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Is the Kindle or Kindle Fire the Best Device for Schools?

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:00am 12 Comments

As with everything, the answer to this question comes from the answer to another question, which is "What is your goal for the use of the devices?" The best Kindle for each school is the one that best helps it accomplish its educational mission.

So, Kindle or Kindle Fire? When the Kindle e-ink reader came out, many people, including yours truly, saw a tremendous impact for teaching and learning. Suddenly, many of the barriers to text access were torn down, and anyone with a Kindle and…


New Spritz Bookmarklet Makes it Easy to Evaluate Spritz

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 9:10am 0 Comments

Just got the word that a new browser utility has been released by Spritz. What is cool about this development is that anyone can now play with the tool while looking at text on the web. You can adjust speed, and select any text you want to try.

To get the new bookmarklet, just click HERE.

The "spritzlet" is not yet ready for mobile, but it will be soon. Neither does it support PDF documents,…


Reading with Spritz

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 10:07am 4 Comments

From the beginning, EduKindle has really been about the meetup between digital technology and reading. Not so much the impact of technology on the publication of text, although that has a long, long history that has involved advances in technology at every step (see Mr. Gutenberg and his press, or Mr. Hammurabi and his stele). Intense interest in how technology affects the act of reading, though, has been catalyzed in our time by Mr. Bezos and his Kindle. (Mr. Jobs, who begat the iPad, was…


Introduction to Kindle Paperwhite

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Twitter says iPad over Kindle for Christmas

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

A study of the tweets about presents people received under the tree at Christmas says that iPad outdueled Kindle as a gift, Read more about the research here: http://www.edukindle.com/2014/01/got-ipad-beats-got-kindle-on-christmas/

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At 11:13am on January 15, 2017, Christine Calabrese said…

Hi Will, 

        I'm so glad I'm finally here in this group! My e-book is being updated and a new version is set to come out in March. It will come out in soft cover and e-book and is geared toward early childhood. I created the book because I couldn't find any picture books to introduce the pencil grip to little ones. I use it in my preschool classroom and other teachers are using it as well. I hope to reach a very broad audience, parents, teachers, librarians, etc with the new version. After this book is done, I have another ready for the illustrator for scissors. The books are rhyming picture books with funny pictures and happy endings. The preschoolers love them and they help with these important skills. :-) 

At 3:33pm on June 4, 2016, Jane McNabb said…
Thanks for the welcome, Will. I just posted a question for the group about Kindles for ESL students. I hope to get some help with choosing.
At 11:26am on March 8, 2016, Mark Isero said…

Thank you very much, Will!

At 10:57am on March 8, 2016, Mark Isero said…

Hi Will, thank you for adding me. Since 2011, I've collected used Kindles and given them to high school students in the Bay Area. It has been a fun hobby to promote reading.

At 11:19am on June 9, 2015, Farah Mahesri said…

Hi Will - thanks for adding me. I work as a product and innovation manager at Worldreader (www.worldreader.org). Worldreader is working to build a digital library comprised of books from the developing world in various mother tongue languages by working with over 200 publishers from around the world to get high quality content, and then delivering those digital books via e-readers (to schools and libraries) and via phones (to individual readers) to help build and promote a stronger culture of reading, as well as to promote literacy in countries with historically low literacy rates. We currently work with schools across 13 countries who are using e-readers in their classrooms, as well as libraries that are using e-readers to expand their collections.

My role is to help continuously improve the product offerings that we have. We currently have programs that use all different versions of the Kindles (keyboard, touch screen, Paperwhite, etc), as well as using the Kindle App. We are constantly looking to improve our guidance to partnering schools and looking for new devices that we can use to get our books into the hands of more children around the world. We also have our reading app that connects to our library (you can access for free at read.worldreader.org).

Excited to be part of this dynamic group and learning from you all!

At 7:25pm on July 17, 2014, Rebecca Mundy said…

Thanks for the welcome! I am moving from teaching 3rd grade to elementary library this year and my principal just notified me that we have 13 new Kindles and is looking for my ideas on how to use them.  So, I am here looking for suggestions!

At 9:57am on June 10, 2014, Meredith Towne said…

Hey Will!  Thank you for adding me!  I am excited to have found this group.  I am spearheading the work to transition to digital texts at my school- hoping to pilot with AP Comp next year and possibly 11th grade ELA (American Lit).  We have set's of ipads that I know I can put the kindle app on with the whispersync for sharing books.  I am curious how other teachers go about distributing class sets of books: how many copies they buy ( know you can share one copy 6 times), if anyone has used the app route with ipads?  Tips/reflection/insight?  Glad to be here!  

At 9:47am on March 6, 2014, Susan Grossman said…
Our library received 5 Kindle Paperwhites to circulate to our students. After some initial problems getting them registered, I am now wondering if the students can use the Kindles to borrow books from our Overdrive account or do I have to load books onto them? Can you provide any guidance? Thanks in advance.
At 7:45am on February 26, 2014, Alicia Holdsworth said…

Hi Will! Yes, I recently acquired 8 Kindle Paperwhites to use in my bilingual 4th grade classroom. My dream is to use them to present my students with a well-organized, leveled digital library in English and Spanish so that they can more effectively and enjoyably utilize choice reading time. I've started using Amazon's Whispercast management system, but I'm somewhat disappointed with its limited functionality (it can be used to deliver content to multiple devices, but not to organize that content into collections across all devices). 

At 10:30pm on February 20, 2014, Joanna Whitehouse said…

Yes, we have recently purchased 6 Kindles, but want some advice on policies to put in place before I start lending them out to students!


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