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Follett Shelf

Follett Shelf goes live in January. Just met with our rep and her supervisor. Peppered them questions about the future of this application and its future with mobile devices (which is where I am interested in proceeding with my students. we are a K-8 public school district). So far for all the bells and whistles to fire you have to use it on a computer but it is already usable on mobile devices as a simple reader. The true mobility is according to them coming. OK...when would that be…

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Added by Elisabeth LeBris on December 15, 2010 at 4:44pm — 6 Comments

Brown Bag Lunch - E-Reader Roundup

I thought I would let fellow e-reader lovers know that today at MPOW I had a brown bag lunch called E-Reader Roundup. It was for employees and 18 showed up. It was a tight squeeze in the Information Center but a lot of fun. I brought my Nook Color and Sony Reader Pocket Edition. Some folks brought their e-readers: iPad (I know - a tablet but tech services brought it in to show the e-reader functions), new Kindle, old Kindle, Kindle DX, Pandigital, Sony - so we had a nice variety. The majority… Continue

Added by Judy Hauser on December 6, 2010 at 5:43pm — 9 Comments

Google e-books?

I just looked at Google Books: http://books.google.com/ebooks and I see that you can buy books for the Nook and Sony readers. Has anyone tried this yet? Just curious.

Added by Judy Hauser on December 6, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

Follow Our Kindle Adventure

Hi everyone! Heartfelt thanks to Kathy Parker for inspiring and helping me get started on my Kindle journey! All of our photos, forms, and blog posts related to this plunge into the wonderful world of ereaders can be found here:




Please feel free to borrow, use, adapt anything you find in this space and share. I'm looking forward to…
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Added by Buffy Hamilton on November 16, 2010 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Who won?

Who won the free Kindle drawn at the webinar? Lucky, lucky! :)

Added by Ashley Greene on November 16, 2010 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

Slides from the Nov 9 Webinar

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Added by Will DeLamater on November 12, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Launched a 2nd Grade Pilot Kindle Program Today!

Based on the success of our middle school Kindle program (each of our 8th grade students now have their own Kindle to use for their Literature class plus our 7th graders are using Kindles in their Literature class as well) I had wanted to see how we could use the Kindles in the lower grades.

I recently read in The Reading Teacher Magazine, an article by Lotta C. Larson, "Digital Readers: The Next Chapter in E-Book Reading and Response." I did a bit of searching to see what else she…

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Added by Kathleen Parker on November 4, 2010 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

Progress In Assistive Technology

Teleread had this article about converting DAISY to epub

http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/daisy-to-epub-converter-announced-by-don-johnston-inc/





The DAISYtoEPUB software converts DAISY 3 (Digital Accessible Information System) electronic files into EPUB, an XML format to easily

navigate through digital books and publications. EPUB is the…
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Added by Dee Martin on November 4, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Warranty and Who Signs the Agreement

On recommendation of our IT head I did not purchase the offered extended warranty. Like he said, I didn't have them before so. . I could survive without them.

We're a rural school district with pretty good kids. I won't be checking them out per our check out policy to anybody who has a fine over a dollar.

The student, not the parent, signs the agreement below.

I have a notebook with this simple line, pasted three to a page:

By signing below I acknowledge that I…

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Added by Marianna DeMott on November 1, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Long live the Kindle!

I am on my third - and loved it right from the start! This awesome technology should be mandatory in schools and force the textbook publishers to publish e-versions of their text - students' backpacks are outrageously heavy!



I share my Kindle with my students - love it and many have purchased one. (I should work on commission for amazon :-)



I would love to see more movement in my school district towards adoption of this great learning tool and am continuing to work towards… Continue

Added by Sue Russell on October 28, 2010 at 6:03pm — No Comments

First Kindle Lesson

So, Monday I introduced the Kindles to my class. The kids say they are "awesome". One student says she prefers the Kindle because she doesn't have to worry about a book that may fall apart.

They already are in love with the built in dictionary. This makes learning new vocabulary a snap.

I did learn a valuable lesson today, though. Once a book is on a Kindle it is there forever. A student in another class accidentally downloaded the last copy I had available for…

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Added by Janette Gallup on October 27, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Conflicting Information regarding circulation of e-readers

I just returned from a web 2.0 reading conference and was told that it is a violation of the Kindle purchase agreement to circulate kindles to library patrons (this includes school libraries). The presenter was a professor from Simmons College who is supposed to be expert in the field..... Anyone want to weigh in on the veracity of this?

Added by Maureen Plourd on October 27, 2010 at 2:04pm — 4 Comments

The List of Eligible Members for October Giveaway

This list is current as of today, and will be updated daily until the clock strikes midnight on the 31st. If you belong on the list but don't see your name, send me a message and I will make sure you are included. I plan to do the drawing live at the webinar on the 9th (but you don't need to be in attendance to win).



Eligible members:

  1. Ashley Greene
  2. Dee Martin
  3. Peg DeMott
  4. Theresa Reagan
  5. Julie Ahern
  6. Linn…
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Added by Will DeLamater on October 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Kindle/Nook Giveaway Details Here

I am going to give away a wifi Kindle 3 or Nook (winner's choice) to one lucky Kindle, Nook (and more!) Educator Group member. What do you have to do to get into the drawing?



Ning members will be eligible for the drawing if they do ALL of the following by October 31:



1. have an uploaded picture/avatar for their account (the photo upload is right at the top of the settings on your Profile page); if you have already done this, you have fulfilled… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on October 26, 2010 at 10:21am — 2 Comments

Getting the Nooks to Students

Here’s the latest scoop on my progress toward getting my 16 nooks out to students.

Here are the biggest problems and my solutions:

1. Purchasing titles:

a. You have to have to have a credit card on file to register the nook or to purchase titles. Solution: I went to Walmart and purchased a $4.00 green dot card and loaded it with $20.00 (minimum).

b. Gift cards. State board of accounts in Indiana “frowns” on gift cards. Mostly because they need to see how the money is being… Continue

Added by Marianna DeMott on October 25, 2010 at 10:25am — 10 Comments

Resources

I added a section on my page yesterday. Links to resources, blogs, ebooks, kindles. I would love to learn more if anyone has a good link to share.


Added by Dee Martin on October 21, 2010 at 7:53am — No Comments

Nook Checkout Form

NookCheckout.pdf

I hope you guys can read this. Let me know! This is the one I modified from Kathy Parker's example.

Added by Kathy M Burnette on October 20, 2010 at 7:11pm — 3 Comments

Books, Bags, and Forms

The Nook Checkout is still going strong. I just added new books. We have a combination of the main book used in each grade, classics, and popular series titles. I did an informal survey of students coming to the library to choose what books to add. Barnes and Noble did a few weeks of classics for free and I made sure to download them. We also have these series: Mortal Instruments, Gone, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus, Gallagher Girls, Vladimir Tod, Maximum Ride and some stand… Continue

Added by Kathy M Burnette on October 20, 2010 at 6:52pm — No Comments

First Checkouts!

Holy Moley! Today I announced to students that we have 5 Nooks available for checkout. I reminded them they would have to complete an agreement form and have it signed by their parents. By the end of the day, all but 1 Nook was checked out!



Not how I saw things going. I was hoping that students would use the computer catalog to look up a book and if the book was out, but a nook version was available, they would then want to check out the Nook. Students did not even check to see what… Continue

Added by Kathy M Burnette on September 27, 2010 at 8:28pm — 3 Comments

Active Reading: Using Kindle to Engage Learners

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(original post from my blog www.middleschool101.com)

I've been a reader my whole life... I think it goes without saying that I love technology as well. I got my Kindle in early April of 2009. I was not one of those people who was afraid of the e-reader because it didn't "smell like a… Continue

Added by Megan Palevich on September 20, 2010 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

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