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The plan (as it currently exists) is to use some Sansas for the students.  The teacher will use the voice recorder built into the Sansa, and will be wearing a lapel mic as he teaches.  We've found these ELL students can focus on the instructions or take notes, but not both (at least, not effectively).  We want the students to focus on the teacher and their work during class,  then give them an .mp3 recording of the lessons, assignments, etc. so they can review, transcribe, work (etc.) more effectively on their own outside of class.  The students can then use the Sansas to record some of their own work, practice English, organize their thoughts, etc. for later transcription.  The vast majority of these students (we're starting with just one class, but it's still 20+ kids) are fascinated by technology and look for any excuse to use it.  We want to capture this excitement and channel it into helping the students with their work and with their English lessons.

But, again, getting the files on all the .mp3 players will take much more time than we have.

Drew

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On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Drew,
 
A few years ago I bought some  inexpensive mp3 players (Sansa m230)  which I got on woot for an incredible deal. They really aren't a bad little player.
What I learned,  was that when it comes to mp3 players,  Apple did it right!
The user interface is key to their getting used.
How are you planning on collecting the lessons, notes, assignment from various teachers?  Will it be the students responsibility to record their own classroom notes, etc. Are they all in the same classes?
Seems like an interesting venture.  Love to hear you it works out.
 
Lucie


 
On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We have an interesting idea to help our (large) ELL population.  One of our middle school teachers and I want to give cheap mp3 players to his ELL students and use players to hold the day's lessons, notes, assignments, etc. so the students have the information for playback at home.  Making the initial recording is no problem; getting it on all the mp3 players is the real issue.  Uploading the files to the Web isn't really going to help, as most of these students do not have a computer or Internet access  at home (hence the portable mp3 players).  We have neither the time nor the resources to copy the files onto 25+ individual players every day.  Suggestions?

Drew

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Drew Blanchard
Technology Teacher
Winooski City Schools
Normand St.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655 - 3530 x6073



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Lucie deLaBruere
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www.InfiniteThinking.org
Tech Integration Specialist - St. Albans City Schoool

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Drew Blanchard
Technology Teacher
Winooski City Schools
Normand St.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655 - 3530 x6073