Mp3’s for IEP’s
Using Audacity audio files to
accommodate individual education
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For CEP 810
• Many students struggle with daily
classroom reading assignments.
• This can lead to many difficulties
in the Language Arts classroom,
where reading is an everyday
occurrence and processing,
analyzing and synthesizing texts
are built on from the reading.
• So, if students are struggling with
reading comprehension, they are
often left behind…even though
the requirement is not the reading,
but the meaning beyond the text.
• Get struggling reading students the textual
information they need without requiring them to
read every line of text without assistance.
• This will allow them to participate in classroom
literary discussions without being held back by
their reading difficulties.
• Use digital audio technology to provide resources for
• For novels, teachers or students could download many
audiobooks from itunes and put them on either their
desktop or their mp3 players.
• For classroom handouts and assignments, teachers (or
support staff) could read them into a microphone, turn
them into an audio file through audacity and, again,
access them through their desktop or mp3 player.
• But…how do we do this?
How do We Do It?
• First, for itunes.
• Click open itunes, then go to “music store,”
then click on “audiobooks,” then search the
book you wish to download.
money, but this
through the ISD
even the PTO.
How Do We Do It? Part II
• Use Audacity.
– What is it?
– “A free, open source software for recording
and editing sounds in Linux, Mac OS X,
and other operating...”
– Would allow teachers, para-pros, and/or
students to create mp3’s, which could be
posted on itunes or on our school website,
then either played on a desktop computer
or downloaded to a personal mp3 player.
Potential Roadblocks to
• Cost: Although audacity is free, headphones
($20), support software ($?) and especially
audiobooks ($10-50) can be expensive.
• Legality: attached to cost. Will we have to
purchase audiobook downloads separately for
each student who downloads it?
• Time: Will we have time to convert all
assignments and in class readings into audio
files? Who will do it? Who will create the
necessary online technology?
• Students with IEP’s must be accommodated according
to State and National Law.
• For struggling readers, audio texts will be beneficial.
• Cost does is exist, but is minimal compared to
• Once the system is in place, it is only a matter of TIME.
• Final question: will we make the commitment to
improve student learning?