Hi Will. I'm very interested in adding ebooks to our library. My students are young and most don't have smartphones of their own, but I'd definitely consider getting itouches or tablets. My school uses Follett Destiny in the library and Follett has their own line of ebooks that can be read using a web browser. I may start with these and buy titles around a few topics that are part of grade level curriculum (e.g., 3rd graders study planets). I'd like to incorporate titles for recreational reading, too. I'm looking forward to following this group to help me make some decisions - soon!
I'm a retired academic librarian still teaching online courses. I don't have a library to fiddle with, so I have to read a lot to keep up with everything - including use of ereaders and ebooks in schools and libraries. I've got a Kindle 3G with wi fi in September (2010) and it took me a few days to get used to it... but not that long! I especially like the glare-free screen. There are other things I like about it as well - but I'll leave it at that.
Hi Will. I am currently in the process of writing a grant for Kindles to use in my classroom. I am a special education teacher to teaches 10th grade English and would love to utilize Kindles in my classroom. I stumbled upon this site and look forward to reading what others have to say about Kindles in the classroom.
Hi Will...I am getting ready to order 72 Kindles for our school so I'm collecting as much information as possible from current users. I'm looking forward to the help this site can provide....and sharing my experiences as we move forward with this project.
We are just beginning the process of getting Kindles for the library. Although, I have several students and staff members who have their own devices and wonder about whether or not libraries can loan to them.
I am in the process of learning everything I can about eReaders before I purchase any for my library. My knowledge is very limited at this time. Policies, checkput procedures, AUPs, purchase of ebooks will all be new to this library and will have to be approved by administration. I'll need to be prepared to answer questions that I know will be coming my way.
Feel free to mention it. When I first designed the project I was thinking of face to face sharing about the kindle reading experience and the literature. The hectic schedules of my students helped me think outside the box. I hope it works!
Thanks so much for asking! So far we are going great. We are using iPads and the kids are loving using iBook. We are also experimenting with our Prep/Year 6 buddy groups, the students are making their own epub books.
Thanks for the kind welcome! I have secured funding through my local academic foundation, Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation, for $ 1850.00 worth of Kindles. I anted up some library activity account money and am purchasing 15. Tomorrow, my first two should arrive from Amazon. I am planning to cut a deal with users of my Kindles and ask that they contribute at least twice to a book discussion blog. And I will ask for them to discuss literature in a asynchronous way. Easier than trying to meet on such different schedules. I'm planning to pick some titles from our Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards High School Masterlist. If they read three of those, they are entitled to vote in the award selection. I'm excited, a little nervous, but thrilled to be reaching out to encourage reading in one more way! .
Judging from Kindle's impact on my own reading, the impact will be significant. Beyond reading more often and in different places, what I read seems to changing as well. Within the realm of impact on students, there are early stage benefits such as no need to carry huge text books around and school-based distribution efficiencies; however, I am more interested in the impact on patterns in reading by students. There is still much to learn about impacts which is the reason I signed up.
Love, love, love my personal Color Nook. Purchased one for our primary school as well. Just bought a $50 gift card and I am going to get students to help decide which books we buy. I personally think it is much better than a Kindle. I love the touch capability and that you can read magazines just like if you were holding one in your hand. I heard they are going to have an app store in 2011 much like the Itunes store...Glad to have happened upon this group!
Unfortunately, my district's interpretation of CIPA prohibits sending the eReaders home as the internet cannot be filtered - so for now, we use them instructionally, at school, only. One of the reasons I joined this group was to find out how others are dealing with CIPA and Nook/Kindle internet access.
We received three Nook colors in our library to circulate to fifth grade students. I am looking for a permission slip for parents to sign before I let them go. Do you know anyone who may have put one together?
Click the QR code on your smartphone to grab Sonnet 65 by the Bard himself! An experiment with how to distribute learning resources to students' mobile devices.
Download the QR code, print it, and post it somewhere for students to access. Or post it on your blog or other school website. Get the i-nigma code reader in the App Store or the Android market. It is the reader we prefer. Courtesy of The Learning Mag.