second the
ipod becomes the distraction (sharing songs, fiddling with it in class,
whatever the excuse), then not only does the ipod get turned off, but it
becomes my possession for the remainder of the day. Ask your administrator
for a trial run to see how it works. Sell your students on the
expectations - this is a HUGE opportunity for them, and they are responsible
for whether the ipods are allowed to stay or go. On a side note, our
district finally came to the concensus that MS/HS students are now allowed
to use their cell phones between classes and during lunch. Cell phone
distraction has gone down completely - I haven't had to confiscate a cell
phone since the new rule came into effect since the students know they will
be allowed to use them during specific times. I'm the technology leader in
our district and we are struggling to find a way to teach today's students,
because yesterday's methods just aren't effective!
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
> So do any of you have them, and how is it working for you? I read
> somewhere that someone has them and class has gotten quieter! This
> would be a really good point to bring up if you're really experiencing
> a reduction in noise and behavior issues.
> The one big downside would be if the ipods became a distraction...
> sharing, "Hey, listen to this song!", etc....
> So, what are your experiences?