A colleague of mine and I are working on a possible pilot program to use kindles with approximately 50 of our students. We are extremely interested in the text to speech feature on the kindle, as our goal is to increase fluency with our struggling readers. I work at a high priority school in Union County North Carolina where many of students are struggling readers, with a large number of them speaking English as a second language. Over 85% of our students are on free and reduced lunch and many come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I have read several articles on e readers and have determined that the Kindle appears to be the logical choice for our students. I do have some questions though.
1. How many machines can you download the same book to?
2. Does Amazon provide a discount to schools?
3. How do you all handle keeping the students from being able to freely order books on their kindles?
4. Is the text to speech feature an actual human voice? Has anyone seen success in using this feature to increase fluency?
5. What positive effects have you all seen in using the kindle with struggling readers? Have any of you used kindles specifically with ESL students?
I would appreciate any information or feedback that any of you could give on how you have used kindles in your school.