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      I read on Buffy's "permission to borrow a Kindle" form that students are not permitted to put the Kindles in their backpacks.  Is this standard procedure?  Where do your students store them during school when they aren't in use?

    Also, should I buy the protective clear covers for the Kindle screens?

  Thanks so much for your advice.

        karen in Vermont

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Compression of the screen in backpacks is a major cause of damage to e-ink devices like the Kindle.

Hi Karen,

Yes, I'm in total agreement with Buffy. We were told by Amazon not to have Kindles (even though they were in M-Edge Kindle Latitude Protective Jackets) in backpacks due to the added compression the Kindles would incur due to other items already in a student's backpack.

Our students carry them just in the M-Edge Latitude Projective Jackets.

Kathy Parker

My concern would be theft... any problems with that?

Kathleen Parker said:

Hi Karen,

Yes, I'm in total agreement with Buffy. We were told by Amazon not to have Kindles (even though they were in M-Edge Kindle Latitude Protective Jackets) in backpacks due to the added compression the Kindles would incur due to other items already in a student's backpack.

Our students carry them just in the M-Edge Latitude Projective Jackets.

Kathy Parker

Also, if you purchase neoprene sleeves be sure to remove the little desiccant packets that are shipped inside them.  

We accidentally left one in the sleeve.  Compression against the screen caused an etch-a-sketch design, wrecking the Kindle.  Amazon shipped a replacement within one day but it still was a pain.  The clear covers for the screen won't prevent that kind of problem. 

I had someone on Etsy.com make bags for the Nooks I lend out from our school library.  Students check out a bag with the Nook and they are supposed to keep it in the bag.  The bags are lined, padded cotton, so I can wash them occasionally.

We have six Kindles that we loan to students here at Canterbury. Ours are in the M-Edge covers and we haven't had any problems. Our permission form doesn't specify they can't put them in backpacks because I think they are safer in a backpack with a proper cover than left outside the backpack and vulnerable to theft. I find our students have grown up using devices and understand they need to be handled carefully. I also try to avoid stipulating anything that isn't really enforceable.

Thanks, Nancy. Great point about unenforceable policies! ;-)

Nancy Flori0 said:

We have six Kindles that we loan to students here at Canterbury. Ours are in the M-Edge covers and we haven't had any problems. Our permission form doesn't specify they can't put them in backpacks because I think they are safer in a backpack with a proper cover than left outside the backpack and vulnerable to theft. I find our students have grown up using devices and understand they need to be handled carefully. I also try to avoid stipulating anything that isn't really enforceable.

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