Bright Ideas: Managing Headphone Cords

Welcome to another month of Bright Ideas!

I am so excited to be sharing this next idea with you all: Managing Headphone Cords!

Keeping headphone cords untangled and separated was beginning to drive me insane! It took away valuable time away from both me and my students when we were getting out knots instead of working on our iPads or Chromebooks. Plus, even when they tried their hardest, the cords were so long they would tangle no matter how we tried to keep them organized.

Enter, zip ties!

These little guys are available everywhere and are cheap as can be. A wonderful parent volunteer helped get these put together so that the majority of the cord was zipped up. Simply wrap the cord around your palm, then secure it tightly with three zip ties. The tighter the better: the cord will move and adjust as kids handle it, so any that were loose had to be redone. The ones that were tight, however, have lasted throughout the whole year and beyond!

Keeping these stored was simple as well. I used the slide-top sandwich baggies:

Now, we don't spend any time sorting or untangling at the beginning of Listen to Reading or Technology Time in our classroom! It has been such a sanity-saver and I hope it can help you, too!

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  1. Thanks for the idea, maybe this would keep my firsties from chewing on the cords too.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. This is a great tip for keeping those pesky cords neat and tidy! Thank you!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I just posted this on our computer tech's facebook page! Why they make headphone cords 12 feet long, I will never know!!!!

  4. This is perfect! Honestly, I had given up on headphones this year because I couldn't take them breaking I have a project to do this summer--to add to the long list ;)

    Thanks Stephanie!!!!