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The School Bus and an iPod – brain optional

March 14th, 2007 · 5 Comments


It is NOT cool to read on the bus to school.

Apparently. It’s for the unwashed-uncool.

So, no way do either of my teens want to be classed in THAT category!

But Gorgeous Girl has come up with an inventive solution to that issue of making the time to study. Especially science where she’s currently doing geology and battling igneous versus metamorphic and all those other wonderful names…

Recently, as they seem to do in year 9, Gorgeous Girl’s year took the test that told them what kind of learner they are – kinesthetic, visual or auditory. She was basically straight across the line the same with all three, which to her means she needs all three to really get the learning to stick.

[Captain Scarlett learned he was kinesthetic and then visual, with low auditory back in year 9 - so this solution wouldn't work with him.]

Gorgeous Girl was discussing with me how best to study all about rocks so that she could remember it all. And was talking about the auditory part of the learning equation. I suggested she sing the names of the rocks to herself (don’t ask for a demo, it was definitely a once off – just ask her!)… after throwing around other totally silly ideas, she said she would record herself talking through her notes(NO singing!) , then she could listen to that on the bus each morning without being called names. 

Ipods rule, apparently.

The rub? Her iPod is dead (long live the iPod battery… not) and she would need the recording voice attachment. Apparently.

I’m all for creative learning – but why does it always have to leave a gaping hole in my wallet?

Tags: Why Did I Have Children?

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leah Maclean // Mar 15, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Does GG have a phone that has the ability to play MP3 files? Many phones these days have the ability to load and play mp3 (mainly for songs) but this coule also work for her instead of the iPod. The plus is that most phone batteries have a longer life and the iPod one ;-)

  • 2 EM // Mar 19, 2007 at 3:46 am

    ROFL. You know, the only reason I haven’t bought an Ipod is the battery issue… But sounds like a very creative studying solution! Kudos to Gorgeous Girl! :)

  • 3 Take A Bite // Mar 19, 2007 at 5:43 pm

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  • 4 Pete Aldin // Mar 21, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Great solution and nice “authentic” use of technology.

  • 5 Karen Wallace // Mar 22, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Thank you all for visiting and commenting!

    Leah – GG just got a very basic (read exactly the same as mine:) phone for her birthday a couple of weeks ago. First phone. So, no, it doesnt have the ability to play mp3 files, take photos or any of that stuff. Just phone Mum when she gets stuck or misses the bus. Great idea, though – might remember that one for myself.

    EM – yes the battery issue is a big one. We’re really not sure whether to replace the batteries in the 3 minis in this house, or to buy new ipods, or go for something else entirely. Meanwhile the kids are complaining their batteries dont last to the afternoon bus!

    Pete – thanks. I guess seeing a teen use an ipod for something other than loud, incomprehensible music is a big step forward.

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