- Every student has a device and a pair of headphones
- Pandora seems to be the flavor of the month (iTunes radio is nice since it is integrated with the pause key on your keyboard)
- I'm a little spectrumy, so I use music with no lyrics for myself (since I will usually hone in on any language spoken as I work). Some people are fine listening to lyrics.
- Personally, I outlaw talk radio, since research seems to indicate true-multasking is a myth (plus it filters out some potty mouth talk channels)
When the music becomes a distraction, then take away the privilege. Here are some scenarios:
- Students may not change channels. Some students use channel-changing as an avoidance technique. It's the radio, not their iPod (not every song will be perfect, and they must accept that)
- Students may not sing or hum along (distraction to others)
- Dancing is limited to things like food tapping, things that won't distract others.
- Volume must be low enough so they can still hear the person next to them if they need to collaborate with another student or teacher.