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Does anyone know of a school that uses the ereaders for their textbooks in High School? Our school is interested in doing this, but seems like the Kindle/Nook is not very durable and maybe not a great idea.
All of these devices are designed for personal, pampered use. They cannot survive any rough treatment.
Protective cases are necessary for transportation and home use.
Hi Pam! We just purchased 30 Kindles for an AP English IV class. We are distributing next week. I'll let you know how they hold up. Many private schools in our area are doing 1:1 laptops and putting their textbooks on their laptops. Not sure what direction we will go, but anxious to try these Kindles and see how it goes.
There's an open source textbook option out there called Flexbooks; I just heard of this and do not know much more than what I've read on their site, but this looks promising.
The site states:
Traditional textbooks are both expensive and rigid. FlexBooks conform to national and state textbook standards. They are free, easy to update and easy to customize. With FlexBooks, you can customize your textbooks to support your innovative work in the classroom. The CK-12 Foundation provides FlexBooks free to anyone who wants to use them.
This is primarily for middle and high school and post-secondary education. Users can submit content, take chapters from books and customize them, and publish them in a variety of formats including html and pdf. Flexbooks has an app for iPad and for Kindle right now, and hopefully Nook (android) soon.