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My New Kindle Paperwhite

I am really excited with my new Kindle Paperwhite provided so generously from eBook Educators Group.  The Kindles we got for our school in the past were the old ones with keyboards, but this is a whole new experience.  My thought is to try it out myself over the next few weeks, and then see if it would work for our school to invest in Kindle Paperwhites for student checkout.  My experience with Kindles before in middle school before was not very positive.  The students were just not mature…

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Added by Belann Earley on September 17, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

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

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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Added by Will DeLamater on June 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

New Spritz Bookmarklet Makes it Easy to Evaluate Spritz

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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Added by Will DeLamater on May 30, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

OverDrive Caveat Emptor

After a two-year study, Minot High School contracted with OverDrive to offer an ebook collection our students could download onto their own devices.…

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Added by John Scheeler on March 21, 2014 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Reading with Spritz

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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Added by Will DeLamater on March 14, 2014 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Introduction to Kindle Paperwhite

Added by Will DeLamater on February 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Twitter says iPad over Kindle for Christmas

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/

Added by Will DeLamater on January 9, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Free Kindle Book? Not so Frictionless!

You remember Jeff Bezos's stated mission to make reading "frictionless"? Well, in some macro sense, circa 2009, he has accomplished his mission. But this is 2013, people, and when I want to load a copy of a public domain title onto my Kindle to read for free the experience should be, well, frictionless.…

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Added by Will DeLamater on November 19, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Big Library Read Program Makes Unlimited Copies of Kids Book Available for Download

Overdrive is using its position as “middleman” between the publishers and the libraries in a way that truly benefits readers. It’s “Big Library Read” program makes unlimited copies of a book it selects available through public libraries that use its service, instead of limiting the number of checkouts to the number of copies that the library has purchased...

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Added by Will DeLamater on August 23, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

No to WhisperCast

Hi,

Here at Southwestern, all of the HS libraries own Kindles that we load and then lend out just like books. We will NOT be using WhisperCast, since it would prevent us from using the cost effective 1:6 ratio. Also, we were not interested in our District managing our Kindles for us, as we feel we understand the mission and purpose of each of our school libraries better than they do. So we were planning on not using WhisperCast anyway, the keeping of the 1:6 ratio was a bonus, as we…

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Added by Liz Bode on May 2, 2013 at 9:12am — 2 Comments

New to Nooks

My school has been given 50 simple touch nooks as a gift. It is our first step into electronic devices and any advice that can be offered will be most gratefully received. All we have done so far is to register them, each in account with six books. I have heard from a number of sources that Barnes and Noble are really wonderful to work with.

Added by Mary Woodruff on May 1, 2013 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

Nooks as a 1:1 Device?

Well, my school has decided to take the plunge (in the shallow end of course) for implementing Nooks as a 1:1 device starting with our Freshman next year.  We started this adventure this school year by purchasing Nooks for all teachers and classroom sets (30) for each of our English classes.  It has been an adventure so far, with most of the challenges coming from managing the devices.  We decided not to go B&N managed in order to keep the 1:6 title ratio, but I can tell you that it is…

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Added by Amy Thompson on March 5, 2013 at 1:53pm — 1 Comment

The Kindle for PC/Mac/iPhone/Android Apps--why aren't they improving?

At a 1:1 school, all of our students can access the Kindle App on their Lenovo tablets.  This is great for public domain texts.  It is great for me to use as I teach by projecting the App onto the board so that we can do close readings of a passage.  But, it is frozen in time.  No updates, no changes, no improvements.  It feels like the App is the red headed stepchild at Amazon. 

Here is what I want: I want to be able to tag my notes and then search my notes and sort my notes…

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Added by Meg Griswold on January 30, 2013 at 8:57pm — No Comments

WhisperCast Changes Everything! Or does it?

I am sure that all you Kindle-philes were delighted to see that Amazon has responded to just about every objection educators have ever voiced about trying to manage multiple devices with its WhisperCast release.

In short, WhisperCast is a free management tool for schools and organizations who want to distribute content across multiple devices, and who want to exercise more control over the operation of those devices. You can get the details from Amazon right…

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Added by Will DeLamater on November 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

E-readers with students diagnosed with Autism

Hey everyone, I am a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University.  For my dissertation I am examining the use of e-readers with students diagnosed with autism in grades 3-6.  If you have students diagnosed with autism currently in your class in grades 3-6 and are willing to help, can you please inbox or comment?  I am in need of participants.  There will be no direct contact with me and the students, I just need to know how often they use the technology.  I am also willing to help anyone…

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Added by Christina Khan on October 30, 2012 at 2:16pm — No Comments

What is YOUR reaction to the iPad Mini?

With Apple's introduction of a smaller iPad (the "iPad Mini"), I would like to get your initial reaction. Please click on the link below to take a five-question survey. I will share the results with everyone in a few days!

Click here to take survey

Added by Will DeLamater on October 24, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Monthly Publication: Classroom Tech Monthly

I hope everyone is having a great school year!  I just released the first edition of my new publication Classroom Tech Monthly. Classroom Tech Monthly strives to provide helpful tips and articles to teachers that implement and use ereaders, tablets, and other technology in their classrooms.  The first issue can be found here.  Each issue will have a question of the month, iPad app of the month, Kindle Korner, and much more!  I plan to…

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Added by Jeremy Rinkel on October 16, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Using Kindles/the Kindle app for literary analysis

My students used the Kindle for PC app today in a great way to support our analysis of The Secret Life of Bees

http://mykindleclassroom.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-power-of-kindles-in-literary.html

How else are you all using ebooks and associated apps?

Added by Meg Griswold on September 26, 2012 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

PadCamp

PadCamp is a free unconference devote to exploring the use of tablets, e-readers and other handheld mobile devices in K-12 education.  PadCamp will be held in New Jersey on Thursday, August 16, 2012.  I am not a PadCamp organizer, but I will be attending.  Just wondering if anyone else from this Ning will also be attending.

Added by Celeste Payne on July 29, 2012 at 11:01am — No Comments

Launching a "My Kindle Classroom" blog!

Hi All!

I am launching a blog called "My Kindle Classroom" where I will be writing about teaching with a Kindle and teaching students with Kindles.  I would love your input and feedback.  Any tips or post recommendations are very welcome.  

mykindleclassroom.blogspot.com

Thanks,

Meg Griswold

Added by Meg Griswold on July 1, 2012 at 9:12am — 2 Comments

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