I think it would be great if Scholastic would produce an mp3 player pre-loaded with audiobooks for both System 44 and Read 180 for sale to schools.

Finding a CD player that works is getting to be more difficult as the year goes by. Old battery-operated ones are dying on me. Most of my computers do not have working CD drives in them. None of my classroom computers has open internet access to download the books directly. I wish you made individual mp3 players for the kids!

Posted on: February 21 2018
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  • AskDee

    Many of the books have MP3s in the SAM Resources, but I will pass along the suggestion to HMH. The reason they do not all have MP3s is that obtaining permission is somewhat difficult in some cases. Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

    Wow, that is great idea as for me)

    I think it would be great if there was a way to put books into audiobook format and have them available to Read 180 students. We have added many supplemental books to out library and I pay big bucks out of my own pocket to have audiobooks available to them.


    There are many audio opportunities for students in READ 180. Most of the audiobooks have MP3 files in SAM Resources. The eReads all have audio components. In the new Universal edition, the eBooks have an audio component. Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

    I have had students start recording audiobooks for use in our class. Students are loving it. They enjoy listening to eachother. After a student records them, they are uploaded to a google file. I then created a spreadsheet where students can click on the link to access. I also create a QR code that students can scan and listen to on their phones. These codes are printed on stickers that go on the inside cover of the books. Sounds complicated, but easier than it sounds.

    I agree. There is a product called a Playaway that would be a wonderful addition to the HMH audiobook resources. It's an excellent preloaded mp3 player. They are available in many libraries. Here's the link. www.playaway.com I have been purchasing them but they are expensive. If HMH could coordinate a bulk purchasing of them with their titles, it would be fabulous.

    This year I was given new chrome books for my kids to use in class. No cd drives on them! My teacher computer has a CD drive so I uploaded all of the MP3 files into folders on Google drive that I shared with the rest of the class. Now they all have 24/7 access to every audio book in System 44! Yes it took a long time. Many of the files were already in digital format when I would search for the book title under the green Resources tab.


    judyhubb, Thank you for sharing. Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community


    powers, I have passed your suggestion on to HMH for consideration for development. Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

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