NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ842927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
The Playaway: A Tool to Help Make Reading Fun
Fellerer, Sue
Library Media Connection, v27 n6 p52-53 May-Jun 2009
Brandon School is a small pre-K through 8th grade school serving approximately 327 students. It does not have the funding that a lot of larger school districts have. When the special needs teacher approached the author a few years ago about high-interest, low-level books and asked for ideas to help her students read more, they came up with the idea of incorporating recorded books into the library. One concern about recorded books was the outdated technology--almost half of the collection was audiocassettes. The recorded book market was booming, more and more titles were becoming available, and the focus shifted to buying more compact discs, but there was still a road block. Many students had no way to listen to recorded books because they didn't have an audiocassette or compact disc player. The library's portable players were almost always checked out and were easily damaged. This article describes the Playaway--a self-contained unit similar to an iPod, but material cannot be deleted, copied, or added. About the size of a deck of cards, the Playaway holds up to 80 hours of play time. The Playaway offers an alternative in that a separate player is not needed. The Playaway becomes even more accessible with a cassette adaptor, FM transmitter, or portable speakers.
Linworth Publishing, Inc. 480 East Wilson Bridge Road Suite L, Worthington, OH 43085. Tel: 614-436-7107; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin