In one of my first classroom teaching experiences using iPods with students, I found a way to use them that I did not expect. I was not prepared for students overwhelming interest in the music side of the iPod.
the second day students were asking me if they could play music before
school using the battery operated (or power) speaker system. So every
morning they would set up the iPod touch on the speaker system and play
music until the bell went, and then they
would switch off the music and start their day's work.
On the third day I noticed one of the students had a particularly great
singing voice, so I showed her the iKaraoke (US$19.95). We hooked it up to
the speaker system and iPod, and she was away, so every morning as well as the
music we were being serenaded with other students making 'requests' for songs that she would sing.
But one particular use I noticed
that sneaked in was students listening to music while they worked. In
this photo, the student has just removed the head set to talk to me but
he had been working away quietly listening to music.
These students were on task, doing their work and not bothering anybody
else. I had no problem with them listening to music as they worked as
that is something I like to do.
So think about using your iPods playing music when students are working in their books, particularly for those students who are easily distracted.