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Jan 15
Christine Calabrese left a comment for Will DeLamater
"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…"
Jan 15
Will DeLamater commented on John Scheeler's blog post OverDrive Caveat Emptor
"Hi John, some of the conversations about the use of Kindles in schools today have brought up the question of Overdrive again. Would you be willing to update your review of Overdrive so that folks looking at it in 2017 can benefit from your…"
Jan 11
Will DeLamater replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"Beth, thanks so much for your post. Do the students who check out books for the Kindle app on their own devices do that through the Overdrive interface? Also, Mary Ann Stewart and I were discussing Overdrive and the cost--is it still prohibitively…"
Jan 10
Beth Marshall replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"Four years ago we purchased 8 Kindle Paperwhites, 2 Kindle Keyboards, and 24 Kindle 4s through two grants.  The checkouts of the Kindles has dropped dramatically in the last two years as more of our students use their own devices, including…"
Jan 10
Joanna Whitehouse replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"We are a small school, and I have been using basic Kindles for ebook use.  I am in Thailand, so I don't have access to the educational management system, I just have an individual account and put individual books on individual Kindles as…"
Jan 9
Will DeLamater replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"Thanks so much for the follow up comment JH. It seemed at the time (and was evident in your comments at the time) that Amazon really felt the need to move beyond the work-arounds that grew out of schools applying a system developed for single…"
Jan 9
JH replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"We still have ~40 Kindle Fires (1st gen), but they have only been lightly used of late.  Amazon's Whispercast management is so monumentally clunky that the teachers find it discouraging."
Jan 9
Mary Ann Stewart replied to Will DeLamater's discussion Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why
"Is there any way to speak to you on the telephone?  I have been away from using Kindles for years and I have no idea where to start!  My phone number is 814-676-2771 x1600"
Jan 9
Will DeLamater posted a discussion

Kindle Choices: Are You Using E-ink Kindles or Kindle Fires, and Why

With so many devices on the market for use at school, it would be helpful to know what people are doing in terms of e-ink or touch media like the Fire or iPad. Or maybe your school had adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy. What say you?BTW, if you click "Follow this discussion" you will receive updates as others comment or reply to your post.See More
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Jane McNabb left a comment for Will DeLamater
"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."
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Text Tools Online: What Do You Recommend?

Kids are using tons of text tools to support their writing. Which ones do you recommend?See More
Mar 9, 2016
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"Thank you very much, Will!"
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"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."
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Kindle in the Classroom

A place to discuss the Kindle and how students are likely to use it. Will they read more? Will the device hold up or break easily? Will students find enough to read? Please share your thoughts and observations.
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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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