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MP3 Players

Photo, Sansa Fuze MP3-Player, July 12, 2008, Karthaus, Flickr, creative commons

An MP3 player is a digital audio player with the primary function of storing and playing audio files and often has the capability to play video files as well. MP3 players are most commonly used to store favorite music files and pictures, but are being introduced to classrooms at a growing rate as they are efficient and innovative—easily catering to the youth of today.

Getting Started 

Though MP3 players can be costly, there are various genres of audio players that range from minimum to maximum capabilities ranging in prices from $30 to $300, depending on what you are looking for.

Once a set of MP3 players is purchased it is in best practice to hold user workshops that provide students with the "know how" of product use. Allow for exploration and practice time for students to familiarize themselves with the different features, as all MP3 players vary greatly in capabilities. Informing students of their rights and responsibilities when using a school purchased MP3 player is also suggested before use begins.


MP3 player usage may be best used in the classroom for the following:

  • audio books
  • audio tests/assessments
  • pod casts
  • photo database
  • voice recorder
  • calendar
  • store documents
  • show videos
For more information 

Giuffre, Michael. "What are the different types of MP3 players?" wiseGeek. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-mp3-players.htm (accessed July 21, 2010).

Cosumers Union of U.S., Inc. "Types of MP3 Players." Consumer Reports. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mp3-players/buying-guide.htm?pn=1 (accessed July 21, 2010).