Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tried it Tuesday! Listening Center

This is going to be brief... we went on a field trip to the museums of Washington, DC today. It was so much fun and the kids loved it, but boy am I TIRED!  I wanted to link up to Fourth Grade Flipper for my first Tried it Tuesday, so here it goes :)

I tried this a couple of years ago and really need to go back to it!  I love my listening center, but as a semi-new teacher, I don't have many books on CD.  My solution was very simple for converting my tapes to CD.  I have a mac and I used Garage Band.  All you do is hit play on the tape recorder and hit record on your mac and you are recording the book!  Then burn it to a CD and viola, you are done.

It gets BETTER... I decided to create my own books on CD.  I simply read the book while Garage Band was recording and then burned my own reading to CD.  To make it fun, I had the principal and some other specialist teachers read a couple of books too.  

This has made my life easier because I don't have to deal with kids trying to rewind tapes and I have a lot more books in my Listening Center.

On a side note, I also use Garage Band to occasionally record my kids reading... then they can listen back to it, and change the voice to squeaky and deep.  They love it!

What have you tried for your listening center?  I am still hoping to improve that center!

Happy Teaching!


  1. I never use my listening center for the same reason...the only books I have are on tape, not CD. I didn't know you could convert them! And creating your own books on CD?! I am so trying this!! :)

    Thank you for sharing!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. Very cool idea, I bet the kids love the book. You could also record them as mp3s and dump them on to an old ipod touch or shuffle (one where you can still read what is what).

    thanks for this
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  3. What a great idea!! I use a modified D5 with no "listen to self" but I could add it every once in awhile and this would be awesome to try. Thanks for the tip!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Great idea! What a money saver too! !