Enter DonorsChoose.org. Last year I applied for, and received, a grant to purchase 6 MP3 players and 8 books on CD to convert into MP3s. (Insert angelic singing and a warm glow here.) It is AMAZING the difference these have made in my classroom!!! I load one book at a time on them and put them in a gallon-size plastic bag with the book. The kids grab a bag, plug in their headphones, and push "play." Most of them have at least seen an MP3 player used before even if they haven't used one themselves. It took about 2 days for them to get the hang of it and now Listen to Reading runs SO smoothly. If you don't have them, I strongly suggest you look into possible funding for them.
Here are some pictures of the MP3 players in action:
|I also bought 2 'splitters' at Wal-Mart for about $4 each. They allow 2 students to plug headphones into the same MP3 player.|
|We also use our 1 classroom computer to do Listen to Reading. Most of the time the students listen to books at Storyline Online.|