We have started a new school year in Rwanda, the students at our partner school for Teachermate were ready for a challenge!

The students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade started last June on the iPod devices, loaded with Teachermate software.  Its aim is to work on primary reading skills including phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  The students have now moved up to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade, and are ready to read texts with fluency and understanding.

Because of this, we decided to add a new center into their rotation, to be paired with direct instruction from their teacher and Teachermate – a listening center.

A set of stories have been loaded onto the iPods, and the students can follow along in the books.  We are now getting more use out of the iPods devices than before, and the students no longer struggle with how to login or what to do while on the devices.  They took off this school year right where they left off in October.

I originally thought that the listening center would need a lot of instruction to work well, but the students knew just what to do!  They needed no help with how to follow along in a text, and have been very interested in the stories, both during the listening center and without the iPods.