PlayawaySets.jpgIf creating your own podcast seems daunting, consider meeting your auditory learnes' needs with Playaways. A Playaway is a self-playing, digital audiobook constructed from "droppable" plastic. The unit can be worn from a lanyard and is about half the size of a deck of cards. It can also be used in conjunction with a basic pair of speakers, as well as a multi-prong headphone jack (see below pictures).

Playaways feature book selections for kindergarten students through adults, with prices ranging from $34.99 to over $99.99. K-12 schools cannot order from the website listed above; instead, Playaway endorses two vendors:
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Follett Library Resources 1,200+ titles
Phone: 888.511.5114
Follett Library Resources
Follett Educational Services

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Recorded Books K-12 650+ different titles
Phone: 800.638.1304
Recorded Books’ Website

Getting Started
Sample parent/student contract
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Photo Gallery
Oakland Elementary School's Expanding Audio Collection

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Large, Inviting Signage
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Picture Book & CD Bags for K-3 Students
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Chapter Book & Playaway Pair for Gr. 4-5 Students
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Playaways are Displayed Side-by-Side Print Books



Stretching Your Dollars: Sharing One Playaway with Multiple Listeners

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Pair a Playaway with a Laptop & Speakers
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Use a Headphone Splitter: 1 for Speakers; 1 for the Playaway
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Belkin's "Rockstar" (only $19.99) Allows for 5, Simultaneous Listeners