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Started by Karlyn May 25, 2012.
Here at Southwestern, all of the HS libraries own Kindles that we load and then lend out just like books. We will NOT be using WhisperCast, since it would prevent us from using the cost effective 1:6 ratio. Also, we were not interested in our District managing our Kindles for us, as we feel we understand the mission and purpose of each of our school libraries better than they do. So we were planning on not using WhisperCast anyway, the keeping of the 1:6 ratio was a bonus, as we…Continue
My school has been given 50 simple touch nooks as a gift. It is our first step into electronic devices and any advice that can be offered will be most gratefully received. All we have done so far is to register them, each in account with six books. I have heard from a number of sources that Barnes and Noble are really wonderful to work with.
Well, my school has decided to take the plunge (in the shallow end of course) for implementing Nooks as a 1:1 device starting with our Freshman next year. We started this adventure this school year by purchasing Nooks for all teachers and classroom sets (30) for each of our English classes. It has been an adventure so far, with most of the challenges coming from managing the devices. We decided not to go B&N managed in order to keep the 1:6 title ratio, but I can tell you that it is…Continue
At a 1:1 school, all of our students can access the Kindle App on their Lenovo tablets. This is great for public domain texts. It is great for me to use as I teach by projecting the App onto the board so that we can do close readings of a passage. But, it is frozen in time. No updates, no changes, no improvements. It feels like the App is the red headed stepchild at Amazon.
Here is what I want: I want to be able to tag my notes and then search my notes and sort my notes…Continue
Posted by Meg Griswold on January 30, 2013 at 8:57pm
I am sure that all you Kindle-philes were delighted to see that Amazon has responded to just about every objection educators have ever voiced about trying to manage multiple devices with its WhisperCast release.
In short, WhisperCast is a free management tool for schools and organizations who want to distribute content across multiple devices, and who want to exercise more control over the operation of those devices. You can get the details from Amazon right…Continue
Hey everyone, I am a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University. For my dissertation I am examining the use of e-readers with students diagnosed with autism in grades 3-6. If you have students diagnosed with autism currently in your class in grades 3-6 and are willing to help, can you please inbox or comment? I am in need of participants. There will be no direct contact with me and the students, I just need to know how often they use the technology. I am also willing to help anyone…Continue
Posted by Christina Khan on October 30, 2012 at 2:16pm
There have been a few times in the past few years where some of us have wondered, What is Amazon thinking? Many academics wondered for a long time why Amazon eschewed page numbering for books on the Kindle. We also wondered why they removed the SD card slot after Kindle 1, effectively eliminating schools' ability to load Kindles quickly and easily. And many were shocked when they pushed the button and deleted Brave New World from everyone's Kindle without so much as a howdy-do.
Mostly, though, educators have had a three-year love affair with the Kindle. I know I have.
But now, in what appears to be another case of the print publishing industry leaning hard on a digital vendor to change its policies to protect the publishers' profits, many of the distribution and management advantages of the Kindle for schools and libraries are being canceled.
Friend and colleague Buffy Hamilton was caught in the cross-hairs this time, and, with remarkable restraint, she has run the issue to ground, speaking directly with Amazon to understand their reasoning and to find a way forward to working with them. For now, that's not going to happen. Read about it here:
I am sure Buffy would be happy to respond to questions if you want to start a discussion on this topic!
Great introductory video from my public library consortium here in MD. The process works like a charm! All the more reason for students to own a library card today!