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Recently the administrators at my HS purchased 1 Kindle and 1 Nook to see which works best in a public school setting. We have yet to roll it out fully to the students; however, the ones who come into my office found the Kindle to be the most user friendly. At the same time, the Nook is sleeker and the color screen is appealing. We also discovered it takes more "clicks" to get to highlight a sentence or go back to the menu with the Nook. Furthermore, if you have thicker fingers it may be harder to use the touch screen on the Nook.
I will post again once we have had students fully use both and see which they think is best.
How are other schools handling the fact that you can access the internet with the Kindle? I am also curious to see what contracts look like that parents and students sign in order for students to take the e-readers home.