Saturday, August 2, 2014

Digital Listening Center

Last year we used a digital listening center with our 2nd graders.  Here is a LINK to the amazing website that we used.  I went through the site and wrote down all of the book titles, then searched for them within our AR software and wrote down the quiz numbers for the ones available.  Then I created a series of listening center recording sheets for the kids to use that included the name of the story and the category it was listed under on the website for easy access, the AR quiz number, AR points, AR grade, and a place to circle fiction or non-fiction.  They took their recording sheet to the computer, selected a story to listen to, then took the AR test.  The kids learned an awful lot about web page organization and using a chart, while at the same time improving their listening comprehension skills.  They had a "fun" space also with one of the cute video songs that is available on the site. HERE is a link to one of the charts; if you take a look it will make sense. We currently have 8 different charts and I plan to add more this year.  You could easily download this chart and change it to fit your needs. It took most kids 5 days to finish one chart.  The recording sheets were printed on different colored paper, and the kids kept up with them in a folder. They were super excited to complete one and then get a new one, and then the others couldn't wait to get the "blue one" too.  I added the site to our start page - post HERE to find out about our start page - which is the home page when they click on the web browser, so this made it easy for them to access.  The reward was watching AR points increase and learning to enjoy books in a different way - digitally. It took about 2 - 3 weeks to completely train the kids.  Yes, they would click on a story that was not on the sheet, yes they would have trouble finding the right book, but after 3 weeks they were pretty good at doing it themselves.  It just takes a lot of watching, re-directing and being consistent with expectations those first few weeks for them to become independent.  They really enjoyed this center.  It was definitely worth the time and effort.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Do you know of another site that has great stories for kids to listen to - besides Storyline Online - please share if you do!!

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  1. This sounds wonderful. I have used bookflix as a listening center and they are to write in their journal but this has not been very successful. The listening with AR would be so much more productive. I loved the sheet you posted for one of the centers. Do you have your series of listening center recording sheets available? Thank you so much for all your great ideas and classroom working knowledge that you share!

    1. You are so welcome. I am not familiar with Bookflix, I will have to check it out. I do have all the recording sheets available and I am happy to share them. I will use the link from your name and send them to you via email.

    2. Oops. I can't find a way to email you, there wasn't an email link on your blog. If you will email me then I can send the sheets to you. Just click on my name, I have an email button on my blog. Thanks!