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Reaching the "iBored"


Middle School Journal Volume 41, Number 3, ISSN 0094-0771


As teachers, they are always looking for creative ways to engage their students. They start the school year determined to bring to the classroom creative projects that generate student interest and foster critical thinking skills. Reaching today's Gen M student is challenging and changing the way they teach. The idea of using music to teach academic content is well-established. More recently, the American Political Science Association discussed the advantages of using the iPod to link popular music to learning objectives. Could the iPod, a technology favored by students, assist in teaching the concept of "theme" in language arts? Theme identification had proven in the past to be difficult for students. This article illustrates how iPod can be a useful tool in helping students draw theme connections between different forms of expression. It shows how students learned the ins and outs of poetic and literary devices and how to annotate a song and connect it to literature.


Bauleke, D.S. & Herrmann, K.E. (2010). Reaching the "iBored". Middle School Journal, 41(3), 33-38. Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .

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